Fall 2017 Course Schedule 
Spring 2018 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    MJ 101

    Metalsmithing & Jewelry I 

    This one semester introductory course blends technical instruction with an investigation of design and concept as it relates to ornament and function. Students develop confidence and proficiency with the basic skills of forming, soldering and finishing. Classroom discussions and image presentations introduce the broad range of possibilities that the field of Metalsmithing and Jewelry encompasses that are part of this diverse and exciting field.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    MJ 214

    Enameling

    Explore the relationship of color, form and surface by learning how to fuse glass to metal. This course will cover a variety of ancient and contemporary approaches to the art of enameling. This versatile medium allows for drawing, painting and designs on two and three-dimensional forms that can include jewelry, objects, and installation pieces. Techniques will include cloisonné, champlevé, scrafitto, stenciling, and use of decals, drawn and painted marks as well as digital images. Innovative and experimental approaches will be encouraged.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101

    3 credits
    MJ 225

    Design for Production

    To design refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a product, structure or system with intention. Design for Production explores the design aspect as it relates to object making that answers a question through research, model making and product development. Although housed in Metalsmithing, all materials and processes are welcome. Students will learn how to design a product, consider appropriate materials, stratagies for efficient making and when and how to outsource labor. Students will also learn about marketing and pricing.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101

    3 credits
    MJ 301

    Metalsmithing & Jewelry Majors Studio 

    This one-year class introduces students to the full breadth of the studio practice of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry major. Students build on their previous skills while learning new technical skills. Students will develop a sold conceptual base for their work and discover modes of working and interests that are specific to them through research, drawing and model making as well as finished pieces. Incorporated into the curriculum are projects that challenge students both conceptually and technically. In addition to assignments, self-designed explorations of technical, conceptual or design directions are included.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101 + one MJ 200 level class

    3 credits
    MJ 317

    Non Metal Material - Explorations for Adornment

    This course explores the contemporary uses of non-metal materials for jewelry and body related adornment, and the ability to cultivate a conceptual design approach towards manipulating materials in the creation of unique and theatrical forms. Basic techniques are introduced to investigate structure, volume, and line on the body, with regards to traditional and experimental materials/methods such as paper working, leather working, crochet, felting, sewing, textiles, rubbers, plastics, hair, and the transformation of readymade objects for ornamentation. Lectures will support student research by looking at the current and historical references regarding body modification, fashion, as well as contemporary metalsmiths and designers working in these areas. Students will develop both hand and technology based skills from studio work and the digital fabrication lab.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite, MJ 101 preferred

    3 credits
    MJ 351

    Introduction to the Discipline

    This one semester survey course follows the history of metalsmithing and jewelry from 40,000BC to present day. One can think of this class as a history of the world told through a particular lens that investigates ideas of the spiritual, power, material acquisition, trade, warfare, fashion, technology, storytelling and identity. The lectures are given in a circular format that root contemporary work and ideas in the historical. Supplemental reading reinforces and adds to classroom dialog.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    MJ 401

    Metalsmithing & Jewelry Majors Studio

    The final year provides students with the opportunity to work in an independent manner. New technical skills may be introduced, yet emphasis is placed on honing already acquired skills. Each student is expected to select, research, and articulate a direction that culminates into a related body of work and written thesis.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101, one 200 level class, MJ 301/302, MJ 351

    3 credits
    SEM 354

    Junior Seminar: Crafts Topics/Practice

    This course is designed to foster each student’s relationship within the historical context of crafts through the study and application of contemporary practice and theory. In coordination with all departments, course lectures, field trips, workshops and visiting artists will be selected to assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a clearly defined personal and craft historical context. In addition each student will develop a more articulate understanding of their practice within a larger context of their specific discipline, history, society, and culture.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The

    class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits