Fall 2017 Course Schedule 
Spring 2018 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    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
    WF 101

    Introduction to Woodworking 

    This is a beginning level skill-building elective in joinery techniques and structural connection problem solving. Assignments and exercises focus on the practice and practical application of joinery techniques, in-depth hand and power tool use and the application of this information to a distinct body of work. Assignments develop an understanding of basic mechanical systems and proceed through advanced joint making processes with an ongoing reference to the historical context.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    WF 225

    Intermediate Woodworking & Furniture Design

    This is an intermediate level skill-building elective in joinery techniques and structural connection problem solving. Assignments and exercises focus on the practice and practical application of joinery techniques, in-depth hand and power tool use and the application of this information to a distinct body of work. Assignments develop an understanding of basic mechanical systems and proceed through advanced joint making processes with an ongoing reference to the historical context.

    Prerequisites : WF 101

    3 credits
    WF 240

    Specialized Projects: Chair Making

    Chairs are often the most challenging of all furniture forms to design and build. However, they can be the most rewarding as well. In this course, we will explore the chair from concept to final product using a variety of methods such as model making, prototyping and various ergonomic tests. Specific techniques such as bent and tapered laminations, angled joinery and jig making will be covered in order to fully engage in all aspects of designing and fabricating for the human body.

    Prerequisites : WF 101

    3 credits
    WF 245

    Special Topics: Digital Furniture Design & Fabrication

    This course will explore the capabilities and possibilities of the CNC router, which has the potential to mass produce, prototype and create one-of-a-kind works in wood. We will experiment with the machine and learn the basics while gaining an understanding of its operation. Students will learn what the machine does well and what it struggles with. It is not a do-all tool but a practical answer to certain problems in working with wood. We will design with these capabilities in mind and explore how this technology can best be utilized in an art and design setting.

    Prerequisites : WF 101

    3 credits
    WF 321

    Woodworking & Furniture Major Studio 

    This course explores the making of furniture & furniture related objects. Through technical demonstrations, conceptual discussions and material explorations, students will gather the skills needed to begin constructing their ideas with wood as their primary medium. Drawings and models will be used to generate and refine projects.

    Prerequisites : WF 101 and one WF elective

    3 credits
    WF 351

    Introduction to the Discipline

    Through directed reading, research and investigation, students engage critical issues and ethical concerns in contemporary practice. Starting with a working outline and bibliography, students investigate issues in contemporary woodworking and furniture design, and learn to articulate their own position within this discipline. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : WF 101 and one WF elective

    3 credits
    WF 421

    Woodworking & Furniture Major Studio

    Within this course, it is expected that each student begin to develop a significant body of work and the ability to articulate that work in preparation for their thesis and final semester. Multiple advanced techniques are covered and students are required to organize, exhibit and document their work within an all-department exhibition at the end of this course.

    Prerequisites : WF 321 & WF 322

    3 credits