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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    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.

    Prerequisites : None

    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, strategies for efficient making and when and how to outsource labor. Students will also learn about marketing and pricing.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101

    3 credits
    MJ 302

    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

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    MJ 313

    Goldsmithing - Practical Applications

    The focus of this course is on learning, as well as honing, classical goldsmithing techniques. Although traditionally practiced in gold, this particular set of skills can be learned through constructing in less precious and non precious metals. Each student will be asked to complete numerous technical assignments with measured specifications that focus on complex fabrication and soldering skills. Assignments will include but are not limited to learning how to make a perfect cube, a hinged hollow construction bracelet, build a box clasp, explore multiple methods of pin backs, clasps and bales, learn how to set stones, practice jewelry repair methods, alloy metal and fabricate complex wire constructions. There will also be two larger assignments over the course of the semester. Our Natural Replication project will be moved to this course because the primary learning outcomes are accuracy, attention to detail, problem solving and acquiring sensitivity to the material while learning to stretch traditional methods in unconventional ways. The final project for the semester will explore the re-interpretation of nature in jewelry.

    Prerequisites : MJ Major or permission of instructor.

    3 credits
    MJ 402

    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

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits