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BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    MJ 101

    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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    MJ 213

    MJ 213 Special Topics: The Table

    In this one semester course, students will explore the various formats, techniques and materials that are necessary to gain an understanding of utilitarian objects and hollowware for the table. Students will learn the fundamental processes related to hollowware including raising, forming, forging, die-forming and seaming. A more sophisticated understanding and application of previously learned techniques will also be covered and developed such as advanced soldering, surface embellishment and mechanisms. Assignments will emphasize an exploration of technique, material, form, and formal and conceptual intent. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101

    3 credits
    MJ 233

    MJ 233 Expressive Nature of Stone

    The essential material of stone is being used in contemporary jewelry as an expressive medium: a means to convey ideas. In this course we will learn to manipulate stone that is both semi-precious and non-precious. Using conventional techniques to develop unconventional forms, we will develop work that exploits the material of stone. Techniques such as carving, cutting, faceting and polishing will be covered. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101

    3 credits
    MJ 301

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101 and one MJ 200 level class. 

    Additional Notes : An advanced tool kit is required.

    3 credits
    MJ 301-302

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/ semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 401

    3 credits
    MJ 302

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 301

    Additional Notes : An advanced tool kit is required.

    3 credits
    MJ 314

    MJ 314 Independent Projects in Metals & Jewelry

    This course is designed to create structured parameters in which students working in any discipline can investigate their ideas through the language of metalsmithing and jewelry. Student/instructor discussions will establish subjects for independent study at the beginning of the semester that will continue throughout the semester. Emphasis will be placed on process and content. Specific skills and materials will be determined by the nature of the independent investigation. Because this is not a technically driven course students will be expected to rely on skills that they already have learned. Students will investigate their subject through formal assignments developed by the instructor and student. Group and individual critiques of student work will be the principle mode of instruction. Slide lectures, discussions, reading material, and demonstrations are integral aspects for introducing concepts and relating theory to practice. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 101.

    3 credits
    MJ 401

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/ semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : MJ 302

    3 credits
    SEM 354

    3YR 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 2.5 hours/week.\

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    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/semester; 3 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.

    3 credits