BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    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
    TF 101

    TF 101 Introduction to Textiles

    This course will provide an overview of introductory textile materials and fiber processes as well as concepts of textiles science and textile testing. This course combines lectures, labs, and studio study in a comprehensive overview of textiles as materials and their inherent properties, strengths, and weaknesses. Learning progresses from fiber to finished textiles throughout the semester by studying the creation of yarn from raw fiber, the creation of woven, knit, and felt structures, and both synthetic and natural dyeing. Elective: 3 credit; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    TF 102

    TF 102 Introduction to Fashion and Apparel

    The fundamentals of sewing and garment construction are developed as a foundation for beginning concept-driven apparel design in this course. Students learn to use industrial sewing equipment while creating technical samples for garment construction and finishing. In further study, students complete projects that begin to explore the expressive properties of pattern, color, texture and materials, and introductory strategies for communicating character and concepts through garment design. The translation from 2D to 3D forms is investigated through construction and simple draping projects that investigate shape, silhouette, and scale of works in relation to the body. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    TF 201

    TF 201 Machine Knitting Techniques

    Students gain an in-depth understanding of the knitting machine while exploring compositional strategies to create dimensional, expressive surfaces from yarn. The course emphasizes the expressive potential of color, texture, fiber, pattern, yarn, and surface through the creation of machine knit samples and original knit works. Additionally, the course covers basic pattern drafting for knits, knit construction, and finishing techniques for machine knit garments. Elective: 3 credit; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    TF 202

    TF 202 (AE) Textile Printing

    Working both traditionally and digitally, students will explore the concepts of motif and repeat as means to create pattern. Hands-on study will focus on technical means for producing pattern on cloth using screen printing with dye and pigment and basic direct printing methods. Students will learn to sketch and develop ideas across technical platforms. Through projects and samples students build knowledge of how various textile materials behave and perform, and how they affect printed patterns. Our resulting printed textiles will be compared to determine the strengths and weaknesses in different methods of printing and print media on cloth. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    TF 215

    TF 215 Weaving

    Students gain an in-depth understanding of weaving while exploring compositional strategies to create dimensional, expressive surfaces in cloth. The course emphasizes the expressive potential of color, texture, fiber, pattern, yarn, and surface in combination with woven structure. Weaving is executed on both tapestry frame looms and floor looms to explore two primary methods for creating woven structures and the textures and mark making inherent to each method. Students study techniques and create projects on both types of looms as a means to study introductory weaving, yarn handling, loom mechanics, weave categories, and color and weave combinations. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : None

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/ week.

    3 credits
    TF 321

    TF 321 Majors Studio I

    By draping directly on the dressform, students develop foundation garments (slopers) for use throughout the remainder of their major. Students focus on correct grain orientation and textile handling while learning draping and correct pattern marking and annotation when styles are transferred into flat patterns. Throughout the course, we study garment construction, finishing techniques, and fit assessment through prototyping foundation garments. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 7 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    3 credits
    TF 322

    TF 322 Majors Studio II

    Building upon the foundation garments from TF 321, students focus on flat pattern drafts and learn foundation pattern alteration techniques for each foundation pattern. Students develop advanced patterns for bifurcated garments and develop advanced tops with closures and plackets. Prototypes are created for each style, allowing further study of garment construction, finishing, and fit assessment. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : TF 321

    Additional Notes : Must be taken the same semester as TF 325 Collection Development.

    3 credits
    TF 325

    TF 325 (AE) Collection Development

    Focusing on creative development, students work through professional practices from ideation to finished product. Topics include technical flats in Illustrator, technical specifications, customer and market analysis, pricing, sourcing, and designing bodies of work around consistent themes. After prototyping products at different price points and completing a technical package, students design and construct a capsule collection of garments or textiles that is displayed at the end of year fashion show. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite:

    Prerequisites : TF 321

    Additional Notes : Must be taken the same semester as TF 322 Majors Studio II.

    3 credits
    TF 351

    TF 351 History & Context: Fiber and Fashion

    The history of fiber (as a technology and as a material within fashion history) is studied from ancient to contemporary times. Students combine studies of historic textiles, contemporary readings, and in-class lectures in order to understand the historical references and accumulated histories behind contemporary works. Select hands-on topics will be used to better understand certain technologies from history such as developments in the handling of fiber, printing, pattern drafting, and the development of synthetic materials. Criticality is developed through study and discussion of the social connotations of dress. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    Additional Notes : Formerly: Intro to the Discipline.

    3 credits
    TF 421

    TF 421 Major Studio III

    Seniors work through independent projects to develop advanced technical skill and conceptual rhetoric in their chosen path of study in preparation for their thesis. Students might choose to study advanced pattern drafting, advanced textile printing, dyeing, or other independent projects in textiles. Group critiques provide feedback on technical applications and conceptual work. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : TF 322

    3 credits
    TF 422

    TF 422 Major Studio IV

    Seniors investigate areas of specific interest in textiles or fashion in order to realize a senior thesis based on a comprehensively researched personal concept. Students work through all necessary professional steps to realize their finished work. Emphasis is placed on professional practices, time management, and the development of a sustainable studio practice while executing thesis work. Students install their completed work as part of the BFA thesis exhibition. Major requirement: 6 credits/semester; 12 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : TF 421

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 12 hours/week

    6 credits