Course Catalog - Maine College of Art

Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule


    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
    TF 102

    Introduction to Fashion and Apparel 

    Using the history of dress as a guideline for the course, students will learn the evolution of apparel both academically and experientially. Basic pattern drafting and garment construction, introduction to fashion sketching, and concept development will be supported by an exploration of the expressive properties of pattern, color, texture and materials on the body, as well as a basic understanding of scale and silhouette of clothes in relation to the human form. The course includes discussions and presentations around the notion of fashion, style, and the designer as artist.

    Prerequisites : None.

    3 credits
    TF 201

    Machine Knitting Techniques 

    In this introductory course, students gain an in-depth understanding of the use of the knitting machine, including a core grasp of pattern drafting for knits, construction and finishing techniques, and garment design challenges. Students initially focus on the "grid" found in most textile structures, and then explore what makes knitting unique - that it can be shaped during the making process, and that it stretches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the expressive qualities of color, texture and pattern inherent in knitting, and how to utilize those qualities to explore personal concepts. Beginning the semester with an in-depth study of color, materials, and surface pattern, students will learn machine knitting techniques in great depth. A comprehensive collection of weekly technique samples, a mid-term garment, and a final project will be supported by the history of knitting as well as a look at contemporary knitwear in fashion.

    Prerequisites : None.

    3 credits
    TF 216

    Constructed Textiles

    Constructed Textiles explores the expressive 3D potential of pliable planes and dimensional textile techniques. This course covers hand interlooping (knit and crochet), felting, coiling, knotting, plaiting, and the creation of soft sculptures. Students create works on and off the body to investigate the creation of form using fiber and pliable planes. Through readings, lectures, and discussions, the course explores both the historical background and the contemporary discourse of constructed textiles for functional application and artistic expression.

    Prerequisites : None.

    3 credits
    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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    TF 351

    Introduction to the Discipline

    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. Sophomores are encouraged to enroll.

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

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    TF 421

    Major Studio III

    Learning to work more quickly and efficiently, students study the alteration of foundation patterns into specific styles. Further pattern alteration techniques are learned with emphasis placed on how to divide patterns into multiple pieces while maintaining garment fit. Students expand their skills in concept development and research by designing and creating garments and establishing the foundation for their thesis work.

    Prerequisites : TF 322

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement

    3 credits