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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    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
    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.

    Prerequisites : None. TF 101 and/or TF 102 are suggested.

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    WF 245

    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 322

    Woodworking & Furniture Major Studio 

    The completion of Jr. Studio is dedicated toward learning intermediate to advanced techniques as well as the development of a strong understanding of wood as a building material. Individual and group projects will allow for exploration in concept, utility and technique.

    Prerequisites : WF 101 and one WF elective.

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    WF 422

    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. Major requirement.

    Prerequisites : WF 321 & WF 322.

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits