Craft and Material Studies Minor

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Overview

Students pursuing the craft and material studies minor will develop knowledge of specific media, including wood, metal, ceramics, glass, and textiles. Students will study the material properties of these media and hone technical skills while expanding and applying critical thinking skills as they work through design process from ideation to fabrication. Students will also learn about expected working practices within collaborative studio spaces and within the discipline more broadly.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in studio arts who have chosen options in ceramics, glass, furniture design, and metals and jewelry design.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).

Curriculum

Course
Required Courses
STAR-250
STAR Collaborative Topics: Topic
The course will involve two disciplines collaborating to develop creative works focused on a particular theme or conceptual framework. STAR Collaborative Topics will students an exploratory and collaborative studio experience that will encourage and increase preparation for cross-disciplinary work in later years. Students will use concept, design and creative inquiry to gain familiarity with the breadth and scope of each medium involved, as well as the potential for mixed-media solutions. This course will also provide students with the initial skills needed in order to take more advanced courses within media-specific STAR-BFA options (ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry Design). Exact description of each topic offered will be determined by a faculty team and may have limited repeatability.
Electives*
Choose four of the following for 12 credit hours
   CCER-201
   Ceramics Sophomore I†
This course will introduce students to wheel throwing techniques as used in functional ware. Emphasis will be placed on designing, preparation, and **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CCER-530
   Ceramics 3 Credit Elective
This is a class specifically designed for non-majors covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of working with clay. Topics covered include the forming techniques, clay mixing, basic properties of clay, glazing and firing techniques and fundamental understanding of historical and contemporary practices and applications. The course includes prescribed projects based on the number of studio hours. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CGLS-206
   Molten Glass Practice I
This course will introduce students to basic glass working processes in the hot glass studio. Solid and blown techniques are introduced as ways to activate ideas through molten glass. Students will learn introductory processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art. There is required out-of-class work time in the glass studio at a minimum of 6-9 hours per week **Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required**
   CGLS-207
   Molten Glass Practice II
This introductory hot glass course will allow students to discover and/or rediscover fundamental solid and blown techniques through a fresh lens of instruction and ideas. The cold shop will be an additional studio where students will learn to use the equipment to further their projects. Contemporary themes surrounding material experimentation, problem-solving and making a mess will be the springboards for prompted assignments. There is a required out-of-class work time in glass studio at a minimum of 6-9 hours per week **Fee: There is a lab fee for materials required for this course**
   CGLS-530
   Glass Processes
This course will introduce the beginner to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CMTJ-201
   Metals and Jewelry Design Sophomore I†
This course will introduce the student to basic jewelry hand tools. Ferrous and nonferrous metals, their compositions and working priorities, will serve as the primary materials. This course will provide in-depth instruction on basic design and fabrication techniques. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop; learn basic machine and hand skills and basic tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CMTJ-530
   Form and Fabrication: Metals and Jewelry Design
This is an elective course providing an opportunity for introductory study in metals: either hollowware or jewelry. Development of metals techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression will be encouraged. The student will learn to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. Slide lectures, technical demonstrations, field trips, hands-on experience and critiques will be used. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CWFD-201
   Furniture Design Sophomore I†
This is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the care and use of hand tools, the care and maintenance of woodworking power tools, wood as a material, its basic properties, basic joinery and fundamental techniques of wood fabrication, and finishing. The course includes a machine maintenance program. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   CWFD-530
   Furniture Design 3 Credit Elective
This is a class designed for non-majors, covering a fundamental introduction to techniques and aesthetics of woodworking. Topics covered include the use of select hand tools and woodworking power tools, wood as a material, its basic properties and fundamental processes of wood fabrication. The course includes a prescribed project based on five in-class contact hours. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
    CWTD-530
   Quilting Elective
This course will introduce the beginner to the textile studio and to quilting as a creative process. This can be repeated to allow students to develop additional skills. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   FDTN-132
   3D Design II
This is the second-semester of a sequential course. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Students will build on their prior term experiences, which include the introduction to 3D principles, materials, and building processes. Students will develop the sophisticated skill of conceptualization. More advanced problems will be assigned and students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of material and process possibilities for their resolution. A heightened awareness of idea development and design research will be explored. Inclusion of 21st century themes in the arts of social cultural and community.
   FDTN-232
   3D Design II Workshop: Topic
This workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn more about 3D compositions within a more open and experimental realm while still covering the core Foundation concepts. Different topics may be taken in the same semester. Topics may only be taken once. The focus is on composing three-dimensional form and its relationship to space. Material exposure will be determined by the topic’s instructor.
   SCUL-543
   Foundry Practices
This course is designed to introduce or develop students’ skills in casting metals with an emphasis on cast iron and the use of a cupola. Advanced pattern-making, mold-making, sprueing, patination, and casting techniques will be introduced. Students will develop their concepts through cast metal sculpture.
    SCUL-583
   Welding and Fabrication
This course will introduce develop skills in metal fabrication. Several different types of equipment will be introduced and explained along with the welding and cutting processes. Students will complete a body of work consisting of finished fabricated steel sculptures. The course will be taught off-campus at Rochester Arc and Flame Center connected to Mahany Welding, 115 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY. There is a lab fee to cover some safety equipment and supplies. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
   STAR-250
   STAR Collaborative Topics: Topic
The course will involve two disciplines collaborating to develop creative works focused on a particular theme or conceptual framework. STAR Collaborative Topics will students an exploratory and collaborative studio experience that will encourage and increase preparation for cross-disciplinary work in later years. Students will use concept, design and creative inquiry to gain familiarity with the breadth and scope of each medium involved, as well as the potential for mixed-media solutions. This course will also provide students with the initial skills needed in order to take more advanced courses within media-specific STAR-BFA options (ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry Design). Exact description of each topic offered will be determined by a faculty team and may have limited repeatability.

* At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level or above.

† This course is 6 credit hours.