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).

The program code for Craft and Material Studies Minor is CAMS-MN.

Curriculum for Craft and Material Studies Minor

Course
Electives*
Choose five of the following for 15 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-124
   Clay Studio Survey
   CCER-128
   Josiah Wedgewood’s Legacy
   CCER-206
   Ceramic Sculpture Processes
   CCER-207
   Mold Mechanisms
   CCER-211
   Thrown Vessel Forms
   CCER-212
   Thrown Sculptural Forms
   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-124
   Glass Studio Survey
   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-211
   Mold & Kiln Glass Practice
This course will introduce students to basic mold making and glass working processes in the kiln studio. Fusing, slumping, and casting techniques will be covered as ways to activate ideas through kiln formed glass. In addition, basic processes of finishing glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills within self-directed projects motivated by prompted themes found within contemporary art. 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-212
   Kinetic Glass Practice
This course will introduce students to basic flame working processes. Solid working techniques with borosilicate glass will be covered as ways to activate ideas about making glass move. Basic processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills within personally developed projects motivated by themes regarding mechanics, the experimental, and absurdity. 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**
   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-124
   Metals and Jewelry Studio Survey
   CMTJ-206
   Methods and Practice 
   CMTJ-207
   Design, Fabrication, and Forming
   CMTJ-211
   Design and Fabrication 
   CMTJ-212
   Fabrication, Casting, and Mold Making
   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-124
   Woodworking / Furniture Design Studio Survey
   CWFD-206
   Furniture Design: The Table
   CWFD-207
   Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Bench Seating
   CWFD-211
   Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Carving and Shaping
   CWFD-212
   Intro to Woodworking and Furniture Design: Boxes and Containers
   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.

* At least two courses must be taken at the 200-level or above.