Jan 18, 2020  
2017-2018 University Catalogue 
2017-2018 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Craft + Material Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Mi-Kyoung Lee / mlee@uarts.edu / 215.717.6107
Program Director


Students major in Craft + Material Studies with a concentration in one of the following areas: Ceramics, Fibers and Textile Studies, Glass, Jewelry/Metals or Wood/Furniture. Students use elective credits for deeper study within a discipline, to combine multiple Craft disciplines or to sample the many courses offered across the university. A student who pursues a B.F.A. Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches his or her artistic goals. At the heart of the major is thinking through making. Craft students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Craft students learn to express themselves through material and process. Some students are interested in functional formats: pottery, blown glass, jewelry, wearables, furniture, etc. Others make work addressing other areas of contemporary art and design practice. Having experienced personal control of all aspects of making, from initial design to final finished piece, Craft graduates are flexible and well-prepared to enter the profession as independent studio artists, find positions in related fields in design, business and industry or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

Program Objectives

  • Students demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
  • Students acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
  • Students are able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
  • Students acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Academic Plan

Academic plans provide a semester by semester suggested course sequence. Plans can be customized through discussions with academic advisors.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework after completing Core Studies.  Students are free to select courses from any school or college-wide program. 

Major Selection

  • Select 2 courses from subjects: CERA, FIBR, GLAS, METL, WOOD; 300 level 6 credits
  • Select 3 courses from subjects: CERA, FIBR, GLAS, METL, WOOD; 400 level 9 credits



Craft + Material Studies students who declare a concentration should complete the corresponding concentration course sequence below. 

Discipline History (12 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject PIPT
  • Select 1 course from subject PITC

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies) 
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.