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2008-2009 University Catalogue 
    
2008-2009 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Crafts - Bachelor of Fine Arts


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Program Total Credits: 123

The Crafts curriculum has been designed to give the student flexibility in his or her choice of media concentrations. Some students may enter the Crafts Department knowing the specific medium in which they wish to concentrate. Other students may elect to divide their media-specific coursework between two areas of potential concentration. Still others may want to pursue a mixed media approach to their Crafts education. All are possible, but careful attention must be paid to meeting departmental, college, and University requirements while pursuing personal interests.

Of the 42 credits required for a Crafts major, 18 of these credits are devoted to the core of Project Courses. The remaining 24 credits are to be taken elsewhere in the Crafts Department. However, it is important to note that 12 of those credits must be at the advanced (300-400) level.

 

Core Studio Projects Courses

Each semester all Crafts students take Projects, a core studio course. These courses provide aesthetic structure and involve discussion and investigation of broader Crafts issues, with critiques of the student’s work. Students then have the freedom to choose from a variety of technique-based courses, which aid in developing that aesthetic. Emphasis is placed on the interdependency of all the arts, with particular attention given to the unique contribution of Crafts ideology and practice. As a corequisite for Projects, each student must be enrolled in at least one core media-specific course in a major area of concentration: ceramics, fibers, jewelry, metalsmithing, and wood/furniture. These corequisites must be at the appropriate 200 or 300 level. Glass is currently offered as a department elective.

 

Single Medium Concentration

Students entering the department knowing the specific medium in which they wish to concentrate from sophomore through senior year take one three-credit media-specific course in that concentration each semester of the three-year journey through the department. Four media-specific courses must be at the advanced level.

 

Dual Concentration

It is possible to have a dual concentration within the Crafts Department. If the student enters the sophomore year with an interest in two distinct media then, by taking the prerequisite of two courses at the 200 level early on, in the sophomore and junior years, the student can continue at the advanced level in these same two media during the junior and senior years. Two three-credit courses at the advanced level in each concentration will fulfill the 12-credit advanced-level requirement.

 

Multiple Media Concentration

It is possible to take courses during the sophomore and junior years in three or more media. However, this will require the greatest vigilance on the part of the student to meet all the requirements for graduation. Having sampled an array of introductory courses, the student must then take an additional introductory course in at least one medium in order to proceed to the advanced level. To meet the advanced level requirement as a multiple media student, it will be necessary to (a) take all 12 advanced credits in one medium or (b) use studio elective credits to take advanced-level courses in additional media.

Sophomore Year Credits: 30


Fall Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 3 cr

Select one course from the following two:


Spring Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
  • Electives Credits: 3 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 3 cr

Select one course from the following two:


Junior Year Credits: 30


Fall Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
    (300 level/advanced)
  • Electives Credits: 3 cr

Spring Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
    (300 level/advanced)
  • Electives Credits: 3 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 6 cr

Senior Year Credits: 30


Fall Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
    (300 level/advanced)
  • Electives Credits: 3 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 6 cr

Spring Credits: 15


  • CRXX XXX - Media-Specific Course Credits: 3 cr
    (300 level/advanced)
  • Electives Credits: 6 cr
  • Liberal Arts Credits: 3 cr

Liberal Arts Distribution


Note all Liberal Arts courses are 3.0 credits.

  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 15 cr

Core Media-Specific Course Offerings:


Note:


Electives must include at least nine studio credits outside of the Crafts offerings.

Additional Media Specific Course Offerings


Crafts


Ceramics


Glass


Metals and Jewelry


Wood


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