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Viewing: CFN 1091 : First-Year Studio 1: Form and Materials

Last approved: Mon, 01 May 2017 08:01:57 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:56:32 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
First-Year Studio 1: Form and Materials
Studio 1: Form and Materials
Fall 2017
Course Type
Studio Course
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Comprehensive studio course providing a broad experience with the tools and materials of traditional and conceptual sculptural practices in art and design; develops students’ ability to think, perceive, visualize, design, and build in three dimensions and explore questions of space, place, site, presentation, and context. Required for all first-year BFA majors.
Topics to be covered by this course
● The use of a wide variety of shop tools for constructing 3 dimensional objects
● An exploration of the materiality of a wide variety of substances used in the construction of 3 dimensional objects
● The principles of positive and negative space, surface and form for the design of 3 dimensional objects in real space
● An introduction to the historical and contemporary practice of sculpture
● Generating project ideas from research and lived experience
● Basic digital fabrication of 3 dimensional form
● Prototyping as problem solving
● Presentation and installation of resolved works of art
● The principles of constructive critique
There is a resemblance to introductory drawing courses (CFA 1092 and FA 1201) however, this course is part one of the four course foundations sequence intended primarily for BFA majors and serious BA majors in their first year of study. The level is more intensive than the media specific introductory studio courses and coordinates with CFN 1090, 1092, and 1093.
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Course two in a proposed four-course foundations sequence. The mission of the First Year Studio program is to provide an intellectually and artistically rigorous studio-based foundation in the core aspects of art and design relevant to all of the disciplines. The four course sequence seeks to foster in students an enthusiasm for the hard work of making and a grounding in skills that will serve as a basis for their study. Finally, the First Year studios seek to establish connections between students across majors and create a platform for the sharing of ideas and practices across the School.

FALL: CFN 1090 Drawing and Surface CFN 1091 Form and Materials
SPRING: CFN 1092 Time and Light CFN 1092 Interaction
candaceg (Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:09:56 GMT): Rollback: request of the department
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