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Academic Catalog 2016-2017
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 23, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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    LASS316 Vienna: Glories & Paradoxes 3cr.


    This travel course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the magnitude of
    Vienna’s impact on the development of Western cultural and social history. Emphasis will be
    attached to the major musical, artistic, literary and political figures who shaped the city’s
    legacy, and visits with prominent artists, professors and musicians will be an integral part
    of the stay in Vienna.

    Prerequisites: LALW-100 and FRSM-100

    TRAVEL COURSE
    Spring Only

Animation

  
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    CDAN200 Animation 1 3 cr.


    An introduction to the fundamental principles of expression through movement in time, sequential composition, editing, and integration of image sequences and sound. A series of short projects will apply basic animation principles. Presentations and projects involve simple phenomena of cycles, transformations, transitions, sequential structure and the expression of emotional and kinetic states. The use of digital still and video cameras is introduced, as well as sound integration, editing and story structure using current digital software combined with traditional techniques.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN202 Drawing for Animators 3 cr.


    Drawing for Animators will build drawn animation skills through in-class exercises and related assignments. Students will animate all their work on paper using a variety of dry and wet media. They will gain knowledge of the physics of motion, squash and stretch, time-based blurring, perspective in motion, kinesthesia, and the use of light and shadow. Observational skills will be enhanced by using a live model, and by analyzing live-action footage and exemplary animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN202, MPFV214 or consent of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN203 The Digital Toolbox 3 cr.


    This course serves as an introduction to various alternative animation techniques, with emphasis on how an individual animation artist might innovate ways to integrate continually emerging digital tools into his or her work. Software applications such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Flash, Illustrator and After Effects are introduced and incorporated into assignments that include “old-school” animation devices and techniques such as Zoetropes, flipbooks, rotoscoping and multi-plane shooting. Additionally, Mini-DV, and digital still cameras, along with digital audio recorders are introduced. A semester-long, image-based digital animation will be produced, along with numerous shorter assignments. There will be portions of class time made available for workshop.

    Prerequisites: ANIMATION MAJORS ONLY or by permission of instructor.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN207 Toolbox II 3 cr.


    This course will explore how concepts and creative project solutions can be further articulated through an expanded use of digital software and media. Toolbox Two will build on principles and techniques introduced in Digital Toolbox. Students will work on project-based assignments that require use of both 2D and 3D software. Through screened examples, workshops, visiting lecturers, critiques, and trial and error, participants will gain familiarity with problem-solving strategies and inventive use of digital resources in animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN203

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    CDAN212 Design for Animators I 3cr.


    An introductory exploration to the application of a range of fine art materials with a focus on
    water-based media.  Through demonstrations, in-class exercises and comparative assignments,
    students build technical skills and increase knowledge of color, form, space, light and
    composition in applied problems.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN213 Human Figure in Animation 3cr.


    Course Description: An exploration of the human figure covering basic human anatomy, traditional
    observational figure techniques including form, light and shadow.  There will also be work on the
    body in motion with a focus on gesture, pushing poses and honing a student’s ability to observe
    and recognize both pose and motion quickly and accurately.  This will be accomplished with both
    formal techniques in drawing and experimental observational techniques using a variety of media.

    Spring Only
  
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    CDAN215 Stop Motion Animation I 3cr.


    Stop-motion animation covers a vast array of techniques, skills and history.
    We will discover underlying common principles through screenings, demonstrations and exercises.
    Since students don’t have access to the 300 person, three year production schedule that a
    stop-motion feature requires, we will learn effective strategies to make more with less. Most
    assignments will require students to isolate production elements and explore multiple paths to
    solutions. Emphasis here will not be on product, but on process. Therefore it will be expected
    that various paths may reveal failed strategies. The point will be to gain broad experience
    rapidly. It is expected that students will learn skills needed to produce expressive and engaging
    stop-motion animated pieces.

    Prerequisites: MPFV101 or CDAN-200

    Departmental Requirement
    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN217 Life Drawing 3cr.


    The study of the human figure emphasizing observational response to movement, form, light
    and shadow, expression, and concepts of pictorial space.

    Fall and Spring
  
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    CDAN300 Character Animation 3 cr.


    A study of the use and dynamics of the character in animation. Through screenings, guest lecturers, workshops, critiques, design, performance and animation exercises, students will explore the fundamentals of character animation. Course emphasis is on 2D formats, although there may be some 3D content mixed in.

    Prerequisites: CDAN200 & CDAN203, or permission of instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN301 Animation II 3 cr.


    Animation II will introduce students to various mixed media approaches to animation design. Students will learn strategies enabling them to complete several short animated films within a single semester. They will be instructed in numerous elements necessary to create an independently authored animated film, including the concept of unity, advanced camera techniques, and the language of the cinema. Further emphasis will be placed on experimentation, auteurism, and expressionistic use of materials. There will be regular screenings of exemplary animation and regular classroom critiques.

    Prerequisites: CDAN202, MPFV214 or Drawing for Animators

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN302 Animation III 3 cr.


    Animation III is a course that focuses on various narrative forms for animated short films. A wide range of exercises are employed to address issues of both content and form, such as: creating an animated film by utilizing documentary audio or found sound, interpreting an existing work of poetry, adapting a news article, and translating a theatrical script into a visual storyboard. Students are expected to work both individually and collaboratively.

    Prerequisites: CDAN301

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN303 Sound Design for Animators 3 cr.


    Soundtracks for motion pictures are possibly the least noticed element, yet provide the strongest cues to the viewers’ emotional response. This course will enhance the student’s understanding of the power of sound as well as providing the vocabulary to make meaningful aural decisions. Students will create audio pieces that stand alone and later synchronize them with animation.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN306 Toolbox III 3 cr.


    Continued study of the digital realm in animation. Primary focus is on 3D computer animation.

    Prerequisites: CDAN 207 - Toolbox Two

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    CDAN392 AN Course Assistantship


  
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    CDAN398 AN Internship


  
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    CDAN399 AN Independent Study 3 cr.


    Critique
  
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    CDAN400 Degree Project I 3 cr.


    The first of two semesters involving investigation and articulation through animation of a topic of personal interest for each student. This course involves extensive scholarly research and experimentation including short trials runs of techniques and strategies. All these are used on the path towards completion of a comprehensive film or set of films. At the close of the first semester, students will have defined their intentions through a completed animatic essay on purpose and intent, design studies, trial shorts, and a minimum of one minute of completed footage representative of their final product.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    CDAN401 Animation Portfolio 3 cr.


    Animation Portfolio provides a concentrated opportunity for graduating seniors to develop content and practices directed towards their professional goals in the field of animation. Through a series of projects, lectures and workshops, students develop professional standards and produce a finished portfolio and show reel.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN402 Degree Project II 3 cr.


    The second of two semesters involving investigation and articulation through animation of a topic of personal interest for each student. Students complete all phases of production and promotion of their chosen project.

    Prerequisites: CDAN400

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    CDAN403 Animation IV 3 cr.


    Animation IV is an advanced-level production course in which students produce one high-end, purpose-driven animation. Emphasis is placed on clear communication of ideas, which is challenged through intensive group critique of every phase of the process: from script to storyboard to animatic to finished animation. Complete musical score and sound design is coordinated via a semester-long collaboration with students from Berklee College of Music. Additionally, students will complete three, ten-second “style emulations”. which closely examine the work of independent animators.

    Prerequisites: CDAN302

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

Architectural Design

  
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    EDAD102 Architectural Technical Drawing 3 cr.


    Development of a variety of design/technical drawing skills through exploration in various media using architectural design contexts. Attention is given to 3D material rendition, construction means, and form characteristics through measuring, documentation and transformation into 2D drawing. Freehand and hard line drawing including plan, section, elevation, axonometric, isometric, and perspective are covered through a diverse set of drawing projects.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    EDAD200 Pattern Language & Morphology in Architecture 3 cr.


    An introduction to the design processes used in all areas of architecture and basic design, students develop a foundation in the principles of design through concept development, perception, comprehension and visual communication through sketches, measured drawings and models.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD102 Technical Drawing and EDAD 202 Methods and Materials or equivalent as approved by Instructor. (A preparatory course to studio design issues, required of all undergraduates in the program)

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD202 Methods and Materials 3 cr.


    This course introduces students to the history, origins, properties, working methods, and assembly techniques of the major materials that comprise the built environment, with a focus on the development of woodshop skills and wood frame construction.

    Students are immersed in the nuts and bolts of architectural craft and construction technology practice. Through design sketch problems, hands-on demonstrations, and readings, students focus on the most common methods of constructing building systems in wood, masonry, steel, and concrete. Constructing a full-scale model of a wood-framed structure brings the theory to life. Read chapters 1-5, 8-11, and 13-15 of Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods (Edward Allen) prior to class.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD200 Pattern Language

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall

  
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    EDAD203 3D Modeling for Freshman 3 cr.


    An exploration of form.Z as an introduction to 3D modeling skills. Various design projects are used as the basis to explore the 2D and 3D tools to form a basic understanding of the software.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD205 Technical Drawing as an Art Form 3 cr.


    The goal of this course is to reestablish this classic form of drawing. Assignments will stress the technical aspects of pencil as well as pen and ink drawing. Students will be introduced to axonometric views, perspective construction and freehand object drawings of interior and exterior views. Lectures will include technical drawing and architectural renderings from the golden age.

    Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD216 History of Architecture and Urban Planning I 3 cr.


    The course examines building cultures from different periods and places, beginning with pre-history and the ancient civilizations from more than 5000 years ago that kept the first written records, through the era of medievalism up to the dawn of modernity.

    Emphasis is given to different aspects of the built domain: selected individual buildings, their symbolical significance, layouts, spatial organization, construction, building materials and technologies, along with buildings’ sites and city plans within the broader urban and cultural landscapes.  Each lecture is based on a variety of case studies of buildings and settlements explored within their specific geographies and historical settings. Rather than asking for simple memorizing of particular data or dates, students develop skills of analyzing, comparing and getting oriented within distinct historical spaces and periods.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement

  
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    EDAD223 Architectural Design I 3 cr.


    Introduction to architectural design as a social art. The course lays the foundation of basic skills in architecture through which students are introduced to design through observation of people and places, program schematics, access, siting and elementary building languages.

    Through a series of projects of increasing complexity, students work on designs that include small scale private and public programs, and transform ideas into built form.

    Prerequisites: Undergraduates: EDAD200 Pattern Language, EDAD102 Architectural Technical Drawing, and EDAD202 Methods and Materials

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

  
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    EDAD227 Architectural Structures I 3 cr.


    Introduces construction at a domestic scale through lectures, slides and field trips. Structural calculations include safe selection of building parts by stress analysis, beam equations and column computations. Students learn sufficient wood and masonry building techniques to design a small wood frame building. Assignments include structural models and calculations.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD300 Design/Build/Artisanry 3 cr.


    Development of technical drawing skills through exploration in various media using architectural or industrial design contexts. Introduces various drawing techniques. Attention is given to 3D material rendition, construction means, and form characteristics through measuring, documentation, and transformation into 2D drawing. Freehand and hard line drawing including plan, section, elevation, axonometric, isometric, and perspective.

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD302 Sustainable Architecture 3 cr.


    Providing a broad overview of ecology and landscape as a basis for understanding sustainable principles, the course follows research focusing on “deep retrofit” detailing for new and existing wood frame housing in various climates, with an emphasis on cold climates similar to New England. Lectures include siting, water and waste, trash and recycling, conservation and energy production, air, environment and health, materials and methods in construction, transportation, food production, native landscape design and the broader issues of building community. Sustainable construction principles centered in wood frame construction for both new and existing housing presented and researched including the current developments in details, environmental and energy systems alternatives. Individually and in groups, students are required to develop details for existing construction approaching zero-energy use in various climates, associated with an outline specification indicating materials, systems and energy sources. Each student will complete a drawn presentation, an individual outline specification, and a short presentation on a focused area of interest.

    Prerequisites: EDAD223 Architectural Design I, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Sustainabilty Content
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    EDAD307 Furniture Design I 3 cr.


    This studio is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of furniture design as it relates to history, methods of production and style. Through a series of projects, students design and construct projects focusing on material selection, joinery conventions of similar and different materials and craft in assemblage. Students are encouraged to develop consistent formal elements in their designs, with attention to ease of use, function, assemblage and workmanship.

    Prerequisites: EDAD202 Methods and Materials, or 3DSC102 Technology and Culture, or permission of Instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD310 Architectural Design II 3 cr.


    The studio focuses on the development of tools and fundamental skills for primary competence in design leading to an emerging ability to integrate design explorations - the ability to think critically about and integrate research and precedents, climate and site, program, use and structural building propositions.

    Prerequisites: EDAD223 or EDAD305 Architectural Design I or equivalent as approved by Instructor

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD316 History of Architecture and Urban Planning II 3cr


    The course explores building cultures from around the world from 1400s until the mid-20th century. As the time-line covered in the course starts
    with the Renaissance – defined by its radical shift from the previous, predominantly religious, ideological framework, to man-centered belief
    systems – the entire period can be generally considered as the Age of Modernity. Therefore, special attention in the course is paid to the
    various concepts, understanding, and architectural manifestations of the idea of Modern. Each lecture is based on a variety of
    case studies - specific buildings, urban plans and theoretical statements of the leading architects, planners and visionary contributors
    to the creation of the built domain, understood through the specificities of the ideological, cultural, and intellectual settings of different
    periods and geographies.

    Fall
  
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    EDAD317 Architectural Structures II 3 cr.


    Continues structural design of wooden buildings and computations for generic or special extra load applications requiring compound wood sections. Introduces steel construction and calculation for steel beams and columns. Environmental systems of plumbing, heating and insulation are covered and students design a domestic plumbing system.

    Prerequisites: EDAD227 Architectural Structures I, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD318 Revit I & II 3 cr


    The course provides a basic understanding of the use of Autodesk Revit Architecture
    parametric modeling software. Course content includes developing drawings using
    typical building components as well as an introduction to component editing, scheduling
    of components, and project documentation. Students model an entire project using
    standard and custom components as appropriate. Every session will include the
    introduction of new tools and tricks. Rendering and solar studies are also explored.

    Studio
    Fall and Spring
  
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    EDAD320 Architectural Design III 3 cr.


    Students are exposed to a design project of increasing complexity and an investigation of mixed use programming at an urban site. Design work includes experimentation with the design and selection of structural systems and application of sustainable principles to site and building design concepts and details.

    Development of architectural design skills that address the issues of housing both locally and globally viewed through a lens of cultural differences: as in typical minimum housing sizes and varied user profiles. The coursework includes investigation of elements of urban tissue such as plazas, squares, street edges and systems of city form understood through street patterns and greenways followed up in a site study focused on the primary design project for the studio. Students explore needs, values, norms and spatial patterns as a means to sensitize them to diverse physical and cultural environments that culminate in the design of a mixed-use housing project in a local urban contex

    Prerequisites: EDAD310, EDAD327

    Studio
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

  
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    EDAD327 Architectural Structures III 3 cr.


    Introduces structure design of compound steel beams and columns and long span trusses of steel or wood. Environmental systems/building science topics include electricity, wiring, lighting and daylighting, long span roofing and foundation and site methods.

    Prerequisites: EDAD317 Architectural Structures II, or equivalent as approved by Instructor

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD330 The Art of Furniture Design I: Fundamentals of Design and Construction 3 cr.


    In this course, students initiate and are guided through a hands-on design/build project based on fundamental tenets of furniture design. Students will come to class with work from Design Processes for Furniture Design to use as the basis for their project. This studio shop course will begin with a review of design fundamentals and the concept design process. If necessary, concepts are refined through additional drawings and maquette model making as preparation for the concluding phase: completion of the final product. This class will also be open to students outside of the certificate program who have experience in basic hand tool use and maintenance as well as a comfort level for work in standing machine power tools.

    Prerequisites: Design Processes for Furniture Design

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD333 MassMaker Studio 3 cr


    MassMaker is an interdisciplinary, mixed media design studio program focused on an
    entrepreneurial approach to the making of things. The course simulates the development cycle of
    ideas from inspiration, through design and development, prototyping and fabrication, and
    creation and marketing. Working in teams with other students from different disciplines,
    students gain leadership, collaboration, and design skills in a problem based, hands on
    environment of shared success.

    Students form teams, create a problem statement, propose an idea to solve the stated problem,
    design their solution, prototype and fabricate it using a mixture of means and methods including
    digital design (3D Modeling, Parametric Design, Finite Analysis), digital prototyping and
    fabrication (3D Printing, CNC Controlled, Laser Cutters) traditional crafts (Wood, Metal,
    Composites shops), and the present their concept using digital design and graphics techniques
    including printed material, digital media, animation, or interactive media. Fabrication and
    prototyping takes place in shops and labs located throughout the Mass Art campus. Studio space for
    design and assembly will be provided to each team.

    Sustainabilty Content
    Undergraduate Electove
    Spring Only

  
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    EDAD340 The Art of Furniture Design II: Fundamentals of Design and Construction 3 cr.


    In this course, students initiate and are guided through a hands-on design/build project based on fundamental tenets of furniture design. Students will come to class with work from Design Processes for Furniture Design to use as the basis for their project. This studio shop course will begin with a review of design fundamentals and the concept design process. If necessary, concepts are refined through additional drawings and maquette model making as preparation for the concluding phase: completion of the final product. This class will also be open to students outside of the certificate program who have experience in basic hand tool use and maintenance as well as a comfort level for work in standing machine power tools.

    Prerequisites: The Art of Furniture Design: Fundamentals of Design and Construction I

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD350 Building Components and Details 3 cr.


    This course investigates the nature of construction material and the inherent ways that materials behave, using these properties in small-scale design studies. Construction assemblies are studied for their logic and design opportunities. Students use industry conventions such as dimensioning and material constraints in designs to develop projects through drawing, models and building actual details. The work is developed in architectural, interior and industrial design contexts.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD223 Architectural Design I and EDAD202 Methods and Materials. This course is required of all undergraduates in the program and provides a means for undergraduates to design and explore constructed building details.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD356 Exhibit Design 3 cr.


    The intent of this class is to discover and explore the basic principles of designing exhibits, including structural frameworks, ergonomics, scale, graphics, and an exploration of materials, form and fabrication. Students are exposed to concepts of time and the multiple types of display for selling, celebrations, fairs, expositions and markets.

    Prerequisites: Open to all majors; limited spaces will be reserved for freshman.

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD360 Furniture Fabrication for a Sustainable Future 3 cr.


    This course combines experience in the fine art of furniture making with an exploration of the procurement, preparation and use of sustainable
    materials. Students develop their woodworking skills in both traditional joinery techniques as well modern production methods. Each student is
    responsible for generating and building an original design that represents an understandingof efficiency and sustainability.
    The focus is on functional pieces for living, learning and working spaces.

    Prerequisites: prior woodshop experience

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Sustainabilty Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD392 AD Course Assistantship


  
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    EDAD398 AD Internship


  
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    EDAD399 AD Independent Study


  
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    EDAD402 Professional Practice 3 cr.


    Students are introduced to architectural practice through social and community design issues, fiduciary responsibility, design and construction contracts and contract law, regulations and codes governing design and construction, ethics, sustainability and environmental issues and requirements for planning, site design and building design and construction.

    Prerequisites: EDAD320 Architectural Design III (required of all graduates in the program) Permission of Instructor required of students in the undergraduate program.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD404 Advanced Lighting/City Lights 3 cr.


    This course aims to explore light as a sculptural and spatial element in the making of art and architecture. The student is introduced to the practice of light as a medium in relation to objects, spaces, buildings and site-specific installation. The class focuses primarily on the application of light as a transformative element in visual practices. This course is designed to familiarize the student with a wide variation of approaches and practices and to encourage a sense of discovery when considering the medium of light in relation to sculptural, spatial, and architectural explorations and in everyday observations. Some Wednesday afternoon field trips to professional companies such as Reflex Lighting, Color Kinetics and downtown sites in the city of Boston are included. Students also complete an off-campus group project.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Sustainabilty Content
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD405 Making Cities Work 3 cr


    What design decisions lead to a more sustainable future and how are those decisions made? In this course we examine how the architecture and design of cities is dependent on the underlying urban fabric by looking carefully at the forces that shape great urban spaces - the designers, the political players and the everyday urban dwellers. 

    Contemporary projects ranging from The High Line in Manhattan to Germany’s Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord are used as case-studies in conjunction with study of Boston’s historical and contemporary urban landscape. Students’ final projects for the course involve direct observation, analysis and documentation of selected sites in Boston. Through case studies and investigations in Boston we critically assess the social, cultural, environmental and economic factors that influence built and landscape fabric of cities and what the confluence of those underpinnings means for the future of the places where we live.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Sustainabilty Content
    Elective
    FAll

  
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    EDAD408 Special Topics in Architectural History/Theory and Criticism 3cr.


    This course provides a survey of main theoretical approaches in modern architectural history:
    beginning from the institutionalization of architectural academia until the present. We
    examine how a wide range of architectural commentators see the meaning, role, and
    significance of the built environment, and each week is devoted to a certain theme and/or theory
    affirmed in a particular historical context. The themes are explored through reading and
    discussion of the historical texts, as well as more recent interpretations by contemporary
    commentators.

    Each week’s topic is examined in a three hour discussion on the assigned readings. Students
    sharpen their critical thinking and develop their verbal and writing skills through in-depth study
    of particular topics in seminar discussions, oral presentations and written assignments.

    Spring Only

  
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    EDAD410 Architectural Design IV 3 cr.


    Architectural design projects of increasing complexity, to include multi-storied construction proposed in the public realm on an urban site. The course provides a framework for making clear design decisions related to the development of solving complex programming skills in a community setting. Projects use a range of building systems requiring long spans and taller structures in steel and concrete. The studio begins with a short project exercise in manipulating an existing exposed column and beam grid system in order to investigate the structural frame, closure and edge conditions.

    Prerequisites: EDAD320 Architectural Design III

    Studio
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD417 Architectural Structures IV 3 cr.


    Introduces structural design of 3-hinged arches and concrete buildings including computations for safe selection of beams, joists, slabs and columns. Environmental systems/building science topics include active and passive solar design, HVAC, acoustics, fire alarm, sprinkler, security and elevators, concrete methods, and critical path method job planning.

    Prerequisites: EDAD327 Architectural Structures III, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    EDAD440 Intermediate Furniture Design: Pre-Capstone Studio 3 cr.


    Working with greater autonomy in the shop environment, each student develops a more advanced design project in consultation with faculty. The project will be based on students’ ongoing practice of concept documentation and idea development in their sketchbooks, and focused on continued evolution of individual vision and practice. Practical issues such as rapid decision making and timely procurement of materials are incorporated into the design/build process. This course may be combined with the Art of Furniture class, depending upon enrolment.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD441 Furniture Design Capstone 3 cr.


    This is the culmination of a five semester concentration on the development of studio furniture. Students are required to produce a significant work of merit – a furniture suite, or a series of pieces – in order to successfully complete the capstone course. The expectation is for the student to produce work which is a cohesive representation of his or her individual aesthetic voice and vision. As such, the final work will be the defining element of the emerging artist’s portfolio as the student moves into professional practice.

    Prerequisites: Intermediate Furniture Design: Pre-Capstone studio

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD445 Real Estate Development 3cr.


    This class provides a detailed overview of real property development and the role of the
    architect among the wide range of professionals who contribute to the process. Students are
    introduced to concepts of risk and return, real estate markets, zoning and regulation, basic
    property law, types of business entities, debt and equity, valuation and appraisal, property and
    liability insurance, and the various ways in which architects can engage in and contribute to
    creating financially successful projects. Students learn the use of analytical tools
    including pro forma analyses, discounted cash flows, net present value, internal rate of
    return, project management and scheduling, and the creation and
    use of simple spreadsheets. The class also looks at the biographies of a number of well-known real
    estate developers to see widely differing management styles and approaches. Projects
    ranging in size from the rehab of a 3-family “triple-decker” to the development of a complex
    multi-million dollar mixed-use project are examined. Guest presentations by practicing
    professionals are used to bring real-world pespectives to the class materials.

    Spring Only
  
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    EDAD450 Architecture Degree Project I (Research) 3 cr.


    This course is the first of a two-semester senior architectural degree project. This project will be the vehicle for students to develop techniques to self sufficiently research, explore, develop and ultimately demonstrate the validity of an architectural thesis / proposition put forth by the student. In this semester students will identify a thesis / proposition of personal interest to them; they will develop a comprehensive preliminary architectural program that supports the thesis / proposition; and they will identify a locally available site which will provide an appropriate context for the proposed project. Through research, evaluation, analysis and testing, the student will confirm the feasibility of the chosen project to accomplish the architectural goals and support the thesis / proposition stated by the student.

    Prerequisites: EDAD410 Concurrent or prior enrollment in Architectural Design IV (Required of all undergraduates in the program)

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD451 Architecture Degree Project II (Design) 3 cr.


    This is the second semester course in a design study in architecture, lasting one year for each of the graduating seniors in architecture. Students come to this class armed with the products of EDAD450 - thesis concept, a comprehensive program, a feasibility study, and preliminary design drawings. In this semester students focus on their building design in plan, section, elevation, structural models of various scales, details, building envelope studies, environmental and service systems into a final design set, with details appropriate to their projects. Students shall be required to provide a bound book and associated CD organized to show process, outcomes, and the fully developed design documentation including photographs of the final project.

    Prerequisites: EDAD450 Architecture Degree Project I

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

Art Education

  
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    AETE201 Art & Human Development 3 cr.


    An exploration of the cognitive and psycho-social development of learners through psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories. Theories of development and the nature of art-making are the focus of the course.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Required, All College Elective
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE208 Seminar I: Contemporary Teaching Practices 3 cr.


    Seminar I and Seminar II run in tandem to provide a sophomore-level introduction to teaching and contemporary art. In Seminar I, visits to a variety of educational settings (including public schools, after-school programs, alternative programs, art spaces, and community centers) introduce students to teaching contexts. The course begins to prepare students for their responsibilities as teachers.

    Co-requisites: Seminar II: Contemporary Art Practices

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    AETE209 Seminar II: Contemporary Art Practices 3 cr.


    Seminar I and Seminar II run in tandem to provide a sophomore-level introduction to teaching and contemporary art. In Seminar II, visits to a variety of art settings (including museums, galleries, and artists’ studios) introduce students to contexts where art is made and produced, exhibited, and experienced. The course begins to prepare students to be socially responsible artist/educators.

    Co-requisites: Seminar I: Contemporary Teaching Practices

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    AETE300 Seminar III: Issues and the Individual Learner 3 cr.


    An opportunity for students to explore skillful communication, particularly as it relates to expectations, beliefs, relationships, and management with children and youth. Also, an examination of contemporary readings and models that link diversity and art education. Fieldwork with a variety of learners is a significant component of the course.

    Prerequisites: AETE201, AETE208, AETE209

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE301 Interdisciplinary Portfolio I 3 cr.


    The series of Portfolio courses requires students to place their college-wide learning in studios and critical studies in the context of art education. Substantive interdisciplinary projects are required for each seminar. The projects will steadily build towards fulfilling the Artist/Teacher Portfolio requirements established by the Art Education Department. Students may register for any of the Portfolio I or II sections.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Required, All College Elective
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE307 Saturday Studios Prepracticum I 3 cr.


    An intensive study of a variety of teaching models and their respective planning strategies. Reading and discussions will address writing lesson plans, conducting instructional sessions, and assessing student learning. Students make direct field observations in schools, community settings, and museums. Students will also be required to serve as research and teaching assistants to the Saturday Studios’ teachers on at least three Saturday mornings.

    Prerequisites: AETE201, AETE208, AETE209

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE400 Saturday Studios Prepracticum II 3 cr.


    A teaching experience to practice theories and models of teaching in the context of the Saturday Studios setting. Through readings, class discussions, and coaching sessions, students analyze communication skills and motivational techniques to inform their practice. Students reflect upon all aspects of their teaching and set goals to address challenges they encounter.

    Prerequisites: AETE307

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE404 Seminar IV: Creating Community 3 cr.


    An examination of a variety of community arts programs in order to understand how artists and arts administrators approach the design and implementation of art education programs in community settings. Students will design and implement a community art project as part of the course.

    Prerequisites: AETE307 (requisite - can be taken concurrently)

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    AETE406 Interdisciplinary Portfolio II 3 cr.


    The series of Portfolio courses requires students to place their college-wide learning in studios and critical studies in the context of art education. A minimum of three substantive projects will be required for each seminar. The projects will build steadily towards fulfilling the Artist/Teacher Portfolio requirements established by the Art Education Department. Students should register for any of the Portfolio I or II sections.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Required, All College Elective
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE407 Student Teaching Practicum 6 cr.


    Students are placed for their practicum in area schools for either Pre-K - 8 or 5-12 licensure. They work closely with cooperating teachers
    designing, teaching, and evaluating lessons relating to the school curriculum.  They are supervised by Mass Art faculty and attend a
    weekly seminar on issues related to their teaching experience.  They compile a teaching portfolio and hang an exhibition of their students’ work.

    Prerequisites: AETE400, AETE412 or AETE 404

    Practicum/Mix
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE408 Seminar V: Designing Curriculum in the Visual Arts 3 cr.


    An exploration of the philosophical, socio-cultural, and personal issues that shape teaching practices. Through readings and critical analysis of existing models, students design individual solutions to curriculum problems in the visual arts. (This course is usually taken concurrently with the Student Teaching Practicum or the Community or Museum Internship.)

    Prerequisites: AETE400

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE409 Portfolio III: Capstone Projects 3 cr.


    An opportunity for reflection on, refinement, and presentation of prior learning in the program; a search for lasting connections between creating and teaching. Students consider classroom goals and teaching styles in direct relation to how artists experience making, viewing, and learning. This course further supports teachers in using their own art-making, personal sources of inspiration, and reactions to works of art in teaching. As students move through the portfolio I and II sequence, this course will become the culmination of the resulting Artist/Teacher portfolio projects.

    Prerequisites: AETE301, AETE406 Co-requisites: AETE-400

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE411 Museum/Community Internship 3 cr.


    Provides a field-based setting for Museum and Community Education students. Students work with museum or community professionals and a college supervisor to build skills and insights that will advance their knowledge of the museum or community education profession.

    Prerequisites: AETE404 or AETE412

    Practicum/Mix
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    AETE412 Seminar VI: Exhibitions: Concept, Context, and Audience 3 cr.


    This course explores the role and responsibilities of museums and galleries in presenting objects to the public. Coursework examines the history of museums and the rise of art collections for public viewing. Students work on a group project in which they develop an exhibition. In addition to creating artwork for the show, the students focus on curating, installing and developing educational materials for the public. The class examines the Looking to Learn gallery education program at MassArt and visits Boston area galleries and museums as part of the course work.

    Prerequisites: AETE301 or AETE406, AETE307

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    AETE414 Portfolio: Artist/Teacher Studio 3 cr.


    This class is designed to help teaching interns navigate the balance between being an artist while being a teacher. Students collaborate to find ways to maintain their own art practice, to bring the works and practices of contemporary art into teaching, create and participate in communities of support, and to use art and teaching practices as foundations for research. Formerly known as Portfolio: Artist/Teacher Seminar

    Prerequisites: AETE400, AETE409

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring

Fashion Design

  
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    EDFD101 Culture, Dress and Identity 3 cr.


    This course will examine the relationship between culture, dress and identity. We will look broadly across the world at how dress and adornment are extensions of one’s culture and identity and compare and contrast this to our own. We will explore the significance of dress through rituals, ceremonies and rites of passages as well as through a social and political lens. We will also examine the effects of globalization on dress, what this means in our contemporary world, and how this is leading us into the future.

    Lecture/Seminar
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD202 History of Textiles 3 cr.


    This History of Textiles course will survey the fascinating development of textiles around the globe, from ancient to modern times, familiarizing students with specific styles, techniques, and constructions. Students will learn to identify motifs and patterns, as well as explore the cultural and historical milieu in which these textiles were created and used. Particular attention will be placed on understanding the role of textiles in clothing design.

    Lecture/Seminar
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD207 Fashion History II 3 cr.


    In the second half of Fashion History, this course explores the glamorous fashions of the Rococo period. Magnificent architecture, artworks, and portraits painted by English and French artists set the tone for the early part of the course. Rigid garments are a reflection of the social structure and class system that will come undone with the rise of the French Revolution. “The Age of Napoleon” (or French Empire as it is more typically known) will be depicted in all of its contrived glory by Jacques Louis David in paintings elevating the newly formed French court in 1804. This course will also cover the rise of the new middle class, the elongated and romantic span of the Victorian era (1837-1901), and the development of machinery to speed up textile production, mechanical looms, and the sewing machine. The changes in masculine and feminine roles will also play a part in the reaction to fashion for the people who lived in those times. Paris, as the new center of fashion with the development of the French Couture and the designer salon, will be examined from the 1850’s to the 1960’s. Art, culture, music, and the “Silver Screen” will provide a backdrop for the direction of fashion throughout the twentieth century.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD208 Digital Tools/Fashion Design 3 cr.


    An introduction to the creative, technical and research skills needed in designing apparel. Projects develop sketching techniques and use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for design and execution of presentation boards.

     

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
    Spring
  
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    EDFD216 Digital Tools for Textiles 3cr


    Students use advanced industry applications in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for creating printed fabric  presentation boards. Students develop knowledge of scanning, color reduction, creating and putting into repeat, original textile designs.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Studio Foundation Year

    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD220 Fashion Illustration I 3 cr.


    An introduction to the methods of Illustration for the fashion designer. Basic anatomy and analysis of the idealized fashion female and male figures will be emphasized through demonstrations and in-class exercises. Students will illustrate color fashion plates with apparel details, fashion silhouettes, and textile rendering using magic marker and watercolor. Basic layout skills, critique and editing processes are critical foundation teachings. Flat sketch, technical drawing skills are taught.

    Prerequisites: Must complete foundation requirements.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD221 Fashion Illustration II 3cr


    An advanced course in hand rendering fashion illustrations for the fashion designer.  The fashion figures will be manipulated in multi-figure fashion spreads for collection and portfolio building.  Demonstrations by instructor will cover layout and composition variables incorporating interactive movement of both the figure and the clothing.  Anatomy studies, drawing from the live model, exaggeration of the garment silhouette, volume and creative style will be emphasized along with advanced textile rendering and detailed flat sketching.  Directional information will be presented for use of computer-aided multi-media layouts using both hand and computer-aided fashion rendering.

    Prerequisites: EDFD220

    Department Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD255 Creative Fashion Design I 3 cr.


    Communication of original ideas using geometric principles in design as well as master block pattern structure. Students learn fundamental draping and development. Basic garment construction and the experience in translating creative designs into 3D form. Work in fabric and non-textiles.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD256 Pattern Drafting and Construction I 3 cr.


    An introduction to the principles and procedures in the development and use of the flat pattern. The course introduces basic master block patterns with design changes.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD257 Pattern Drafting and Construction II 3 cr.


    Development of master block patterns to include dress and pant with additional design options. Introduction to machine stitching for basic garment construction.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD260 Fashion Industry Production/Gerber 3 cr.


    Designing for mass-production using CAD - Gerber garment technology. Production methods of design and pattern/marker making utilizing the Accumark Silhouette System.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDFD303 Paris to Antwerp: Crossing the Fashion Spectrum 3 cr.


    This course will examine both the historical heritage of couture design as found through the textiles, techniques and craftsmanship of the designers, as well as a contemporary view of the globalization of fashion and where designers are heading in the future. We will examine how old world techniques continue to shape and work within the technological advancements of the present day. Students will examine how Antwerp has surfaced as a leading innovative force in fashion and what this means in the larger global context. All of this will be accomplished through lectures and coursework throughout the semester and will culminate with a two week travel program to Antwerp and Paris. Students will complete a final project based on their research, exploration and travel experiences.

    Travel
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD306 Product Development 3cr


    Students study the fashion industry and breakdown the product development process into practical steps to learn to produce a clothing line. Students are introduced to research, creating and presenting a product line along with a brand strategy for target consumer.

    Prerequisites: EDFD255

    Department Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD309 Digital Photography for Designers 3cr.


    The goal of this course is for you to learn the language and tools of digital photography and the
    principles of Fashion Photography. We will be studying the fundamental principles of
    taking, processing and manipulating photographs. We study the differences between photographic
    prints and the use of photographs on screen (size, resolution and printing).

    A major emphasis will be to explore subjects in depth, make the “familiar strange” and treat
    subjects in a series that allows you to develop your ideas in depth.”

    Basic knowledge of photoshop and camera function required.

    Spring Only

  
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    EDFD313 Soft Goods Design 3cr.


    This course explores the intersection of industrial design and fashion design to enhance
    the overall product-consumer experience. This will spark the creation of products that feel
    natural, function intuitively, and resonate with the targeted consumer. The course will explore
    technology by surveying smart textiles, data collecting sensors and product communication
    techniques based on current and future trends like ‘wearables’.
       
    The course will start with a Design Brief and directed research to understand the user in
    the context of the topic, develop user empathy and identify problems/opportunities as well as
    market challenges for a specific industry sector. Low-fidelity prototyping and sketching will be
    used to communicate final solutions.

    The goal of this course is to collaborate between the two disciplines through the understanding of
    the design process and the utilization of team strategies. Specific expertise will be brought in
    based on the semester’s Design Brief.

    Prerequisites: EDFD257

    Spring Only

  
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    EDFD353 Pattern Drafting and Construction III 3 cr.


    A course in advanced pattern drafting and grading techniques that emphasize tailored silhouettes. Students create original patterns as a means to experiment with advanced tailoring.

    Prerequisites: EDFD257

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD354 Creative Fashion Design II 3 cr.


    Intermediate level fashion design. Students develop more intricate designs into finished projects. Emphasis is on personal interpretation of projects in ready-to-wear categories that include swimwear, sportswear and outerwear.

    Prerequisites: EDFD255, EDFD275

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD355 Creative Fashion Design III 3 cr.


    Students develop more intricate designs into finished projects. Emphasis is on personal interpretation of projects in couture design that include lingerie, bridal, eveningwear and theatrical costume.

    Prerequisites: EDFD354

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD359 Tailoring 3 cr.


    Advanced construction techniques are used to develop knowledge of structure, shape, and tailoring to fit and style. Traditional methods of tailoring are utilized to create permanent shaping. Advanced principles of cut, seaming, hand-detailed construction and steam pressing help to develop a foundation to experiment with silhouettes.

    Prerequisites: EDFD353

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD392 FD Course Assistantship


  
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    EDFD398 FD Internship


  
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    EDFD399 FD Independent Study


  
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    EDFD450 Degree Project I 3 cr.


    Students research and design a collection presenting a theme-oriented portfolio of finished work. Individual guidance in executing boards for original design ideas based on sources of inspiration that may include important artists, ancient cultures, historical eras, scientific resources or a specialized related technical design area. (two semesters)

    Prerequisites: EDFD355, EDFD306, EDFD359

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD451 Degree Project II 3 cr.


    Student research project - part II. Students present a theme-oriented formal collection of finished work based on their research. Sources of inspiration may include important artists, ancient cultures, historical eras, scientific resources, or a specialized related technical design area.

    Prerequisites: EDFD450

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD455 Creative Fashion Design IV 3 cr.


    Students are encouraged to seek their personal direction in fashion design in order to develop their full potential while reaching professional standards in portfolio presentation. Students work on a collection of ensembles that represent advanced techniques in fashion design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD306, EDFD355, EDFD359

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD457 Specialized Fashion Study 3 cr.


    An introduction to related fashion specialties of millinery, gloves, footwear, handbags, fur, leather, and cosmetics. Topics include origins, methods of production and finishing, construction, terminology and quality identification. Assignments include millinery and glove design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD355

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDFD458 Couture Techniques 3 cr.


    Techniques and design details such as trapunto, couching, and quilting. Technical elements of the couture will include embroidery, pleating and advanced seam finishes.

    Prerequisites: EDFD359

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
 

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