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MATERIAL ART & DESIGN

Program Information

In the Material Art & Design program we explore the connection between the hand, eye and mind as experienced in the making and using of functional and non-functional craft objects. This hands-on and theoretical study of materials focuses on the potential of objects to perform functions, express culture and act as metaphors essential to adding meaning to daily life.

Students in the program select a major specialization in Fibre or Jewellery/Metalsmithing and may take electives or a minor in Ceramics. Each area delivers a traditional and contemporary studio-based education with a focus on the development of expertise in: making and using materials; understanding the context in which to situate the work; the development of critical thinking, ethics and responsibility; as well as the ability to incorporate hand techniques with new technologies.

The curriculum taught in the program has been developed to meet the needs of craft practitioners in the art and design fields who are directed towards diverse paths which include: small batch production; one-of-a-kind and custom functional and wearable object making; gallery exhibiting; critical design; designing for interiors and industry; and graduate studies. Students may choose to graduate with either a Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Jewellery/Metalsmithing

This program encourages students to look at jewellery and metalsmithing in critical, new or non-traditional ways, while respecting the materials and skills associated with traditional fine jewellery and object making. The full range of courses offered cover fabrication methods, gem setting, silversmithing, concept development, production techniques, computer aided design and rapid prototyping.

Fibre

This program encourages students to investigate fibre materials and processes using both an art-based and applied-design approach. Two main areas of study, constructed textiles (weaving) and surface design (printing and dyeing), are complemented with courses in concept development and non-woven processes such as felting, papermaking and embellishment techniques. Students use traditional techniques and computer-aided design to develop innovative functional products and non-functional artwork.

Ceramics

Although not offered as a major, the Ceramics studio offers a range of courses that explore inventive ways of making ceramics for domestic, industrial and architectural settings. Through the study of the physical and chemical properties of clay, glazes, mouldmaking and surface manipulation, students create functional or sculptural ceramic objects.

Please refer to the Design Programs: Introduction.


Material Art & Design Major Program Guide

All Faculty of Design programs are developed as semester groupings of related courses. In order to be prepared to meet course expectations, students are normally required to complete all core courses in one semester before carrying on to courses in the next semester.

Students will select their area of specialization in Material Art & Design when registering for their first-year winter studio courses.

To meet graduation requirements, students must attain an overall average of 65% or higher for all designated core courses. After the first semester of first year, the minimum pass grade for core courses is 60%.

Note: Students in this major Program or accessing any of these courses through a minor are included in the Laptop Program, and are required to pay the associated fees for software and support. They must also have an appropriate laptop.

All students should refer to Liberal Arts & Sciences for a general outline of the liberal studies degree requirements. For specific liberal studies requirements for your program and year of entry, please refer to "What are liberal studies courses?"

Students who have declared a minor, may use undesignated liberal studies distribution courses and up to 1.5 credits of expansion studios to fulfill minor course requirements and major course requirements at the same time.

 

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT

100 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

GDES 1B25 Form & Structure (core) 0.5
GDES 1B24 Colour and Two-dimensional Design 0.5
 

Please note, when registering, that sections 10 and 11 of this course are delivered entirely online and will not be scheduled in a classroom on a specific day and time.

 




(If English is not your first language, consider enrolling in English Language Pathway, a special offering attached to section 7 of GDES 1B16 Colour in Context which would be considered equivalent to GDES 1B24 for ESL students in First Year Design.)

GDES 1B22 Drawing for ID & MAAD 0.5


Must take VISC 1B02 (and one of ENGL 1B04 or ENGL 1B05 if you don't take one in the winter)


VISC 1B02 Global Visual and Material Culture: Beginnings to 1800 (LST) 0.5

(If all sections of VISC 1B02 in the fall are full, you may take it in the winter.)


ENGL 1B04 The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics (LST)
0.5
or ENGL 1B05 The Essay and the Argument: ESL (English as a Second Language) (LST)

 

100 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

GDES 1B21
Experience Design 
0.5
MAAD 1B04 Drawing for Material Art & Design 0.5
MAAD 1B03 Methods of Material Practice 0.5
Choose one MAAD Studio: 0.5
MAAD 1B01 Material Art & Design Studio: Fibre (0.5 credit) (core)
or MAAD 1B02 Material Art & Design Studio: Jewellery (0.5 credit) (core)

Must take VISC 1B07 (and one of ENGL 1B04 or ENGL 1B05 if you didn't take one in the fall)


VISC 1B07
Global Visual and Material Culture: 1800 to the Present (LST)
0.5

(if all sections of VISC 1B07 in the winter are full, you may take it in the fall.)


ENGL 1B04 The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics (LST) 0.5
or ENGL 1B05 The Essay and the Argument: ESL (English as a Second Language) (LST)




200 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

VISD 2B22 History of Material Arts: Ancient Egypt to Modern Europe (LST) 0.5
Choose one:   0.5
SCTM 2B09 Introduction to Materials Science (LST)
or SCTM 2B01 Introduction to Biology (LST) or another 200 level SCTM course.
(SCTM 2B09 Introduction to Materials Science will be a required liberal studies course for Material Art & Design students entering Year 2 in 2015/16 and onward.)  
     
MAAD 2B35 Drawing as Process 0.5
Choose the two courses that support your area of specialization: 1.0
Fibre
MAAD 2B34 Fibre: Constructed Design 1 (0.5 credit) (core)
Fibre: Dyeing (0.5 credit)
 
or    
Jewellery
MAAD 2B29 Jewellery/Metalsmithing: Fabrication 2 (0.5 credit) (core)
Jewellery/Metalsmithing: Casting (0.5 credit)
 


200 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES.

VISD 2B38
Contemporary Design Theories and Practices (LST) recommended; for other VISA/VISD/VISM options see list at the end of this document (permission of MAAD Chair required for substitution)
0.5

GDES 2B03 Think Tank 1: Awareness (SEM) 0.5
Choose the three courses that support your area of specialization: 1.5
Fibre
MAAD 2B26 Fibre: Explorations (0.5 credit)
MAAD 2B27 Fibre: Surface Design 1 (0.5 credit) (core)
Fibre: Stitching (0.5 credit)
 
or
Jewellery
MAAD 2B28 Jewellery/Metalsmithing: Composition (0.5 credit)
MAAD 2B36 Jewellery/Metalsmithing: CAD/CAM (0.5 credit) (core)
MAAD 2B09 Silversmithing (0.5 credit)


300 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES. (NOTE: Material Art & Design students must complete all required courses from third year before accessing MAAD 4C01 Thesis II: Project Development.)

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Choose one liberal studies course (see recommended list and links at the end of this document) 0.5


Choose the three courses that support your area of specialization: 1.5
Fibre
MAAD 3B43 Fibre: Surface Design 2 (0.5 credit) (core)
Fibre: Implementing the History of the 19th & 20th Century (SEM)
 
Drawing and Rendering: Fibre (0.5 credit)
 
Jewellery
MAAD 3B13 Jewellery: Practical Theory: Setting (0.5 credit) (core)
MAAD 3B38
Jewellery: Implementing the History of the 19th and 20th Century (SEM)

Drawing and Rendering: Jewellery (0.5 credit)
 
Choose one expansion studio from the list provided at the end of this document. 0.5


300 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES. (NOTE: Material Art & Design students must complete all required courses from third year before accessing MAAD 4C01 Thesis II: Project Development.)

VISD 3B41 Cross Cultural Issues in Craft (LST) 0.5
MAAD 3B05 Thesis I: Research & Preparation (SEM)
(this course is a pre-requisite to MAAD 4C01)
0.5
Choose one:   0.5
MAAD 3B47 Professional Practice for Material Art & Design
or GDEX 3B16 Creative Practice: Preparing for a Changing World (SEM)  
 

Please note that GDEX 3B16 is offered as an alternative to MAAD 3B47. It is delivered entirely online and will not be scheduled in a classroom on a specific day and time.

 
Choose the two courses that support your area of specialization: 1.0
Fibre
MAAD 3B20 Fibre: Concept Development (0.5 credit)
(If your specialization is Fibre, this course is a pre-requisite to MAAD 4C01)

Fibre: Constructed Design 2 (0.5 credit) (core)

Jewellery
MAAD 3B15
Jewellery: Concept Development (0.5 credit)
(If your specialization is Jewellery, this course is a pre-requisite to MAAD 4C01)



Jewellery: Intermediate: Structure (0.5 credit) (core)

 

 

 

400 LEVEL: FALL SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING ADVANCEMENT TO FUTURE COURSES. 

SOSC 3B02 Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST) or choose one SOSC liberal studies course (see suggested list at the end of this document.) 0.5

MAAD 4C01 Thesis II: Project Development
(plus Thesis Studio) (core)
1.0

Choose the course that supports your area of specialization: 0.5
MAAD 4B07
Fibre: Design 3 (0.5 credit)

or MAAD 4B08
Jewellery: Development for Production (0.5 credit)

Choose one expansion studio from the list provided at the end of this document. 0.5


400 LEVEL: WINTER SEMESTER

PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS REGARDING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.

See Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Choose one 300 or 400 level English (ENGL) or Humanities (HUMN) course (see suggested list below) 0.5
MAAD 4C02 Thesis III: Project Development (core)
(plus Thesis Studio)
1.0
Choose two expansion studios from the list provided below. 1.0


Expansion Studio Courses (subject to being offered):

(You may choose MAAD studio courses, outside of your area of specialization, as expansion studios or select from the courses listed below.)



Ceramics: Mouldmaking
 
Intro to Ceramics
 
CROS 3B05 Art & Design Education Lab: AGO  
GDES 3B45
Architectural Ceramics
 
GDES 3B10 Art of Presentation
GDES 3B18 Biomimicry 1: Points of Departure
GDES 3B28 Biomimicry 2: Application
GDES 3B82
Book Illustration
GDES 3B79 Children's Toy Design and Invention
GDES 3B21 Designing Across Difference: Indigenous Communities
GDEX 3B06 Design for the North  
GDES 3B83
Design Forge (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3C01
Design Study Abroad (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B20 Design with Technology 1  
GDES 3B78 Design with Technology 2  
GDES 3B68 Design (As) Research (summer) (not offered 2014/2015)  
GDES 3B36 Domestic Ceramics: Exploring the Useful Object
GDES 3B40 Exploration, Insight and Foresight in Design (SEM)
GDES 3B46 Explorations in Architectural Glass
GDES 3B77 Fibre: Sustainable Fashion and Textiles  
GDES 3B51 Fibre: Wearable Form 1
GDES 3B80 Fibre: Wearable Form 2 (not offered 2014/2015)

GDEX 3B04 Furniture Construction Methodologies  
GDES 3B15 Furniture Design 1
GDES 3B25 Furniture Design 2
GDES 4B11 Furniture Design 3
GDES 3B70 Game Design: Conceptual and Visual Approaches  
GDES 3B71 Game Design: Digital Development  
Generative Media Design: Making Form with Code
 
GDES 3B11 Graphic Narrative, Animation & Motion  
GDES 3B76 Graphic Novel Illustration  
GDES 3B06 Guerrilla Entrepreneurship
Hip Hop & Convergence Culture (SEM) (not offered 2014/2015)
 
GDES 3B49 Image and Clay: Exploring the Ceramic Surface (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B24 Interior Design Studio:Residential
GDES 4B03
Internship (offered during summer)
 
GDEX 3B03 Introduction to Design Management  
GDES 3B84 Introduction to Photography
GDEX 3B02 Introduction to Product Design  
GDES 3B34 Jewellery Design 1: An Introduction (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B50 Jewellery Design 2: Alternative Materials
GDES 3B57 Living Environments: Design Theory (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B58 Living Environments: Design Practices
GDES 3B66 Materials for a Sustainable Practice (SEM)
GDES 3B73 Open Studio: Critical Approaches to Design Practice  
GDES 3B81 Sequential Illustration Project  
GDES 3B12 Socially Responsible Design Practices (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B54 Think Tank 2: Consideration (SEM)
GDES 4B08 Think Tank 3: Action (SEM)
GDES 3B56 Universal Design (not offered 2014/2015)

GDES 3B59 Urban Design Ecology (SEM) (not offered 2014/2015)

DIGF 3B01 Networked Communities and Environments (SEM)
GDES 3B16 Wearable Computing
GDES 3B44 Wearable Electronics Studio

CROS 4B01 Witness: History, Memory and Creative Response (not offered 2014/2015)
or any FABR course  
or


Relevant, out of program course - subject to approval. Contact Program Assistant Robert Pisano for approvals/equivalencies, prior to commencement of class.



 
Recommended liberal studies courses (subject to being offered):
INVC 2B01 The Story of Us, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)
INVC 2B03 Ways of Telling: Indigenous Literature and Narrative Tradition (LST)  

ENGL 3B04 Science and Technology in Literature (LST)
ENGL 3B06 Studies in Canadian Literature (LST)
ENGL 3B10 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (LST)
ENGL 3B12 Creative Writing: Short Fiction (LST)
ENGL 4B04 Diasporic Writings (LST)
ENGL 4B07 Graphic Novels (LST)
ENGL 4B09 Hybrid & Experimental Writing (LST)

HUMN 3B05
Environmental Ethics (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)
HUMN 3B08
Ethics, Advertising and Design (LST)
 
HUMN 3B01 Reading Popular Culture (LST)
HUMN 3B10 Multicultural Social Ethics (LST)
HUMN 3B11 Sexualities and Representation: Queer and Other Theories (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)  
HUMN 3B13 STUFF: Material Culture and the Meaning of Things (LST)
HUMN 3B17 Modernism and Postmodernism (LST)  
HUMN 3B19 Feminist Theory (LST)  
HUMN 3B25 Imagining Nation: Canada's Cultural History (LST)
HUMN 3B21 Extraordinary Bodies (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)

SCTM 2B01
Introduction to Biology (LST)
 
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy (LST)
SCTM 2B03 Astronomy: An Exploration of Scales and Structures in our Universe (LST)
SCTM 2B06 Introduction to Computer Science: Logic and Coding (LST)
SCTM 2B07 Introduction to Inclusive Design (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)
SCTM 2B10 Introduction to Psychology (LST)
SCTM 2B22 Topics in the Science of Colour (LST)
SCTM 3B03 Human Factors for Designers (LST)
SCTM 3B04 Biological Principles of Sustainability (LST)

SOSC 2B06 The Basics of Human-Centred Research in Art and Design (LST)
SOSC 3B02
Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST)
 
SOSC 3B03 Sociology of the Body (LST)
SOSC 3B05 Social Psychology and Consumer Behaviour (LST)
SOSC 4B02 Gender, Globalization and Social Change (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)

VISA 2B07
History of Modern Art (LST)
 
VISA 2B13 History of Photography (LST)
VISA 2B31 History of Printing & Printmaking (LST)
VISA 2B32 Canadian Art: The Modern Era (LST)
VISA 3B47
Art & Fashion (LST)
 
VISA 3B03 Contemporary Canadian Art (LST)
VISA 3B30 Contemporary East Asian Art (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)  
VISA 3B37 The History and Theory of Art Criticism (LST)
VISA 3B42 Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemporary First Nations Art (LST)
VISA 3B45 South Asian Art and Culture: Multiple Modernisms (LST)
VISA 3B96 Special Topic in Visual Culture: Aboriginal Cultural Politics: Gender, Art and Activism (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)
VISA 4B02 Performance and Performativity (LST)
VISA 4B12 Modern Korean Art and Society (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)  
VISA 4B20
The Senses in Artistic Practice (LST)
VISA 4B90
Special Topic in Visual Culture: Memory and Monuments (LST) (not offered 2014/2015)
 
     
VISD 3B48
Global Traditions in Design: Objects and Environments (LST)
VISD 2B01 History of Modern Design (LST)
VISD 2B10 History of 20th Century Architecture (LST)
VISD 3B32 History of Furniture (LST)
VISD 3B36 The History and Theory of Interiors: Design and Production (LST)  
VISD 3B46
Sustainable Design Theories and Practices (not offered 2014/2015)
 
VISC 4B15 Urban Life: Art, Design and the City (LST)
VISD 4B19 Contemporary Studies in Architecture and Design (LST)


VISM 2B08 Introduction to Film Studies (LST)
VISM 2B15 Introduction to Game Studies (LST)
VISM 3B01 Critical Play (LST)
VISM 4B24 The Body and the Machine: Interrogating the Posthuman in Art and Design (LST)
     
Please visit Liberal Arts & Sciences course listing for a full selection of liberal studies courses.

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