Department of Art and Design Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

BFA | Craft & Material Studies

Course Descriptions


AD 24200 - Ceramics I

Credit Hours: 3.00.  An introduction to ceramic materials and processes used in creating wheelthrown and hand-formed pottery and sculpture.  Emphasis on contemporary interpretations of traditional forms.  Freshman and Sophomore students have priority.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 26200 - Jewelry and Metalwork I

Credit Hours; 3.00.  An introduction to the design and execution of hand-wrought jewelry and metalwork.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 27000 - Constructed Textiles

Credit Hours: 3.00. A beginning class in non-loom constructed textile techniques such as macrame and card weaving.  Emphasis on three-dimentional design in fiber using historical textile structures as the basis for contemporary interpretations.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 27100 - Dyed Textiles

Credit Hours: 3.00.  Beginning course in non-screen fabric dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik.  Survey of historical surface design for contemporary interpretations in both two and three dimensions.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 27500 - Beginning Sculpture

Credit Hours: 3.00 An introductory course in sculpture, exploring basic concepts, techniques, and materials.  Problems in class will emphasize individual student's aesthetic understanding of techniques and inventive use of materials.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 34200 - Ceramics II

Credit Hours: 3.00.  A continuation of AD 24200; according to student needs in creating ceramic forms, a variety of in-depth experiences; experimental kiln building and firing techniques, methods of ceramic construction, surface treatment, and clay and glaze formulation.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 37000 - Woven Textiles

Credit Hours: 3.00. A beginning course in loom-woven textiles and pattern drafting.  Emphasis on two and three-dimensional design in fiber, using historical textile structures as the basis for contemporary interpretations.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 40400 - Moldmaking and/or Wheel-Throwing Production Techniques in Ceramics

Credit Hours: 3.00-6.00.  This course will teach mold-making or wheel-throwing (depending on the individual student's interest) with a view to creating ceramic objects suitable for commercial mass-production.  Both tableware and /or sculpture objects will be explored.  For the wheel-throwing option the students must have at least one year of high-school throwing or AD 24200 with a grade of at least "B" or permission of instructor.  For the mold-making and casting option only, students must be an Art and Design major or have permission of instructor.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 44200 - Ceramics III

Credit Hours: 3.00.  A continuation of AD 34200; according to student needs in creating ceramic forms, a variety of in-depth experiences: experimental kiln building and firing techniques, methods of ceramic construction, surface treatment, and clay and glaze formulation.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 46200 - Metalsmithing

Credit Hours:  3.00 Metal forming and metalsmithing processes for small scale metal objects and jewelry.

AD 47000 - Advanced Studies in Textiles

Credit Hours: 3.00  Ad textile seminar and studio course in advanced textile design, with the purpose of developing a personal direction and competence in textiles as fiber art.  Typically offered Fall, Spring

AD 49900 - Studio Arts Professional Practice/Senior Exhibition

Credit Hours: 3.00  A study of professional practice in the contemporary art world: ethics, gallery exhibition, studio practice, writing, visual documentation, and the business of art.  Seniors meet throughout spring semester to organize, install, and de-install Fine Arts Senior Exhibition.  Typically offered Spring.


Internship Class

AD 23400 – Art and Design Internship Preparation

Introduction and preparation for Art & Design Internship experience. Students will develop a resume, cover letter and other resources in their search for a suitable internship placement. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer. Credit Hour: 1.00.   


Cross-Disciplinary Learning

All Visual and Performing Arts students are encouraged to take advantage of courses outside of their specific major, to enrich their creative experiences at Purdue. You can explore course options by viewing this comprehensive course list in Art and Design. Also, visit the Theatre DepartmentDance and Music Divisions for their course offerings.

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The Patti and Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts is conveniently located at Pao Hall, which serves as an artistic hub for students across campus and specifically all visual and performing arts divisions and departments. Purdue students have the unique opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with other creative disciplines, students, and faculty members inside a single creative arts facility equipped with art galleries, theatres, art and design studios, and classrooms. 

CURRENT STUDENTS: Please refer to the Course Catalog or Schedule of Classes on My Purdue for updates, registration restrictions, prerequisite, co-requisite and special fee information.

Additional Information

Undergraduate Plan of Study

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