First Year Experience (FYE)



Contemporary artists and designers create, represent, respond to, and reflect – on form, function and structures in space – by prototyping their ideas, by situating themselves and the objects they make in real and imagined worlds, and by fabricating forms that address real-world problems or that prompt us to articulate new ones. As developing artists and designers, students in this course create, represent, respond, and reflect in order to prototype, situate, and fabricate structures in space. Students experience these ways of working through additive and subtractive fabrication, digital and analog approaches, engagement with diverse materials, and research of ecological, social, and cultural implications of the impact on the built world.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:


Student Learning Outcomes Required Content

Demonstrate methods of material transformation and various related processes in order to construct meaning.

  • Create work that combines/joins at least 2 different materials together
    • Sample lesson plans
  • Translate a form between dimensions and materials
    • from 2d --> 3d ; 3d-->2d 2d-->4d etc
    • from paper --> cardboard -->wood 
    • Sample lesson plans

Demonstrate purposeful construction of form, space and structure using analog and digital techniques.

































Analog Competencies: Utilize the tools and equipment provided in the classroom while emphasizing safety in all processes and procedures. Competencies should focus on:

  • Measuring/Layout
    • Introduction to tools such as: Marking Gauge, Tape measure, Ruler, Caliper, Squares, Compass, Protractor, etc   
  • Cutting
    • Introduction to tools such as: Mitre saw, Box Cutter/ Snap knives, Rotary cutters, Band-saw, Drill Press, Jig-saw, Sander 
  • Assembly
    • Introduction to tools such as: Drills, screwdrivers/screws, sewing machines, glues/adhesives, hinges, nails, clamps, vides and jigs.
  • Safety
    • Emphasize safety in all processes and procedures
    • Consult with Amy about proper safety protocol for all classroom equipment and tools.

Digital Competencies

  • 3d/4d Documentation
    • Using video to document 3d, site specefic or performance work.
    • Basic video capture (using phone or DSLR)
    • Basic video editing
      • Importing footage
      • Trimming clips
      • Adding titles
      • Exporting movie
  • Digital Fabrication
    • Drawing for fabrication using Adobe Illustrator
    • Understanding digital measurements and drawing to scale
    • Draw 2d shapes for 3d extrusion or prepare 2d flat drawings for 2d --> 3d translation.
  • Intro to 3d Modeling (printing not required but available)
    • Create 3d models in Tinkercad or Fusion (no sketchup, sculptris, cinema 4d or blender please and thank you)
    • Understand digital measurements and scale (mm vs inches)
    • Basic concepts:
      • Working with geometric solids
      • Stacking
      • Making holes
      • Extruding (from illustrator drawings or flat shapes)
Demonstrate the relationship of a form to its space/place/context.
  • Working site specifically or in response to the environment
    • Sample lesson plans
Consider cross cultural and intercultural learning in the classroom as a local, national and global learning space. Determined by the Professor.