First Year Experience (FYE)

FF 130A: Prototype/Situate/Fabricate

FF 130A: Prototype/Situate/Fabricate Course Description

Discover a process-based approach to creating objects in space. This first-year fabrication course provides a comprehensive introduction to the creation of multi-dimensional works in a variety of media. Students will explore spatial reasoning, learn to select the appropriate tools and materials to suit their projects, and undertake a crucial primer on shop safety. This course is unique in its iterative methodology, following a project through several stages of development to its final form.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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.