VAFW145 Conceptual Furniture

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW145 Conceptual Furniture
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFW100 (C or better) or VAFA102 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the woodshop area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course focuses on designing and creating conceptually-based furniture. Students create functional furniture through the process of exploring ideas, construction methods, and finishes.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. design conceptually-based experimental furniture forms;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the basic functional and structural requirements for furniture;
    3. build the furniture; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentation, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. demonstrate and explore concepts through basic construction techniques
    2. design and build scale models of idea-based furniture
    3. experiment with a variety of finishing techniques
    4. build a piece of furniture from their selected model and finish sample
    5. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based upon successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Instructor selected reference text. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015