Fine Woodworking

Transfer Major

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 1187

Students interested in Fine Woodworking at Bucks need to meet with a Fine Woodworking faculty member for advising.

The Fine Woodworking Transfer Program is designed for the studio arts major interested in specializing in the medium of wood. The major provides the art student with the basic foundation of skills and knowledge necessary for further training in a wood or a fine arts program. The craftsmanship and creative expression of each student is developed through a variety of functional and sculptural projects in wood. A portfolio review is recommended for placement purposes. Graduates will be prepared to transfer to the highest caliber four-year wood programs and qualified for entry level positions in cabinetmaking, furniture designing, furniture making, and machine operating.

Bucks County Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods and materials associated with fundamental drawing, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design;
  • design and create unique personal finished wood products;
  • read about, write about, and analyze art, art history, and furniture history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary; and
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for transfer applications or an entry-level position in woodworking.

Check out this video about the program.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab fees may be required.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA103
Drawing Composition C
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color C
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling C
3
VAFA110
Digital Photo Fundamentals
3
VAFW190
History of American Furniture
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art 4
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio C
3
VAFW100
Fine Woodworking Fundamentals
3
VAFW140
Cabinetmaking C
3
VAMM130
3-D Modeling Concepts
3
COMP110
English Composition I 1,A,C
3
COMP111
English Composition II 2,5,C
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge 5,C,D
3
SOCI110
Intro to Sociology
3
Personal Health B 2
College Level Math/Science A, B 3
Fine Wood Studio Electives (Choose from list) 6
Total Credit Hours 62

Fine Wood Studio Elective Courses (select at least 6 credits)

Course Credits
VAFW133
Woodcarving/Furniture C
3
VAFW136
Bending and Veneering C
3
VAFW137
Chair Construction C
3
VAFW138
Table Systems C
3
VAFW145
Conceptual Furniture
3
VAFW180
Woodturning
3
VAFW181
Woodturning II C
3
VAFW280
Cooperative Education/Fine Woodworking C    
3
VAFA107
Intro to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
3
VAFA141
Introduction to Sculpture
3
VAFA147
Introduction to Glassblowing
3
VAFA181
Introduction to Ceramics
3
VAFA200
Drawing Anatomy C
3
VAFA246
Sculpture/Foundry C
3

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art 4
3
COMP110
English Composition I 1,A,C
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAFA103
Drawing Composition C
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color C
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling C
3
VAFW190
History of American Furniture
3
COMP111
English Composition II 2,5,C
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFW100
Fine Woodworking Fundamentals
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio C
3
VAMM130
3-D Modeling Concepts
3
VAFW140
Cabinetmaking C
3
Personal Health B 2
College Level Math/Science A, B 3
Total Credit Hours 17

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge 5,C,D
3
SOCI110
Intro to Sociology
3
VAFA110
Digital Photo Fundamentals
3
Fine Wood Studio Electives E 6
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of course approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E Consult the list of Fine Wood Studio Electives.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

*Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied”, on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except credits in social perspectives, two credits of personal health, three credits in cultural perspectives, and six credits of writing. Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.