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.*

* In preparing and presenting a portfolio in VAFA250, students currently need an array of digital skills, such as, but not limited to, media capture, manipulation, and presentation. Students take several required digital course (e.g. VAMM100, VAGD101, VAGD201, VAMM110) and then reinforce/develop their digital skills across the major. Essential digital competencies associated with portfolio preparation and presentation will be assessed within this course.

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 F,1
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA103
Drawing Composition F
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color F
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling F
3
VAPH110
Digital Photo Fundamentals 1
3
VAFW190
History of American Furniture F
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio F,5,9
3
VAFW100
Fine Woodworking Fundamentals 1
3
VAFW140
Cabinetmaking F
3
VAMM130
3-D Modeling Concepts
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2,4,10
3
Art History C,F,1 3
Math/Science A,D,7,8 3/4
Social Science/Diversity B,3,8 3
Elective E 3
Fine Wood Studio Electives (Choose from list) 6
Total Credit Hours 60/61

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

Course Credits
VAFW133
Woodcarving/Furniture
3
VAFW136
Bending and Veneering F
3
VAFW137
Chair Construction F
3
VAFW138
Table Systems F
3
VAFW145
Conceptual Furniture
3
VAFW180
Woodturning
3
VAFW181
Woodturning II F
3
VAFW280
Cooperative Education/Fine Woodworking F    
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 F
3
VAFA246
Sculpture/Foundry F
3

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals F,1
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,10
3
Art History C,F,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAFA103
Drawing Composition F
3
VAFW100
Fine Woodworking Fundamentals 1
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling F
3
VAFW190
History of American Furniture F
3
COMP111
English Composition II F,2,410
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFA104
2-D Design Color F
3
VAMM130
3-D Modeling Concepts
3
VAFW140
Cabinetmaking F
3
Fine Woodworking Elective (Choose from list) 3
Math/Science A,D,6,7 3/4
Total Credit Hours 15/16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio Studio F,5,9
3
VAPH110
Digital Photo Fundamentals 1
3
Social Science/Diversity B,3,8 3
Fine Wood Studio Elective (Choose from list) 3
Elective E 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: COMM111, ECON111, GEOG110, MUSC103, POLI111, PSYC110, SOCI110.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191, VAFA192, VAFA193.
D Any of the following may be chosen: SCIE101, SCIE102, CHEM101.
E Any college-level course may be chosen.
F Course requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.

*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.