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Material Art & Design

Work from either an art or design perspective, and achieve your creative potential through the development of concept, visual language, technical skill and personal expression in two concentrations: Jewellery/Metalsmithing and Fibre.

Masha Gabrieleva, Neostructivism. Photo: Nicholas Kalimin

Download the 2016 MAAD Thesis catalogue here.

Material Art & Design

Throughout history, people have formed metal, textiles and clay into objects that both support human activity and are expressive art forms. Just as relevant today, such objects enhance the built environment as well as the human body.

Material Art & Design offers two concentrations: Jewellery/Metalsmithing and Fibre. This curriculum allows students to work from either an art or design perspective, and is structured to provide the opportunity for students to achieve their creative potential through the development of concept, visual language, technical skill and personal expression. Historical and cultural contexts are integrated into the learning process. While not a major area of study, courses in Ceramics are also available to Material Art and Design students.

Jewellery/Metalsmithing encourages students to look at jewellery/metalsmithing in critical, non-traditional ways while still respecting the materials, methods and skills associated with traditional fine jewellery and object-making. Graduates are qualified to work in a range of scenarios, including independent limited-production studios.

Fibre study at OCAD U incorporates both textiles and surface/design print and encourages students to experiment with fabric and fibre structures, on- and off-loom. It incorporates computer-aided design and surface embellishments such as stitching and beading. Graduates work as designers in industry, fashion and theatre or as studio artists.

Ceramics study focuses on visual and conceptual problem solving, while acquiring technical skills and knowledge of clay and the technology surrounding that material. Through the exploration of the physical and chemical properties of clay, glazes, mouldmaking and surface manipulation, students create functional or sculptural ceramic objects.

2015/2016 Program Overview

Course Code Course Title Credits
GDES-2001 Think Tank 1: Awareness 0.5
MAAD-2015 Drawing as Process 0.5
VISD-2003 Material Arts: Ancient to Modern 0.5
VISD-2005 Contemporary Design Theories & Practices 0.5
2000 or 3000 1 Course ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, or SOSC 0.5
AND TWO OF (Including at least 1 of MAAD-2011 or MAAD-2014)
MAAD-2003 Jewellery: Casting 0.5
MAAD-2011 Jewellery: Fabrication 2 0.5
MAAD-2014 Fibre: Constructed Design 1 0.5
MAAD-2018 Fibre: Dyeing 0.5
AND THREE OF (Including at least 1 of MAAD-2009 or MAAD-2016)
MAAD-2004 Silversmithing 0.5
MAAD-2010 Jewellery: Composition 0.5
MAAD-2016 Jewellery: CAD/CAM 0.5
MAAD-2008 Fibre: Explorations 0.5
MAAD-2009 Fibre: Surface Design 1 0.5
MAAD-2017 Fibre: Stitching 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
MAAD-3003 Material Art and Design Thesis 1 0.5
VISD-3007 Cross Cultural Issues in Craft 0.5
GDES 1 Expansion Studio Designated for Material Art and Design 0.5
2000, 3000, or 4000 1 Course ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, or SOSC 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-3005 Jewellery: Gem Setting 0.5
MAAD-3011 Fibre: Constructed Design 2 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-3006 Jewellery: Concept 0.5
MAAD-3008 Fibre: Concept Development 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-3007 Jewellery: Structure 0.5
MAAD-3017 Fibre: Surface Design 2 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-3013 Jewellery History Since 1800 0.5
MAAD-3014 Fibre History Since 1800 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-3019 Drawing/Rendering: Jewellery 0.5
MAAD-3018 Drawing/Rendering: Fibre 0.5
AND ONE OF
GDES-3094 Creative Practice and Change 0.5
MAAD-3020 Material Art and Design: Professional Practice 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
MAAD-4901 Material Art and Design Thesis 2 1.0
MAAD-4902 Material Art and Design Thesis 3 1.0
GDES 3 Expansion Studios Designated for Material Art and Design 1.5
3000 or 4000 1 Course ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, or VISM 0.5
3000 or 4000 1 Course SOSC (SOSC-3001 Recommended) 0.5
AND ONE OF
MAAD-4002 Jewellery: Production 0.5
MAAD-4001 Fibre: Design 3 0.5