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.