Associate in Applied Arts in Professional Crafts

An Associate in Professional Crafts degree provides students with skills in one of the three disciplines of woodworking, ceramics or jewelry. Entrepreneurial and design skills prepare the graduate for self-employment as a professional artisan. Students develop highly refined skills in one-of-a-kind creation of functional and non-functional objects concluding their studies by creating a portfolio of craft objects leading to employment or the launch of their own business.

NOTE: A.A.A. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create objects based on an understanding of the elements of design.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of entrepreneurial skills appropriate for a professional crafts business.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and versatility in a variety of materials and techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of contemporary and/or historical perspectives in art and craft.
  • Demonstrate safe and sustainable studio practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to professionally critique and present creative work.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of craftsmanship.
  • Express an individual creative voice.

Students can earn the following certificates related to this degree:

  • Ceramics
  • Fine Woodworking
  • Jewelry/Metal Arts

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 119 Professional Communication (3)

[or]

SPCH 111 Public Speaking (3)

[or]

SPCH 225 Small group Communication (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

BSAD 112 Business Math (3) (or equivalent)

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs. min.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

AHST 201 Art history I (3)

AHST 202 Art History II (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences and

Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal 9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (12 HRS. MIN.)

ARTS 116L Three-Dimensional Design (3)

ARTS 125L Arts Practices I (3)

DRPT 118L Drawing I (3)

[and]

Choose one from the following:

ARTS 280 Business Practices for Designers (3)

GLRY 161 Gallery Practices (3)

PHOT 195 Photographing Artwork (3)

CERAMICS CONCENTRATION:

(27 HRS. MIN.) CIP: 50.0711

The student develops expertise, craftsmanship, and aesthetic skills in designing and creating clay objects, including learning clay body characteristics, refined glazing techniques, advanced forming techniques, kiln design and operation.

REQUIREMENTS: (24 HRS. MIN.)

CLAY 127L Hand-Building Functional Ceramics (3)

CLAY 128L Clay Hand Building I (3)

CLAY 129L Ceramics: Wheel Throwing I (3)

CLAY 136L Ceramic Color on Form (3)

[or]

CLAY 220L Ceramics Glaze Formulation (3)

CLAY 177L Pueblo Pottery (3)

CLAY 211L Extreme Pottery (3)

CLAY 214L Clay Hand-building II (3)

CLAY 216L Ceramics: Wheel Throwing II (3)

RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (3 HRS. MIN.)

Any other Ceramics courses (3)

[or]

ARTS 298 Arts and Design Internship (3)

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FINE WOODWORKING CONCENTRATION:

(27 HRS. MIN.) CIP: 48.0701

The student develops expertise, craftsmanship, and aesthetic skills in designing and creating functional wood objects, including learning wood characteristics, refined finishing techniques, and advanced fabrication skills.

REQUIREMENTS: (27 HRS. MIN.)

WOOD 111 Introduction to the Fine Art of

Woodworking (5)

WOOD 112 Introduction to Handtools (5)

WOOD 115 Introduction to Joinery (5)

WOOD 120 Characteristics of Wood (1)

WOOD 125 Introduction to Finishing (3)

WOOD 130 Furniture Design (3)

WOOD 290 Advanced Furniture Making (5)

[or]

WOOD 295L Furniture Studio (5)

[or]

ARTS 298 Arts and Design Internship (5)

JEWELRY CONCENTRATION

(27 HRS. MIN.) CIP: 50.0713

The student develops expertise, craftsmanship, and aesthetic skills in designing and creating jewelry, including learning the characteristics of metals and fine stones, silversmithing, refined stone-setting techniques, and advanced casting techniques.

REQUIREMENTS: (24 HRS. MIN.)

JEWL 114L Jewelry/Metal Arts I (3)

JEWL 158L Silversmithing I (3)

JEWL 159L Wax Carving for Jewelry (3)

JEWL 212L Advanced Stone Setting (3)

JEWL 217L Jewelry/Metal Arts II (3)

JEWL 220L Casting for Jewelry (3)

JEWL 233L CAD for Jewelry Design (3)

JEWL 275L Jewelry/Metal Arts III (3)

RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (3 HRS. MIN.)

ARTS 298 Arts and Design Internship (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)