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The Fibers & Textile Studies concentration in the Craft & Material Studies program will allow you to explore materials such as loom-woven and mixed-media fabrics and gain a thorough understanding of the inherent physical qualities and potential image-making possibilities of fabric. You'll learn in many ways, in and out of the classroom, through demonstrations, slide presentations, field trips, informal discussion and group critiques.

More than lecturers, professors in the Craft and Material Studies program are skilled artists and innovative thinkers. Meet the faculty in the Craft and Material Studies program by reading their profiles and artist statements.

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Mi-Kyoung Lee
Mi-Kyoung Lee

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
International fiber & textile artist
Christina Day headshot
Christina Day

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
Cross disciplinary artist: fiber, sculptural and photographic work
Fiber and Textiles faculty member Rose Kampert headshot
Rose Kampert

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
Launched, designed and manufactured under the LOVE NYC fashion label for 12 years

Sample Courses in the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Fibers and Textile Studies

First Year
Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Found & Fabricated

Second Year
Sophomore Projects
Computers for Object Makers
Fibers Mixed Media Exploration
Color and the Loom Exploration
Constructed Surface Exploration

Third Year
Junior Projects/Discourse
Fibers and Textile Studies Junior Studio I
Fibers and Textile Studies Junior Studio II
Fibers and Textile Studies Junior Projects

Fourth Year
Fibers and Textile Studies Senior Thesis I
Fibers and Textile Studies Senior Thesis II
Fibers and Textile Studies Senior Studio
Craft Senior Projects

About the Curriculum

At the heart of the curriculum of the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Fibers and Textile Studies is the notion of thinking through making.  Fibers and Textile Studies students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Fibers and Textile Studies students learn to express themselves through material and process. A student who pursues Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches their artistic goals.  

Students who complete the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Fibers and Textile Studies will:

  • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
  • Be able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
  • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Fibers and Textile Studies can also be studied as an emphasis in the Fine Arts Program. 

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Fibers senior Qiang Gong creating room-wide netting installation
Qiang Gong

BFA '13

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
International Opera Theater in Italy
Joy Dilworth creating yellow and green fibers piece at table
Joy Dilworth

BFA '15

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou
Nicole Rae Styer displaying her artwork
Nicole Rae Styer

BFA '05

Fibers & Textile Studies (BFA)
Owns her own boutique in the heart of South Philadelphia

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