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.

You'll have many opportunities to exhibit your work, both at UArts, through the annual wearable art show put on by the Experimental Costume Design and Performance program, and at major exhibitions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Philadelphia Furniture Show.

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Tension by Hailey Bryant
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by Amanda Santini
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by Logan Maakestad
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by Olivia Jones
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by Zoey Hudson
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by Erina Matsunaga
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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 and Textile Studies
    International fiber & textile artist
    Christina Day headshot
    Christina Day

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

    Fibers and Textile Studies
    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
    Image/Time
    Color
    Object/Environment
    Found & Fabricated

    Second Year
    3D Computer Modeling
    Studio Practice
    Discipline Fundamentals
    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.

    To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Crafts + Material Studies, with a concentration in Fibers and Textile Studies, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

    • 40.5 credits in the Fine Arts Major
    • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
    • 6 credits in School of Art Core
    • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
    • 12 credits in Art History
    • 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
    • 15 credits in Free Electives

    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 and Textile Studies
    International Opera Theater in Italy
    Joy Dilworth creating yellow and green fibers piece at table
    Joy Dilworth

    BFA '15

    Fibers and Textile Studies
    China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou
    Nicole Rae Styer displaying her artwork
    Nicole Rae Styer

    BFA '05

    Fibers and Textile Studies
    Owns her own boutique in the heart of South Philadelphia

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