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Craft & Material Studies (BFA)

UArts is no longer accepting applications for this program.

Work with your hands and create something meaningful through the Bachelor of Fine Arts Craft and Materials Studies program at University of the Arts.

At the heart of UArts’ program is thinking through making. As you learn the technical aspects of crafts and materials, you’ll also learn how to process the ideas and concepts associated with the art—a distinct balance of analyzing and creating.

You can either choose a concentration in Glass, Fibers & Textile Studies, Jewelry/Metals, Ceramics or Wood/Furniture, or study Craft and Material Studies without a concentration.


At the heart of UArts' Ceramics program is thinking through making. If you are passionate about working with your hands and engaging with material to create something meaningful, the study of ceramics at UArts is just right for you.

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Fibers & Textiles

The Fibers and Textile Studies concentration in the Craft and 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.

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Create something that is as meaningful as it is beautiful through the study of Glass. If you are passionate about working with your hands and have a desire to express yourself through glass and glassblowing, look no further than UArts.

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In the study of Jewelry/Metals as part of the Craft and Material Studies program, you'll learn how to manipulate materials to produce a range of designs—from art jewelry to design-oriented jewelry to experimenting with new genres.

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In the study of Wood/Furniture at UArts, you'll gain a mastery of tools, methods and materials to create meaningful, unique pieces—and have many opportunities to display your work in studio, on campus and in the neighborhood.

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Sample Curriculum

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First Year

First Year
Drawing: Objects & Space
Art History Survey I
Writing I Placement
Free elective (your choice)
Drawing: Natural Forms & the Human Figure
Found & Fabricated
Art History Survey II
Writing II Placement
Free elective (your choice)

Second Year

Second Year
Computers for Object Makers
Ceramics, Fibers & Textile Studies, Glass, Jewelry/Metals or Wood/Furniture course
Critical Studies (your choice)
Discipline history (your choice)

Third Year

Third Year
Ceramics, Fibers & Textile Studies, Glass, Jewelry/Metals or Wood/Furniture course
Junior Projects/Discourse I
History of Crafts
Critical Studies (your choice)
Ceramics, Fibers & Textile Studies, Glass, Jewelry/Metals or Wood/Furniture course
Junior Projects/Discourse II
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)

Fourth Year

Fourth Year
Senior Projects
Ceramics, Fibers & Textile Studies, Glass, Jewelry Metals or Wood/Furniture course
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)
Craft & Material Studies Professional Practices

Faculty Spotlight

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Patrick Coughlin

International teaching artist
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Carmichael Jones

Creative co-director of The Whole Shebang arts and performance space in South Philly
David King in glass studio
David King

Juror's Choice winner in Irvin Borowsky International Glass Prize competition
Mi-Kyoung Lee
Mi-Kyoung Lee

International fiber & textile artist
Nick Lenker works on a white ceramics piece of a subject on a bike holding a gun in his studio
Nick Lenker

Ceramicist who has developed a process that utilizes analog and digital techniques and ceramic decal technology
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Jim Makins

Influential ceramics artist with studios in the US and Japan
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Rod McCormick

Metalsmith, sculptor and jewelry; much current work involves 3-D printing
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Don Miller

Wood worker, sculpture and furniture maker
Keunho Peter Park in a rose-colored T-shirt, standing with arms folded in front of a piece of unfinished furniture.
Keunho Peter Park

Emerging Art Award winner, Wharton Esherick Award winner
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Judith Schaechter

Art BFA (interdisciplinary)
Work in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
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Jason Lee Starin

Sci-fi influenced ceramic artist, shop supervisor
Jewelry faculty member Mallory Weston standing in front of white wall, brown hair, wearing red plaid shirt, black pants and a long moray eel necklace around her neck
Mallory Weston

Creates custom jewelry for comedian Patton Oswalt

Alumni & Careers

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Adriane Dalton

BFA ’04

Artist, writer and educator with work in exhibits around the world
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Luke Desmone

BFA '17

Liz Stewart Award winner who has been internationally published
Joy Dilworth creating yellow and green fibers piece at table
Joy Dilworth

BFA '15

Fiber-based and graphic design artist whose work has been shown internationally
Fibers senior Qiang Gong creating room-wide netting installation
Qiang Gong

BFA '13

Fiber-based artist who designed and constructed costumes and sets for the International Opera Theater in Italy
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April Ilawan

BFA '17

Japanese and Scandinavian inspired ceramic artist
Christopher Lyndon
Christopher Lyndon

BFA '99

Glass artist and educator whose work is exhibited nationally
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Colin Pezzano

BFA '14

2014 Windgate Fellowship Award winner
Casey Sharpe holding up a piece of jewelry
Casey Sharpe

BFA '09

Art jeweler and designer at Robert Procop Creative Studio
headshot of Ceramics alumnus John Souter in studio
John Souter

BFA '12

Multi-disciplinary artist who has been featured in American Craft, Ceramic Review and Ceramics Monthly
Nicole Rae Styer displaying her artwork
Nicole Rae Styer

BFA '05

Fiber-based artist whose work has been shown in New York Fashion Week

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