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Fibers, B.F.A.

About the Program

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited

The B.F.A. degree in Fibers is a studio-intensive program of study focused on developing the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as students work toward developing their individual identity as visual designers/artists. This degree offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for advanced or graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.

Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, painting, art history, and design history, along with courses in ceramics, metals/jewelry, and wood. Major courses in fibers complete the requirements. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other chosen studio courses.

Admission Requirements

There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the fibers major with a bachelor of science (BS-AH FIB) intent, and must complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for admission into the bachelor of fine arts program (BFA-AH FIB). Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.F.A. degree program a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the major. Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Design Department for additional information. As a condition of graduation, B.F.A students will be required to mount an individual exhibition of their work.

The Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections, and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class. Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of three additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.

The Design Department may be in the process of curricular revision. Please refer to the college’s Web site or the department for updated information.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Fibers 79 cr

A. Foundation Courses (37 cr)
DES 101 Introduction to Design 2D I
DES 103 Introduction to Design 3D I
DES 220 Ceramics I
DES 230 Introduction to Jewelry Making
DES 250 Wood Design I
DES 312 History of Craft: Industrial Revolution to the Present
DES 414 Senior Seminar/Exhibition (4)
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 210 Introductory Painting
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II

B. Major Courses (30 cr)
DES 242 Fibers I
DES 338 Computer 3D Modeling and Rendering
DES 342 Fibers II
DES 344 Fibers: Junior Studio (3, 3)
DES 444 Fibers: Senior Studio (3, 3, 3)
FTT 304 Pattern Development for Industry
FTT 412 CAD: Apparel and Textile Design for Industry
FTT 413 CAD: Weave for Industry

C. Studio Electives Selected by Advisement (12 cr)
DES 320 Ceramics II
DES 330 Applied Jewelry Techniques
DES 350 Wood Design II
DES XXX (DES 321, DES 331, DES 351)

All College Electives 0–2 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr


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