The study of textile design and fiber arts balances woven and printed textile design for industry with concept-oriented art object production in fiber and fabric.
When you pursue your BFA in Artisanry - Textile Design/Fiber Arts, you'll explore the creative issues and processes unique to textiles and develop your personal ideas and aesthetics. You'll focus on the function of cloth in traditional and non-traditional applications.
The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.
As a textile design/fiber arts major, you'll immerse yourself in the study of the structure, color, and patterning of cloth through imagery development, dyeing, repeat pattern design, textile construction, and surface embellishment.
You'll study textile history and current issues such as sustainability in textiles. You'll develop a design portfolio for the textile industry, and create a body of work for exhibition.
More than 85% of our undergraduate alumni have careers in the textile field:
Your BFA degree also provides excellent preparation for MFA programs and other graduate study.
Ellisha Alexina built her fabric business around a technique she invented during her senior year at UMassD.
You will explore a variety of textile surface design and construction techniques:
Project assignments include resist-dyed or hand-printed yardages, unique garment constructions, rugs, expressive wall hangings and sculptural forms.
You'll enhance your computer design skills as you develop your portfolio for the textile design industry—including computer-aided design collections for home furnishings, apparel and fashion, wall coverings, or rugs. You will also learn to use computer-assisted design software specific to textiles.
For the BFA in Artisanry - Textile Design/Fiber Arts, you'll complete 78 credits in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.
Expand your creative horizons with a minor in textile design/fiber arts. You'll study weaving, textile design, and computer-assisted design before selecting a textile design or fiber arts track.
For the minor, you'll complete 18 credits.
Earn an advanced degree
Master of Fine Arts in Artisanry: Continue your education with a master's in artisanry. You can choose to specialize in ceramics, fibers, jewelry/metals, or wood/furniture.
Master of Art Education: With an emphasis on how the arts are integrated into daily life, the MAE program leads to a single-level professional certification in Massachusetts as an art teacher in grades Pre K-8 or 5-12.
Post-Baccalaureate Artisanry Certificate: The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate "fifth year" of technical and studio-based study of textile design and fiber arts. Students build an extensive portfolio and often continue on to MFA degree programs.
Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design