The study of textiles balances woven and printed textile design for industry with concept-oriented art object production in fiber and fabric.
When you pursue your BFA in Art + Design: Textiles, 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 textiles 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:
- as designers in industries such as interiors, fashion, carpeting, and home furnishings
- as studio artists
- in museums, textile conservation, and education
Your BFA degree also provides excellent preparation for MFA programs and other graduate study.
You will explore a variety of textile surface design and construction techniques:
- resist and immersion dyeing
- screen printing
- weaving on multi-harness floor looms
- basket forms
- embroidery & embellishments
- machine-sewn structures & garments
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 Art + Design: Textiles, you'll complete 81 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.
- Studio facilities: located at the university's Star Store campus in New Bedford, our studios feature state-of-the-art equipment and ample work areas
- Internships: gain first-hand experience with internships in industry, textile production studios, or museum education programs
- Annual trip to New York City design studios and museum collections.
- Community: interact with professionals and peers by attending guest lectures, visiting industry reviewers, and participating in the Fibers Club
- Campus Gallery: exhibit your work on campus
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills
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.