Students are required to take five studios under the BFA in Art Education and nine studios for a BFA in Art, Textiles concentration. Currently, students can chose to do this as classes taken completely in surface design or weaving or a combination of the two. Most students chose to take both weaving and surface classes as this allows for a more well rounded foundation in both technical and aesthetic expertise in the fiber arts.
Students interested in textiles as a studio concentration are advised to take the following:
Art 2303 – Textile Design Survey
This is a requirement and must be taken before enrolling in any other textile class. This course is an overview of a number of textiles processes including: beginning dye work, weaving (paper and frame), felting, silk painting, surface embellishment and fabric collage. The two textile professors teach this class and graduate students whom will each bring something different to the course.
Art 2326 – Fabric Design Studio I (Silk Screen)
This class concentrates on the process of screen-printing on fabric and includes many techniques such as temporary stencils, photo emulsion, deconstructive and polychromatic screen-printing.
Art 2336 – Fabric Design Studio II
Students come away from this class with the knowledge of a minimum of 30 dye/painting processes as well as finished work.
Art 2325 – Weaving Design Studio I
Students will become proficient on the floor loom and explore beginning woven structure.
Art 2335 – Weaving Design Studio II
More advanced fabric structures and techniques are covered with greater emphasis on the concept of the finished work.
The remaining course numbers are ART 3306, ART 3316, ART 4306, ART 4316, ART 4326, ART 5306, ART 5316, ART 3305, ART 3315, ART 4305, ART 4315, ART 5305 and ART 5315. These classes are listed as focusing on special exploration and research in a specific textile area. The subject matters covered in these classes vary in each semester and include:
Designing for Industry – The major objective is building a portfolio of designs in any number of textile fields including but not limited to fashion, furniture, interiors and accessories. Drawing, painting and computer aided design are the focuses of the course.
Construction – Techniques for building a high relief or three-dimensional textiles.
Advanced Techniques in Felting
Encaustic – Working with wax from batik to encaustic painting on fabric
A Focus on Accessories – a course devoted to the functional textile
Art to Wear – Students design a line of garments and present them at a fashion show in the spring semester.
Materials and Methods – Preserving textile traditional textiles including knitting, crochet, beadwork and twinning/netting.
Paper Making and Book Binding
Installation – 3-D Structures
Computer Assisted Textile Imagery – Bringing the image from the computer to the fabric.
Students are advised to use up to their last two semesters as the opportunity to work independently and prepare the final works for their senior exhibition and preparation of their exit portfolio.