Major in Fibres and Material Practices - 60 credits
The Fibres and Material Practices program allows for a rigorous and comprehensive study of the technical, conceptual and creative aspects of contemporary art. Interdisciplinary in nature, the Fibres and Material Practices program encourages a cross fertilization of ideas, techniques and technologies. The rich history and tradition of fibres and textiles serves as a starting point from which to examine material practices in the contemporary art milieu.
Fibres and Material Practices students are encouraged to draw on diverse cultural or social research, or other influences in the production of individual artwork that is critically engaged. Fibres and Material Practices students reflect on and utilize interdisciplinary, social, relational, and performance elements within contemporary art contexts. Classes are small to promote personal expression and critical discussion and the open studio format supports the development of each student’s body of work. Students are encouraged to pursue thematic and material interests and to further their understanding of the philosophy and historical traditions of fibres practices.
Students are introduced to a broad range of fibre structure processes including hand construction, loom and off loom woven structures and experimental approaches to textile and fibre art. Printing and dyeing textile courses examine a wide range of approaches to textile surface treatment including silk screen printing, relief printing, discharge and resist dyeing, fabric constructions and embellishment. Intermediate level courses may include access to advanced processes in fibres structures, print and dye and papermaking facilities, along with thematic special topics that explore contemporary theoretical, critical, and practical issues of interest to the student towards developing a personal aesthetic in art practice. Independent study, professional internships, and advanced fibres courses assist students to create a personal body of work that engages with self-identified approaches, refine technical expertise, and develop visual and critical concerns related to fibres and material practices.
For a list of required courses, please download the Program Guide according to your year of entry and refer to the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Calendar. At an advanced level and in consultation with an advisor, students have the opportunity to pursue independent study courses. Schedules for courses are available on the class schedules website.
A portfolio, letter of intent and photocopies of recent transcripts are required for admission. The Portfolio Evaluation Form must be submitted with the portfolio. Get constructive feedback on your artwork before applying by attending our Portfolio Day.