Explore the interdisciplinary potential of textiles and material thinking
One of the oldest aesthetic traditions in the world, textiles and the artwork produced from textiles are currently on the cutting edge of contemporary art practice and critical inquiry. Textiles is an interdisciplinary fine arts program that introduces students to a vast range of textile construction methods, such as weaving, printing, dyeing, and hand-work, through conceptual and experimentally driven frameworks.
Textile thinking—the way we radically discuss and examine the implications of structure, ornamentation, pattern, color, material, and process—is always changing and expanding. Our broad curriculum prepares students to make a positive impact in fields including but not limited to studio-based practice, activism, design, theory, and environmental sustainability.
Join an internationally recognized program
Our internationally recognized Textiles program teaches you to think beyond the crafted object. Compared to other programs in the United States, our courses are topic-driven, developed to promote critical thinking, research, and problem-solving alongside skill building and technique through assignments and critique. Students are encouraged to investigate related issues such as the implications of pattern and repetition, explore technology’s relationship to industrialization and mass production, and interrogate systemic forms of oppression. Contemporary critical race theory, gender theory, queer theory, and slow methodologies aid in our inquiry to understand the shape of an innovative and relevant textile practice today.
Unlike traditional textile surface and textile design programs, ours is rooted in a fine arts practice with a strong relationship to painting and sculpture. Students have the freedom to pursue formal abstraction, personal narrative, public art, and countless other capacities for textile thinking and creation.
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