Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers & Materials Studies

Fibers & Materials Studies

Jesse Harrod, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Suite 250N
215-777-9136
jessica.harrod@temple.edu

Fibers and Materials Studies at Tyler School of Art emphasizes exploration of materials within a contemporary context that considers emergent and related issues of multiculturalism, technological advancement, gender, sexuality, and more. Students will examine the relationships between material, process, the maker, as well as the critical role that cloth and fiber processes play in the global economic marketplace.

Students are introduced to state of the art equipment, including multi-harness handlooms and electronic looms, electronic knitting machines and embroidery machines. The department also offers digital textile printing, 3-D printing, a fully equipped dye kitchen, and silkscreen lab.

Many Tyler students choose to work on the boundaries of the medium by exploring sculpture, video, performance, and installation as part of their practice. Experimenting with materials and methods is encouraged as students develop individual creative practices.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fibers & Materials Studies may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  All Fibers & Materials Studies majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in CRFT 2305 and CRFT 2317 to enter the Fibers & Materials Studies major.
  • The seven required Junior/Senior studio courses, CRFT 4325 and CRFT 4496 (capstone) must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Fibers & Materials Studies

Sophomore Prerequisites
CRFT 2305Dyeing for Color I3
CRFT 2317Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies3
Junior and Senior Requirements
Three 2000/3000 level Specialized Fibers & Material Studies courses (see specialized list below)9
Four 3000/4000 level Specialized Fibers & Material Studies courses (see specialized list below)12
CRFT 4325Senior Seminar in Fibers and Material Studies (spring only)3
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone - spring only)3

Specialized Fibers & Material Studies Courses

CRFT 2312Alternative Materials3
CRFT 2318Woven Structure I3
CRFT 3300Special Topics in Fibers and Material Studies3
CRFT 3306Stitching I3
CRFT 3307Soft Sculpture3
CRFT 3311Body Art & Adornment3
CRFT 3318Woven Structure II3
CRFT 3322Alternative Materials II3
CRFT 3325Sewn3
CRFT 3327Intermediate Fibers and Material Studies3
CRFT 3333Jacquard I3
CRFT 3371Screen Print on Fabric I3
CRFT 3385Field Internship in Fibers3
CRFT 4300Special Topics in Fibers and Material Studies3
CRFT 4305Dyeing for Color II3
CRFT 4316Stitching II3
CRFT 4318Woven Structure III3
CRFT 4333Jacquard II3
CRFT 4371Screen Print on Fabric II3

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers & Material Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CRFT 2305Dyeing for Color I3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 2317Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CRFT 2xxx/3xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT 2xxx/3xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 2xxx/3xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT 3xxx/4xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CRFT 3xxx/4xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT 3xxx/4xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CRFT 4325Senior Seminar in Fibers and Material Studies (Spring only)33
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts [WI] (Capstone- Spring only)33
CRFT 3xxx/4xxx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better. 

2

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

3

CRFT 4496 and CRFT 4325 may be taken in spring of third or fourth year.

Please Note: An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Fibers and Material Studies majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to determine if a semester (generally spring semester of second year) or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation.