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

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fibers & Materials Studies program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture introduces students to a bold, interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of one of the world's oldest and most accessible traditions: working with fibers. Students explore the expressive potential and social meaning of fiber materials as they learn technical skills that prepare them for focused, graduate-level study and a variety of careers.

Tyler Fibers & Materials Studies majors join a close-knit, inclusive community led by a strong, diverse faculty that pushes students to experiment and collaborate. Students learn traditional skills and activate them in a contemporary context, contributing to vital discussions on history, identity, current social issues and more. Through dynamic events and projects such as the annual Wearable Art Show and the Natural Dye Garden, Fibers & Materials Studies majors create exciting conversations with artists and students throughout Tyler.

Students take full advantage of Philadelphia's vibrant fibers community and DIY scene and opportunities to engage global social challenges, working closely with professors to engage in community-based projects that challenge them as critical, reflective participants in a broader creative culture. These experiences prepare Fibers & Materials Studies majors to flourish in top graduate programs and production design careers.

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 ART 2201 and ART 2202 to enter the Fibers & Materials Studies major.

  • The seven required Junior/Senior studio courses, ART 4205 and ART 4096 (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
ART 2201Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies3
ART 2202Dyeing for Color I3
Junior and Senior Requirements
Three 22xx/32xx level Specialized Fibers & Material Studies courses (see specialized list below)9
Four 32xx/42xx level Specialized Fibers & Material Studies courses (see specialized list below)12
ART 4205Senior Seminar in Fibers and Material Studies (spring only)3
ART 4096Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone, WI, spring only)3

Specialized Fibers & Material Studies Courses

ART 2203Alternative Materials3
ART 2204Woven Structure I3
ART 3201Stitching I3
ART 3202Soft Sculpture3
ART 3203Alternative Materials II3
ART 3204Woven Structure II3
ART 3205Body Art and Adornment3
ART 3206Sewn3
ART 3207Intermediate Fibers and Material Studies3
ART 3208Jacquard I3
ART 3209Screen Print on Fabric I3
ART 3210Special Topics in Fibers and Material Studies3
ART 3085Field Internship3
ART 4201Stitching II3
ART 4202Dyeing for Color II3
ART 4203Jacquard II3
ART 4204Woven Structure III3
ART 4209Screen Print on Fabric II3
ART 4210Special Topics in Fibers and Material Studies3

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 & Materials Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2019-2020 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 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
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 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2201Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 2202Dyeing for Color I3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 22xx/32xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART 22xx/32xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 22xx/32xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART 32xx/42xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4096Business Practices in Crafts [WI]3
ART 32xx/42xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART 32xx/42xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 4205Senior Seminar in Fibers and Material Studies33
ART 32xx/42xx (Specialized Fibers Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

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.