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Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts


Programs in fiber, textile, and the weaving arts teach people how to create works of art from fabrics and fibers.

In this program, students learn how to:

Students also study art history, drawing, and design.


A few independent art and design schools and community colleges offer associate degree programs in fiber, textile, and weaving arts. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in fiber, textile, and weaving arts. A BFA usually takes about four to five years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in fiber, textile, and weaving arts. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree typically requires two to three years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Many programs require you to submit separate application materials in addition to your general college application. Usually you have to complete preliminary art courses, write a personal statement, and submit a portfolio of work.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in fiber arts typically require:

Things to Know

You can begin developing your portfolio in high school with hobby and project work.

At many schools, you have to pay a fee in addition to regular course tuition. The fee covers the cost of art materials, which include dyes, fabrics, wool, and other materials.

In some programs you learn how to build your own loom.

Many programs offer personal studio space to fiber arts students.

Independent art schools may focus more intensively on studio work and career preparation. Colleges and universities typically require general courses in addition to studio art requirements.


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