Courses

Fibers

Courses

100 Level

  • FIBR 102 Introduction to Fibers for Non-majors
     

    FIBR 102

    Introduction to Fibers for Non-majors
    Fibers, an inherently interdisciplinary practice, is grounded in exploration and research of material, process, culture, tradition, sustainability and innovation. Students are exposed to the facilities, equipment and opportunities within the department. A broad overview of surface, structure, and color techniques and applications is explored. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100, DSGN 100.
  • FIBR 160 Fibers Studio: Drawing and Design Development
     

    FIBR 160

    Fibers Studio: Drawing and Design Development
    This course focuses on the development of basic competencies and methodologies necessary to explore options in surface. The course has a particular focus on drawing and composition skills, through the exploration of different techniques and materials and observational exercises. Students also explore methods for research, ideation and problem-solving through dialogue, critique and writing. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 100.
  • FIBR 170 Fibers Studio: Textile Structures, Materials and Techniques
     

    FIBR 170

    Fibers Studio: Textile Structures, Materials and Techniques
    This introductory course focuses on textile structures, materials and techniques to build a strong foundation for contemporary practice in fibers. Students explore methods for research, ideation and problem-solving through discussion, drawing and material investigations. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 102.
  • FIBR 190 Fibers Studio: Color Research and Processes
     

    FIBR 190

    Fibers Studio: Color Research and Processes
    This course explores color as it relates to the field of fibers. Drawing from historic and contemporary models, students expand upon previously learned color theory in the material application of both traditional and non-traditional coloring techniques. Critical research, writing and discussion inform these explorations. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101, FIBR 160.

200 Level

  • FIBR 201 Weaving I: Introduction to Woven Structures
     

    FIBR 201

    Weaving I: Introduction to Woven Structures
    This course introduces the floor loom as a tool for design and personal expression. By weaving samples and finished fabrics, students gain experience selecting yarns, making warps, dressing the loom, and designing and producing a variety of cloth structures. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 170.
  • FIBR 205 Fibers Studio: Sewing Technology for Fibers
     

    FIBR 205

    Fibers Studio: Sewing Technology for Fibers
    Students strengthen their technical skills and build toward creative careers in this course dedicated to sewing for fibers. By working with a sewing machine, students develop textiles into professionally finished pieces and learn vital stitching and structural techniques. The end result is a highly marketable skill set, applicable to both fine art and functional objects. Prerequisite(s): ACCE 110 or FASH 100 or FIBR 170.
  • FIBR 221 History of Textiles
     

    FIBR 221

    History of Textiles
    In this course, a study of historic textiles and basic textile techniques becomes the source for individual studio projects. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, FIBR 160, FIBR 170.
  • FIBR 276 Digital Applications in Fibers
     

    FIBR 276

    Digital Applications in Fibers
    This course explores a more in-depth use of Adobe Creative Suite as a means to create art and design concepts related to the field of fibers. Students gain applied knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assemble and present their creative process. Focus is placed on the integration of hand and digital compositions to serve fine art and design applications. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110, FIBR 160 or FIBR 190.

300 Level

  • FIBR 308 Intermediate Structure for Fibers
     

    FIBR 308

    Intermediate Structure for Fibers
    This course is designed to build upon the ideas and techniques introduced in previous structure courses. Students pursue in-depth explorations of fibers structures and processes. They examine the possibilities of working with these processes as sculptural forms to define or construct space. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 170.
  • FIBR 310 Intermediate Surface and Color for Fibers
     

    FIBR 310

    Intermediate Surface and Color for Fibers
    Through in-depth exploration of dyes and resists, students expand color and surface design techniques and applications. Traditional techniques and contemporary variations are explored as methods to develop meaningful surfaces that incorporate image, pattern and surface texture. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 312 Screen Printing
     

    FIBR 312

    Screen Printing
    This course focuses on the development of the creative and technical skills necessary to print fabric for a diversity of outcomes. Various printing media and techniques are explored through both traditional hand processes and contemporary technology. Special focus is placed on the production of lengths of registered repeat designs and the various creative techniques available for the production of imagery. Transparent and opaque pigments and hand-cut, direct and photomechanical stencils are all explored. Students are encouraged to be experimental and inventive in their approach to the media and processes. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 160, FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 315 Computer-aided Woven Design
     

    FIBR 315

    Computer-aided Woven Design
    This course is designed to give students experience designing and producing woven fabrics using AVL dobby looms and software designed specifically for woven design. Students study woven structure and drafting and produce fabrics for a specified end use. Portfolio preparation and design for industry is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110 or ELDS 205 or ELDS 225, FIBR 201, FIBR 276.
  • FIBR 318 Computer-aided Surface Design
     

    FIBR 318

    Computer-aided Surface Design
    Students use imaging software to produce surface designs for commercial textiles. This course emphasizes industry standards of production while covering all phases of the design process– contextual research, pattern/color development and texture mapping. Special focus is placed on scanning original artwork, creating repeating and non-repeating patterns, and producing color printouts. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110, FIBR 276.
  • FIBR 321 Weaving II: Exploration of Color and Process in Woven Structures
     

    FIBR 321

    Weaving II: Exploration of Color and Process in Woven Structures
    This course provides an intermediate-level study of the loom as a design tool. Particular emphasis is placed on loom-controlled weave structures; weave drafting; and manipulation of warp, weft and woven fabric through dyeing and other weaver-controlled methods. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 190, FIBR 201.
  • FIBR 328 Textile Rendering
     

    FIBR 328

    Textile Rendering
    This course addresses all aspects of commercial textile design production, including textile rendering techniques, production printing standards and terminology, and professional practices. Students are expected to develop a work methodology to design flat patterns from conceptual evolution to final presentation. Emphasis is placed on developing technical skills. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 333 Stitch Diary
     

    FIBR 333

    Stitch Diary
    The focus of this course is the development of working methodologies for students traveling and recording the experience through incorporating stitching with multimedia processes. Stitching, drawing, painting, monoprinting and collage are employed as techniques to capture the experience of a new landscape. Students draw upon the experience of creating their stitch diaries as a basis on which to develop textiles, textile design or textile product. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 160, FIBR 170.
  • FIBR 334 Local Cloth, Local Color
     

    FIBR 334

    Local Cloth, Local Color
    This course focuses on the investigation of local resources to examine textiles, processes, environment and media of the area. Students incorporate digital photography, drawings and textile sampling to create a “touch book” to record the local experience that is unique to the regions explored and visited and to develop a personal point of view. Students develop a body of work for critique based on that point of view. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 170, FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 336 Experimental Bookmaking
     

    FIBR 336

    Experimental Bookmaking
    This course challenges the conceptual and aesthetic boundaries of the book as a structure for creative expression and visual communication. The course examines historical forms as well as contemporary and nontraditional approaches to bookmaking. Technical information and practical application are presented to stimulate innovative design. Students develop basic bookmaking skills by designing and producing one-of-a-kind books. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.
  • FIBR 340 Natural Dyes and Dyeing
     

    FIBR 340

    Natural Dyes and Dyeing
    This course investigates the use of various natural dyestuffs, mordants and materials through the immersion and direct application processes. Research of the traditional, historic uses of natural dyes and contemporary practice within a design, fine art and studio production context also are covered. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 101, FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 342 Embellished Surfaces
     

    FIBR 342

    Embellished Surfaces
    This course focuses on altering fabric surfaces and structures by using traditional and nontraditional media and techniques. Applied surface, manipulated structural and constructed surface techniques are examined as tools and as language to build surfaces for commercial, functional or fine art fabrics. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 170, FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 344 The Art Quilt
     

    FIBR 344

    The Art Quilt
    This course examines quilt-making as a source and form in contemporary fiber work. Drawing from historical perspectives and contemporary examples, the course investigates technical and conceptual aspects of quilt-making. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 345 Studio Production
     

    FIBR 345

    Studio Production
    This course explores the design and production of a line of handmade objects. The course covers fabrication techniques and efficient methods of producing multiples. Many facets of promoting and marketing the work are investigated, including developing product identity, targeting a market and locating optimum sales venues. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 170, FIBR 190.
  • FIBR 346 Beaded Surfaces and Structures
     

    FIBR 346

    Beaded Surfaces and Structures
    This course explores the connections between historical traditions of beadwork and the application of beadwork in contemporary art and design in fibers. Students are expected to develop technical skills in beaded embroidery, loomed beadwork and off-loom beaded structures, investigating both 2-D and 3-D forms. Emphasis is placed on conceptual development of metaphorical possibilities relating to studio craft objects, design for industry and fine art applications. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 100, FIBR 160 or FIBR 170, junior or senior status.

400 Level

  • FIBR 401 Fibers Senior Studio I: Research and Concept Development
     

    FIBR 401

    Fibers Senior Studio I: Research and Concept Development
    This senior-level studio is devoted to the pursuit of individual areas of interest. The primary focus is on developing a strong body of work, with additional emphasis on research, discussion and critique as adjuncts to studio work. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 201, FIBR 221, FIBR 315 or FIBR 318.
  • FIBR 403 Fibers Senior Studio II: Innovation and Production
     

    FIBR 403

    Fibers Senior Studio II: Innovation and Production
    This senior-level studio is devoted to the pursuit of individual areas of interest. Continued development of a strong body of work started in Fibers Senior Studio I is the primary focus, with additional emphasis on research, discussion and critique as adjuncts to studio work. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 401.
  • FIBR 406 Fibers Senior Studio III: Professionalization and Portfolio
     

    FIBR 406

    Fibers Senior Studio III: Professionalization and Portfolio
    This course emphasizes developing a body of work directed toward a specific career goal and toward the many areas of professional practice in the fibers field. Topics include artists’ statements, résumés, cover letters and contracts. Emphasis is placed on professionalism in presentation and documentation. Students also investigate marketing and self-promotion techniques. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 403.
  • FIBR 410 Advanced Structure for Fibers
     

    FIBR 410

    Advanced Structure for Fibers
    This course expands on the ideas and techniques gained in previous structure courses. Students pursue in-depth explorations of a particular fibers process and/or application, allowing them to develop more technically and conceptually refined work. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 308.
  • FIBR 415 Computer-aided Jacquard Design
     

    FIBR 415

    Computer-aided Jacquard Design
    Using specially designed software and an electronic Jacquard hand loom, students explore the technical, functional and aesthetic considerations necessary to successfully design Jacquard-woven fabrics. In addition to creating their own Jacquard designs for furnishings and apparel, students are expected to analyze existing Jacquard samples and become familiar with a variety of woven structures used in Jacquards. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 201, FIBR 318.
  • FIBR 416 Digital Textile Printing
     

    FIBR 416

    Digital Textile Printing
    Through working with a digital fabric printer as the output for their designs, students learn the vernacular of this new technology. Students use various software applications to design and print fabric samples and yardages for a variety of end-uses. Technical considerations and design possibilities are explored. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110 or ELDS 205 or ELDS 225, FIBR 190, FIBR 276.
  • FIBR 418 Advanced Computer-aided Surface Design
     

    FIBR 418

    Advanced Computer-aided Surface Design
    This advanced course explores the uses of computer programs in producing digital textile designs. Through advanced training and a focus on industry compatibility and design development, students are expected to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in all facets of the digital textile design industry. Special focus is placed on using different software programs to create industry-compatible design for both printed and woven fabrics. Prerequisite(s): FASH 300 or FIBR 318.
  • FIBR 419 Digital Structures
     

    FIBR 419

    Digital Structures
    Exploring the relationship between digital tools and structure, students in this course create 3-D textiles, craft schematic drawings for project proposals and master flat-pattern development. In this endeavor, students excel through advanced training and a focus on industry compatibility and outsourcing. They also utilize 2-D vector-based and 3-D modeling programs to develop innovative designs for digital output devices, such as laser, water jet and 3-D printing. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 250 or FIBR 315 or FIBR 318 or ITGM 236 or MOME 401 or VSFX 210.
  • FIBR 441 Advanced Travel Studio in Fibers
     

    FIBR 441

    Advanced Travel Studio in Fibers
    This course is for the advanced student who wishes to participate in travel abroad while developing the senior portfolio requirement. Through travel, research and investigation, students widen the scope of their knowledge of working artists and designers within a new cultural context. Students create work for their portfolios based on the research and travel experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
  • FIBR 457 Advanced Screen Printing
     

    FIBR 457

    Advanced Screen Printing
    This course further develops and explores advanced techniques and processes of screen printing on cloth through traditional, industry-based and conceptual applications. Students expand their technical proficiency in printing with dyes, pigments and other materials to become familiar with advanced industry-level color registration processes. Research and information prepare students to establish their own screen printing studios. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 312.
  • FIBR 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    FIBR 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • FIBR 495 Special Topics in Fibers
     

    FIBR 495

    Special Topics in Fibers
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of fibers and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • FIBR 502 Materiality and Meaning in Fibers
     

    FIBR 502

    Materiality and Meaning in Fibers
    Through a series of workshops, material and process explorations, and independent research, students work on building a foundation to begin a design or studio practice. The course explores ways that artists and designers develop ideas and focuses on strengthening skills in materials and process research, drawing and writing. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • FIBR 704 Surfaces and Structures
     

    FIBR 704

    Surfaces and Structures
    This course introduces graduate-level work in fibers. Each student’s work is analyzed in order to determine a strategy for technical and aesthetic development. An experimental approach to the creation of surfaces and structures is stressed. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 707 Fabric History as Source
     

    FIBR 707

    Fabric History as Source
    Students investigate historical and ethnographic fabrics and their construction as a source for contemporary fiber artists. Emphasis is on the application of personal research to individual studio work. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 716 Fiber and Fabric Exploration
     

    FIBR 716

    Fiber and Fabric Exploration
    Students investigate a range of traditional and nontraditional fiber media and processes. Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to studio work are encouraged. The course also includes research and discussion about artists important to the contemporary fibers field. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 720 Digital Structures
     

    FIBR 720

    Digital Structures
    Students explore the relationship between digital tools and structure in the creation of both 3-D textiles as well as schematic drawings for project proposals and flat-pattern development. Through advanced software training, with a focus on industry compatibility and outsourcing, students gain the skills to utilize 2-D vector–based and 3-D modeling programs to develop innovative designs for digital output devices. Laser, water jet and 3-D printing are explored. This exploration results in a refined collection of innovative material samples and completed work specific to individual graduate research. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 723 Graduate Stitch Diary
     

    FIBR 723

    Graduate Stitch Diary
    The focus of this course is the development of working methodologies for students traveling and recording the experience through incorporating stitching with multimedia processes. Stitching, drawing, painting, mono-printing and collage are employed as techniques to capture the experience of a new landscape. Students draw upon the experience of creating their stitch diaries as a basis on which to develop work to complement their current graduate work and research. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 704.
  • FIBR 724 Digital Surface Design Studio I
     

    FIBR 724

    Digital Surface Design Studio I
    Students use textile design software and Adobe Photoshop to produce repeat pattern designs for commercial textiles. This course emphasizes industry standards while covering all phases of the design-process conception, pattern creation and presentation. Special focus is placed on using design input methods, including digital color mixing and digital color output to create industry compatible designs. The final project relates back to students' areas of concentration. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 726 Digital Dobby Design Studio
     

    FIBR 726

    Digital Dobby Design Studio
    This course is designed to give students experience designing and producing woven fabrics using AVL dobby looms and software specifically designed for woven design. Students study woven structure and drafting, and produce fabrics for a specified end use. Students are encouraged to apply their individual artistic and design directions to their design of dobby fabrics. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 728 Structural Materials and Processes
     

    FIBR 728

    Structural Materials and Processes
    Students explore technical and conceptual issues in the construction of three-dimensional fiber structures. Innovative uses of materials and processes are emphasized. Students are introduced to contemporary and historic three-dimensional fiber forms and analyze the context in which the work was produced. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 730 Graduate Local Cloth, Local Color
     

    FIBR 730

    Graduate Local Cloth, Local Color
    This course focuses on the investigation of the local resources to examine textiles, processes, environment and media of the area as an adjunct to studio work and research. Graduate students incorporate digital photography, drawings and textile sampling to create a “Touch Book” to record the local experience that is unique to the regions explored and visited and to develop a personal point of view. Students further the investigation in a study of trend forecasting and mood development for textiles, textile design and fine art. Students develop a body of work for graduate critique based on that point of view. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 704.
  • FIBR 731 Special Topics in Fibers
     

    FIBR 731

    Special Topics in Fibers
    This studio course focuses on a particular area of the fibers field. Demonstrations, lectures and critiques are designed to provide technical information and introduce new ideas to each student’s evolving body of work. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 732 Digital Fabric Printing Studio
     

    FIBR 732

    Digital Fabric Printing Studio
    Through working with a digital fabric printer as the output for their designs, students learn the vernacular of this new technology. Students use various software applications to design and print fabric for a variety of end-uses. Technical considerations and design possibilities are explored. Projects can be interpreted for inclusion in the fine art, studio production or design portfolios. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 724.
  • FIBR 733 Digital Jacquard Design Studio I
     

    FIBR 733

    Digital Jacquard Design Studio I
    Using specially designed software, students explore the technical, functional and aesthetic considerations necessary to design successful Jacquard woven fabrics. In addition to creating their own Jacquard designs, students analyze existing Jacquard samples and study a variety of woven structures used in Jacquards. Students are encouraged to apply their individual artistic and design directions to their design of Jacquard fabrics. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 724.
  • FIBR 736 The Book As Art: New Concepts In Bookmaking
     

    FIBR 736

    The Book As Art: New Concepts In Bookmaking
    This course examines the increasingly important role of the book as a means of developing a fine art practice and personal vision. Through exploration of traditional and nontraditional structural processes and techniques, students develop book forms, structures and narratives that articulate personal concepts and ideologies. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 738 Contemporary Theory in Fibers
     

    FIBR 738

    Contemporary Theory in Fibers
    In this course, current issues, theories and polemics pertinent to the fibers field, the nature of art, and mass culture create a context to explore each student’s investigation of studio work and ideology. Critical dialogue, workshops, presentations and lectures inform the development of a personal artistic vision. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 704.
  • FIBR 743 Digital Jacquard Design Studio II
     

    FIBR 743

    Digital Jacquard Design Studio II
    This course is an advanced exploration of Jacquard design focusing on complex weave structures. Students design and weave fabrics for textile design and/or fine arts applications, according to individual areas of interest. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 733.
  • FIBR 744 Digital Surface Design Studio II
     

    FIBR 744

    Digital Surface Design Studio II
    This advanced course further explores the uses of specialized and off-the-shelf software in producing digital textile designs. Through advanced training and a focus on industry compatibility and design development, students are expected to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in all facets of the digital textile design industry. Special focus is placed on using different software programs to create industry-compatible design for both printed and woven fabrics. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 724.
  • FIBR 745 Studio Issues in Fibers I: Research and Development
     

    FIBR 745

    Studio Issues in Fibers I: Research and Development
    In this studio course, students focus on a particular area of interest in fibers through a series of related projects. Development of individual direction is emphasized. Individual and group critiques focus on development of form and content. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 716, FIBR 738.
  • FIBR 746 Pattern, Motif and Image
     

    FIBR 746

    Pattern, Motif and Image
    This course focuses on the study of repeating motif and image systems in textile pattern design. Students explore traditional repeat systems, indigenous and cultural pattern motifs, and motif/image generation and stylization. An emphasis on the study and analysis of pattern as metaphorical language, as well as critical study of pattern as cultural and social indicators augment the investigation of pattern in textiles as well as in contemporary art and design applications. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 747 Stitch: Language and Object
     

    FIBR 747

    Stitch: Language and Object
    This course focuses on the stitched surface in fine art, functional studio objects and contemporary design. Students learn hand and machine embellishing techniques, quilting and piecing as processes to develop decorative surfaces as well as surface language and metaphor on fabrics. Particular emphasis is directed to the study and making of stitched textile objects, both functional and nonfunctional, and their relationships to contemporary culture. Prerequisite(s):
  • FIBR 748 Professional Practices in Fibers
     

    FIBR 748

    Professional Practices in Fibers
    This course is a forum to identify, discuss and prepare for professional practices in the fibers field. Topics include artists’ statements, résumés, grants and business plans. Professionalism in presentation and documentation is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 716.
  • FIBR 749 Fibers M.A. Final Project
     

    FIBR 749

    Fibers M.A. Final Project
    All M.A. students in fibers are required to develop and complete a final portfolio project that represents the culmination of their program. The professional portfolio focuses on print or woven design and should reflect an advanced level of complexity and competence. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 716 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • FIBR 765 Seminar in Fibers
     

    FIBR 765

    Seminar in Fibers
    This seminar course addresses current issues in the fibers field. Students discuss readings, investigate a topic that supports their studio work, and prepare a paper and presentation based on that research. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 738.
  • FIBR 772 Studio Issues in Fibers II: Analytic Practice
     

    FIBR 772

    Studio Issues in Fibers II: Analytic Practice
    In this course, students continue to explore issues related to fibers. Emphasis is on further development of personal vision through individual instruction. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 745.
  • FIBR 775 Studio Issues in Fibers III: Synthesis
     

    FIBR 775

    Studio Issues in Fibers III: Synthesis
    Students continue to explore issues related to fibers. Emphasis is on further development of personal vision through individual instruction. Prerequisite(s): FIBR 772.
  • FIBR 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    FIBR 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • FIBR 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    FIBR 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • FIBR 790 Fibers M.F.A. Thesis
     

    FIBR 790

    Fibers M.F.A. Thesis
    All fibers M.F.A. students are required to develop and prepare an original exhibition, accompanied by a written component. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.