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Fibers

Studios, Labs, & Loom Room

Our Fibers students learn a variety of traditional and contemporary fibers techniques in weaving, dyeing, felting and papermaking, in specialized shops and studios.

Fibers students work and learn in spacious and well-equipped weaving and fiber arts facilities that offer a wide range of technical possibilities – a loom room, surface design room, dark room, dye lab, papermaking studio, large-scale fiber projects studios  – and in dedicated, individual studios for junior and senior majors.

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MassArt’s incredible Loom room is a weaving lab, equipped with thirty 45-inch 8-harness Macomber looms and two 60-inch looms for wider and more complicated weaving.

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Fibers

Minor

Obtain a minor in Fine Arts/3D with a Fibers concentration by completing 18 credits in this area of study.

MassArt offers a minor in Fine Arts 3D with a choice of concentration in these program areas: Ceramics, Fibers, Glass, Jewel & Metalsmithing, and Sculpture. 

Students interested in completing a Fibers concentration within the Fine Arts 3D minor are required to take a total of 6 courses (18 credits) with a concentration in Fibers coursework:

  • 3DTD-201 Projects in Wood 1 course (3 credits)
  • Any 3D elective 1 course (3 credits)
  • Two electives in the concentration at 200 level 2 courses (6 credits)
  • Two electives in the concentration at 300/400 level 2 courses (6 credits)

For more details on specific minor concentration requirements, please contact the Fine Arts/3D Department.

Fibers

BFA Program

The BFA Fibers Program offers coursework in weaving, surface design, knitting, felt-making, basketry, papermaking, dyeing, and fabric construction.

The BFA Fibers program offers a diverse array of courses, with the philosophy of encouraging students to make personally meaningful connections between traditional approaches and contemporary techniques. 

In seminars, advanced studios, and interdisciplinary courses, students explore interdisciplinary projects, combining fibers with sculpture, performance, installation, drawing, and architecture. Issues of environmental and cultural sustainability are also at the core of our curriculum, and several of our courses are a part of the Colleges of the Fenway Sustainability Minor.

Fibers Handmade Paper / Ink Collaboration

In an ongoing collaboration between the Papermaking and Material Color classes, students exchange handmade paper and inks created using natural pigments.

The Fibers program has evolved along with expanding definitions of the fiber medium within the field, continuing to root our curriculum in the oldest technologies while building curricular bridges to the ways in which fiber intersects with sculpture, design, performance, sustainability, and social practice.

Students are encouraged to integrate and apply their classroom learning via internships, teaching assistantships within the Fiber and Studio Foundation areas, and collaborative opportunities with area museums such as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

Students working on looms, weaving
Fibers Studios, Labs, & Loom Room

Our fiber arts facilities include a surface design studio, two weaving studios, a dye kitchen, a papermaking studio, and more.

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Alumni 

Graduates of the Fibers program have gone on to pursue careers in textile design, textile conservation, art education, fine art, curatorial work, and entrepreneurial ventures.

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Fiber BFA program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

  • Develop skill and an understanding of the importance of craftsmanship
  • Understand a wide range of approaches and methodologies to problem solving
  • Develop good working habits & self discipline
  • Develop cross disciplinary awareness
  • Develop an understanding of conceptual, symbolic and metaphoric issues
  • Develop an awareness of historical, contemporary, cross-cultural issues and artists working in their field
  • Encourage their personal vision and imaginations to become a tangible reality
  • Develop a working knowledge of design principles
  • Develop a sense of being an artist using life and studio experience to support their ideas
  • Cooperative classroom experience
  • Foster collaboration among peers
  • Establish relationships/ work with community
  • Safety: tools, equipment, materials, processes
  • To assume the responsibility of the development of their own professional career in whatever direction it may take
  • Participate in critical dialogue with peers in their field
  • Develop professional and vocational resources
  • Sustainability
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