Art (Textiles), BFA

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Explore a wide variety of techniques, from painted and printed fabrics to photo processes and from felt making to woven structures created with the aid of computer technology.

The BFA program in art with a concentration in textiles cultivates an environment that stimulates creative and intellectual growth.

Coursework ranges from the spinning and processing of raw fiber to digital textile printing. With focus on techniques such as weaving, dyeing, textile printing and fiber sculpture, students are encouraged to discover their individual artistic voice. Throughout the program, students are challenged to utilize and interpret textile traditions while considering innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practices.

Students declare their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration at the time of their ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

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Art (Textiles), BFA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Students choose their BFA concentration at the time of admission. Following admission, if a student wishes to change their BFA concentration, students may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Currently, all art students are admitted to ASU into the Bachelor of Arts (art studies) program. They must complete a series of requirements that include foundational coursework to be eligible for study in one of the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, which include upper-division coursework in the studio. There is no portfolio review process for admission to the School of Art.

Students in their second year who are interested in studio art and art education obtain a signed BFA declaration form after completing the core requirements and during completion of the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements. Students interested in art history or museum studies submit a major declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours. The student's major is changed upon successful completion of the major declaration form. Students may choose to remain in and complete the Bachelor of Arts (art studies).

Beginning Fall 2019, students are admitted directly to the textiles concentration upon admittance to the BFA program in art.

Career outlook

Graduates leave the program prepared to pursue a diverse range of professional careers reflecting the breadth of the textiles field. Utilizing the technical skills gained, they have established careers in design, as varied as working in industry creating commercial items to setting up boutique studios for the creation of one-of-a-kind fabrics for garments and interiors. Others have chosen to pursue graduate degrees in art or design or in fields adjacent to textiles such as business or technology. Graduates continue to develop their art practice once leaving ASU, with outcomes that range from continued personal explorations to professional gallery exhibitions.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers-16.1%$40,460
Fashion Designers2.6%$67,420
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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