Are you looking for a career that blends your love of creativity and hands-on learning with lucrative career prospects? As a program that melds the artistic and practical aspects of working with fabric, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s (UMass Dartmouth) Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Textile Design/Fiber Arts checks all the boxes! Perfect for a career in fashion, fine arts, costume design and more, UMass Dartmouth matches a creativity and creation-driven degree with the reality of the global job market. That’s why more than 85% of their graduates have found careers in the textile field.
In this program, you’ll learn techniques and technologies that include:
- Basket forms
- Cloth structure
- Color theory
- Computer-aided design
- Embroidery & embellishments
- Imagery development
- Machine-sewn structures & garments
- Methods for sustainability in textiles
- Pattern design
- Repeat pattern design
- Resist and immersion dyeing
- Screen printing
- Surface embellishment
- Textile construction
- Textile history
- Weaving on multi-harness floor looms
Along the way, you’ll build your own portfolio of textile designs for exhibition. This practice will help you easily procure a job that follows your passion for textile design.
Career-Building Internship Opportunities
In addition to offering a competitive and hands-on curriculum, UMass Dartmouth’s BFA in Textile Design/Fiber Arts offers multiple internship opportunities. These programs allow you to work with an organization of your choice for on-the-job training, design experience, college credit, connections and so much more. Many students even procure paid internships that allow them to earn money in the field they love while moving toward successful career placement.
BFA students have previously interned at such prestigious organizations as:
- Brahmin Handbags
- Ellisha Alexina
- French Connection
- Madeline Weinrib
- Murdoch Webbing
- Plimoth Plantation
- The Boston Ballet
- The Walt Disney Company
Whether your passion is in curation, design, costuming or elsewhere, an internship is a great way to build your resume and gain experience. As an added bonus, many students make connections that eventually lead to full-time careers after graduation.
Annual Trip to New York City
BFA students are also brought to the textile design capital of the U.S., beautiful New York City. During this once-a-year trip, students visit various design studios and museum collections across the city, including access to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and materials. You may even sign up to visit additional designers and other fabric artists in the area, while taking in textile creations all over this magnificent city.
As an internationally-recognized design hub, the New York trip can be more than a fun and educational experience—it can also be an important opportunity to network with NYC-based businesses and leaders for future career possibilities.
All students are given access to UMass Dartmouth’s cutting-edge facilities, allowing you to develop your masterpiece while learning to use the equipment you need for a future career. Many of these buildings also offer spaces for collaboration and exhibition, making it easy to show off your work and meet your future co-creators.
Facilities currently offered to BFA students include:
- Surface design print room
- Dye lab with mixing station and drying room
- Dark room
- Spray room
- Batik room
- Papermaking studio
- Weaving studio
- Textile media lab
Plus, all students can utilize UMass Dartmouth’s multifunctional collaborative spaces including the multimedia IDEAStudio and New Bedford-based Innovation Learning Collaborative.
Your Career-Minded Arts Degree
With UMass Dartmouth’s BFA in Textile Design/Fiber Arts, you’ll learn how to share your artistic vision with the world while earning a steady paycheck. Build both your artistic practice and resume by completing your arts degree at UMass Dartmouth. Learn more at our University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Navitas GSSP webpage.