Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Textile Design

General

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Program Description

From fabric burnout to photographic screen printing to computer-assisted print designs, students in the BFA Textile Design program design and print on both fabric and paper using various print techniques and fabric manipulation. Students develop their drawing and color skills in course work that combines excellence in design, artistic vision, and innovative technology to provide students with the skills necessary to realize their creative visions fully. Students are encouraged to participate in industry competitions and internships. Senior students may collaborate with other fashion design or knitwear majors to produce a runway collection for the annual San Francisco Fashion Show.

Course Description

Semester 1

  • FSH 100: Drawing for Fashion
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 111: Introduction to Fashion
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 120: Color Science and Fabric Technology
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 164: Fashion Sewing Techniques
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • FA 143: Silkscreen 1
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FSH 102: Drawing for Fashion 2
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 187: Introduction to Knitwear
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 274: Applied Textiles 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 244: History of Fashion
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 3

  • FA 241: Book Arts 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 101: Fashion Design 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 112: Drawing for Fashion 3
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 220: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • FA 145: Printmaking
    Major / 3 Units
  • FA 345: Advanced Projects in Printmaking 1
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FSH 135: Graphic Design in Fashion
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 276: Applied Textiles 2
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 291: Designing Careers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 5

  • FSH 246: History of Textiles
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 374: Applied Textiles 3
    Major / 3 Units
  • JEM 233: Digital Design, Laser Cutting, Milling for Jewelry & Metal Arts
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 110: Writing the Short Story
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 119: Fabric and Fiber Technology
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • FA 344: Monotype 1
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FSH 376: Applied Textiles 4
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 398: Computers for Textiles
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 117: Survey of Landscape Architecture
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 124: Physics for Artists: Light, Sound, and Motion
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 171: Western Civilization
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • N/A: Any Course
    Elective / 3 Units

Semester 7

  • FSH 442: Computer-Aided Design for Textiles
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 474: Applied Textiles 5
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA ###: Any LA course
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 127: Topics in World Art
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • FSH 473: Textile Portfolio
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 476: Applied Textiles 6: Senior Collection
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA ###: Any LA course
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • N/A: Any Course
    Elective / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirements

BFA Textile Design Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
  • 1 Written Communication: Context & Style
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
  • 1 Historical Awareness
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research and Concept Development

  • Produce creative and original designs
  • Select concepts appropriate for the market and customer, building on the analysis of design and market research
  • Generate ideas that are coherently related to the chosen concept as well as to one another
  • Conduct thorough design research, as evidenced in the sketchbook
  • Demonstrate evidence of trialing and self-editing designs

Visual Presentation Skills

  • Create professional and organized presentations that reflect an individual/personal style
  • Effectively communicate their design concepts and philosophy two-dimensionally

Technical Skills

  • Work effectively with industry-standard software
  • Produce printed textile designs on fabric

Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express their ideas utilizing fashion industry vocabulary

Professional Readiness

  • Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Last updated Mar 2020

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For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

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