Breonna Phillips, batik fabric and digital print and pattern

Fiber & Textiles

​Students within Fiber and Textiles acquire technical and conceptual skills to create objects informed by materiality, purpose and the sense of touch. A wide range of technical processes and topics include weaving, dyeing, screen printing, embellishment, surface design, felting, sewing, quilting, garment construction, knitting, crochet, laser cutting, digital print and pattern design.

Students are encouraged to discover new ways of working through material experimentation. With the guidance of faculty, students develop an individualized language of color, pattern, and texture both planar and sculptural in form. Traditional and non-traditional methods of creation and an interdisciplinary approach to technology (fabrication and production) are integrated into the program.

Many Fiber and Textiles graduates go on to work as textile designers or color and material designers for large corporations or small studios, while others create artisanal craft objects or fine art. Students develop a strong understanding of the field and its connections to art and industry as critical thinkers, artisans, and creative problem solvers.


Textile Designer
Print and Pattern Designer
Surface Designer
Color and Trim Designer
Color, Material, Finishes (CMF) Designer
Material Designer
Soft Goods Designer
CAD Artist
Fine Artist

Featured Alumni


Golnaz Armin

VP Footwear Material Innovation


Sarah Bickmann



Abraham Buddish

Brentano Fabrics


Feather Chiaverini

MFA Candidate
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture


Julia Kartush

Senior Textile Designer and Color Analyst
Arden Companies


Deja Milany

MFA Candidate
Cranbrook Academy of Art


Neela Najjar

Costume & Fashion Designer


La Shirl Turner

Design Chief – Head of Advanced Color & Materials