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Fiber and Material Studies, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chicago, IL, United States
The undergraduate Fiber and Material Studies program is the largest of its type in the world and offers a progressive curriculum taught by distinguished and innovative faculty who are leading working artists and theorists in the field. 
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  •  At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), we teach Fiber and Material Studies within a contemporary fine arts context, emphasizing experimentation and innovation.
  • If you are a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student considering a concentration in Fiber and Material Studies, we encourage you to enroll in beginning-level classes such as Introduction to Fiber and Material Studies, Print for Fabric and Alternative Materials I, Woven Structure Basics, Collective Weave, To Dye For, and Stitch I. From there, Fiber and Material Studies faculty will help you determine the sequence and selection of upper-level courses best suited to your practice and interests.
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Department of Fiber and Material Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary study of fiber, materials, and processes that incorporate art-making approaches including: textile construction, sculpture, installation, action, and craft.
  • Courses emphasize the production of textiles and fiber arts within a contemporary art context and supported by current theoretical discourse.  Students learn a vast range of textile construction, surface techniques, and processes, including: weaving, print, dye, stitch, soft sculpture, felting, knitting, crochet, spinning, collage, and embellishment. Our studios feature analog and digital equipment, and students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

We encourage you to seek connections and crossovers between Fiber and Material Studies and other studio and design areas at the school. Our curriculum practices a broad range of concerns incorporating and informed by several key areas:

  • Weaving
  • Printing/dyeing
  • Sculpture
  • Hand construction techniques
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Digital technologies
  • Social practices and collaborative forms of making

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

In order to apply, we must have the following items and all of your application materials in our office:

  • Online application
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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