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Fibers and Material Studies, B.A.

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University rank #301 (ARWU) , PA,
The Fibers and Material Studies major includes equipment and classes in weaving, off-loom structures, fabric dyeing and surface processes, screen printing on fabric, digital printing, and the use of alternative materials. Once students acquire an understanding and proficiency of techniques and media, the program promotes experimentation and development of a personal direction.


Undergraduate students’ exploration of ceramics can take many forms. There is state of the art equipment available for wheelwork, mold making and slip casting, as well as large kilns for hand building and sculpture. Students are encouraged to investigate a wide range of processes, including the recent addition of 3-D modeling and printing, as they develop their own personal visions. Separate studio space is available for junior and senior majors, and students are encouraged to reach outside their own spheres for inspiration and ideas. Many of our students are interested in interdisciplinary work, such as integrating industrial design and pushing it into the fine arts perspective, resulting in new hybrids. A recent special project with an art conservation firm had students researching and recreating historical Rookwood tiles for a restoration project at a nearby architectural landmark. This provided firsthand experience collaborating with conservators and architects and ceramic technicians. The Ceramics program makes a point of drawing on the energy and resources of the city. Students attend lectures and exhibitions at museums, galleries and other cultural institutions all over town, and participate in community arts projects in the ongoing collaboration with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Woven Structure I
  • Mixed Media Construction: Structural Embellishment I
  • Soft Sculpture
  • Shibori Cloth Techniques
  • Body Wear Construction
  • Body Art & Adornment
  • Alternative Materials
  • Mixed Media Printing
  • Textile Design for Print Production
  • Off Loom Structure II
  • Woven Structure II

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University. Further, the Pennsylvania Department of Education expects that all individuals seeking teacher certification at the master's level, regardless of the discipline, have taken at least 6 credits of college-level mathematics and 6 credits of college-level English composition and literature in their undergraduate program.

Prerequisites for admission to the specialization in Business, Computer and Information Technology for Career and Technical Education include coursework in each of the following areas: 1) computer and information technology; 2) law, entrepreneurship, and international business; 3) quantitative skills and accounting; 4) management and marketing concepts; 5) economics and personal finance; and 6) business communications. Individuals holding a degree in Business from an accredited four-year institution generally meet these requirements. The prerequisite work can also be accomplished by post-baccalaureate coursework at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 UGPA requirement may be considered for admission if they meet one of the following exceptions:

  1. Standard exception: 3.5 UGPA during the last two years AND a minimum of 3.25 Graduate GPA for 9 credits (typically taken as a non-matriculated student in the program prior to application for admission).

  2. Special exception: Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may be considered for a special exception if a compelling case can be made for admission on the basis of some additional source of data.

Statement of Goals: Two pages include your reason for seeking a master's degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program. The statement is evaluated against the program's mission.

Tuition Fee

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    24032 USD/year
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    14006 USD/year
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
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