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Fibers and Material Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) , PA,
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fibers and Material Studies program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University introduces students to a bold, interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of one of the world's oldest and most accessible traditions: working with fibers. 


Program Overview

Students of the Fibers and Material Studies program at Temple University explore the expressive potential and social meaning of fiber materials as they learn technical skills that prepare them for focused, graduate-level study and a variety of careers.

Tyler Fibers & Materials Studies majors join a close-knit, inclusive community led by a strong, diverse faculty that pushes students to experiment and collaborate. Students learn traditional skills and activate them in a contemporary context, contributing to vital discussions on history, identity, current social issues and more. Through dynamic events and projects such as the annual Wearable Art Show and the Natural Dye Garden, Fibers & Materials Studies majors create exciting conversations with artists and students throughout Tyler.

Students take full advantage of Philadelphia's vibrant fibers community and DIY scene and opportunities to engage global social challenges, working closely with professors to engage in community-based projects that challenge them as critical, reflective participants in a broader creative culture. These experiences prepare Fibers & Materials Studies majors to flourish in top graduate programs and production design careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    126 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Drawing
  • Foundation Principles
  • Foundation Principles/W
  • Introduction to Art and Design
  • Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
  • Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

National Students

  • Self-Report High School Transcript
  • Fee: $55 (Fee waivers are available for freshmen who qualify)
  • Essay
  • Extracurriculars

International Students

  • Temple's online application or online Common Application or Paper application to submit by mail
  • Official High School or University Transcripts with English Translations 
  • Standardized Tests (SAT, ACT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS or PTE)
  • Apply as an international student if you hold or will need to obtain a nonimmigrant visa, including a student (F-1) or an exchange visitor (J-1) visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18780 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18780 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    22632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11316 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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