University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

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  • Interior Design MFA student Greta Buehrle was named one of two IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholars for 2009.

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Fibers

Overview

The mission of the fibers area is to promote excellence through comprehensive educational programming providing a strong fundamental base that includes cross cultural, historical, and contemporary issues in fiber arts. The fibers area fosters critical thinking by offering a diverse curriculum that includes surface design, weaving, and alternative processes courses that provide students the opportunity to work in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and installation formats. Fibers is the one area where majors are not restricted to one material, process, or technique. The endless possibilities have resulted in innovative and intriguing, conceptually based artwork.

Undergraduate Program

As a fibers major, you will take courses in art appreciation, art history, crafts, design and drawing, in addition to specific course work for your major. You will have access to large, well-equipped studios and instruction in traditional and contemporary fiber techniques that embraces mixed media.

A portfolio is not required for admission to UNT or the College of Visual Arts and Design, but if you are a transfer student you may need to submit one for placement. At the end of your sophomore year, the studio faculty members in your area will review your portfolio to determine if you can continue in the program. You also must submit your work in a senior exit review.

Textile related internships are available to exceptional students who wish to earn elective credit through work experience. Frequently, Fiber students find full-time employment upon graduation as a result of contacts made during internships. The university is within easy commuting distance of Dallas, where textile companies, interior design businesses as well as major art museums, and galleries, provide valuable resources and experiences for UNT students.

Continuing UNT students may apply for scholarships that are awarded by the College of Visual Arts and Design primarily on the basis of performance in the student's major; academic scholarships are available through UNT's Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

Fiber faculty members consistently participate in international and national exhibitions and encourage students to explore the fibers field through participation in juried exhibitions, invitational exhibitions, workshops and conferences.

  • Suggested Undergraduate Curriculum for Fibers 2013-2014 (PDF opens in a new window).
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Graduate Program

The Department of Studio offers a Master of Fine Arts degree at the graduate level. The Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts offers nine areas of specialization: ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each option requires a creative project and a solo exhibition instead of a thesis. The MFA is a 60 credit-hour terminal degree requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours in the studio course of your specialization.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art is a terminal degree, requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate level coursework.

Faculty & Staff

Amie Adelman | Associate Professor

Phone: 940-565-4125 | Email: adelman@unt.edu

Amie AdelmanAmie Adelman is the Associate Professor of Fibers in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, in Denton. She received an MFA in Fibers from the University of Kansas and a BFA in Fibers from Arizona State University. She has been awarded numerous travel grants from UNT to research textiles in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Guatemala, Norway, Scotland, and England. Adelman exhibits artwork nationally and internationally and has been published in two books, Dyeing and Screen-Printing on Textiles and Fiberarts Design Book Six and in numerous journals including American Craft, Surface Design, and Fiberarts.

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Lesli Robertson | Senior Lecturer

Email: lesli.robertson@unt.edu

Angela Vanecek | Administrative Coordinator I

Phone: 940-369-7671 | Email: studio@unt.edu

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