UNT CVAD brand[Updates: Nov 27, 2018] Click here for the latest update regarding the Fibers program.


After extensive analysis and painstaking deliberation, Dean Greg Watts of the College of Visual Arts & Design announced a decision to discontinue the Studio Art department’s concentration in fibers for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

For current Fibers Program students, Associate Dean Denise Baxter and Studio Arts Chair Lauren Lake will be in the Welch Street Complex lobby between 5:30 pm-6:30 pm on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, and Wednesday 22nd to speak with fibers students and answer any questions. They will additionally be meeting with students in the first fibers class meetings of the semester. Students with degree plans on file for the fibers concentration will also be contacted directly by their academic advisors in the coming days.

All students with degree plans on file for a fibers concentration will be accommodated and will be able to graduate with the degree for which they have a degree plan.

In response to inquiries that have been made regarding the announcement, we have provided some FAQs for further clarification.


FAQs

  • Why is fibers closing?

In addition to the new ART building, CVAD occupies facilities in Oak Street Hall, Welch Street Complex and Bain Hall. Each facility will be reviewed for optimization through planning with UNT System. A modest budget for a new facility has been allocated to address CVAD graduate studios, ceramics the Texas Fashion Collection. Despite this funding, a viable financial path that would enable the college to provide the needed space for the fibers concentration was not found. The year ahead will now allow CVAD to work with UNT System to reposition facilities as needed. This will enable continued focus on our students, faculty and staff and provide them the best support possible as we move forward.

  • What will happen to the facilities at Oak Street Hall, Oak Street Annex, Bain Hall and Welch Street?

In addition to the new ART building, CVAD occupies facilities in Oak Street Hall, Welch Street Complex and Bain Hall. Each facility will be reviewed for optimization through planning with UNT System. A modest budget for a new facility has been allocated to address CVAD graduate studios, ceramics, and the Texas Fashion Collection. Despite this funding, a viable financial path that would enable the college to provide the needed space for the fibers concentration was not found. The year ahead will now allow CVAD to work with UNT System to reposition facilities as needed. This will enable continued focus on our students, faculty and staff and provide them the best support possible as we move forward.

  • Are we losing faculty or staff?

No.
-Professor Amie Adelman will continue to teach in CVAD.
-Visiting Assistant Professor Gabe Duggan will complete the terms of her 2-year contract which ends in spring 2019.
-Abby Sherrill will continue her role as Visual Art Technician with restructured duties.

  • When will fibers classes stop being offered?

Starting this fall, students will not be admitted into the concentration. Fibers focused courses will be offered as interdisciplinary courses in the new BFA curriculum as space permits. 

  • Will my degree be affected?

All students with degree plans on file for a fibers concentration will be accommodated and will be able to graduate with the degree for which they have a degree plan.

  • Will I still be able to graduate in May 2019 with my fibers concentration?

Academic advisors will be working with students on a case-by-case basis on progress to degree. A full complement of fibers courses will be taught through spring 2019.

  • What are my options? Will the fibers classes I have taken be applied to another concentration?

Fibers courses fulfill degree requirements for the fibers concentration, but also other concentrations in different degrees. Make an appointment with your academic advisor using Appointment Manager to discuss the options that make sense for your particular academic trajectory.

  • How do I get help to figure out a new concentration?

If you are not a declared major and were thinking about fibers or were a declared major and would like to pursue a different concentration, your academic advisor will be happy to work with you on what your next steps should be. Go ahead and schedule an appointment with your advisor using Appointment Manager.