About MFA Fibers
The MFA program in fibers fosters individual studio research, leads to a mature body of artwork, and promotes professional involvement in the fields of contemporary art and design. As a terminal-degree program for studio arts, the MFA curriculum promotes a high level of studio performance and scholastic research about cloth in visual and material culture. In addition to work in fiber media and materials, the curriculum includes studio electives, art-history coursework, graduate seminars, and non-art electives. Study abroad and internship opportunities are available. Graduate students share semiprivate studio space near the undergraduate fibers studio and area library, and near the department’s woodshop, digitial-fabrication studio, and computer lab. CSU alumni exhibit their work nationally and internationally; teach at public schools, colleges, and universities; and lead workshop programs throughout the US. Our alumni also jury and curate exhibitions, work as designers, and write for national publications. The first MFA in fibers at CSU was conferred in 1987.
Visiting artists enrich our program and the University Center for the Arts is a short walk away; it houses the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (formerly known as the University Art Museum), which has featured works by prominent American fiber artists. Art students have opportunities to work directly with objects in the museum’s collection. The UCA complex also includes the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, with its collection of more than 18,000 costumes, textiles, and interior and global artifacts. Art students may take supporting coursework in the Department of Design and Merchandising. The Fort Collins Lincoln Center is among several community venues that exhibit fiber work on a regular basis. Sixty miles away, the Denver Art Museum features textile galleries created in 2013 and involves CSU students in textile-education programs. Northern Colorado is home to many textile interest groups and entrepreneurs, and students frequently participate in special events, workshops, conferences, internships, and community-outreach programs.
THE PROGRAM SELECTS A LIMITED NUMBER OF APPLICANTS. PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT TO LEARN WHEN THE FIBERS AREA IS ACCEPTING MFA APPLICATIONS.