At Colorado State University, we study fiber media within the fields of contemporary art and design. Our students develop skills in visual communication using a wide variety of textile processes. Coursework introduces world traditions and the role of textiles in material culture. We investigate the language of textiles as a global phenomenon and as an individual artistic practice. As our students encounter diverse processes and aesthetics, they become adept at creating and transforming fabrics and fiber structures. Undergraduate classwork provides a foundation in weaving, surface design, and related textile techniques. Students direct their talents toward the requirements of future careers in art, design, and education. Study abroad and internship opportunities are available. 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.
Occupying 3,400 square feet, our facilities include a weaving studio and a fabric-printing area. Adjacent to the printing area is a well-ventilated dye room equipped with burners, six industrial sinks, stacked washer-dryer, and bullet steamer. This room can function as a darkroom and houses light-table units to expose photo-emulsion screens. An interior courtyard permits outdoor fabric dyeing and drying, and eases work with hot-wax methods. Our 44 floor looms include various 4-to-16-shaft looms and an upright tapestry loom. The weaving studio has an area for sewing and cutting fabric. Facilities include a studio library. We are located near a well-equipped wood shop, digital-fabrication studio, computer lab, and graduate studio.
Visiting artists enrich our program and the University Center for the Arts is a short walk away; it houses the CSU Art Museum, which has featured works by prominent American fiber artists. 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. 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, conferences, internships, and community-outreach programs.