Craft/Material Studies

Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in fibers

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About the Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in fibers, which requires 60 credits, is usually completed in two years of full-time study. The majority of credits are taken in your area of specialization. Graduate seminars, art history courses and other studio/academic electives round out your individualized program, and studio visits and critiques with visiting artists and critics are an important aspect. You will interact formally and informally with the faculty in your area, and with other faculty in the department and in the School of the Arts. Each graduate student works closely with a faculty committee that meets at least twice a semester for critiques and discussions. At the end of your first year, you will present your work to the departmental faculty in a candidacy review. At the successful completion of the 60 credits, you will mount a thesis exhibition at The Anderson or at an alternative venue.

The MFA is the terminal degree in the studio areas and is a requirement for most university teaching positions. Within the studio concentration, emphasis is placed on self-motivation, individual investigation, and the development of professional attitudes and skills. You are expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to your work and develop mature ideas and forms of expression. Every effort is made to assist students in gaining valuable teaching experience while they are in our program.

The department aids students financially through a variety of scholarships and graduate assistantships. Opportunities exist for qualified students to teach courses during the academic year and in summer school. Admission to the graduate program and the awarding of graduate teaching assistantships and scholarships is highly selective and competitive.


You may work in an interdisciplinary manner or focus entirely on fiber. This is primarily a self-directed program where you decide  your direction of study. Each student meets regularly with a faculty committee, with lively critiques and conversations about your work. An average week includes a fiber graduate studio class, graduate seminar, critique class, studio hours and perhaps an art history class. The department has an active visiting artist program and you are encouraged to take advantage of studio visits with our guest artists.

The program is small and select. Four students work in private or semi-private studios within the fiber area. The students have access to a wide range of equipment, print tables, and a dye room.