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Professional Crafts - Fiber

 

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Professional Crafts - Fiber

The Fiber program is an intensive curriculum focusing on the design and creation of fiber work, ranging from textile products to contemporary fiber art. Students concentrate on woven textiles and gain many opportunities to include hand dyeing, stitching, surface design techniques and much more to their original fabric creations. Textile history courses provides in-depth exposure to textile traditions and techniques around the world including cultural and economic perspectives. In the second year, students begin to focus on professional practices for the artist or designer. Business models are studied and each student develops a personal pathway to future work in textile design, entrepreneurship, gallery or museum work, teaching or any sector of the textiles market of interest. Graduates will leave with a thorough knowledge of woven textiles and dyes, as well as small business skills and professional practices applicable in a wide range of employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Highlights of the Program

Tour the Studio

  • Small class sizes 
  • Intensive studio classes with hands-on learning 
  • Design and craft history classes 
  • Marketing and business planning 
  • Craft photography and portfolio design
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • On-campus gallery for professional and student exhibitions 
  • Participation in regional and national craft shows and exhibitions
  • Affiliation with Southern Highland Craft Guild, Haywood Arts Council, Handweavers Guild of America

Fiber Facility

  • 13 Macomber looms
  • Two Compu-dobby looms
  • Fiberworks software
  • One mechanical dobby loom
  • Darkroom and exposure unit
  • Print tables
  • Three home sergers and six home sewing machines
  • Cutting tables
  • 40-gallon gas-heated kettle
  • Gas and induction burners

Degrees/Certificates

  • Associate in Applied Science – Professional Crafts: Fiber 
  • Diploma in Professional Crafts: Fiber 

Potential Careers

Jobs

  • Studio Artist
  • Production Weaver
  • Textile Designer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Craft School Teacher

Outside the Classroom

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Haywood Studios is a student organization creating, marketing, and selling their crafts in the community at various events.

Class Schedules

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HCC offers a variety of class times to fit your busy schedule. Different class options are available based on your graduation year. You can view available classes and then meet with your advisor to get registered.

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For more information contact:

Farrah Rodriguez
  • Farrah Rodriguez
  • Success Coach