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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 in their original fabric creations. Textile history courses provide in-depth exposure to textile traditions and techniques worldwide, including cultural and economic perspectives. In the second year, students 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 textile market. Graduates will leave with a thorough knowledge of woven textiles and dyes, as well as small business skills and professional practices applicable to a wide range of employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.


Highlights of the Program

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  • 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


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

Potential Careers


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


Student Work

Student work from the past decade has been collected into publications to showcase the type of work students may complete in the Fiber program and to offer an opportunity to let the community visually see all the pieces, learn about each piece, and a little about the student. Enjoy!

A Decade in Fiber Alumni Exhibition

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:

Amy Putansu
  • Amy Putansu
  • Instructor - Fiber
Farrah Rodriguez
  • Farrah Rodriguez
  • Success Coach

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