Ontario College Certificate in Fibre Arts
Transform fibres, surfaces and structures to express your creative vision in the world of textile arts.
Challenge your perception of what can be created with textiles. Learn how fabric is made, how it behaves, and how to design, construct and manipulate it. Participate in the hands-on discovery of the science and techniques of fabric dyeing and pigmentation with some of Canada’s most respected fibre artists. You’ll explore fibre science, dye and pigments, needle work, surface design, embellishments, project designs and execution. Increasingly challenging projects will help you to meet your creative potential, and courses in design, colour, drawing and textile history will round out your education.
In our dedicated fibre arts studio you will have your own space to create and investigate the many dimensions and techniques of fibre arts. The studio is fully-equipped with industrial sewing machines and irons, sergers, a spinning wheel and looms. Develop your skills in our dye lab and professional-level darkroom, which has an over-sized vacuum table and equipment for silkscreening fabrics.
Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Each week you will work alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio. Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty. You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class.
Why Choose Fleming
Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce.
Graduates are working as fabric designers, weavers and educators.
Sarah Gaby-Trotz won the honourable mention award for fibre arts at The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and has been part of the One of a Kind Show and many other juried shows around Ontario. She continues to develop felt work expressing a painterly and whimsical style. "The program is demanding and challenging, and is a rich and unique opportunity to play and explore lots of different mediums and techniques in fibre arts. As I continue to develop as an artist and felt maker, I see the threads of what I started at Haliburton weave themselves throughout my work."
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.
The Fibre Arts Certificate comprises 14 of the elective credit requirements for the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma - also available at the Haliburton School of Art + Design.
There will be additional expenses of approximately $700 for tools and equipment in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.
Pathways to Further Education
Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States.