Fibre Arts Curriculum

Haliburton School of Art + Design

Accepting Applications for September 2023

Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 1 semester )
Classes begin:
September 05, 2023
Offered at:
Haliburton Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$4,453.33 (includes fees and supplies)*
$14,623.13 (includes fees and supplies)*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Use the principles and elements of two and three-dimensional design and the design process for the conception, construction and assessment of studio works.
  • Construct two and three-dimensional forms from both traditional and non-traditional fibre based materials.
  • Critique the effectiveness of both form and content of works in fibre media in both group and individual discussions.
  • Use the characteristic properties of fiber materials in the design, formation, and assessment of studio works.
  • Present researched information about historical and contemporary fibre artists, their works, and fibre processes to faculty and peers.
  • Use tools, equipment and studio appropriately and maintain them in optimum condition.
  • Identify personal interests that may develop into themes in visual style and content of works in fibre arts.
  • Manage the health and safety risks and environmental impacts of specific materials, processes, and equipment used by fibre artists.
  • Collect and organize an ongoing set of samples of fibers, fabrics and related process techniques for future reference.
  • Develop a basic portfolio and artists documents that can be maintained and updated for promotional and application purposes such as grants, commissions and juried shows.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

ARTS 991
Units/ Hours: 47.5

This course introduces students to the ways in which material surfaces can be created using a variety of processes. Using traditional yarns and fibres, as well as non-conventional materials, students will experiment with the nature and behaviours of these materials as well as the method of assembly. Consideration will be given to the processes that will support the development of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional surfaces. Students will also be introduced to contemporary processes employing cutting edge technology used in the production of fibre-based objects.

ARTS 989
Units/ Hours: 47.5

The design process has a powerful impact on all aspects of development for textiles, sculpture, fashion, interior design, and other functional and non-functional fibre-based forms. Through research and presentation, students will explore the specific elements of design that apply to the work of textile artists, fashion designers, and fibre artists. Integrating their learning from the program so far, students will pursue their own personal interests and style through the design process. Individual proposals will be discussed using the principles and elements of design, and in relation to students' personal interests. Students will use journals to gather research material that can be further explored in the development of themes and projects.

ARTS 444
Units/ Hours: 47.5

The study of textiles in history encompasses examinations of fibre properties, processing technologies, and both practical and artistic applications. It also considers the intersections of social, cultural, and geographic influences on textile production and use. Students will research and present on a variety of historical textile forms, processes, and tools, and will document materials and concepts that inspire personal and artistic interest. Individual studio projects will consider the relationship between historical and contemporary textile objects and processes. Projects will be designed and executed in consultation with the faculty.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

Students will be introduced to hand and machine sewing skills, as well as basic patternmaking, cutting, machine care and maintenance.

ARTS 990
Units/ Hours: 47.5

This course will engage the student in basic drawing techniques for the design, description and development of works in fibres and fabrics. Exercises reviewing use of the tools, materials and equipment will focus on line, proportion, light, shape, texture, pattern, and motif. Students will produce samples of concept sketches, working drawings and multimedia presentation renderings. Observational drawings from a variety of natural and inanimate objects and patterns will also be introduced as a rich resource for the design of sculptural forms and surface embellishment. Students will use journals to gather research material and ideas.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

In this introduction to dye application techniques students will explore the exciting dynamics available to them through the application of colour. Resists such as applied wax, physical resists will be sampled. Specialized techniques will be reviewed through lectures and/or videos. Significant consideration will be given to the continued use of colour systems in the development of personal style through a variety of palettes.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

In this course, students will be invited to discover and develop a personal sense of design style, the 'feel' that sets them apart from the crowd, and gives them a sense of who they are, and what they want to say. Referencing contemporary fibre artists, and using techniques and tools developed in other courses that best represent their passions and own unique approach, students will be encouraged to enjoy the risk taking in experimental design. Students will present both finished works and proposals for future projects in fibres and textiles, using journals to gather research material and concepts in the development of these personal themes and interests.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

This course is a continuation of FAR- Innovation Studio I, continuing to support the individual development of FAR projects in conjunction with faculty and parameters established for the studio projects.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

In this course, students will create a sample swatch book documenting their exploration of a variety of pigment application processes for patterning the surface of fabrics. Employing both direct and indirect applications such as stencils, painting, block printing, and screen printing, and integrating the design features in pattern and colour, a thorough foundation will be established in the use of the tools materials and techniques of fabric pigment uses. Observational drawings from a variety of natural and man-made objects will support design exploration in the development of motifs, monoprints and repeat designs for fabric. Further experience and practice in the application of the properties of colour and how they behave within colour systems will be emphasized in these studio exercises.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

In this project-based course, in conjunction with the faculty, students will plan, execute and critically assess a fibre arts project engaging both two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students will be introduced to pattern making for three-dimensional objects, which address volume and attributes of the form of the object. They will create patterns, working drawings and working sequences to further understand the steps required to produce textile art. Time management, finishing, labeling, mounting, and presentation will be addressed in ongoing in class discussions.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

Integrating their learning from the program so far, students will develop functional and or sculptural fibre projects with appropriate surface enrichment that reflects their own emergent style and interests. Three-dimensional projects will be discussed in relation to the principles and elements of design, and in relation to students' personal interests through presentation of research into contemporary fibre artists' work. Using techniques such as gathering, folding, filling, layering, laminating and stitch, students will physically manipulate fibres to create textural three- dimensional surface.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

In this course, students will explore a variety of techniques to enrich the surface of textiles culminating in the creation of a piece of fibre art that conveys a theme using surface embellishment and manipulation. Students will have opportunity to further discover the woven cloth as they create a more complex design.

ARTS 450
Units/ Hours: 47.5

Natural fibres have been used for comfort, protection and decoration for thousands of years, but textile technologies have continued to change, expanding in 1910 with the discovery of rayon and continuing today with micro-fibres finer than the finest silk. Course activities will examine the properties and construction of fibre objects in relation to their design, care, preservation, display, and merchandising. The structures of modern textiles will be further explored through studies of such processes as the spinning of yarn to preparations for dyeing. Studio projects will focus on the understanding of structure and characteristics for selection, as well as the care and handling of fibre materials. The findings of these studies will be captured in labelled sample collections and journal entries.

Units/ Hours: 47.5

Practicing artists can choose from many different paths to advance their personal and artistic goals in artistic practice, education, presentation skills, and promotion and marketing as entrepreneurs. Each student will establish their own specific focus for continuing their artist's practice. In class sessions will involve online research, writing, digital photography, presentation, and critical discussion. Pre-course assignment work will provide the data for artist documents and digital images of their work for the development of a portfolio. Students will show their work in an established campus venue as a culmination to their certificate program experience. Certificate students who have already completed the first two semesters of the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Program will complete this course mainly as independent review and revision of their portfolio and artists documents in collaboration with faculty.