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  • Objectives
    Students will learn how to use textile processes and combine them with other techniques or fields of studies. Some students will want to immerse themselves in the various processes and push their creative potential, while others will want to focus on developing a personal body of work. The advanced students will be working along with first and second year students of the full-time Textile Arts Program for technical instruction. They may attend teaching sessions or special lectures/presentations or any other classes on a drop in basis, where equipment and space is available.
  • Practical experience
    Field experience with artists, crafts people, costume rental houses used by the film industry, costume artists for theatre and film as well as other related businesses or organizations take place as part of the course in "Professional and Business Skills". They provide useful experience for students in the Textile Arts program.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in the Advanced Textile Arts
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    • AHIS 231    History of Textile Art I    3.00
    Credits    3.00
    Required:    3.00


    Second Term    Course Credits
    • AHIS 232    History of Textile Art II    3.00
    Credits    3.00
    Required:    3.00


    Summer/Fall/Spring Electives    Course Credits


    Choose 24.00 credits from the following list:    24.00
    • TXTL 330    Advanced Professional and Business Skills in Arts and Crafts    3.00
    • TXTL 340    3-D Fibre and Mixed Media Construction    3.00
    • TXTL 365    Advanced Tapestry and Non-Woven Fibre Construction    3.00
    • TXTL 366    Advanced Weaving with Colour, Pattern and Texture    3.00
    • TXTL 367    Advanced Weaving I    3.00
    • TXTL 368    Advanced Weaving II    3.00
    • TXTL 382    Advanced Pattern Design and Shibori    3.00
    • TXTL 383    Advanced Embellishment and Imagery on Fabric    3.00
    • TXTL 384    Advanced Textile Surface Design I    3.00
    • TXTL 385    Advanced Textile Surface Design II    3.00
    • TXTL 390    Advanced Precision Dyeing    3.00
    • TXTL 391    Focused Studies in Weaving    1.50
    • TXTL 392    Focused Studies in Surface Design    1.50
    • TXTL 393    Open Studio in Textile Art    1.50
    • University Transfer Elective - excluding Textile **    6.00

    Total Program Credits    30.00

    AHIS 231    History of Textile Art I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course first studies the textile traditions of the Near East by considering Ancient Egypt and its great linen manufactories, and the silk guilds of the Byzantine Empire, as well as tracing the influence of Sassanian designs. Cotton and the central role it played in the struggle for Indian independence is highlighted as we move further east to consider the evolution of the Dragon Robes of China and the kimonos of Japan. This study concludes with textile designs and tapestries produced in Medieval and Renaissance Europe where the important contributions of such leading artists as Raphael and Rubens are fully considered.

    AHIS 232    History of Textile Art II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course first explores the textile traditions of Africa and the Americas. The textiles of the Kuba of Africa, Ancient Andean cloth and Contemporary Mayan textile designs are examined as important artistic expressions of these cultures. Navaho weaving and the great tradition of the Chilkat Dancing Blanket of the Pacific Northwest are also studied as examples of cultural expressions. Our attention then focuses on the effects of the Industrial Revolution on textile practices and the contributions of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. The course concludes with a discussion of 20th century textiles and explores the work of some of the leading contemporary textile artists.

    TXTL 120    Dyeing and Breakdown for Film and Theatre I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    An introduction to textile arts and dyeing for the costumer applied to film and theatre.

    TXTL 121    Dyeing and Breakdown for Film and Theatre II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 120
    A further exploration of textile arts and dying with an emphasis on techniques used to age costumes and break down fabrics.

    TXTL 154    Drawing I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course offers students drawing skills that will be useful in their practice. Concentration will be given to the study of primary drawing media and basic techniques, including pencil, pen and ink, brush and ink, marking pens, conte and pastel. It includes the study of perspective drawing from direct observation and representational rendering techniques of objects, structures, surfaces and textures. Students will learn how to visualize in graphic terms, to symbolize and to stylize in terms of line and line characteristics, and to develop power of observation and graphic sensibility.

    TXTL 158    Design I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Basic design elements and principles of colour theory will be studied. Sources of inspiration and imagery will be explored using a variety of materials and processes. Two-dimensional repeat design will be studied for application to surface decoration and compositional elements will be investigated and adapted for textiles. Main project will be presented in textiles.

    TXTL 160    Textile Surface Design I
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    This is an introduction to methods of printing on fabric, using pigments, with found objects, handmade blocks and stamps. The development of printing technologies and stylistic movements will be explored. Mechanical resist, using cold wax and discharge effects, will be explored. Physical resist, using bound and tied methods, will be explored and students will be encouraged to design for all of these techniques from a contemporary perspective.

    TXTL 161    Textile Surface Design II
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 160 with a minimum C+ grade
    This is an introduction to printing fabric with stencils using pigments, fibre-reactive and natural dyes. Texturing techniques with rice or flour paste resists will be demonstrated and explored. Applique, stitching and photo transfer techniques will be used for surface decoration and design possibilities for each medium will be explored.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 168    Weaving I
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course introduces basic fibre properties and construction techniques, such as felt, basketry, yarn construction and dyeing. Historical and contemporary objects from various cultures will be discussed. The emphasis is on experimentation with various materials. In the second part, this course explores woven textiles as an image-bearing medium through the techniques of tapestry weaving. A project plus a sampler are woven to learn the basic vocabulary of traditional tapestry techniques. Analysis of techniques used by ancient, medieval and contemporary artists helps students explore their application.

    TXTL 169    Weaving II
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 168 with a minimum C+ grade
    This course provides a solid foundation in loom weaving, including pattern drafting and weaving, with an optional use of the computer for drafting and weaving. Students will also explore imagery in weaving through dye techniques and hand-manipulated weave structures. Slide presentations, guest artists and class discussions will explore aesthetic issues, historical and contemporary concerns and social and cultural aspects of weaving.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 178    Design II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 158
    Elements of 2-D and 3-D design will be explored. Concepts of two-dimensional composing such as grid and other layout structures, creative uses of positive negative space, issues of emphasis and colour theory as well as text orientation with image and image on field will be studied. Three-dimensional issues involving installation and materiality offer a broad perspective of study. Cultural sources for new ideas in design including the student's own personal references will form the backbone of the course. An optional introduction to computer design and image manipulation will be included. Main projects will be presented first on paper then in textile form.

    TXTL 220    Textile Arts for Costumers
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: COST 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, THTR 152, 153, TXTL 120 and 121
    This course considers the application of textile arts techniques to the creation of costumes for stage and screen. A wide range of techniques and materials will be discussed. Specific techniques will be explored in class with exercises and projects pertinent to their application to costume creation.

    TXTL 230    Professional and Business Skills in Arts and Crafts
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This resource course introduces the student to the wide variety of choices available to them after graduation from the Textile Arts program. Students may choose course assignments relevant to their interests. The portfolio is an important segment that each student will complete. The student will learn basic self-management skills and gain a basic understanding of business practices, marketing, financial management and contacts. Students will also learn about different galleries and granting agencies, employment as well as self-employment opportunities, teaching opportunities and studio setups. Contacts and resources are emphasized; practicums may result from participation in this course.

    TXTL 240    3-D Fibre and Mixed Media Constructions
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 168
    Students will learn processes from sculpture and fibre/textiles to create 3-D works, installations and performance art pieces. Experimentation with traditional and non-traditional materials and processes will be emphasized.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 267    Weaving III
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 169 with a minimum C+ grade
    This course encourages students to explore techniques with traditional and non-traditional materials for weaving three-dimensional objects. Students will also work with more complex pattern weaves, rug weaving, brocades, transparencies or inlay techniques and combinations of weaving with dye techniques and various after-treatments.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 268    Weaving IV
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 267
    This is a further exploration of techniques and ideas in weaving and/or combinations with other methods of textile constructions. Students will develop a personal focus and necessary techniques for individually designed projects, involving sampling, research and final projects. Techniques can include rug-weaving, advanced multi-harness weaving, supplementary warp/weft, as well as advanced projects in felt, basketry, tapestry and off-loom techniques. Critical discussions will be encouraged in class.

    TXTL 284    Textile Surface Design III
    3.00 credits    (4,1.5,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 161 with a minimum C+ grade
    This study of screen printing techniques using paper, wax, screen filler and direct emulsion stencils involves a variety of methods for producing a repeat design with different registration possibilities. Direct dyeing and transfer processes with different dyes and pigments will be combined with screening techniques to create compositional imagery.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 285    Surface Design IV
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 284
    Advanced techniques in new textile processes will be explored, Techniques such as devore, cloque, shibori and combination surface treatments using both chemical mediums and tools will be taught. Students will be encouraged to apply these methods to a number of applications, including home decor, fashion and visual art.

    TXTL 290    Precision Dyeing
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 161 with a minimum C+ grade
    This course teaches precision dye methods with a range of synthetic and natural dyes for use with different yarns and fabrics. It provides technical knowledge for the safe use of dyes, how to achieve a colour match and how to create various aged looks for applied situations in film or theatre or for a special project. This course is aimed at establishing independence and self-reliance as a dyer.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by permission of instructor.

    TXTL 300    Directed Studies in Textile Arts I
    3.00 credits    (1,6,0) hrs    15 wks
    The goal of this course is to enable the student to study and research a textile arts subject area of specific and personal interest under individual faculty guidance and to build on existing knowledge.

    TXTL 301    Directed Studies in Textile Arts II
    3.00 credits    (1,0,6) hrs    15 wks
    The goal of this course is to enable the student to continue the study and research of a subject area in textile arts under individual faculty guidance at a higher level of complexity.

    TXTL 330    Advanced Professional and Business Skills in Arts and Crafts
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Students will receive an overview, resources and information, as well as practical hands-on experience in setting up a self-employed business or professional practice in the arts. They will learn basic self-management practices and gain a basic understanding of business practices, marketing, financial management, legal and copyright issues and contracts. Students will also find out about different galleries and granting agencies. A practicum with an artist, craftsperson, arts organization or business is an integrated part of this course. Students will prepare a major exhibition, a commission or a commercial prototype.

    TXTL 340    3-D Fibre and Mixed Media Construction
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Students will learn processes from sculpture and fibre/textiles to create 3-D works, installations and performance art pieces. Experimentation with traditional and non-traditional materials and processes will be encouraged and incorporated with various other art forms.

    TXTL 365    Advanced Tapestry and Non-Woven Fibre Construction
    3.00 credits    (4,3,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course focuses on tapestry weaving and non-woven-fibre construction. It emphasizes exploring techniques and understanding historical and contemporary roles as an art medium. Students learn about spinning and explore physical properties of various materials used in textiles. Additional processes such as knotting, crochet and knitting can be used as optional processes for projects. Historical, contemporary and cultural aspects that relate to the subjects will be discussed in slide lectures, through PowerPoint presentations or actual pieces and samples. Students learn by working on a series of samples and projects as well as a related research project.

    TXTL 366    Advanced Weaving with Colour, Pattern and Texture
    3.00 credits    (4,3,0) hrs    15 wks
    In this course students will learn loom weaving techniques, with an emphasis on design, colour, texture and pattern. In addition to technical instruction, students will gain an understanding of physical, aesthetic, historical and social aspects of weaving through slide presentations, guest artist presentations and class discussions. This combination of technical learning and conceptual thinking will influence the nature and content of the student's work.

    TXTL 367    Advanced Weaving I
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Students will expand their knowledge of basic weaves though experimental pieces and finished projects. Hand-manipulated structures, such as double weave and brocading, will be explored as well as working with colour through ikat, painted and printed warps. The course emphasizes graphic approaches to weaving; the use of figurative and symbolic imagery or abstract patterning. Both technical skills and personal expression will be developed and traditional and contemporary textiles will be discussed in class and researched.

    TXTL 368    Advanced Weaving II
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 367
    This is a further exploration of techniques and ideas in weaving and/or combinations with other methods of textile constructions. Students will develop necessary techniques for individually designed projects, involving sampling, research and final projects. Topics can include loom-weaving such as rug-weaving, computer assisted designing for advanced pattern weaving and special techniques designed for 3-D weavings; non-woven techniques include felting, basketry and off-loom techniques. Students will be encouraged to combine weaving with surface design processes and other media.

    TXTL 382    Advanced Pattern Design and Shibori
    3.00 credits    (4,3,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course focuses on pattern design and colour. Students learn a range of printing and dyeing techniques while exploring conventional pattern networks, as well as compositional aspects of design. Exploring pattern and texture on a range of fabrics, students will learn to use both synthetic and natural dyes, including Indigo. Shibori techniques will be learnt and through slide lectures students will have an understanding of Shibori as a historical and cross cultural practice as well as a contemporary art form.

    TXTL 383    Advanced Embellishment and Imagery on Fabric
    3.00 credits    (4,3,0) hrs    15 wks
    In this course students will learn techniques that focus on actual and visual texture. Students will examine a range of hand and machine embellishment techniques, applique, stenciling, photo transfer and starch based resist as a way to develop their own image vocabulary. Through critiques and group discussions, students will learn to look critically at their own work, give positive critical feedback to their peers, and to understand the context of their work within the contemporary Textile Art field.

    TXTL 384    Advanced Textile Surface Design I
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    The study of screen printing using paper, wax and direct emulsion stencils involves a variety of methods for producing single images as well as repeat designs with different registration possibilities. Direct dyeing and transfer processes with different dyes and pigments will be combined with screening techniques to create compositional imagery. Depending on previous knowledge, students can propose independent projects to replace certain assignments.

    TXTL 385    Advanced Textile Surface Design II
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: TXTL 384
    Advanced techniques in new textile processes will be explored, Techniques such as devore, cloque, shibori and combination surface treatments using both chemical mediums and tools will be taught. Students will be encouraged to apply these methods to a number of applications, including home decor, fashion and visual art.

    TXTL 390    Advanced Precision Dyeing
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course teaches precision dye methods with a range of synthetic and natural dyes for use with different fibres. It provides technical knowledge and safe use of dyes. Students will learn approaches to colour matching and colour shifting and will focus on becoming self reliant and discerning dyers. An independent focus is encouraged.

    TXTL 391    Focused Studies in Weaving
    1.50 credits    (16,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    This course will enable students to focus intensively on a specific subject area within Weaving. Topics will vary from year to year and will be selected from the following areas: tapestry, jacquard weaving, complex pattern weaving with surface treatments, spinning, basketry and felting.

    TXTL 392    Focused Studies in Surface Design
    1.50 credits    (16,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    This course will enable students to focus intensively on a specific subject area within surface design. Topics will vary from year to year and will be selected from the following areas: printing, dyeing, sewing, hand and machine embroidery, silk-screening, and various surface treatments.

    TXTL 393    Open Studio in Textile Art
    1.50 credits    (16,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    Students will work on independent projects that have been approved by faculty. Students will develop a series of samples or a small body of work that will be critiqued weekly by both faculty and peers.

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