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  • Objectives
    The Textile Arts Program is a full-time, two-year diploma program which is part of the Visual and Performing Arts Division at Capilano University. Students learn about textile arts by exploring many different processes and by studying historical and contemporary works. Gallery and studio visits, as well as guest lectures by visiting artists and other professionals working in textiles or related areas augment regular teaching sessions. These presentations show distinct approaches to an artist's work and also provide practical information on how careers are built. The core studio courses in Weaving and Surface Design are complemented by courses in Drawing, Design, 3D Mixed Media, Visual Literacy, Textile History, Communications, English, Precision Dying, and Professional and Business Skills in Arts & Crafts.
  • 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
    Diploma in the Textile Arts
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    • AHIS 104    Introduction to Visual Culture I    3.00
    • TXTL 158    Design I    3.00
    • TXTL 160    Textile Surface Design I    3.00
    • TXTL 168    Weaving I    3.00
    Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:    3.00
    • CMNS 120    Professional Writing for Artists    3.00
    • ENGL    English at the 100-Level    3.00
    Credits    15.00
    Required:    12.00


    Second Term    Course Credits
    • AHIS 105    Introduction to Visual Culture II    3.00
    • TXTL 154    Drawing I    3.00
    • TXTL 161    Textile Surface Design II    3.00
    • TXTL 169    Weaving II    3.00
    • TXTL 178    Design II    3.00
    Credits    15.00
    Required:    15.00


    Third Term    Course Credits
    • AHIS 231    History of Textile Art I    3.00
    • TXTL 267    Weaving III    3.00
    • TXTL 284    Textile Surface Design III    3.00
    • TXTL 290    Precision Dyeing    3.00
    • University Transferable Elective - excluding Textile    3.00
    Credits    15.00
    Required:    15.00


    Fourth Term    Course Credits

    • AHIS 232    History of Textile Art II    3.00
    • TXTL 230    Professional and Business Skills in Arts and Crafts    3.00
    • TXTL 240    3-D Fibre and Mixed Media Constructions    3.00
    • TXTL 268    Weaving IV    3.00
    • TXTL 285    Surface Design IV    3.00
    Credits    15.00
    Required:    15.00

    Total Program Credits    60.00

    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.

    AHIS 104    Introduction to Visual Culture I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to encourage students to become visually literate and confident in the analysis/interpretation of all aspects of the visual arts. Confrontation with a wide range of ideas, images and media will stimulate discussion and provide a deeper understanding of the creative process. The purposes of art will be discussed and the relationships between art and society explored. The interdisciplinary nature of art will be examined as well as the achievements of Canadian artists.

    AHIS 105    Introduction to Visual Culture II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    What is the impact of advertising on the viewer? What are the achievements of women artists? What are the current issues concerning art and censorship? These and other topical subjects relating to the arts will be addressed in this course. Attention will also be given to such themes as magic and ritual in art, the body in art, the artist as observer, the landscape in art and aspects of photography. The material will include the art of the past as well as the current art scene. Consideration will also be given to the achievements of Canadian artists. This course is designed to help students decode their visual world and become visually literate.

    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.

    CMNS 120    Professional Writing for Artists
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to provide communications skills for practicing artists who need to write professional materials. It includes instruction in document organization and structure, a toolbox approach to grammar and usage, and an introduction to academic writing of essays and reports. The course includes instruction in writing proposals, grant applications and materials for workshop delivery, as well as practice in professional presentations.

    ENGL 100    Academic Writing Strategies
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    This course emphasizes academic research and essay writing skills in a lively context that encourages and enhances both critical thinking and critical reading expertise.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 103    Studies in Contemporary Literature
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    Novels, plays, poems, screenplays, memoirs, graphic novels, and more: this course explores the rich variety of contemporary literature in both traditional and new hybrid genres.
    Note: While ENGL 100 is not a prerequisite, competence in essay writing and research is expected.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website

    ENGL 104    Contemporary Fiction
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    An introduction to new developments in the field of narrative fiction and criticism, this course studies short stories, novellas, traditional and experimental novels, and more.
    Note: While ENGL 100 is not a prerequisite, competence in essay writing and research is expected.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 105    Contemporary Poetry
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    Students read, research, and discuss a wide variety of developments and innovations in the writing, publishing, and performance of primarily 20th and 21st century poetry.
    Note: While ENGL 100 is not a prerequisite, competence in essay writing and research is expected.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 106    Contemporary Drama
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    This course focuses on recent innovations in drama and important plays written and produced for stage and film primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries.
    Note: While ENGL 100 is not a prerequisite, competence in essay writing and research is expected.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 107    First Nations Literature and Film
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    Students read and discuss aboriginal poetry, plays, screenplays, films, novels, and memoirs across national boundaries. The course may also include work by non-aboriginals on aboriginal subjects.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 109    Contemporary Issues in Literature and Culture
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    This course explores contemporary issues and how they are interpreted in literature, film, and music. The issue chosen for consideration will be announced during the registration period.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 190    Creative Writing I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    Students sharpen their writing craft by work-shopping their prose, poetry, drama, and/or creative non-fiction while also studying contemporary practice in a selection of these genres.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 191    Creative Writing II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: See information on English Diagnostic Test in the Registration section of the College Calendar.
    This course builds on Creative Writing I as students further develop their writing practice in selected genres and further study the art of contemporary forms.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

    ENGL 200    English Literature from Beowulf to Paradise Lost
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Any combination of two first-year English courses.
    Epic poetry, Arthurian romances, lyrics, sonnets, Renaissance and Jacobean drama: the course surveys significant works in all major forms from the medieval period to the mid-17th century:
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by permission of instructor.
    Note: For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

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