If you are interested in the technical and creative potential of the textile arts, then our program is a place for you to develop a personal voice in this dynamic form of expression. Drawing from a rich heritage of materials and processes, we encourage new ways of thinking. You'll consider current issues of sustainability, new technologies, labour and craft, along with experimental approaches and global and historical implications. You'll also imagine how material practice can be used to communicate your individual identity in contemporary culture.
Our professional facilities include a fibre structures studio for weaving, felt-making and basketry; a print and dye workshop; and a papermaking studio. As a student in this program, you'll benefit from:
Small classes promoting personal expression and critical discussion
An open and inclusive environment that encourages interdisciplinary approaches
Freedom to pursue thematic and material interests
Independent study at the advanced level
Professional internships and other opportunities to enhance your technical expertise
You’ll leave our program with an expert combination of technical processes and the critical faculties of a contemporary artist.
Major in Fibres and Material Practices (60 credits)
The Fibres and Material Practices program allows for a rigorous and comprehensive study of the technical, conceptual and creative aspects of current fibres practices. Students draw on diverse cultural or social research and a rich history of textile traditions to produce critically engaged artworks that use interdisciplinary, social, relational and performance elements.
Classes are small to promote personal expression and critical discussion and the open studio format supports the development of each student’s body of work. Students are introduced to a broad range of fibres structure processes and printing and dyeing techniques including:
loom and off loom woven structures
silk screen printing
discharge and resist dyeing
At the intermediate level, you may choose from special topics courses that explore contemporary theoretical, critical, and practical issues. Independent study, professional internships, and advanced fibres courses will help you create a personal body of work as you refine technical expertise, and develop visual and critical concerns.
Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool. Admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts is very competitive. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC
Canadian High Schools: 65% or C+
U.S. High Schools: 2.5
University Transfers: C
Admission to most programs is based on portfolio/audition evaluations as well as academic grades. Applicants selected for admission have normally achieved grades that exceed minimum requirements.
International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points. Admission to competitive programs is based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Bacc. Français: A minimum grade of 11/20 for students who have completed their Bacc. Français outside of Quebec. Admission is competitive and based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
Student work drives the creative energy in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and you’ll have many opportunities to exhibit your work in art festivals and exhibitions at on-campus venues such as the FOFA and VAV galleries.
You will graduate with the knowledge and discipline required for a creative and productive life. You’ll have creative problem-solving skills, know how to think critically about your work, and have the necessary leadership skills required for entrepreneurial endeavours. Your degree can lead to many paths such as:
Practising studio artist
Art and design for artisanal or commercial production