Bachelor of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts



The Fibre program provides opportunities for intensive studio-based material research via discipline-specific and experimental, cross-disciplinary approaches.

Students may focus on surface design, mixed media and/or weaving in the production of original creative work. Throughout their studies in Fibre, students will gain understanding of their own work and its position relative to other disciplines, historical precedent, and contemporary material culture.

Thematic courses at the senior-level allow for the independent investigation of topics relevant to contemporary fibre practice across craft, art and design. In their final year students are encouraged to pursue creative research in the studio that aligns with their academic and artistic goals.

Fibre Minor

The Fibre Minor facilitates studio-based inquiry across surface design, weaving and mixed media. In all Fibre courses, contemporary practice and personal expression are highlighted. The Minor is especially useful to students exploring hybrid creative practices in which fibre-based methodologies are conceptually generative.

Popular Courses

  • FBRE 210 Weaving I
  • FBRE 211 Printing on Cloth
  • FBRE 213 Cloth Dyeing & Painting
  • FBRE 312 Mixed Media II
  • FBRE 320 Weaving II
  • FBRE 321 Surface Design II
  • FBRE 327 Directed Studio

Careers Include:

  • Textile artist
  • Fabric designer
  • Costume designer
  • Textile purchaser
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator

Studio facilities

  • Silk-screen printing (seven large, four-yard-capacity printing tables)
  • Natural dyes (large dye studio with induction ranges and two indigo vats)
  • Hand and computer assisted weaving (38 floor and table looms, including a Jacquard and 16-harness AVL Dobby)
  • Papermaking (hollander/hydro pulper)
  • Mixed media studios
  • Individual studio spaces for third and fourth year BFA and MFA students


Full-time Faculty


Notable Alumni

Jolie Bird -  Artist in the travelling exhibition In the making curated for the IKG by Diana Sherlock.

Lindsay Joy - recently completed an MFA in Winnipeg and is a practicing artist.

Natalie Gerber - one of the cofounders of the New Craft Coalition in Calgary, an amazing cooperative responsible for a twice-yearly show and exhibition at Festival Hall in Inglewood.

Shannon Stratton - recently appointed curator at MAD in New York.

Amalie Atkins - work includes filmmaking, fabric-based sculpture, and performance

Natalie Lauchlan - emerging artist who graduated from AUArts in 2014

Stephanie Wong

Janice Yan-Yan Wu - creates whimsical one of a kind hot water bottle covers


Madison Potter
"The Fibre department at AUArts has always felt like a tight knit community. The instructors have pushed me to look further into material and process in order to develop my ideas into resolved projects by offering invaluable knowledge. Fibre is a specialization that can be applied to so many areas and I know I will carry the skills that I have learned into many aspects of my life." - Madison Potter, 4th year Fibre student


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