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Master of Fine Arts in Studio 

Student Profile
The Textile program accepts B.F.A. students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds who have a record of academic excellence and a strong portfolio of creative work in textiles demonstrating the technical and conceptual skills required for advanced work.

Program Description
The program instruction fosters graduate students’ development as mature professional artists, allowing for concentrations in Surface Design, Weaving, and Mixed Media.  Textiles graduate students are expected to have a clear focus in their specific professional area of interests, although the first year may be spent in exploration and clarification of goals.  Textile students are expected to become familiar with both weaving and surface design and, using the computer as an integral design tool.  Graduate textiles students pursue independent research and studio work with biweekly meetings with the faculty and other graduate students.  Each student must pass two major evaluations.

Course requirements for Textiles Concentration

Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.

Twelve hours of coursework in art history.

Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.

Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.

A written thesis.

A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Total Program                                                                                                                          60 hours

Degree Requirements
M.F.A. candidates must complete a compliment of 30 credit hours within their concentration, two related studio experiences, and four art history courses. A mid-program review and a review for thesis approval are held as significant check points during the student’s program. Upon fulfilling all course requirements, a graduate student selects a faculty committee to guide the exploration, development and completion of a thesis project. The committee must have a minimum of three members, the majority coming from the candidate’s area of concentration. Once the thesis project is agreed upon, an exhibition and written text must be satisfactorily developed and produced with the approval of the committee members as well as that of the Director of the School of Art and Design.

Application to the Textiles Concentration

  1. Contact the area coordinator in the concentration during Fall or Spring semesters to discuss intent and requirements.
  2. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the studio and meet with faculty and students prior to application.(optional but encouraged)
  3. Fulfill all requirements for the University, the College of Art and Sciences and the School of Art and Design.


Exhibition and Thesis
A solo exhibition either in the School of Art and Design Gallery or any chosen gallery space and a thesis documenting the work are required for the degree.

Career Opportunities
Graduates have been active as 1) academic/professional artists teaching in higher education, 2) design specialists in the textile industry, 3) free-lance textile designers, textile conservators in a museum, and self-employed artists / designers / craftsmen, costume designers

Atlanta Textile Community
There is an excellent textile community in Atlanta for exhibition, research and employment.

There are many textile industries surrounding Atlanta and Dalton Carpet Industries, Milliken and Macon Print Mills are all within easy driving distance.  The International Bobbin Show, Home Textile Show and other trade shows held in Atlanta provide business resources.   

Atlanta’s High Museum, Historical Center, Emory University’s Michael Carlos Museum, and Fernbamk Natural Science Museum support frequent programming in artist talks, exhibition of artifacts, and research opportunities. Atlanta History Center Textiles Collection and Brenau University’s Wage’s Costume Collection are an excellent resource for those interested in the historical costume collection.  ADAC, Atlanta’s Design Center offers superior resources for interior fabric.  Open Houses and lectures are offered year around.  The Atlanta community also supports numerous commercial and non-profit fine art galleries. 


For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.