The undergraduate Fiber and Material Studies program is the largest of its type in the world and offers a progressive curriculum taught by distinguished and innovative faculty who are leading working artists and theorists in the field. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), we teach Fiber and Material Studies within a contemporary fine arts context, emphasizing experimentation and innovation.

If you are a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student considering a concentration in Fiber and Material Studies, we encourage you to enroll in beginning-level classes such as Introduction to Fiber and Material Studies, Print for Fabric and Alternative Materials I, Woven Structure Basics, Collective Weave, To Dye For, and Stitch I. From there, Fiber and Material Studies faculty will help you determine the sequence and selection of upper-level courses best suited to your practice and interests.

We encourage you to seek connections and crossovers between Fiber and Material Studies and other studio and design areas at the school. Our curriculum practices a broad range of concerns incorporating and informed by several key areas:

  • Weaving
  • Printing/dyeing
  • Sculpture
  • Hand construction techniques
  • Installation
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Digital technologies
  • Social practices and collaborative forms of making

You and your peers will develop a wide range of 2D and 3D work through concerns of concept and content first and then articulated on the surface, in the structure, and through mixed media (crossover disciplines).

In the recent essay "The 15 Top Art Schools in the United States," on Fiber and Material Studies is one of three "programs of note" at SAIC.

Interested in learning more?

Learn more about undergraduate degree program requirements by visiting our undergraduate degree programs website to get detailed information regarding our undergraduate degree program offerings.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or