School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00744    CIP: 50.0402

The Textile/Surface Design BFA program prepares students for design positions in the textile industries for fashion, accessories, interiors and related markets, and as freelance entrepreneurs. The curriculum focuses on the creative design process, product development, technical, and digital skills for woven, printed, and knit fabrics, carpet design, and decorative home products. Students gain valuable industry experience through a required internship. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREATD 313 - Advanced Photoshop and Illustrator3
TD 334 - Complex Dobby Wovens3
TD 356 - Tabletop and Related Products3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)1.5
LIBERAL ARTSHA 342 - History of Textile Design3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language G83
Semester 6
MAJOR AREATD 333 - Fundamentals of Jacquard Design3
TD 357 - Applied Surface Design for the Home3
TD 414 - Digital Knit Design3
RELATED AREAHP 315 - Home Textile Applications2.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREATD 361 - Screen Printing Scarves3
TD 452 - Custom Carpet and Rug Design3
TD 473 - Advanced Digital Studio3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art, Other World Civilizations requirement G93
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts Elective(s)3
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1.5
Semester 8
MAJOR AREATD 413 - CAD for Portfolio Presentation2
TD 462 - Portfolio Collection3
TD 491 - Internship3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/American History G103
 Total Credits: 60.5

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • History of Art6 credits. HA 342 and CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9). See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.
  • American History: 3 credits. CHOICE of one course that meets the General Education American History requirement (G10) 
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8). See the list of courses available in Foreign Languages.

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 3 credits. Select three (3) Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) HE 201, HE 301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); MU (Music); PE (Physical Education and Dance) PE 215, PE 216, PE 217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.

Related Area Elective(s): 3.5 credits. CHOICE of electives totaling 3.5 credits:  BE 261, CD 123, CG 121, CG 212CG 214, EP 311, FA 131, FA 132, FA 171, IN 201, PH 118 or any available course in Accessories, Advertising, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Home Products Development, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, and Textile Development and Marketing or any course in the Creative Technology minor or any business or art course in the Ethics and Sustainability minor.

NOTE: TD 115TD 131, and TD 224 must be completed prior to the sixth semester.

Upon graduating from the Textile/Surface Design BFA program, students will be able to:

  1. Independently research, evaluate, and analyze cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on textile surface design products and use information to develop creative and sophisticated design concepts.
  2. Think critically, including the ability to evaluate visual information and compare diverse perspectives as well as come to independent, sophisticated conclusions and interpret information to produce original designs for appropriate textile and surface design markets.
  3. Apply comprehensive textile design skills to design textiles through painting, weaving, screen printing, knit, and demonstrate intermediate or advanced skills in drawing, repeat creation, and color application.
  4. Apply intermediate level computer skills to complement traditional design skills and develop original designs using CAD as a tool including professional technical preparation of designs for production.
  5. Communicate ideas and articulate project concepts using visual, oral, and written presentation skills at a professional level, including the use of appropriate industry vocabulary.
  6. Identify and discuss global and cultural issues affecting the textile/surface design industry.