Learn how to bring your fiber and fashion design visions to life as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in Fiber and Fashion Design.
Inspired by the spirit of design study in Finland, Finlandia University’s Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fiber and Fashion Design fosters the thoughtful integration of materials and processes allowing you to explore and develop your own path in the fiber arts.
Student opportunities include an annual student and alumni fashion show, local and national internship opportunities, designing fabric for an international company and study abroad. Check out the video to learn more about internship and study abroad opportunities.
Students have full access to our Jutila Center studios, located right next to beautiful Portage Lake. The Fiber Arts studio is equipped with computerized looms, industrial sewing machines, workhorse home sewing machines, an industrial surger, custom dress forms, dying, printing and felt making materials, an upgraded computer lab with Adobe Suite, and individual studio spaces.
Formerly a hospital, the renovated Jutila Center building now houses Finlandia’s International School of Art & Design (ISAD), the Reflection Gallery, and the Lily I. Jutila Center for Global Design and Business, a small business incubator. The various studios and labs are expansive and professional in both appearance and equipment. By combining design spaces within a business incubator, a community is created where students, faculty, and business people interact and collaborate – sharing ideas, equipment and workspace.
In the springtime, students and alumni participate in the annual Fiber and Fashion Design Fashion Show as part of the opening event of the Juried Student Exhibition. Students create any type of garment – shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, hats, bags, costumes – and model them for the Finlandia community. See photos from the 2018 fashion show.
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July 11, 2018
Join us at our free summer Art & Design open house and portfolio review day on July 31. Portfolio’s do not need to be extensive and can be as small as a few pieces of original art work. Read more and learn how to RSVP here.
May 29, 2018
Senior Gina Gelichi, talks about why she chose Finlandia’s Fiber and Fashion Design program. Learn more about Gina here.
Dec. 22, 2017
Phyllis Fredendall, who is in charge of the fiber and fashion design program at Finlandia, stopped by this week to represent the International School of Art and Design on Finlandia Fridays. The degree, as stated by Fredendall, “encompasses surface design, which is dying and printing on textiles, weaving and off-loom structures, so the foundation of cloth, and garment design.” Read, watch or listen to the full story.