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. This event has become a favorite of our students and the local art community, who comes out to support our students.
Students create any type of garment – shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, hats, bags, costumes – and model them down the runway.
June 21, 2019
Most little girls dream of what their wedding dress will look like someday. Jessica Shields a senior Fiber & Fashion Design major couldn’t shake the idea of what her wedding dress would look like after getting engaged. So, she took matters into her own hands.
“I had been to a wedding for a family member and fallen in love with the bride’s dress, but after looking at a few online shops I knew I could never afford the dress of […] Read More
April 03, 2019
Leading the Pride continues this month by talking with International School of Art and Design alumnus, John Fish (’10). Fish, originally from Iron River, MI, came to Finlandia as a graphic design major to learn how to apply graphics to skateboards. During his time at Finlandia, he spent a large amount of time in the fiber studio and wood shop because he enjoyed building and working with his hands. Having graduated in the midst of a recession, Fish […] Read More
February 19, 2019
Each year Fiber & Fashion Design students have the opportunity to apply for the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation grant, and this year three Finlandia University students were grant winners. Gina Geliche, Jessica Shields and Hannah Smith are all Fiber & Fashion Design majors in FinnU’s International School of Art & Design.
“Being a fiber student means that I get to mix tradition with technology,” said Geliche, a senior. “I spend time with computer interface looms, digital […] Read More