International School of Art & Design

Fiber and Fashion Design

Take your creative abilities with fabric and put them into practice

Learn how to bring your fiber and fashion design visions to life as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in Fiber and Fashion Design. 

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“THERE IS NOBODY TODAY WHO ISN’T IN DIRECT AND INTIMATE CONTACT WITH FIBER. WE ALL WEAR IT, WE SLEEP IN IT – IT’S A NECESSITY. IT’S WHAT WE CHOOSE TO COVER OURSELVES WITH.” – PHYLLIS FREDENDALL, FIBER AND FASHION DESIGN PROFESSOR 

HANDS ON EXPERIENCE

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.

STATE OF THE ART STUDIO

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.

Fiber Studio

ANNUAL STUDENT FASHION SHOW

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.

2018 Fashion Show Photos

Alumni Spotlight: Yana Dee

The Degree

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Course Descriptions

FIBER AND FASHION DESIGN IN THE NEWS

Fiber & Fashion Design Major Designs Her Own Wedding Dress

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. See the dress and read more about her experience here.

Art & Design hosting open house and portfolio review day

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.

Gina

Student Spotlight: Gina Geliche

May 29, 2018

Senior Gina Geliche, talks about why she chose Finlandia’s Fiber and Fashion Design program. Learn more about Gina here.


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LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Communication: Communicate of the Elements & Principles of Design within selected medium.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking/Creative Insight: Integrate knowledge of basic business practices as they relate to entrepreneurial ventures, exhibition opportunities, and professional presentation & portfolio development.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking/Global Perspective: Resource the relevance of history, theory, and criticism, using perspectives and scholarship drawn from the students’ major field and at least one other field.
  • Personal Perspective/Global Perspective: Measure decisions involving social, environmental, and ethical issues concerning the production and consumption of Art & Design.
  • Creative Insight:  Assess the possibilities and limitations of materials and processes, including the potential and current uses of existing and developing materials, technologies, and production methods.
  • Personal Perspective:  Support an attitude of curiosity, determination, and reflection that will persist beyond graduation.

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Faculty and Staff

Phyllis Fredendall

Professor of Fiber and Fashion Design

phyllis.fredendall@finlandia.edu

Denise Vandeville

Dean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic Design

denise.vandeville@finlandia.edu
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