What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

120 semester hours of undergraduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Georgia State’s priority deadline for undergraduate degrees is March 1. Final fall semester deadline is June 1, and spring semester deadline is December 1. Prospective B.F.A. students enter the Art & Design School as a general major and apply for a concentration sophomore year with a portfolio.

Textiles, B.F.A.

The Textiles concentration in the B.F.A. program fosters textile art as an academic, artistic and professional endeavors. The program’s mission is the life-enhancing education of the professional artist and designer in the field of contemporary textiles.

Textiles program student interests are multi-faceted, impelled by the love for material, pattern, design and sculptural processes. These interests range from creative work as an artist producing woven and embellished fabrics and textile products, garments and costumes, to creating three-dimensional installations to be viewed as human environment. The Textile program graduates develop skills and qualifications as textile designers, artists and crafts people, as well as a portfolio suitable for graduate school to continue with the study in the field.

Once accepted into the program, students in the Textiles program begin with basic textile design courses providing a foundation in surface design and basic structures. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students broaden their technical experience by learning hand and digital processes in quilting, embroidery, pattern design, pattern printing, hand and machine tufting, sublimation printing, and hand and loom weaving. Students are then encouraged to direct their study into individual areas of interest, fine art, 2D design and 3D fiber and mixed-media, culminating in Portfolio I & II capstone courses in which they execute a developed body of work suitable for senior exhibition, and professional portfolio presentation. The program is enhanced with professional studio visits, a variety of internship opportunities in the Atlanta-area textile industries and museums, and the Visiting Artist/Designer lecture series sponsored by the School of Art and Design and Art Student Union.

Areas of study include textile design, mix-media three-dimensional fiber, textile history, textile conservation, industrial and digital technology-interfaced output. Students are encouraged to develop multi-media and inter-disciplinary approaches, and take electives in other disciplines.

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers a B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles.

  • B.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
  • Area-specific, merit scholarship opportunities.
  • Year-round exhibitions in the Welch School Galleries & student-run galleries.
  • The Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, bringing in speakers around the country and world.
  • 24-hour studio and building access.
Program Details

Applying to a B.F.A

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree must first enter as a B.A. in studio and take Foundations courses. They then can apply and be accepted into either a B.F.A. in studio or art education. This is when they chose their concentration.  Acceptance to a concentration is determined by application and portfolio review following completion of the art core curriculum. The studio program requires a concentration in one of the following areas: drawing and painting, or printmaking, graphic design, interior design, photography, textiles or three-dimensional studies (ceramics or sculpture). Students should consult with the undergraduate area coordinator in their area of interest for details. Portfolios and applications are reviewed fall and spring semesters on Portfolio Review Day, which is set by each area.

Admission to Studio B.F.A.

Upon completion of the 18 semester hours required in Area F and prior to completion of 15 additional semester hours, each student who wishes to seek a B.F.A. in studio must submit an application and pass a portfolio review for acceptance into a major concentration. Applications to concentrate in a discipline are available online. Students should meet with the area coordinator in the concentration they are considering one semester before they apply for the concentration. If a student is not accepted into the concentration, the student should see their assigned advisor to explore other options.

Art Studio B.A. and B.F.A. majors

12 credits foundation studios

6 credits Art History surveys

B.F.A. Textiles

47 credits TEXT studios

3 credits TEXT History

3 credits Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

3 credits Digital Possibilities

4 credits Electives

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

More information on Georgia State’s undergraduate tuition can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Once in the program, Ernest G. Welch students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, nominated by the faculty. New area awards and scholarships are announced every Spring semester.

Goals and outcomes
  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles.
  • Exploring the continuing traditions of art-making in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary concepts and issues.
  • Encouraging multidisciplinary approaches with other studio areas.
  • Preparing students for a professional arts career or secondary degree through development in workshops, exhibitions, internships, marketing and art handling, design, collaboration with peers, critique and artistic discourse, etc.

Description

Careers

The undergraduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship. Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, networking with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, participation in conferences, and internships.

The program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and Web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, kindergarten through 12th grade art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators, and art appraisers, among others.

Contacts

Undergraduate Coordinator
Tim Flowers
trflowers@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE
Suite 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.