Fibre Arts - Textile Design

Kingston Campus | Program Code: K1058
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This program is for those with a passionate interest in fibre arts as a vehicle for artistic expression and creation of functional art and fine textile design. This program combines a balance of theory, studio and application skills which will culminate in recognition in the textile art field at a professional level.

Certificate Objectives

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of artistic design and essential skills in fibre arts to create works for one’s own enjoyment, for gallery or other exhibits, for sale or commission and/or employment in the fibre arts field.
  2. Work safely and effectively with a broad range of material and substances in the production of functional and/or non-functional fibre art creations.
  3. Critique one’s artistic works and that of others to foster an awareness of creative expression and growth in fibre arts.
  4. Communicate design and technical information effectively through artistic skills, language, and digital means to a variety of audiences.


As of September 1, 2017 this program has been reduced to 8 courses. These courses have been selected as the most critical components of this program and now you can complete the credential in a timelier manner.

Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.

Program Details

Code K1058
Credential Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length * N/A
Delivery Part-Time

Program Outline


This course introduces students to the foundations of design, construction and finishing techniques for creating professional quality textile products. Students create original drawings, develop and apply pattern-making techniques, explore production methods and learn to manage their project to completion.

In this course students develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, dyes and other materials as they work with the techniques for colouring fabric. Students complement and develop their arts focused skills as they study application and design potential. Students apply current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design and project execution.

Develop a personal inventory of colour samples using paints, dyes and other materials as you work with techniques for colouring fabric. You will complement and develop your arts focused skills as you study application and design potential. Apply current and innovative trends in the use of colour in fibre art, surface design and project execution.

This course introduces students to contemporary fibre arts practice through the fundamental elements of three-dimensional art and design including form, space, colour, texture, movement, composition, and content. A variety of techniques and materials include: soft sculpture, felt making, woven construction, wearable art, cardboard construction, book arts and mixed media.

This course focuses on the development of technical skill, aesthetic and conceptual interests through surface design. The emphasis is on techniques and approaches for paint/print work and hand/machine stitch on cloth. Students learn to colour fabric and add texture using surface design techniques to translate ideas into original works.

In this course students develop and utilize the skills required to mix dye, apply colour and finish fibre, using accepted standards in the dye industry worldwide. Students create professional quality textile and fibre products, explore production methods and prioritize steps to completion of dye projects.

This course will help students develop an appreciation for the history and value of textiles from around the world. Interactive study and resource development supports the students' design work and focus on a preferred technique, medium, and/or art form.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) or the equivalent or must qualify for mature student status (19 years of age or older).


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Program Contacts

Program Contact

Debbie Baker
613-544-5400 ext. 1670

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