Undergraduate textile design students share dedicated studio space, including state-of-the-art CAD facilities, work spaces, and the specific studios below:
For students selecting the knit concentration there is a designated knit studio and knitted fabric production laboratory including the latest equipment in knit technology.
For students selecting the print concentration there is a designated print laboratory, including the Center for Excellence in Digital Printing, with the latest computer based software, darkroom, and color kitchen for dyeing pigments.
For students specializing in weaving, state-of-the-art electronic jacquard and dobby looms, floor looms and computerized 1884 dobby head looms maximize students' exploration of fine yarns and complex weaves.
Dyeing and Finishing Lab
Once a fabric has been created it must be dyed or otherwise finished. Our students gain a thorough understanding of these processes through studying the chemistry and technology involved in their own textile lab. Dyes are studied by their method of application while fabric finishing covers the chemical, thermal and mechanical processes.
Testing and Evaluation Facilities
An important part of our program is to understand how textiles perform. Students learn through hands on experience and with over 50 pieces of state-of-the-art industry equipment in the Grundy Laboratory at the Philadelphia University Research Center.
The Center for Excellence of Digital Inkjet Printing of Textiles
Directed by Professor Hitoshi Ujiie, the center allows students and professors to explore and refine design initiatives based on digital printing technologies including both spot and process coloration.
The center currently has state-of-the art digital ink jet printing equipment from Mimaki Engineering, Mutoh Industries, McDermid Colorspan, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Roland, and EnCad.