How are we different?
The education of our textile designer begins in
the art studios,where students develop a sense of color, light,
shape, texture and form. Design students then study the properties
of fibers, yarns, dyes, and fabric construction. They learn to
research design. Of special help is The Design Center at Philadelphia University with its textile study collection ranging from Coptic
to the contemporary.
Students get hands-on expertise with the latest
computerized design systems before trying their own designs on
knitting, weaving and printing equipment. Because most designs
are created to sell textile products, the program also includes
principles of marketing and product performance.
A cornerstone of our program is our system of portfolio
reviews. Every student is reviewed and advised individually by
a panel of instructors after their freshman year, mid way through
their Jr. year and part of graduation requirements is the mounting
Exhibition. Skills reviewed are drawing and painting, use
of color and presentation. We feel graduates shouldn't only produce
great work but should be able explain and defend it as well and
nothing teaches this like practice.
View our Undergraduate Course Catalog.