The Fibre Bachelor's Degree Program at AUArts offers students a unique opportunity to explore the diverse field of contemporary fibre.

Program description

AUArts’s Fibre Program offers students a unique opportunity to explore the diverse field of contemporary fibre. Traditional and experimental practices coexist in this rigorous and dynamic program of study. Students enrolled in Fibre courses can expect to encounter a broad range of processes including weaving, dyeing, tapestry, surface design, felting, papermaking, sculpture, mixed media, and installation. Hands on exploration of materials and processes is juxtaposed with digital approaches to design for both printed and woven textiles.

The Fibre Program’s open, flexible curriculum enables students to pursue an intensive study in the area, or to explore an interdisciplinary approach, accessing courses in other departments. Fibre also welcomes students from other areas of study who want to enrich their understanding of fibre-specific materials, techniques and concepts. As a number of our courses do not require prerequisites they are available to all students at every level.

Throughout their time of study students also take Liberal Arts courses, exploring the history of textiles, material culture and craft theory, and are encouraged to apply this knowledge in the studio. Studio visits, workshops and lectures by visiting artists, designers and craftspeople allow students to gain a better understanding of the diversity of approaches in fibre practice. The faculty’s extensive knowledge of contemporary fibre art and historical textiles, the diverse curriculum and the well-equipped, spacious studio facilities make this one of the strongest Fibre programs on the continent.


AUArts’s Fibre Program faculty are leaders in contemporary fibre practice and experts across a variety of media including surface design, mixed media, weaving and book arts. All Fibre faculty maintain an active studio practice, participating in both Canadian and international exhibitions and contributing articles to professional journals.

Permanent faculty

Mackenzie Kelly-Frère

Sessional instructors

Kasia Koralewska

Barbara Sutherland

Educational Art Technician

Jolie Bird


View the Fibre program planning guide (BFA) here.