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Bachelor of Fine Arts in:

Crafts

Your passion for textile and fabric design, ceramic design and jewelry design come alive through a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts at Kutztown University. Crafts majors understand the unique opportunities available through making art by hand. Since 2014, Crafts students have exhibited their work at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, garnering international attention for their artistry. Crafts program graduates can be found working at renowned companies, including Sorrelli Jewelry, Karolyn Pho, Kiln, Inc., Martin Guitar, Knoll Textiles and Furniture.

Crafts is taught by the Department of Art Education & Crafts.

Curriculum

Crafts majors start their first semester with visual art foundation courses in drawing, design, and art history. The second semester adds courses in the specialization areas of ceramics, fine metals, and textiles. After this semester, students enroll in a variety of crafts, studio art, art history, general education, and elective courses, to broaden their horizons and enrich their educational experience. Internships are available and highly recommended, forming a bridge between the classroom and the professional artist studio. The program culminates with the exhibition of work in the Senior Exhibition.

Students may also elect to pursue a dual major additionally earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education (Certification or Alternative Settings), or a double major with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Digital Arts, Communication Design, or Studio Art.

A minor in Crafts is also offered.

Faculty and Facilities

Professors in the Crafts program are top-rated practicing artists. They hold a Master of Fine Arts in their field, are called on regularly to do commission work, and frequently exhibit their work locally and nationally. Crafts professors also write articles in professional publications and serve as resident artists in schools. Each crafts specialization has its own studio space, fully equipped with all of the necessary tools and machinery, for use in classes and the making of crafts pieces.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Crafts program can be found working in craft production facilities, designing fabrics, making jewelry and ceramic pieces, teaching in community arts centers and higher education, exhibiting in galleries and museum, working as arts administrators, and advancing their skills through graduate study. Many Crafts graduates open their own studios, in addition to employment in the business and non-profit sectors.