Build a solid foundation for a career in textiles
Sheridan’s Crafts and Design programs represent the gold standard for Canadian craft instruction. Our award-winning faculty offer intensive, hands-on education in four disciplines: ceramics, textiles, furniture and glass. Immersed in a community of dedicated craftspeople, you’ll develop outstanding creative and technical skill and work in world-class craft studios. You’ll begin making art in the first week of the program; by the third year you might be showing your work in high-profile craft shows and exhibitions, while developing the professional contacts and business sense you need for artistic and commercial success.
Explore All the Possibilities
The Textiles Studio at Sheridan has been producing nationally renowned textile design professionals since 1968. Our graduates have established themselves at the forefront of Canada’s textile community as artists, designers, curators, educators and entrepreneurs.
At Sheridan you’ll be encouraged to experiment with your creativity and develop innovative textile design work. You’ll learn in one of the best-equipped textile studios in the country, where you can explore a full range of possibilities in printing, dyeing, materials and digital design. Our textile courses offer hands-on instruction in all major techniques, including:
• Resist dyeing
• Photo image transfers
• Three-dimensional construction
• Surface embellishment
• Mixed media
• Digital design
Our small class sizes ensure plenty of direct faculty-student interaction. You’ll also attend workshops and lectures by visiting artists and designers, and have the opportunity to take field trips, exhibit your work, enter competitions, and collaborate with industry and art/design professionals.
Crafts and Design – Textile courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.
This program will appeal to students looking to combine professional studio practice with the entrepreneurial skills needed to build a successful career in Ontario’s vibrant culture sector. Program curriculum features traditional drawing and design courses; training in the latest computer software; courses in the history of art and design; and business courses in professional practice and arts marketing. In the studio and liberal arts courses, students can choose from a variety of electives depending upon their area of interest or career focus.
Students will benefit from experienced faculty, some of the best arts and design training facilities in the country, and close proximity to galleries, museums and studios in Oakville and Toronto.
(including occupational areas where it is anticipated graduates will find employment)
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the centre of cultural activity in Canada. Successful graduates of this program will find employment opportunities in many areas of the culture sector including artist representative, gallery or gift shop retail assistant, graphic artist or photographer's assistant. Culture sector workers are often self-employed, and this program will help prepare graduates to open their own studios or businesses.
Graduates can also continue their formal training in a variety of arts programs at Sheridan, including the Graduate Certificate program in New Media Design; or with university or college partners.
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Produce a portfolio of work including a comprehensive artist’s statement that reflects an advanced and sophisticated ability to communicate visually.
- Solve complex problems related to the conceptual process involving project specifications, deadlines, budgetary restrictions and potential client directives.
- Express artistic concepts and personal vision through the manipulation of a variety of media.
- Enhance visual, written and verbal communication in the practice and promotion of personal artwork through the use of technology.
- Communicate effectively in visual, verbal and written forms appropriate to the presentation and promotion of one’s work.
- Evaluate contemporary developments and issues in visual and creative arts, as well as current trends in the market, in order to make informed decisions about one’s career in the arts.
- Observe guidelines and regulations with respect to health and safety applicable to the use of art materials and methodology.
- Evaluate historical and contemporary works of art from a critical perspective.
- Conduct research for visual, written and oral presentation that directs problem solving, informs the creative process and reflects the influence of artistic styles and individuals from periods of history.
- Create a career plan that reflects professional business practices and a knowledge of organizations and institutions that support the arts, for purposes of self-promotion and other art-related activities.
- Prepare for exhibition of one’s work in public galleries, displays and shows, including the documentation of work through the effective use of photography.
- Collaborate effectively with faculty and peers.
(vocational program learning outcomes must be consistent with the requirements of the Credentials Framework for the proposed credential)
PROGRAM CRITICAL PERFORMANCE
By the end of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to formulate a personal vision and sense of individual artistic capability within the historical, contemporary and entrepreneurial contexts of visual and creative arts and design.
OSSD or equivalent or mature student status. No portfolio required