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Students can use Textile Arts courses toward a BFA in Art Practice or an Art Practice Minor to complement their BA/BS degree in other areas of Portland State University. For more information on these classes and how they might fit into your degree path, contact Alison Heryer at

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Work by Amylyn Valenzuela

ART 216 Sewn Construction


This is an introductory sewing course that covers the fundamentals of hand and machine sewing for garments and sewn products. Students gain a working knowledge of fabric, equipment, flat patterning, and construction methods for applications in costume, fashion, textile design, and contemporary art.

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Work by Holly Richwine

ART 316 Fabric & Form


This course investigates the sculptural possibilities of textiles. Students learn advanced pattern development and draping techniques for applications in clothing, soft sculpture, and installation.

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Work by Lisa Eastteam

ART 399 Textile Topics


Intermediate-level topics in textile arts based on various subjects of inquiry. Focus on a specific theme, media, and/or process while engaging in assignments that develop ideation and critical thinking. Topics have included: Costume Design, Off-Loom Weaving, Wearable Art, and Clothing, Identity & Culture.

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Work by Seth James Farrell

ART 219 Fashion Patternmaking


This course uses 3D garment simulation software to teach flat pattern development for clothing design.  Students learn 3D body scanning techniques to generate size-inclusive clothing designs that they can take into production.

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Work by Kapua Jinbo 

FASH 319 Fashion Research & Ideation

PREREQUISITES: ART 219 Fashion Patternmaking & ART 216 Sewn Construction.

This course focuses on responsive, size-inclusive approaches to designing clothing that blend function and aesthetics. Students identify current needs not addressed in the fashion industry and design a collection that offers a solution. Classroom assignments are designed to align with workplace deliverables.

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Work by Andrea Gochez-Wilson 

ART 313 Textile Design


This course focuses on surface design processes for creating 2D textile work. Students gain exposure to a variety of hand and digital processes for designing on fabric - including immersion dyeing, direct application, screen-printing, resist techniques, embroidery, and digital fabric printing. Students create extensive sampling journals documenting the processes they learn.

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Work by Johanna Houska

ART 318 Weaving: Pattern & Structure


An introduction to the conceptual and technical aspects of weaving. Students will be introduced to hand-weaving on floor looms as a way to understand basic woven structures and methods of creating color, pattern, and texture.

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Work by Hadley Yoder

ART 322U/323U
History of Dress I & II


This is a theory/practice sequence that examines clothing as a vehicle for communicating both individual and collective identities. Students learn about the materials and processes involved in clothing the body in various periods and cultural contexts.

History of Dress courses can also be used towards the "Interpreting the Past" cluster of the University Studies Program

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Work by Genevieve Hildebrand-Chupp

ART 314 Sustainable Fashion Practice


This course teaches sustainable strategies for designers and product developers working in clothing and textiles.  The class uses circular economy models to investigate a wide variety of approaches to designing, producing, distributing, and consuming fashion responsibly.  Students apply skills in collaborative assignments that align with workplace deliverables. 

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