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Textile/Surface Design AAS


Deadline: February 1 - SlideRoom Fee (USD): $10
(Revised for 2019 applicants)

The Textile/Surface Design Department portfolio requirements consists of a written essay and a portfolio of original artwork. The Department wants to understand your creative process in written and visual form by creating original art that reflects your unique self-expression.

The Textile/Surface Design program prepares students for careers in the textile and related industries. The Associate in Applied Science program prepares students for positions in the textile design industry in the areas of apparel and home furnishings. Traditional hand painting, CAD, woven
and screen-printing are an intricate part of the curriculum.

The Textile/Surface Design BFA program course work advances to include designing for carpet, knit, home products and tableware as well as designs for apparel and home furnishings. The program integrates traditional painting with digital application and is structured to provide students with the multi-disciplined skills needed to meet industry demands.

Please submit a short essay and a portfolio of 12 to 14 pieces of original artwork.


Textile Surface Design AAS Essay

Please respond thoughtfully and note that your answer does not replace the essay that you are required to submit as part of your FIT/SUNY application.

  1. In 500 words or less, explain how you became interested in textile design and why you want to study in this program, as well as what inspires you creatively.


Your portfolio must include 12-14 pieces.

Please submit your best and newly-created artwork in the following categories:

  1. 2 floral drawings created from live observation.
    These two drawings should include flowers, leaves or any plant life and can be done in pencil, color pencil or marker.
  2. 2 still life compositions, painted.
    These two paintings should include everyday objects with varying shapes and sizes. A digital image of each still life should be submitted to accompany your paintings.
  3. 8-10 pieces of your original artwork.
    The 8-10 artworks included here should be your best and newest work with a brief description about each piece.

They should be created as:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • collage
  • printmaking
  • screen printing
  • knits and wovens
  • computer aided designs

Provide 12-14 items. Images (up to 5MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each)