COVID-19 Update: To help students through this crisis, The Princeton Review will continue our "Enroll with Confidence" refund policies. For full details, please click here.

We are experiencing sporadically slow performance in our online tools, which you may notice when working in your dashboard. Our team is fully engaged and actively working to improve your online experience. If you are experiencing a connectivity issue, we recommend you try again in 10-15 minutes. We will update this space when the issue is resolved.


Crafts is a fine arts major with one eye on utility; you'll study the aesthetics and techniques of handcrafting, including ceramics, glassware, baskets, jewelry, metalwork, furniture, textiles, and wax molding. By second or third year, you'll start to specialize in a specific handicraft. Much time will be spent in the studio, experimenting with materials, developing your artistic vision, perfecting your technique, working closely with an advisor, and having frequent peer critiques.

As a crafts major, you'll also study the history and methods of handicrafts, gaining an understanding of the relationship of your work to the long line of folk art traditions. You may take art history courses in anything from Native American basket-weaving, to ancient Greek pottery design, to traditional East Asian textiles.

Because it can be tricky to make a career out of crafts, many programs offer retail and business classes, so you can be savvy when it comes time to market your work in a professional environment.


  • Candles and Waxworks

  • Crafts Technical Drawing

  • Drawing

  • Glass and Glass Structure

  • Independent Study in Clay

  • Intro to Jewelry Making

  • Materials and Processes Metals

  • Methods in Fibers

  • Planning a Career in the Crafts

  • Woodworking Techniques


Obviously, you'll want to take whatever studio art and art history classes your high school offers. Also consider taking a ceramics, weaving, or jewelry-making course with a local artist.