The Craft study program is one of the study programs in the Faculty of Art. Craft may be said to be in the midst of design and art. Design focuses on the technical standpoint as well as the functional value, whereas art emphasizes the philosophical value of an artwork and its meaning or message that the artist wanted to convey to the observer. Craft focuses on the design and production of a functional product with the emphasis on the aesthetic value, the quality of design, and the meaning of philosophical message.
In the past, objects that were included in craft products were objects of high aesthetic value, which were usually honored i.e. keris, ulos cloth, batik cloth, and others. Nowadays the craft developed rapidly in line with the spirit of its time, technology developments, trends and the dynamically ever-changing lifestyles. However, the craft still absorbs the values and traditional elements in its products, to preserve the image of the Indonesian tradition, in the context of the present.
People often confuse craft with handicraft, although they are two different things. The study program of Craft in ITB focuses more on the mastery of design skills in creating the concept, form and style (fashion) in a broad sense, which then become very important in supporting the growth of creative industries. Handicraft is designed more exclusively and has added values in many aspects, because the process relies on the skills of hand (handmade).
In the final stages of the main course, the students are directed to be able to better cooperate with those from other disciplines such as chemistry, architecture, interior design, and management. In addition, craft may be reproduced to meet the needs in quantity, but it is not without limitation. Craft products are hard to imitate because of its uniqueness in the use of materials, as well as in the unification process and in the finishing of the work; it is always dynamic, hence, theoretically, there are no identical products.
The study program of Craft in ITB is currently divided into two course majors, namely Textile Craft and Ceramic Craft.