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FASHION DESIGN COURSES

BUS 3200

Retail Buying (3)
Prerequisites: FAS 1400 and LA 1950
An introduction to the role of a retail buyer including their duties, the support structure and their position within an organization or as a small business owner. Topics include the retail environment and how they make buying and purchasing decisions. Introduction to basic retail math and excel spreadsheets utilized in the buying world.

 

BUS 3201
Merchandise Planning I (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3200
Students will concentrate on the analysis aspect of the business, and how decisions affect the bottom-line profit. Emphasis will be placed on Excel spreadsheets and retail math concepts, formulas and analysis. Financial concepts include: productivity elements, markup equations, open to buy control, profitability and inventory management.

 

BUS 3220
Retail Management (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3200
Students will be introduced to the world of retailing from a managerial viewpoint. Studies will include the elements that comprise the retail mix, types of retailers, multichannel retailing, consumer buying behavior, retail marketing strategies, selecting retail site locations, supply chain management, merchandising, pricing, store management, store layout & design and customer service.

 

BUS 3231
Merchandise Planning II (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3201
A continuation of BUS 3201. Advanced Excel concepts will be covered that include VLOOKUP and Pivot Tables. Students will strengthen their understanding of the many financial components that affect the bottom-line of a business. Continued discussion and emphasis will be placed on productivity elements, markup equations, open to buy control, profitability and inventory management.

 

BUS 4211
Business and Portfolio Development (3)
Prerequisites: FAS 4492, LA 1910 and LA 2940
Emphasis will be placed on the development of the student’s personal style and creating an online portfolio. A study of business etiquette, communication techniques, and professional skills will also be discussed to prepare students for interviewing and networking in the industry.

 

BUS 4225
Merchandise Simulation (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 3220, BUS 3231 and FAS 4441
Advanced course designed to create a simulation environment. Students will take concepts learned from Retail Buying, Merchandise Planning I and II, Retail Management and Visual Merchandising, and apply them to business scenarios using design thinking to solve problems.

 

DES 1314
Flat Pattern Design I (3)
Prerequisite: DES 2306
A basic course with an emphasis on pattern drafting skills focusing on the upper body while developing a series of bodice, torso, collar, and sleeve patterns to be critiqued for neatness and precision in drafting, truing, and cutting. Students will also be involved with the annual Fashion Show.

 

DES 2306
Clothing Construction I (3)
Prerequisite: None
A fundamental course involving the completion of a variety of garments from commercial patterns focusing on fabric, fit, and master of basic techniques in construction. Discussion will also encompass an introduction to terminology, design elements and principles.

 

DES 2307
Clothing Construction II (3)
Prerequisites: DES 1314 and DES 2306
A continuation of DES 2306. Students learn more advanced construction techniques, completing several garments of their own design and patterns. Emphasis is given to finishing and detail.

 

DES 2308
Basic Draping (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2307, DES 2315, and FAS 3491
Students learn the basics of draping in muslin on a dressmaker form, completing several garments in fashion fabric from their original designs. Emphasis is given to embellishment and custom sewing techniques. Students will also be involved with the annual Fashion Show.

 

DES 2315
Flat Pattern Design II (3)
Prerequisites: DES 1314 and DES 2306
Students apply basic pattern techniques to develop technical skills by completing advanced pattern drafting projects: designing and creating garment patterns, sewing muslin samples, and learning pattern corrections to achieve proper fit.

 

DES 2425
Silk Embroidery (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2307 and DES 2315
Students will embellish a simple garment by using techniques of silk ribbon embroidery into an intricate, decorative, and lavish piece.

 

DES 3305
Tailoring (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2307, DES 2308 and DES 2315
Students develop and apply the skills and techniques necessary for the construction of tailored garments.

 

DES 3310
Design Studio (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2308 and FAS 4492
Students will demonstrate their ability to collaborate in the research, design and development of creative clothing solutions for individuals with special requirements not currently being met by the apparel industry.

 

DES 3330
Advanced Design Studio (3)
Prerequisites: DES 3310 and DES 3370
Advanced Design Studio is where all aspects of the student’s previous course work are integrated. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in market research, design, illustration, patterning, draping, construction, presentation and styling. Emphasis will be placed on design thinking and the creation of work that is well designed, well made and beautiful.

 

DES 3340
Innovative Fashion (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2308 and FAS 4492
Students will learn to approach fashion in a non-traditional, innovative manner in both the creative process and product.

 

DES 3350
Garment Fitting (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2307 and DES 2315
Students modify garments to a specific size. The course includes basic and more advanced alteration skills as well as a comprehensive capstone project with an emphasis on the skill of altering a garment.

 

DES 3370
Knitwear Design (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2308 and FAS 4492
Students will learn to create knit garment patterns from the techniques of flat pattern making and draping. They will be able to differentiate stretch ratios of knit materials and apply the ratios into the design. Students will construct knit garments accurately using the principles and practices of stretch pattern making.

 

DES 3380
Designing for a Cause (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2308 and FAS 4492
Through partnerships with non-profit organizations, the students will be providing opportunities to others and giving back to the community. They will collaborate with the non-profit under the guidance of the instructor and assess their design needs. Following the assessment the students will work in a team environment and propose design concepts based on market and trend research.

 

FAS 1400
Introduction to Fashion (3)
Prerequisite: None
An overview of the fashion industry’s structure and functions, operations, practices, and career opportunities. The interrelationships between the consumer and the primary, secondary, retailing, and auxiliary segments of the fashion industry will also be explored.

 

FAS 1420
Evolution of Fashion (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
Sociological, political, economic, and technological forces will be explored and how they have shaped the evolution of dress. Lectures and projects stress the application of historical inspiration to contemporary fashion.

 

FAS 2200
Fashion Textiles (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2306 and FAS 1400
A course devoted to the study of fibers (natural and man-made), yarns, and fabric construction. Students will investigate fiber performance, aesthetics, and suitability for a variety of applications. Fibers and fabrics will be tested and evaluated in an experiential learning environment.

 

FAS 2410
Fashion Technology I (3)
Prerequisites: FAS 1400 and FAS 2490
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator. Students will create apparel and accessory flats, focused mood boards, and simple print/textile and graphic designs. The course will also focus on concept development and expanding the thought process with three well-rounded projects.

 

FAS 2420
Fashion Technology II (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 2410
A continuation of Adobe Illustrator and introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Students will advance their technical skills in Illustrator, and develop fundamental skills in Photoshop with three intensive projects to be included in their design or merchandising portfolio.

 

FAS 2490
Design and Illustration I (3)
Prerequisite: ART 1110
An introduction to fashion design and illustration. The basics of drawing the fashion figure, proportion, rendering fabrics, and flat sketching will be emphasized during the course of the semester.

 

FAS 3400
Costume Design (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2308 and FAS 4492
This class focuses on the career of a costume designer and determining the needs of a production, doing historical research, choosing design themes, and illustrating the costumes.

 

FAS 3430
Accessory Design (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2306, DES 2315 and FAS 3491
Students will learn history, materials, design, and construction of various accessories as well as an overview of the fashion accessories industry through research, in-class sketch/design studio, construction, and presentation.

 

FAS 3491
Design and Illustration II (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 2490
Students develop a personal sketching style in manual and digital form using a variety of artistic mediums and techniques. Focus is on rendering, color, fabrics, textures, patterns, and construction details.

 

FAS 4270
Fashion Internship I (4)
Prerequisites: A minimum of 80 credit hours completed and approval of the chair.
The goal of the internship program is to establish a link between business and education. Students will complete 180 hours and apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a professional environment. In addition, they will gain experience working directly with and under the supervision of a design or merchandising professional in a business environment, network with the industry to establish contacts, and learn the importance of developing business communication skills within a professional environment.

 

FAS 4350
Technical Design (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 2420
The role of the technical designer is explored. This course focuses on writing development packages for manufacturing with emphasis on offshore production using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, and Excel. The course includes specification writing, design product evaluation, quality control, and basic fit and garment construction issues.

 

FAS 4441
Visual Merchandising (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
Students are introduced to the fundamental techniques and design concepts of product presentation in retail department and specialty stores, trade shows, and fashion events. Students will be able to demonstrate their mastery of concepts through the completion of assigned projects.

 

FAS 4463
Computerized Pattern Drafting (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2307 and DES 2315
Students will use skills learned in their construction and flat pattern courses using pattern drafting software. A wide variety of tools will be explored as students develop the technical skills necessary to draft and plot design patterns. Manual grading will also be incorporated into the course curriculum.

 

FAS 4471
Fashion Internship II (3)
Prerequisites: A minimum of 80 credit hours completed and approval of the chair
The goal of the internship program is to establish a link between business and education. Students will complete 135 hours and apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a professional environment. In addition, they will gain experience working directly with and under the supervision of a design or merchandising professional in a business environment, network with the industry to establish contacts, and learn the importance of developing business communication skills within a professional environment.

 

FAS 4472
Fashion Thesis I (5)
Prerequisites: DES 3330, FAS 4350, and approval of the chair
The capstone course will test students’ ability to solve a problem using design-thinking strategies, and competency of their chosen field of study. The project has to demonstrate the full breadth of the knowledge and skills acquired in the design or merchandising degree program. Throughout the semester mentors who are industry professionals and the instructor will be reviewing the students’ progress and providing feedback and guidance. Students will further develop their concept in FAS 4473.

 

FAS 4473
Fashion Thesis II (5)
Prerequisite: FAS 4472
A continuation of FAS 4472. Students are required to communicate their ideas through a full range of written, verbal and technological skills. Execute decisions through research, critical thinking and analysis. Produce advanced work that meets professional standards, and demonstrate an understanding of how the areas of design and business are intertwined. Projects will be juried by a panel of industry professionals, the course instructor and the chair of the department.

 

FAS 4492
Design and Illustration III (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 3491
A continuation of FAS 3491. Emphasis is placed on advanced development of personal style through an examination of content, materials and techniques. Students engage in the illustrative process from concept to completion as they enhance their illustration portfolio in manual and digital form.

 

FAS 4500
Fashion Forecasting
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
An in-depth examination of how fashion professionals analyze, plan and project fashion trends. Students explore the social and psychological aspects of consumers, learning why and how fashion changes. The World Global Sourcing Network-WGSN, the industry’s leading trend forecasting service will be used throughout the course.
FAS 4550
Apparel Manufacturing (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 4350
Analysis of apparel manufacturing processes related to product development, production planning, quality assurance, and sourcing.

FASHION MERCHANDISING COURSES

BUS 3200
Retail Buying I (3)
Prerequisites: FAS 1400 and LA 1950
An introduction to the role of a retail buyer including their duties, the support structure and their position within an organization or as a small business owner. Topics include the retail environment and how they make buying and purchasing decisions. Introduction to basic retail math and excel spreadsheets utilized in the buying world.

 

BUS 3201
Merchandise Planning I (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3200
Students will concentrate on the analysis aspect of the business, and how decisions affect the bottom-line profit. Emphasis will be placed on Excel spreadsheets and retail math concepts, formulas and analysis. Financial concepts include: productivity elements, markup equations, open to buy control, profitability and inventory management.

 

BUS 3220
Retail Management (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3200
Students will be introduced to the world of retailing from a managerial viewpoint. Studies will include the elements that comprise the retail mix, types of retailers, multichannel retailing, consumer buying behavior, retail marketing strategies, selecting retail site locations, supply chain management, merchandising, pricing, store management, store layout & design and customer service.

BUS 3231
Merchandise Planning II (3)
Prerequisite: BUS 3201
A continuation of BUS 3201. Advanced Excel concepts will be covered that include VLOOKUP and Pivot Tables. Students will strengthen their understanding of the many financial components that affect the bottom-line of a business. Continued discussion and emphasis will be placed on productivity elements, markup equations, open to buy control, profitability and inventory management.

 

BUS 4211
Business and Portfolio Development (3)
Prerequisites: FAS 4492, LA 1910 and LA 2940
Emphasis will be placed on the development of the student’s personal style and creating an online portfolio. A study of business etiquette, communication techniques, and professional skills will also be discussed to prepare students for interviewing and networking in the industry.

 

BUS 4225
Merchandise Simulation (3)
Prerequisites: BUS 3220, BUS 3231 and FAS 4441
Advanced course designed to create a simulation environment. Students will take concepts learned from Retail Buying, Merchandise Planning I and II, Retail Management and Visual Merchandising, apply them to business scenarios using design thinking to solve problems.

 

DES 2306
Clothing Construction I (3)
Prerequisite: None
A fundamental course involving the completion of a variety of garments from commercial patterns focusing on fabric, fit, and master of basic techniques in construction. Discussion will also encompass an introduction to terminology, design elements and principles.

 

FAS 1400
Introduction to Fashion (3)
Prerequisite: None
An overview of the fashion industry’s structure and functions, operations, practices, and career opportunities. The interrelationships between the consumer and the primary, secondary, retailing, and auxiliary segments of the fashion industry will also be explored.

 

FAS 1420
Evolution of Fashion (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
Sociological, political, economic, and technological forces will be explored and how they have shaped the evolution of dress. Lectures and projects stress the application of historical inspiration to contemporary fashion.

 

FAS 2200
Fashion Textiles (3)
Prerequisites: DES 2306 and FAS 1400
A course devoted to the study of fibers (natural and man-made), yarns, and fabric construction. Students will investigate fiber performance, aesthetics, and suitability for a variety of applications. Fibers and fabrics will be tested and evaluated in an experiential learning environment.

 

FAS 2410
Fashion Technology I (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 1400 and FAS 2490
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator. Students will create apparel and accessory flats, focused mood boards, and simple print/textile and graphic designs. The course will also focus on concept development and expanding the thought process with three well-rounded projects.

 

FAS 2420
Fashion Technology II (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 2410
A continuation of Adobe Illustrator and introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Students will advance their technical skills in Illustrator, and develop fundamental skills in Photoshop with three intensive projects to be included in their design or merchandising portfolio.

 

FAS 2490
Design and Illustration I (3)
Prerequisite: ART 1110
An introduction to fashion design and illustration. The basics of drawing the fashion figure, proportion, rendering fabrics, and flat sketching will be emphasized during the course of the semester.

 

FAS 4270
Fashion Internship I (4)
Prerequisites: A minimum of 80 credit hours completed and approval of the chair.
The goal of the internship program is to establish a link between business and education. Students will complete 180 hours and apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a professional environment. In addition, they will gain experience working directly with and under the supervision of a design or merchandising professional in a business environment, network with the industry to establish contacts, and learn the importance of developing business communication skills within a professional environment.

 

FAS 4350
Technical Design (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 2420
The role of the technical designer is explored. This course focuses on writing development packages for manufacturing with emphasis on offshore production using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, and Excel. The course includes specification writing, design product evaluation, quality control, and basic fit and garment construction issues.

 

FAS 4441
Visual Merchandising (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
Students are introduced to the fundamental techniques and design concepts of product presentation in retail department and specialty stores, trade shows, and fashion events. Students will be able to demonstrate their mastery of concepts through the completion of assigned projects.

 

FAS 4471
Fashion Internship II (3)
Prerequisites: A minimum of 80 credit hours completed and approval of the chair.
The goal of the internship program is to establish a link between business and education. Students will complete 135 hours and apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a professional environment. In addition, they will gain experience working directly with and under the supervision of a design or merchandising professional in a business environment, network with the industry to establish contacts, and learn the importance of developing business communication skills within a professional environment.

 

FAS 4472
Fashion Thesis I (5)
Prerequisites: BUS 3300, BUS 4000, BUS 4225, FAS 4350, and approval of the chair The capstone course will test students’ ability to solve a problem using design-thinking strategies, and competency of their chosen field of study. The project has to demonstrate the full breadth of the knowledge and skills acquired in the design or merchandising degree program. Throughout the semester mentors who are industry professionals and the instructor will be reviewing the students’ progress and providing feedback and guidance. Students will further develop their concept in FAS 4473.

FAS 4473
Fashion Thesis II (5)
Prerequisite: FAS 4472
A continuation of FAS 4472. Students are required to communicate their ideas through a full range of written, verbal and technological skills. Execute decisions through research, critical thinking and analysis. Produce advanced work that meets professional standards, and demonstrate an understanding of how the areas of design and business are intertwined. Projects will be juried by a panel of industry professionals, the course instructor and the chair of the department.

 

FAS 4500
Fashion Forecasting
Prerequisite: FAS 1400
An in-depth examination of how fashion professionals analyze, plan and project fashion trends. Students explore the social and psychological aspects of consumers, learning why and how fashion changes. The World Global Sourcing Network-WGSN, the industry’s leading trend forecasting service will be used throughout the course. Students will also be involved with the annual Fashion Show.
FAS 4550
Apparel Manufacturing (3)
Prerequisite: FAS 4350
Analysis of apparel manufacturing processes related to product development, production planning, quality assurance, and sourcing.