Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are listed below.  Additional course information including syllabi, assignments, field trips, and projects may be listed in the web site of the faculty member who teaches the course.   These web sites are listed under Faculty Specialization.

FASH003 Field Study in Merchandising (No course credit)
A non-credit 200-hour field experience for all students  preparing for a career in merchandising.  The students observe and participate in a wide spectrum of experiences in a retail setting including contact with customers, retail sales and stocking merchandise.  Must be completed by the beginning of the junior year.  May be waived with approval of the department coordinator of School-to-Work/Tech Prep/School-to-Career Programs.  Field experience at a two-year college may be used to fulfill the requirement with the approval of the coordinator.

FASH140 Principles of Apparel Construction
A laboratory course in which students use commercial patterns to produce completed garments.  Emphasis is on materials selection, construction techniques, and quality standards.  A notebook of basic assembly techniques is produced.  Students with extensive construction experience may petition for exemption from this course.

FASH141 Fashion: Designer to Consumer
An Introductory study of the psychological, sociological, and economic theories of the fashion industry.  Elements and principles of design are related to clothing and home furnishings.  The flow of the apparel and home furnishing industry is traced from design inspiration to retailer.  Consumer issues and industry resources related to clothing and home furnishings are investigated.

FASH153 Consumer Textiles
A study of the interrelationship of fibers, yarns, fabric structures, and finishes.  Product suitability for end use, quality in relation to serviceability, and use and care problems are determined from fiber/fabric information.  Textile identification, analysis, and testing procedures are explored.

FASH223 History of Costume
The study of costume from ancient Egypt to the present.  Costume is viewed as an integrated and characteristic expression of its period.  The influence of social, political, technological, and economic conditions on costume is investigated.

FASH243 Advanced Apparel Construction
A laboratory course that focuses on advanced apparel construction methods.  Emphasis is on construction and quality standards for complex apparel items such as jackets, pants, linings, pockets. Completed garments are produced using commercial patterns.  A notebook with examples of advanced techniques is developed. Prerequisites: FASH140 Principles of Apparel Construction, FASH153 Consumer Textiles.

FASH245 Research Methods for the Fashion Industry
An analysis of psychological and sociological theories applied to clothing and home furnishings.  Research and literature on industry demographics/psychographics are related to stages of the life cycle.  Students compare research methods used in literature and participate in a research project.  Observations and computer data analysis are utilized. Prerequisite:  FASH141 Fashion: Designer to Consumer and sophomore status.

FASH 250 Fashion Sketching and Design
A study of the methods of illustration for the Fashion Designer. Basic anatomy and analysis of the idealized fashion female and male figures will be emphasized through demonstrations and exercises. Students will render designs using a variety of mediums including marker, pencil, watercolor, and gouache to represent apparel details and textiles while understanding the dialog between clothing and the posed figure. Students develop their individual style and build portfolio skills.  Note:  Students may not receive credit for both FASH 357 Fashion Illustration and ARTS 357 Fashion Illustration.  Prerequisite: FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design or ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

FASH253 Cultural Dress
An investigation of the dress of selected cultures.  Textiles, garment shapes, and design adaptations are examined in relation to technology, geographic environment, social structure, political systems, and economic conditions.

FASH278 History of Furniture
An examination of the development of furniture, accessories, architectural background and domestic interiors from primitive times to the present.  The major emphasis is on the changes generated by the Industrial Revolution and the development of the new materials and techniques of the 1950s.  Furnishings, architecture, and fine arts are cross-referenced and discussed in relation to the socio-economic conditions existent in each period.

FASH 290 Special Topics in Fashion Design and Retailing
An exploration into an identified topic in the Fashion Design, Retail or Textile field. Topics vary with instructor and reflect current trends or major themes in the area of design, retailing, or textiles. Depending on the topic, students research and write a major paper and/or develop a collection of apparel designs and illustrations.  This course may be taken again, provided a different topic is being examined.  Prerequisite(s): Vary with topic

FASH326 Fashion Merchandising: Theory and Industry Application
A study of psychological, sociological, economical, and political influences on fashion diffusion and consumption. Application of fashion theories to trend analysis, forecasting, visual merchandising and technology. Prerequisite:  FASH245 Research Methods for the Fashion Industry.


FASH342/845 Flat Pattern Design
The study of the theory and application of the flat pattern method is used to create patterns for the design of apparel.  The drafted master pattern is used to develop a variety of bodices, skirts, sleeves, collars, and shirts.  The student applies developed skills in flat patternmaking to create original garments which emphasize design principles, flat sketching, prototype development, fit, and assembly techniques.  Prerequisite:  FASH243 Advanced Apparel Construction.

FASH346 Retailing and Consumer Behavior
A study of consumer behavior and the effects on the retail environment. The influence of psychology, sociology, and consumer behavior on individual and group needs related to purchasing behavior is discussed. Topics include clothing and the life cycle, buying behavior, compulsive shopping behavior, collective selection, motives of dress, body image, nonverbal communication and dress, self concept, and clothing for special needs.  Prerequisites:  FASH245  Research Methods for the Fashion Industry

FASH347 History of Textiles
The study of the evolution of fibers, fabric structures, design motifs, color processes, and finishing techniques.  Textiles are studied in relation to culture, conquest, trade routes, and the Industrial Revolution.  Present day fabrics are analyzed based upon their historical development. Prerequisite:  FASH153 Consumer Textiles.

FASH352/859 Draping
A study of the theory and application of principles of apparel design on three dimensional body forms.  Basic silhouettes and garment style features are draped and fitted in muslin.  Students use the principles of draping to create original apparel designs in fashion fabric for specified target markets.  Prerequisite: FASH243 Advanced Apparel Construction.

FASH 357 Fashion Illustration
study of the methods of illustration for the Fashion Designer. Basic anatomy and analysis of the idealized fashion female and male figures will be emphasized through demonstrations and exercises. Students will render designs using a variety of mediums including marker, pencil, watercolor, and gouache to represent apparel details and textiles while understanding the dialog between clothing and the posed figure. Students develop their individual style and build portfolio skills.  Note:  Students may not receive credit for both FASH 357 Fashion Illustration and ARTS 357 Fashion Illustration.  Prerequisite: FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design or ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

FASH 390 - Special Topics in Fashion Design and Retailing
An exploration into an identified topic in the Fashion Design, Retail or Textile field. Topics vary with instructor and reflect current trends or major themes in the area of design, retailing, or textiles. Depending on the topic, students research and write a major paper and/or develop a collection of apparel designs and illustrations. Prerequisite(s): Vary with topic. 

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