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Fall 2020

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course descriptions

Required Courses

Intro to Pattern Drafting (3 credits) Study an overview of pattern drafting and an introduction to construction. Explore the different methods to pattern making from using the dart for fit to adding shape for fullness.Taking body measurements for fit will be taught. Pattern drafting and construction techniques will be applied to an original design.

Tailoring (3 credits) Explore advanced construction and drafting methods for custom tailoring. Design and construction of tailored ensemble will utilize traditional tailoring that includes pad stitching, foundation shaping, special label and collar treatments and finishes. Prerequisite: Intro to Creative Fashion Design and Intro to Pattern Drafting

Couture Design (3 credits) Develop advanced techniques in construction and custom draping of original designs. Specialized details such as boning for shaping, soft and structured draping, and seam finishes will be explored. Final projects will incorporate grand luxe appeal, custom fit and original concepts in detailing for design motif and embellishment. Prerequisite: Intro to Creative Fashion Design and Intro to Pattern Drafting

Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art (3 credits) The 20th century is particularly suited to study the multicultural heritage of fashion and art history.  In its first 50 years, fashion and art were an expression of Eurocentrism, despite extensive, uncredited cultural borrowings from peoples and countries in the global community. In the mid-1960s these broader voices in fashion and art began to disrupt the old system. The 20th century ended with the rise of a more inclusive, enriched, transglobal narrative of fashion and art.

Intro to Creative Fashion Design (3 credits) Learn to communicate original ideas using geometric principles in design as well as a master block pattern structure and fundamental draping. Understand basic garment construction and how to translate creative designs into three-dimensional forms in both fabric and non-textiles.

Professional Portfolio (2 credits) The Portfolio course will assist students in creating a resume, combining design and skill stories, and how to present work in a designer portfolio format. The course will enable students to mix previous work with the new projects that have been completed throughout the Fashion Design Certificate Program. Prerequisite: Completion of six courses in the Fashion Design Sequence


Digital Tools for Textile Design Computer-aided design is a powerful message and heavily used in fashion and interior design. The design process will be covered from inspiration to presentation using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Covering many of the techniques used in industry to develop and market textile designs such as developing repeats, creating colorways, incorporating scanned artwork into designs, and texture mapping. Students will use these techniques to create a collection of coordinating prints including repeats and tonals.

Textile Design I This course aims to further students’ understanding of continuous patterns and expand their visual vocabulary through different mediums. With a strong concentration on exploring their individual artwork, students will focus on creating collections that address applying traditional and fine art principles to industrial standards while exploring new techniques and working directly on fabric.

Fashion Industry Production Develop industry techniques for marker patterns on the computer. Learn how to digitize, create block patterns, modify the pattern block, use X and Y grading, and set-up size range rule tables. Create size layouts for cutting. Students will work on Gerber Garment Technology Accumark Silhouette System. Pattern drafting knowledge required.

Millinery Design Students will create hat designs for modern dress using old world techniques of shaping buckram on a head block and felting wool. Students will learn the basic techniques of millinery design and incorporate those skills into their own original designs. Structure, shaping and support will be covered along with the materials needed to create a variety of hat styles.

Creative Textile Design / Textile Design II Students develop an understanding of continuous patterns and expand their visual vocabulary through different mediums. With a strong concentration on drawing and exploring their individual artwork, students will focus on creating imaginative motifs and layering them into continuously patterned surfaces. Students will address applying traditional and fine art principles to industrial standards while exploring modern techniques like digitally printing directly onto fabric.

Fashion Trend Forecasting Fashion trends don't appear out of thin air. This course will teach students how trends originate and where the top designers look each season for their creative inspiration. Topics will include an examination of how to track lifestyle, demographic, and economic changes that affect fashion trends, as well as spotting style-setters from major cultural events and the entertainment industry.

Introduction to Costume Design Learn the techniques, procedures and tricks of how to work in the Costume Design field. Class covers: design concepts, paperwork and resources for both Theatrical and Film Costume Design, Union politics, getting a job in the entertainment world and how to maintain your finances in a career that is strongly affected by the changing times.

Digital Tools for Fashion Design Learn the dominant software applications used in the fashion industry to create “fashion plate” driven projects from inspiration to presentation. They will learn image collage and manipulation techniques creating inspiration boards with Adobe Photoshop. They'll take fashion sketches and create fashion flats from them using Illustrator. They will also learn how to create basic repeats and fabric textures using a variety of techniques. Layout and presentation techniques will also be covered.

Handbag Design Accessories are a major part of the fashion industry. Explore the handbag design accessory specialization that includes a brief history of the handbag, researching present trends and creating your own handbag designs. Students will design and construct using industry standards - a clutch, soft shoulder and constructed handbag. 

Sustainable Fashion Students will explore current practices being used by sustainable fashion designers/companies, organic and eco-friendly textiles, innovations in design/production, textiles, waste minimization and upcycling in design and manufacturing. While through their own process, students will use sustainable methods to design and create projects addressing social responsibility in the fashion industry. The course will examine ecological impacts, ethics and fair-trade policies associated with sustainability along with cultural techniques and traditions.