Fashion Design Course Descriptions

Fashion Design Course Descriptions

FD102 Textiles – 3 Credits

This course is designed to give students an in-depth examination of fibers, yarns, fiber performance properties and fabric construction. It focuses on the study of the production of textiles from raw materials stage to finished product.

Prerequisite: FD141 Introduction to Fashion

FD131 Integrative Design Studio I – Fitting – 6 Credits

This course is designed to set the groundwork for the perfect fit of a garment. The focus is on fitting at the haute couture standards as well as mass production standards. There will also be an introduction to basic pattern-making.

FD132 Integrative Design Studio II – Haute Couture – 6 Credits

This course is designed to learn the theories and practices of haute couture design and standards. Students will gain knowledge of cutting, hand stitching, finishes, and construction by executing 3-Dimensional garments.

Prerequisite: FD131 Integrative Design Studio I and 3rd quarter requirements of a 24 credit hour minimum

FD141 Introduction to Fashion – 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the many facets of the fashion industry from concept to consumer. The course focuses on the fashion industry as a whole with emphasis on the structure of the fashion industry, consumer demand and acceptance, fashion research, forecasting trends, product acquisition and development.

FD198 Fashion Illustration I – 3 Credits

Introduction to the enhancement of figure drawing by subtly altering proportions of the human form and simplifying realistic details. The course emphasizes controlled and descriptive drawing techniques to suggest texture, pattern, fabric behavior, and a variety of poses.

Prerequisite: X050 Art Fundamentals

FD204 Fashion Illustration II – 3 Credits

This course is an advanced study of fashion figures required by the industry, with an emphasis on the use of different mediums to illustrate pattern and texture.

Prerequisite: FD198 Fashion Illustration I

FD223 Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion Design – 3 Credits

This course is designed to allow students to immediately begin creating digital fashion presentations using Illustrator and Photoshop. Students learn to take an integrated approach to design allowing them to master the three-dimensional benefits of combining the two software programs

Prerequisite: X040 Introduction to Computers

FD227 History of Costume I – 3 Credits

This course traces the historical development of western costume from 3000 B.C. through the 18th century. We will be examining the social, economic, artistic and cultural influences that have shaped each period’s fashion. Emphasis will be placed on costume silhouette recognition and the vocabulary of historical clothing and accessories. Special consideration will be given to the Early American Colonial/Federal periods interpretations of European design.

FD233 Integrative Design Studio III- Mass Market Production – 6 Credits

This course is designed for students to take original couture designs and translate them into digitized mass production garments. Students will also have an introduction to the Gerber software to gain a familiarity with grading and marking.

Prerequisite: FD132 Integrative Design Studio II and 4th quarter requirements of a 36 credit hour minimum

FD234 Integrative Design Studio IV – Construction and Costing – 6 Credits

This course is designed for students to understand the process of technical design from inception to production including all aspects of garment design, construction and costing. There will be a focus on technical packets that center on measurements, specifications and costing.

Prerequisite: FD233 Integrative Design Studio III and 5th quarter requirements of a 48 credit hour minimum

FD235 Techniques of Tailoring – 3 Credits

This course is designed for students to expand their drafting skills to tailoring principles producing suits, coats and capes. Using precise drafting, sewing, and fitting skills, students create an original tailored garment using traditional methods of inner construction, pressing and hand stitching.

Prerequisite: FD132 Integrative Design Studio II

FD241 Fabric Manipulation I – 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and techniques of draping to realize 3-Dimensional garments.

Prerequisite: FD132 Integrative Design Studio II

FD303 Sustainable Fashion – 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of past, present and future sustainability issues. The course focuses on investigating the relationship between fashion and the environment.

Prerequisite: 9th quarter requirements of a 96 credit hour minimum

FD342 Fabric Manipulation II – 3 Credits

This course is an advanced draping course that allows students to utilize the haute couture methods of fabric manipulation and translate into multiple price point categories for various markets.

Prerequisite: FD241 Fabric Manipulation I

FD352 Research and Design Development I – 3 Credits

This course allows students the opportunity to showcase their design and construction abilities in a creation of a collection.

Prerequisite: FD234 Integrative Design Studio IV

FD386 Fashion Product Development – 3 Credits

This course is designed to apply the knowledge of the theory of product development by developing an apparel line from inception to production.

Prerequisite: FD198 Fashion Illustration I

Recommended Enrichment Courses:

FD365 Millinery I: Fall/Felts – 2 credits 

Techniques in preparation, sewing, blocking and decorating a variety of felts.

FD366 Millinery II: Winter/Fur and Leather – 2 credits 

Techniques in preparation, sewing, blocking, including materials of fur and wool felt, velour, beaver felt, and wool yarn goods.

FD367 Millinery III: Spring/Straw Silk and Soft Fabrics – 2 credits 

Techniques in sewing, blocking, and finishing straws; application of flowers and other in-season decorations and hat veiling.

FD368 Millinery IV: Summer/Bridal Headpieces and Turban – 2 credits 

Techniques in construction, blocking, covering of buckram and cape net frames. Application of beads, lace, and miscellaneous bridal trims. Techniques of bridal veiling. Draping turbans and other hats out of fine fabrics.

FD369 Millinery V: Advanced Millinery Technique – 2 credits 

Advanced seasonal techniques applicable across the four seasons: draping, blocking, beading, working with feather application, and use of special fabrics.

Prerequisite: FD365 - FD368