Textiles & Fashion Design

Textiles & Fashion Design Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Textile and Apparel Design, commonly referred to as Fashion Design, relates the physical properties of textiles to our human need for functional and fashionable clothing and home accessories. This option combines the art of design, the science of chemistry and the perspective of history in a rich, challenging learning environment that prepares you for dynamic careers at the creative forefront of the textile industry.

Textile and apparel designers must possess an acute visual sensibility informed by the leading aesthetic, social and technical forces of our time. In the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, you will be offered a challenging and concentrated foundation in:

  • drawing and design fundamentals
  • draping
  • pattern making
  • construction
  • fabric analysis
  • and in the development of textile and fashion concepts and products, including their fabrication and presentation

Design coursework is complemented by supporting courses in product development, merchandising, textile science, and in the historical, cultural and psychological aspects of textiles and dress. This inclusive preparation provides you with background necessary to enter a diverse array of careers in textile and apparel-related business, in design, product development, promotion, public relations, licensing management, pattern making, and freelance studio work related to the textile and apparel professions.

Our graduates work with organizations such as Tracy Rees, NYC; The Buckle; Karman, Inc.; Artful Dodger; Lyric Culture; Nicole Miller Co.; Martha Stewart Living Co.; American Apparel; Mudd Jeans; Hydraulic Jeans; The Pajamagram Company; Daryl K; Fashion Overseas Bureau; Joe Fresh; Tiffany & Co.




Careers

  • Progressive Global Inc., NYC (knitwear sourcing and product development)
  • American Apparel, LA (apparel designer/product development)
  • Mudd Jeans, NYC (assistant designer)
  • Karman Inc. [parent company, Stetson, Roper & Tin Haul], Denver (western wear designer)
  • Tiffany & Co., NYC (product development for luxury jewelry)
  • Martha Stewart Living Co., NYC (CAD/home furnishings designer)
  • The Pajamagram Company, Shelburne, VT (designer, pattern maker)
  • Nicole Miller Co., NYC (product development/design)

Application to this program

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Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
TMFD 112 Product Development I: Garment Assembly 3 cr
TMFD 104 Computer Basics for TMFD 1 cr
TMFD 145 Color Studio: Theory and Practice 3 cr
MATH 101 College Algebra 3 cr
TMFD 123 Clothing and Human Behavior 3 cr
ENGL 150 or ENGL 151 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
TMFD 144 Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism 3 cr
TMFD 146 Visualization Studio 3 cr
TMFD 212 Product Development II: Apparel Analysis and Development 3 cr
TMFD 213 Merchandising I: Textile and Apparel Industry 3 cr
Total Credits 12

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals 3 cr
CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I 4 cr
STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
TMFD 216 Apparel Design by Flat Pattern 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions 3 cr
AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art 3 cr
ECON 200 Economic Essentials and Issues 3 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
TMFD 206 Textiles 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Select from any of the following areas: Art (any art subject), art history, dance, theatre arts or photo journalism; JGEN 184, JOUR 404, ENTR 321 or ENTR 422, MNGT 321 or MNGT 422, For appropriate advanced MATH and STAT Courses see your advisor. 3 cr
TMFD 312 Product Development III: Fashion Analysis and Presentation 3 cr
TMFD 313 Merchandising II: Merchandise Buying and Control 3 cr
TMFD 405/805 Advanced Textiles 3 cr
TMFD 407/807 History of Costume 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Select from any of the following areas: Art (any art subject), art history, dance, theatre arts or photo journalism; JGEN 184, JOUR 404, ENTR 321 or ENTR 422, MNGT 321 or MNGT 422, For appropriate advanced MATH and STAT Courses see your advisor. 3 cr
Elective 7 cr
TMFD 403/803 Apparel Design by Draping 3 cr
TMFD 406/806 Textile Testing and Evaluation 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Summer Sessions
Course Credit Hours
TMFD 498 or TMFD 492 2 cr
Total Credits 2

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Select from any of the following areas: Art (any art subject), art history, dance, theatre arts or photo journalism; JGEN 184, JOUR 404, ENTR 321 or ENTR 422, MNGT 321 or MNGT 422, For appropriate advanced MATH and STAT Courses see your advisor. 3 cr
TMFD 412/812 Product Development IV: Trend Analysis and Product Conceptualization 3 cr
TMFD 422/822 International Textile and Apparel Sourcing 3 cr
Select one course from the following: JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 220, COMM 286 3 cr
TMFD 471 Experimental Apparel Design 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Select from any of the following areas: Art (any art subject), art history, dance, theatre arts or photo journalism; JGEN 184, JOUR 404, ENTR 321 or ENTR 422, MNGT 321 or MNGT 422, For appropriate advanced MATH and STAT Courses see your advisor. 3 cr
TMFD 408/808 History of Textiles 3 cr
TMFD 410/810 Socio-Psychological Aspects of Clothing 3 cr
TMFD 425/825 Advanced Design for Printed Textiles 3 cr
TMFD 416/816 Apparel Design for Industry 3 cr
Total Credits 15
PLEASE NOTE

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.