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FMD-114 Apparel Merchandising (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of the operations involved in the production and merchandising of apparel including fashion dynamics and product life cycle.

FMD-115 Principles of Clothing Construction (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The practical application of basic construction techniques including pattern alterations and analysis of quality construction in ready-to-wear. Two lectures and four hours of laboratory each week.

FMD-212 Visual Merchandising (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A study of promotional techniques used in successful retail operations. Emphasis is placed on merchandise display, fashion show production, and floor space layout.

FMD-213 Clothing and Society (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The study of the social and psychological aspects of clothing in our society today. The meaning of clothes in specific social situations, cultural contexts of dress, clothing as a form of nonverbal communications, and individual thought processes about clothing and appearance are studied.

FMD-227 Flat Pattern (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Basic principles and methods used in garment structure and design with emphasis on flat pattern. Prerequisite: FMD-115 with C grade or better.

FMD-299 Introduction to Research in FMD (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in a research or creative project investigating issues and problems in clothing and fashion merchandising. This course will provide an introduction to the methods and techniques of the discipline. The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation. Open to freshmen and sophomore majors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisite: FMD-114.

FMD-315 History of Costume (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
A study of the history of European and American costume in relation to religious, political, technological, and artistic movements from the Egyptian period [2700 B.C.] to the 20th century. Also offered as ART-315.

FMD-318 Apparel Design Development (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The application of technical, creative, and analytical skills in developing seasonal apparel lines. Emphasis will be placed on targeting market identification, selecting fabric and trimmings in relation to price determination, developing operation sheets, and budgeting seasonal collections. Prerequisites: FMD-114, FMD-115.

FMD-325 Draping (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of the principles of apparel design using the draping method. Emphasis on fit, design, appropriateness, and construction techniques. May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: FMD-115 with a grade of C or better.

FMD-327 Fashion Sketching and Portfolio Development (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
Exploration of basic proportions of the various fashion figures with an emphasis on female market segment. Introduction of fashion sketching techniques using various media and professional materials to communicate original design ideas. Prerequisites: ART-101 with a grade of C or better; FMD-115 with a grade of C or better; and FMD-227 or FMD-325.

FMD-344 Retail Merchandising (4.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of retail operations including store management, buying procedures, retail organization, and merchandising mathematics. Includes laboratory application of retail functions.

FMD-418 Textiles (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A study of textile products from raw materials through manufacturing and finishing of fabrics. Emphasis on selection and care of textiles.

FMD-419 Professional Practices (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course will be a culminating experience for fashion majors. It will examine career opportunities in the fashion industry with specific emphasis on qualifications for each different job. It will examine professional etiquette, professional behavior, and best practices in the field. It will provide instruction for and the opportunity to compile a portfolio for the design OR merchandising student.

FMD-426 Tailoring (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Advanced techniques in garment selection, fitting, and construction. Analysis of custom and fusible methods of tailoring. One lecture and five hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: FMD-115 with a grade of C or better, FMD-227, and FMD-325.

FMD-428 CAD Apparel Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Applications of apparel design techniques utilizing the computer to facilitate the design process. Emphasis will be placed on original garments and textile designs. Students must have computer experience. Prerequisites: FMD-115 with a grade of C or better, and FMD-227 or FMD-325.

FMD-442 Retail Buying (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
This course applies retail strategy and merchandising principles to the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of a retail buyer. Emphasis on customer identification, sales forecasting, merchandise budgeting, assortment planning, merchandise procurement, and vendor analysis. Prerequisite: FMD-344.

FMD-443 Special Problems in Retailing (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An in-depth study of problems which retailers are currently facing. Business environments are simulated for students to analyze, evaluate, and select alternative solutions which would best suit each firm studied. Recommendations will be submitted in the form of oral and written reports. Prerequisite: FMD-344.

FMD-495 Senior Exhibition (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
As a group, senior design students will prepare and install an exhibition of their work or produce a fashion show featuring their own designs. Students are responsible for all aspects of their project including the promotion of the show or exhibit, labeling of items, securing models and/or dress forms, staging or set up, and hospitality arrangements. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FMD-227, FMD-325, FMD-327, FMD-426, ART-101 and ART-110.

FMD-498 Honors Thesis in Fashion Merchandising and Design (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the clothing and fashion merchandising faculty. A research proposal form completed by the student, faculty mentor, and Honors Program director is required for registration. Open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs.

FMD-499 Research in Fashion Merchandising and Design (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will develop and conduct a research or creative project exploring issues and problems in Fashion Merchandising and Design. The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation. Open to junior and senior majors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of six credit hours. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: FMD-114 and FMD-344.

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