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Fashion Merchandising & Design Courses


FMD-114: Apparel Merchandising 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 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 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 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 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 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-314: Retail Merchandising Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Other Year

A study of retail operations including store management, buying procedures, retail organization, and merchandising mathematics. Includes laboratory application of retail functions.


FMD-315: History of Costume 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 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-319: Fashion Forecasting Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

The study of gathering, analyzing, interpreting and diffusing information for the purpose of increasing the competitive advantage for the textile and apparel branches of the fashion industry.


FMD-325: Draping 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 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-418: Textiles 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 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 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 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 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: Retail Case Studies 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-446: Multi-Channel Retailing Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A study of retailing as it embraces multichannel distribution.  Course content includes the evolution, components and strategies used in multichannel retailing, as well as legal, technological and ethical issues.  Customer service, consumer behavior, social media strategies, business intelligence and supply chain issues will also be studied as they relate to alternative channels of distribution. Prerequisite: FMD 314.


FMD-495: Senior Exhibition 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 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 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.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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