Course Descriptions (cont.)

FASH354/854 Advanced Textiles
The in-depth study of textile products, specialty fibers, and current development in the textile industry.  The relationship of textile products to legislation, human and industrial needs, and world political development is explored.  Textile testing standards, specifications, and methods are studied and applied in a research project. Prerequisite:  FASH153 Consumer Textiles.

FASH355/855 Fabric Structure and Design

An introduction to basic fabric construction and embellishment techniques.  Students study and experiment with weaving (tapestry and four-harness), knotting, knitting, embroidery, quilting, piecework, and coloration.  The elements and principles of design are incorporated.  Prerequisites:  FASH140 Principles of Apparel Construction, FASH141 Fashion: Designer to Consumer, and FASH153 Consumer Textiles.

FASH362 World Market: Textiles to Retailing
A study of U.S. and global trade in apparel and home furnishings. Trade principles, history, legislation, and importing/exporting are emphasized. Global statistics and trends in relation to the chain of the apparel and home furnishings industries are analyzed. Topics include multinational corporations, mergers, and world trade, and market analysis for fashion related companies including jewelry, cosmetics, footwear, fur, and children’s wear.
Prerequisite: MATH 117 Statistics and FASH326 Fashion Merchandising: Theory and Distribution

FASH426 Retail Buying and Analysis
A study of concepts, principles, and techniques used by retail buyers planning and buying merchandise. The topics include pricing, terms of negotiation, mark down/up, average stock, analysis of inventory, stock to sales ratio, and open to buy. 
Prerequisite: MATH 117 Intro to Statistics and FASH245 Research Methods for Fashion Industry

FASH447/847 Apparel Industry Methods
The study of professional digital and computer illustration techniques used in the design and product development of apparel.  Course work includes: interpreting and executing digital programs such as Adobe® Illustrator menus, tools, panels, etc. to draw garment flat sketches and fashion illustrations; using digital tools to draw accurate flat sketches for garment specification; and the application and synthesis of computerized illustration techniques to design a line of apparel for a variety of categories and target markets.  Prerequisite: FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design or ARTS/FASH 357 Fashion Illustration.

FASH448/848 Tailoring
A laboratory course which emphasizes the comparison of couture and mass production tailoring methods, selection of fabrics, product standards, and fit.  Processes specific to womenswear and menswear are implemented.  Prerequisite: FASH243 Advanced Apparel Construction.

FASH449/849 Functional Clothing Design
The advanced study and analysis of apparel design with special attention to design lines and materials for specific end use.  Students research, design, develop patterns, and construct original garments in categories such as: active sportswear, swimwear, careerwear, protective apparel, childrenswear, and clothing for the handicapped.  Prerequisite: FASH342 Flat Pattern Design.

FASH452 Fashion Promotion
A study of promotional activities related to fashion merchandising.  Theory and application of visual display, special events, publicity, and advertising are emphasized.  Factors such as organizational philosophy, store image, and budgeting are considered.  Prerequisite: FASH326 Fashion Merchandising: Theory and Distribution.

FASH455 Case Studies in Fashion
A case methods course using real situations from existing textile, apparel, home furnishings, and retail companies.  Decision making using facts and concepts exhibited in each case is emphasized.  Underscored are factors such as executive responsibility, ethics, consequences, and pressures in the work place.  Field trips are an integral part of this course.  Prerequisite: FASH326 Fashion Merchandising: Theory and Distribution.

FASH464 Fashion Merchandising: Planning, Policies, Implementation

An analysis of industry standards in a business plan for a model retail business. Concepts included are financial planning, store location, organizational structure, merchandise assortment, and financial structure of the apparel and home furnishings industries.  The role of the buyers and managers in policy making is analyzed.  Open-to-buy and pricing are calculated and evaluated.  Procedures and techniques practiced in assortment, movement of goods, customer service, security, and store policies are reviewed.  Prerequisite: FASH003 Field Study in Merchandising and FASH362  World Market: Textiles to Retailing or permission of instructor.

FASH487 Apparel Design Portfolio
A presentation requirement of Fashion Design and Retailing majors in the Apparel Design concentration.  The portfolio presentation must demonstrate the ability to design for a variety of garment categories; assemble ideas in an aesthetic and professional format; and integrate the components of design, fabric, and end use.  Prerequisites: FASH447 Apparel Industry Methods, Senior standing.

FASH490 Independent Study in Fashion Design and Retailing
An in-depth investigation in a specific topic relating to clothing, textiles, home furnishings, or design.  The student must submit a written proposal for the creative or written project to the faculty member who has agreed to be the supervising instructor.  Oral presentations and a final report required.  Prerequisite:  Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.

FASH495 Internship in Fashion Design and Retailing (one to four course credits)
A supervised work experience in a professional area of clothing and textiles such as clothing, design, apparel or textile production, home furnishings, or related occupations.  The student must work a minimum of 140 hours for one course credit; a minimum of 280 hours for two course credits.  Prerequisite:  2.5 QPA in all Consumer Sciences courses, senior status, departmental requirements completed.  Advance permission required.  Apply by October 15 for spring term and February 15 for fall term.

FASH496 Internship in Merchandising (two course credit)
A supervised full-time management level work experience in a retail-related establishment. During this experience, the student must work a minimum of 280 hours. A weekly online assignment provides guidance for professional development. A faculty supervisor and a representative from the retail establishment evaluate student performance.  Prerequisites: 2.50 QPA in all Consumer Sciences courses, senior status, FASH 003 Field Study in Merchandising, FASH 464 Fashion Merchandising: Planning, Policies and Implementation, and MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics. Advance permission required. Offered each semester. Apply by October 15th for spring term and February 15th for summer and fall term.

COURSES LISTED BELOW ARE FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MERCHANDISING

FASH 626 Fashion Merchandising: Process and Practice
The flow of the apparel and home furnishings industry is traced from design inspiration to retail customer. Industry resources related to product manufacturing and innovation are presented. Students explore the interrelationship of fibers, yarns, fabric structures, and finishes on textile products to develop an understanding of product differentiation. The effect of consumer issues on industry regulations, design trends, and technological advancements are discussed. Course may be waived for industry experience or collegiate coursework.  PREREQUISITE: Acceptance into program

FASH 916 Fashion and Retail Theory
A study of theories related to the fashion industry and how it operates in modern society. Changes in consumer demand for retail merchandise are analyzed using economic and fashion diffusion theories. Retail strategies in administrative management, merchandise management, and store management are explored. Topics include retail communication, channels of operation, supply chain management, and customer relations programs.  PREREQUISITE: FASH 626 Fashion Merchandising: Process and Practice

FASH 927 Research Methods in Merchandising
A study of concepts, constructs, models, and theories related to the retail industry. Theory, practice, and application of the research process are analyzed. Topics include the preparation of literature reviews, conducting field research, and data presentation techniques. Emphasis is placed on research instrument development. PREREQUISITE: FASH 626 Fashion Merchandising: Process and Practice

FASH 936 Retailing and Consumerism
A study of consumer behavior and the effects on the retail environment. Understanding the consumer has become vital to retail success. The consumer is examined in relation to demographic, psychographic, and lifestyle segmentation. Theories from diverse academic disciplines are used to examine the consumer’s attitudes, motivations, and desires. Topics include self concept, shopping patterns, product meaning, and brand congruence.
PREREQUISITE: FASH 916 Fashion and Retail Theory

FASH 947 Global Market: Dynamics of Retailing
A study of the global interdependence of the retail industry. The industrial, social, and economic conditions in the major manufacturing nations are explored in relation to global product production. Factors such as sourcing, import/export of products, international trade regulations, and cultural business practices are examined. Emphasis is placed on the production of textiles and consumer goods for the US retail industry. PREREQUISITES: FASH 927 Research Methods in Merchandising

FASH 980 Retailing Strategies and Merchandise Management
A study of the current practices in constructing a formal business plan. A well researched business plan is required for the acquisition of funding for a new business or expansion of a current retail enterprise. A buying plan is developed utilizing both unit and dollar planning techniques. Topics include Competitive Positioning Strategy, Geographic Information Systems, Open-to-Buy, and Budget Planning Methods. PREREQUISITES: FASH936 Retailing and Consumerism, FASH 947 Global Market: Dynamics of Retailing, and Permission of Instructor.

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