Fashion Design and Retailing Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of Fashion Design and Retailing

 

Mission

The mission of the Fashion Design and Retailing department is to prepare students as ethical and responsible leaders in the fashion design and retailing industry.

 

Vision

To empower graduates to excel in a variety of careers such as design, product development, buying, retail management, and fashion promotion.

 

Learning Goals

The Fashion Design and Retailing Major has two concentrations:   Apparel Design (UFDA) and Merchandising (UFDM).  The first four learning goals apply to both concentrations; additional learning goals relate to each specific concentration.

 

Fashion Design and Retailing Students enrolled in the Apparel Design Concentration (UFDA) will:

  1. Apply the principles of design, motives of dress, business cycles, and the soft goods chain to the overall fashion industry.
  2. Investigate and evaluate the interrelationship of textile products, apparel production methods, and product life cycle.
  3. Research the major factors that affect the design, purchase, and trade of apparel and textiles to create a well written research project.
  4. Analyze the apparel design and retailing industry in the world marketplace.
  5. Identify, describe, demonstrate and evaluate apparel construction and production methods.
  6. Create and develop original apparel designs from initial concept to finished garment utilizing flat pattern, draping, tailoring, and couture techniques.
  7. Draw fashion illustrations and flat sketches, by hand and on computerized systems to create an illustrated collection of designs and garment specification/product development materials.
  8. Develop and present orally and visually a professional quality portfolio of original design ideas and concept boards to demonstrate product knowledge and terminology used in the apparel industry.

 Fashion Design and Retailing students enrolled in the Merchandising Concentration (UFDM) will:

  1. Apply the principles of design, motives of dress, business cycles, and the soft goods chain to the overall fashion industry.
  2. Investigate and evaluate the interrelationship of textile products, apparel production methods, and product life cycle.
  3. Research the major factors that affect the design, purchase, and trade of apparel and textiles to create a well written research project.
  4. Analyze the apparel design and retailing industry in the world marketplace.
  5. Identify and apply the principles of retailing to create a complete business plan including an assortment of merchandise to meet the needs of a specific target market.
  6. Investigate the major strategies of the retailing industry in regards to location, sales, merchandise management, and promotion.
  7. Integrate current technologies as they relate to business practices in fashion industries
  8. Present information in an organized and effective manner incorporating written, oral, and visual components.

 

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain III-C (Global Competency, Ethical Reasoning, and/or Human Diversity) is satisfied through the completion of the Fashion Design and Retailing major.

 

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.



 

Major core requirements (8):

  • FASH 140 Principles of Apparel Construction
  • FASH 141 Fashion: Designer to Consumer
  • FASH 153 Consumer Textiles
  • FASH 223 History of Costume or FASH 347 History of Textiles
  • FASH 245 Research Methods for the Fashion Industry
  • FASH 326 Fashion Merchandising: Theory and Industry Analysis
  • FASH 362 World Market: Textiles to Retailing
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics



 

Fashion Design and Retailing students must choose one of the following concentrations:

 

CONCENTRATIONS

Concentration in Apparel Design (UFDA)

Concentration Core Requirements (11):

  • ARTS 222 Color and Design
  • FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design OR ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals
  • FASH 243 Advanced Apparel Construction
  • FASH 342 Flat Pattern Design
  • FASH 352 Draping
  • FASH 355 Fabric Structure and Design
  • FASH 357 Fashion Illustration
  • FASH 447 Apparel Industry Methods
  • FASH 448 Tailoring and Couture Techniques
  • FASH 449 Functional Clothing Design
  • FASH 487 Apparel Design Portfolio

 

Student may elect to take additional Department offerings available for Open/Free electives towards overall degree requirements:

  • FASH 250 Special Topics in Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 253 Cultural Dress
  • FASH 290 Study Tour: Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 346 Retailing and Consumer Behavior
  • FASH 354 Advanced Textiles
  • FASH 386 Apparel Product Development
  • FASH 390 Special Topics in Fashion Design & Retailing
  • FASH 452 Fashion Promotion
  • FASH 455 Case Studies in Fashion
  • FASH 464 Fashion Merchandising: Planning, Policies, and Implementation
  • FASH 490 Independent Study in Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 495 Internship in Fashion Design (1 to 2 course-credits)

 

 

Concentration in Merchandising (UFDM)

Concentration Core Requirements (8):

  • FASH 003 Field Study in Merchandising (non-credit)
  • FASH 241 Omni-channel Fashion Retailing
  • FASH 310 Retail Buying and Analysis I
  • FASH 346 Retailing and Consumer Behavior
  • FASH 410 Retail Buying and Analysis II
  • FASH 452 Fashion Promotion
  • FASH 464 Fashion Merchandising: Planning, Policies, and Implementation
  • FASH 496 Internship in Merchandising (2 course-credits)

Required Concentration Electives (2) - at least two (2) additional courses from the list below, only one of which may be at the 200-level:

  • FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design
  • FASH 243 Advanced Apparel Construction
  • FASH 250 Special Topics in Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 253 Cultural Dress
  • FASH 290 Study Tour: Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 342 Flat Pattern Design
  • FASH 352 Draping
  • FASH 354 Advanced Textiles
  • FASH 355 Fabric Structure and Design
  • FASH 386 Apparel Product Development
  • FASH 390 Special Topics in Fashion Design and Retailing
  • FASH 447 Apparel Industry Methods
  • FASH 448 Tailoring and Couture Techniques
  • FASH 449 Functional Clothing Design
  • FASH 455 Case Studies in Fashion
  • FASH 490 Independent Study in Fashion Design and Retailing

NOTE: A minor is recommended with this concentration. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to select a minor (for example: Art, Business Administration, Communication Arts, Economics, Geography, Journalism, Psychology, or Sociology), in accordance with their career goals.