Courses Offered by the Program

Listed below are brief descriptions of the courses offered by the department of fashion and interior design for those students focusing on fashion design or fashion merchandising. Please note that graduate courses are numbered 600 and above.

Fashion Merchandising and Design (FMD) courses

  • FMD 101 Introduction to Fashion

    Overview of the global fashion industry. Career options in fashion merchandising, product development and design are highlighted.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 103 Introduction to Fashion Construction

    Basic understanding of industry construction techniques, terminology and applications of knit and woven fabrics.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 201 History of Fashion

    The study of fashion evolution from B.C. to current fashion and how the influences of social, economic, political, technological and global cultures impact garments and accessories.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 202 Fashion Textiles

    Study of fibers, yarns and fabrics. Industry applications and end usage are examined.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 203 Kaledo for the Fashion Industry

    Prerequisite: FMD 101 with grade of C grade or better; and FMD 210.

    Introduction to the principles and techniques of computer aided design used in the fashion industry.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 210 Computer Imagery in the Fashion Industry

    A study of software tools commonly used in the fashion industry.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 270 Advanced Fashion Construction

    Prerequisite: FMD 103 with C grade or better.

    Advanced construction techniques utilizing a variety of merchandise classifications including menswear, intimates, children's wear, and sportswear.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 300 Special Topics in Fashion Merchandising and Design

    Selected topics of contemporary interest in fashion merchandising and design. Offered when resources and demand allow. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours when topics change. Variable Content Course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 301 Introduction to Product Development

    Prerequisite: FMD 101 with grade of C or better; and FMD 210.

    Examination of product development through core concepts, trends, color, and elements of design.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 302 Fashion Merchandising and Design Study Tour

    Study of and visits to museums, design studios, historic sites, trade shows, conferences, and conventions related to the fashion industry. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 303 Evaluation of Product Quality

    Prerequisite: FMD 202 with a grade of C or better.

    The analysis of Product Development quality through element identification, stitch and seam classification, grading, fit, specifications and performance evaluation. May be taken concurrently with FMD 301.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 304 Application of Product Development

    Prerequisite: FMD 103 and FMD 202 and FMD 301 and FMD 303 with grades of C or better.

    The development of multiple collections for a new company from consumer to retail buyer or consumer. Research includes target market, seasonal changes, color, fabric selection, costing, specification sheets, labeling, packaging, and line/trend boards. May be taken concurrently with FMD 201.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 305 Pre-Internship Seminar

    Prerequisite: FMD 101 with grade of C or better; and FMD 210 and 301.

    Sourcing and acquisition of an internship are examined. Includes resume writing, phone, email and correspondence etiquette, and interview skills.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 306 Merchandising Mathematics

    Prerequisite: FMD 301 with grade of C or better; and General Education mathematics requirement with a grade of C or better.

    Basic retail and buying formulas are examined for the purpose of understanding six month merchandising plans and open-to-buy calculations. Case studies include vender relations and negotiation strategies.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 307 Advanced Computer Imagery for the Fashion Industry

    Prerequisite: FMD 210 with grade of C or better.

    Learn how to use current industry software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and related programs for fashion presentations and portfolio work.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 360 Visual Merchandising

    Prerequisite: FMD 301 with grade of C or better.

    Application of principles of visual merchandising through hands-on experience with visual placement, display focal points and background lighting for store displays. From a visual perspective students will explore media through the Internet, print and branding.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 361 Fashion Show Production

    Prerequisite: FMD 301 and FMD 304 with grades of C or better; and junior standing.

    Production of a runway fashion show from a zero line budget; showcasing original study designs and hands-on experience in fundraising, modeling, garment selection, staging, and public relations. May be repeated up to 6 hours with permission. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 362 Fashion Promotion

    Prerequisite: FMD 301 with grade of C or better; FMD 304 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

    An experiential based fashion course providing opportunities to develop various forms of productions for university and community promotions. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 370 Flat Pattern

    Prerequisite: FMD 270 with grade of C or better.

    Fundamental concepts of drafting for the basic female form and pattern manipulation techniques to develop original garments. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 371 Draping

    Prerequisite: FMD 370 with C grade or better.

    Fundamental concepts for developing original designs by using draping techniques. Full size dress forms are used for creation of basic sloper and original designs in knits and wovens. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 372 Fashion Illustration

    Prerequisite: FMD 371 with grade of C grade or better or junior standing.

    Creation of fashion flats and specification sheets. Students focus on the technical ability to translate a creative idea into a working blueprint. Outcomes include the portfolio for their senior collection. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 400 Problems in Fashion Merchandising and Design

    Independent study for those who wish additional work in specific subject areas. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 401 Internship in Fashion Merchandising

    Prerequisite: FMD 305 and FMD 306 with grades of C or better; and permission.

    Supervised experienced in a pre-approved internship program in a related field of Product Development or Merchandising. The student must work a minimum of 240 hours for a 4 credit hour internship or a minimum of 320 hours for a 6 credit hour internship, complete the student workbook, earn a satisfactory evaluation from the internship sponsor and complete a journal.

    Credit hours:
    4-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Summer, Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 402 Internship in Fashion Design

    Prerequisite: FMD 305 and FMD 306 and FMD 370 and FMD 371 with grades of C or better; and permission.

    Supervised experience in a pre-approved internship program in a related field of Product Development or Design. The student must work a minimum of 240 hours for a 4 credit hour internship or a minimum of 320 hours for a 6 credit hour internship, complete the student workbook, earn a satisfactory evaluation from the internship sponsor and complete a journal.

    Credit hours:
    4-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Summer, Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 403 Post-Internship

    Prerequisite: FMD 401 or FMD 402 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

    Objectives include the preparation and review of the electronic and visual portfolio, updating of resume and cover letter for job placement and a review of interview and business etiquette along with personal budgeting. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 460 Fashion Merchandise Planning

    Prerequisite: FMD 306 with grade of C or better.

    Advanced merchandise mathematics. Apply six month merchandise plan and OTB formulas through a simulated buying experience including store planning, merchandising and marketing.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 470 Design Challenges

    Prerequisite: FMD 371 with grade of C or better.

    Creation of garments using advanced flat pattern and draping techniques for a variety of merchandise classifications (menswear, children's wear, sportswear, and intimates) includes fitting and grading apparel.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 560 Entrepreneurship

    Prerequisite: FMD 460 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

    Developing a fashion business plan from concept to store opening including: target market, location, merchandising classification, human resources, cash flow sheets, profit and loss, store design, assortment planning, marketing strategies and funding. Completed business plan is critiqued by a financial industry professional A grade of C or better is required for graduation. May be taught concurrently with FMD 660. Cannot receive credit for both FMD 560 and FMD 660.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 570 Senior Collection

    Prerequisite: FMD 372 and FMD 470 with grades of C or better.

    Complete a fashion collection to be critiqued and juried by fashion industry professionals for a spring fashion show. A grade of C or better is required for graduation. May be taught concurrently with FMD 670. Cannot receive credit for both FMD 570 and FMD 670. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 660 Entrepreneurship

    Developing a fashion business plan from concept to store opening including: target market, location, merchandising classification, human resources, cash flow sheets, profit and loss, store design, assortment planning, marketing strategies and funding. Completed business plan is critiqued by a financial industry professional A grade of C or better is required for graduation. May be taught concurrently with FMD 560. Cannot receive credit for both FMD 660 and FMD 560.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 670 Senior Collection

    Complete a fashion collection to be critiqued and juried by fashion industry professionals for the spring fashion show. A grade of "C" or better is required for graduation. Supplemental course fee. May be taught concurrently with FDM 570. Cannot receive credit for both FMD 670 and FMD 570.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FMD 682 Graduate Seminar in Fashion Merchandising and Design

    Prerequisite: 12 hours of graduate credit.

    Selected topics in clothing and textiles that involve the areas of apparel manufacturing, fashion merchandising, and management trends are systematically explored through critical analysis of literature and through an individual research project. May be repeated for credit. A total of 4 hours may be applied to a degree program.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings