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.
Courses Offered by the Program
Merchandising and Fashion Design (MFD) courses
MFD 101 Fashion Fundamentals
Overview of fashion terminology, designers of the 20th century, careers, trends, and influences of fashion.
MFD 103 Principles and Elements of Design
Fundamentals of design; introduction to principles and elements of design as applied to apparel line development through the use of fashion illustration and technical drawings.
MFD 201 Fashion History
Applied approach to the history of dress from ancient times through the twentieth century; examining dress in the context of social, economic, political, technological, and artistic development of Western culture.
MFD 202 Textiles
Study of textiles and their components (fibers, yarns, fabrics and finishes) as they relate to end use, performance, quality and customer satisfaction
MFD 203 Kaledo for the Fashion IndustryPrerequisite: MFD 101 with grade of C grade or better; and MFD 210.
Introduction to the principles and techniques of computer aided design used in the fashion industry.
MFD 210 Fashion TechnologyPrerequisite: declared Fashion Merchandising and Design major or permission.
Learn how to apply current computer software in merchandising and fashion industry scenarios.
MFD 270 Fundamentals, Fit and ConstructionPrerequisite: MFD 103 with C grade or better.
Builds on current construction and fit evaluation skills. Industrial equipment is used to construct women's, men's, children's and accessories. Industry techniques are utilized.
MFD 300 Special Topics in Merchandising and Fashion Design
Selected topics of contemporary interest in merchandising and fashion design. Offered when resources and demand allow. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours when topics change. Variable Content Course.
MFD 301 Product DevelopmentPrerequisite: MFD 202 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.
This course examines apparel development from concept to consumer. Focusing on fast fashion cycle, 5-season collections between product categories and classifications including cost market strategies, costs and sourcing.
MFD 302 Merchandising and Fashion 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.
MFD 303 Product Quality and Global SourcingPrerequisite: MFD 202 with a grade of C or better.
This course focuses on the structural, functional and decorative aspects of apparel. Emphasis on quality through performance, stitch and seam classification, product application, suppliers, trends, textiles, industry requirements, fitting techniques and government standards.
MFD 304 Forecasting and BrandingPrerequisite: MFD 301 with grade of C or better.
This course will provide students with tools for trend forecasting consumer analytics, using resources and visual imagery. May be taken concurrently with MFD 201.
MFD 305 PortfolioPrerequisite: junior standing.
Sourcing and acquisition of an internship are examined. Includes resume writing, interview skills, website portfolio instruction, and correspondence etiquette, including phone and email.
MFD 306 Industry Formulas and CalculationsPrerequisite: MTH 130 or higher.
Merchandising/buying formulas are examined for the purpose of understanding six month merchandising plan and open-to-buy calculations. Case studies include vendor relations and negotiation strategies.
MFD 307 Advanced Fashion TechnologyPrerequisite: MFD 210 with grade of C or better.
Learn how to use current industry software, such as InDesign and Illustrator, for fashion presentations and portfolio work.
MFD 360 MerchandisingPrerequisite: MFD 304 with grade of C or better.
Special topics course in merchandising. Apply key marketing theories, frameworks, and tools to solve merchandising problems.
MFD 361 Advanced MerchandisingPrerequisite: MFD 304 with grade of C or better; and junior standing.
Special topics course in merchandising. Go beyond theoretical knowledge to gain a practical understanding of merchandising problems.
MFD 362 Visual Merchandising and PromotionPrerequisite: MFD 301 with grade of C or better; MFD 304 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.
Hands-on visual merchandising and visual perspective through internet, print and branding. Promotions for community productions, and senior showcase and market.
MFD 370 Flat PatternPrerequisite: MFD 270 with grade of C or better.
Fundamental concepts of drafting for the basic female form and pattern manipulation techniques to develop original garments.
MFD 371 DrapingPrerequisite: MFD 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.
MFD 372 Contemporary Designers/Collection DevelopmentPrerequisite: MFD 371 with grade of C or better or junior standing.
A study of twenty first century designers in a variety of merchandise classifications while developing an apparel market collection from concept to consumer.
MFD 400 Problems in Merchandising and Fashion Design
Independent study for those who wish additional work in specific subject areas. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.
MFD 401 Internship in MerchandisingPrerequisite: MFD 305 and MFD 306 with grades of C or better; and permission.
Supervised experienced in a pre-approved internship in a related field of Product Development or Merchandising. The student must work a minimum of 200 hours for a 3 credit hour internship, complete the student workbook, earn a satisfactory evaluation from the internship sponsor, and complete a weekly journal.
MFD 402 Internship in Fashion DesignPrerequisite: MFD 305 and MFD 306 and MFD 370 and MFD 371 with grades of C or better; and permission.
Supervised experience in a pre-approved internship in a related field of Product Development or Design. The student must work a minimum of 200 hours for a 3 credit hour internship, earn a satisfactory evaluation from the internship sponsor and complete a weekly journal.
MFD 403 Professional DevelopmentPrerequisite: MFD 401 or MFD 402 with grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.
Objectives include the completion of the website portfolio, research to identifying major economic factors in the fashion industry, personal marketing through logo development, budgeting, and business etiquette.
MFD 460 Merchandise Buying and Assortment PlanningPrerequisite: MFD 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.
MFD 470 Design Studio IPrerequisite: MFD 371 with grade of C or better.
Senior Market Collection will be developed for critique. Students will design and construct group and individual looks using advanced flat pattern and draping techniques includes fitting and grading apparel for original garments based on industry sample size forms (female, male or child).
MFD 560 EntrepreneurshipPrerequisite: MFD 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.
MFD 570 Senior CollectionPrerequisite: MFD 372 and MFD 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.
MFD 682 Graduate Seminar in Fashion Merchandising and DesignPrerequisite: 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.