Apparel, Textiles and Design (B.S.F.C.S.)
This major considers apparel, textiles and design as basic human needs, consumer products, historical and cultural artifacts, and communication tools. Students who wish to graduate in Apparel, Textiles and Design (ATD) must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required ATD coursework.
Students are required to complete an advisor-approved focus area of 18 credits. Students select their focus area at the end of their Sophomore year. Standard program focus areas are Design, Marketing/Merchandising, and Product Development. Students may choose a related focus area by submitting a proposal to ATD Faculty clearly showing the relationship between Apparel, Textiles and Design and their proposed area of focus relative to the industry, career goals, and emerging opportunities. Other focus areas may include Costume Design, Advertising, Business, or International Studies. Upon approval a double major or minor could also be used instead as long as the other content area is relative to Apparel, Textiles and Design.
Apparel, Textiles and Design Program Outcomes
- Understand the global nature and scope of the industry and related sectors, including but not limited to design, production, buying and merchandising, and distribution.
- Focus on fibers and textile materials and specification relative to serviceability, quality, performance, and cost.
- Understand an apply knowledge about key concepts such as target market, product development, the consumer, and the roles and functions of various contexts in which products are developed and consumed.
- Identify and interpret needs and wants of consumers and how industry processes are applied to plan, develop, produce, communicate, and sell profitable product lines.
- Relate the elements and principles of design to product development, use, and evaluation and use the design process to create products that meet marketplace needs.
- Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, and creative problem-solving skills, including the ability to critically evaluate and compare diverse perspectives.
- Communicate ideas in written, verbal, and visual forms using appropriate technology.
- Evaluate product quality, serviceability, and regulatory standards.
Understanding the Consumer
- Understand, communicate and apply knowledge and research regarding appearance and human behavior, and about the complex nature of consumer behavior as it relates to aesthetic preferences, economic and purchasing decisions, and social, historical, and cultural factors.
- Understand the concept of dress (as all of the supplements and modifications to the body) and its role as it reflects and shapes intra- and inter-cultural and social interactions.
- Apply knowledge about the interrelationships among historic and socio-cultural factors of dress and their impact on human behavior, including the effects of life stages, change across time, and culture.
Career Development and Professional Skills
- Identify and evaluate issues of social responsibility, professional behavior, sustainability and ethics related to the impact of individual, organizational, and corporate decision-making.
- Demonstrate the necessary skills for industry careers, including creativity, teamwork, attitude, ethics, goal setting, and career development.
- Function as team members and leaders within professional and culturally diverse environments.
- Apply concepts and integrate knowledge through practical learning experiences in meaningful workplace settings and various industry contexts.
Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and:
|ART 100||World Art and Culture||3|
|FCS 105||Individual and Family Development||3|
|FCS 119||Introduction to Fashion and the Apparel Industry||3|
|FCS 224||Apparel Construction and Assembly Processes||3|
|FCS 295||Career Development in Apparel & Textiles||1|
|FCS 319||Digital Illustration for the Apparel Industry||3|
|FCS 323||Apparel Product Development||3|
|FCS 329||History of Western Dress||3|
|FCS 419||Dress and Culture||3|
|FCS 424||Apparel Product Line Development: Senior Capstone||4|
|FCS 432||Apparel Promotion and Merchandising||3|
|FCS 448||Consumer Economic Issues||3|
|FCS 494||Portfolio Development||3|
|ENGL 313||Business Writing||3|
|or ENGL 317||Technical Writing|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Foundations of Economic Analysis|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Social Psychology|
|Social Change & Globalization|
|Select 3 credits of Anthropology electives||3|
|Select an area of focus with the guidance of an advisor||18|
Courses to total 120 credits for this degree