Apparel Industry Management

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to provide personalized academic counseling. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

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DESN 2540
Computer Pattern Drafting I
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to the fundamentals of pattern drafting techniques using Gerber Technology, students reinforce skills developed in previous manual pattern drafting classes and apply their knowledge to producing patterns using the computer. Additional pattern drafting techniques are explored. Students also produce markers. Lab. Prerequisites: DESN 2160, MFTG 2330
GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1440
Textile Science
UNITS: 3
A practical analysis of the basic components of textiles and their relationship to performance. Students examine the characteristics of fibers, yarns, methods of fabric construction, such as weaving and knitting, and survey dyes, prints, and finishes. Emphasis is placed on performance and the determination of fabric suitability in the apparel design industry.
GNST 1450
College Mathematics
UNITS: 3
An application course focusing on mathematical concepts used in everyday life. Students integrate computation and analysis with authentic learning in graph analysis, Venn diagrams, analytical geometry, statistical measures of central tendency and variation, and financial mathematics. Prerequisites: To register for GNST 1450, students must successfully pass the math placement test or pass GNST 450.
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
MFTG 1050
Survey of Manufacturing & Merchandising
UNITS: 3
This survey course explores the concepts and practices of the fashion business from raw materials to finished merchandise categories: women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, cosmetics, and intimate apparel. Students master fashion terminology and develop knowledge of the garment industry, including career options.
MFTG 1150
Marketing Dynamics for Fashion
UNITS: 3
An examination of the four parts of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution). Students learn how micro- and macro- environments influence lifestyles and buying behavior. Students, using teamwork, apply their knowledge in analyzing case studies relevant to the fashion industry.
MFTG 1400
Apparel Process I (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This class introduces students to the basics of draping and flat patternmaking, sewing, garment construction, and apparel production terminology. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
MFTG 1700
Apparel Process II (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This continuation of Apparel Process I covers contemporary manufacturing, finishing processes, and emerging trends in apparel production. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
MFTG 1880
Computer Sketching I
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on computer sketching professional techniques using Abobe Illustrator. The emphasis is on fashion silhouettes. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 2050
MFTG 2050
Technical Sketching I
UNITS: 3
A flat sketching class for line development, this course teaches students basic drawing skills and design detail terminology used by the industry.
MFTG 2080
Computer Sketching II
UNITS: 3
The second computer sketching course focuses on the application of Photoshop in the fashion industry, advanced techniques using Illustrator, and development of ePortfolios. Prerequisite: MFTG 1880
MFTG 2120
Merchandising, Costing & Specification
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to the design and product development processes involved in creating fashion apparel, students examine the development of collections and groups for specific target markets and study the technical processes of costing and specifications required to produce the merchandise. Students develop their own line of apparel for a specific target customer and provide the technical packs necessary for production of the line. Prerequisites: MFTG 1100, MFTG 2050
MFTG 2330
Computer Grading, Marking & Cutting
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the principles of pattern grading, including manual techniques of chart and stack grading. The course uses Gerber Technology’s computerized digitizing, grading, and marker-making system. Industry spreading and cutting techniques are demonstrated. Prerequisites: MFTG 1700, DESN 1760 (For Fashion Design Majors)
MFTG 2350
Global Human Resource Management
UNITS: 3
This course explores the essentials of human resource management in todays global organizations. Best practices in recruitment, motivation, teamwork, training, and development, labor compliance, performance appraisal, and compensation are examined. Current issues in workers rights, safety, and ergonomics are discussed. Students apply their knowledge through the use of case studies.
MFTG 2420A
Apparel Management Technology I
UNITS: 3
Students in this course explore the various technologies used in the management and control of the product development and supply chain process. Virtual fit and patternmaking technologies are examined as well as other new systems that provide information necessary for critical decision making in the fashion industry. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
MFTG 2420B
Apparel Management Technology II
UNITS: 3
In this advanced course, students examine the use of technology in managing operations and making critical decisions, from the design of the product to its delivery to retail. Students use WEB PDM to develop technical packs in cyberspace for global usage. They use Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) systems in the management and control of the supply chain. AIMS 360, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is used for inventory management. Prerequisite: MFTG 2420A
MFTG 2500
Cost Control & Costing
UNITS: 3
A study of cost control systems and cost-effective processes, this course focuses on analyzing and understanding the cost efficiencies of apparel companies by department. Prerequisites: GNST 1450, MFTG 2120
MFTG 2520
Global Trade Dynamics
UNITS: 3
In this in-depth exploration of industry trends associated with globalization, students examine the strategic alliances and the sourcing and distribution channels required for production, as well as the opportunities for exporting finished products. Prerequisites: MFTG 1150, MFTG 2350
MFTG 2550
Production Control & Planning
UNITS: 3
This course examines principles of pre-season and in-season production planning and logistics based on analyzing, forecasting, developing, deputizing, and supervising within an apparel manufacturing organization.  Students devise a suitable production plan based on efficient control methods. Prerequisites: MFTG 2500, MFTG 2580
MFTG 2580
Sourcing & Inventory Management
UNITS: 3
This course analyzes the procedures for budgeting, purchasing, and controlling the materials necessary for apparel production. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 2120
MFTG 2640
Quality Control Management
UNITS: 3
Students examine methods of establishing standards of quality for design, fabrics, and manufacturing.  They develop control systems to assure apparel production standards. The course is based on the underlying management philosophy of Six Sigma. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 1400
MFTG 2680
Wholesale Selling
UNITS: 3
In this in-depth course in sales management, students learn how to plan and develop their territories, hire and train a sales force, forecast sales, and supervise the sales organization. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
MFTG 2720
Market Analysis & Presentation
UNITS: 3
This capstone course is devoted to the commercial development of an apparel line based upon an understanding of modern marketing and manufacturing concepts. Prerequisites: MFTG 1150, MFTG 2500 Must be taken in last quarter of program.
MFTG 2780
Ownership & Finance
UNITS: 3
After examining the strategies, procedures, and financial implications involved in developing, operating, and controlling a business, students complete a start-up business plan that focuses on company goals, marketing strategies, production needs, and financial analysis of the projected balance sheet and income statement. Prerequisites: MFTG 2350, MFTG 2500
MFTG
Elective: Three One-Unit Courses
UNITS: 3
Elective: Three One-Unit Courses
TSCI 1700
Textile Testing for Quality Assurance
UNITS: 3
Students demonstrate basic knowledge of textiles by applying textile science principles to a simulated product in its development stages. By researching and testing basic components of a chosen product, students predict and then prove performance via research, testing, calculation, and analysis of test results to determine end use suitability. Prerequisite: GNST 1440
Total Units of Credit: 90
GNST 1440
Textile Science
UNITS: 3
A practical analysis of the basic components of textiles and their relationship to performance. Students examine the characteristics of fibers, yarns, methods of fabric construction, such as weaving and knitting, and survey dyes, prints, and finishes. Emphasis is placed on performance and the determination of fabric suitability in the apparel design industry.
MFTG 1400
Apparel Process I (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This class introduces students to the basics of draping and flat patternmaking, sewing, garment construction, and apparel production terminology. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
MFTG 1700
Apparel Process II (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This continuation of Apparel Process I covers contemporary manufacturing, finishing processes, and emerging trends in apparel production. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
MFTG 1880
Computer Sketching I
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on computer sketching professional techniques using Abobe Illustrator. The emphasis is on fashion silhouettes. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 2050
MFTG 2050
Technical Sketching I
UNITS: 3
A flat sketching class for line development, this course teaches students basic drawing skills and design detail terminology used by the industry.
MFTG 2120
Merchandising, Costing & Specification
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to the design and product development processes involved in creating fashion apparel, students examine the development of collections and groups for specific target markets and study the technical processes of costing and specifications required to produce the merchandise. Students develop their own line of apparel for a specific target customer and provide the technical packs necessary for production of the line. Prerequisites: MFTG 1100, MFTG 2050
MFTG 2350
Global Human Resource Management
UNITS: 3
This course explores the essentials of human resource management in todays global organizations. Best practices in recruitment, motivation, teamwork, training, and development, labor compliance, performance appraisal, and compensation are examined. Current issues in workers rights, safety, and ergonomics are discussed. Students apply their knowledge through the use of case studies.
MFTG 2420B
Apparel Management Technology II
UNITS: 3
In this advanced course, students examine the use of technology in managing operations and making critical decisions, from the design of the product to its delivery to retail. Students use WEB PDM to develop technical packs in cyberspace for global usage. They use Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) systems in the management and control of the supply chain. AIMS 360, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is used for inventory management. Prerequisite: MFTG 2420A
MFTG 2500
Cost Control & Costing
UNITS: 3
A study of cost control systems and cost-effective processes, this course focuses on analyzing and understanding the cost efficiencies of apparel companies by department. Prerequisites: GNST 1450, MFTG 2120
MFTG 2520
Global Trade Dynamics
UNITS: 3
In this in-depth exploration of industry trends associated with globalization, students examine the strategic alliances and the sourcing and distribution channels required for production, as well as the opportunities for exporting finished products. Prerequisites: MFTG 1150, MFTG 2350
MFTG 2550
Production Control & Planning
UNITS: 3
This course examines principles of pre-season and in-season production planning and logistics based on analyzing, forecasting, developing, deputizing, and supervising within an apparel manufacturing organization.  Students devise a suitable production plan based on efficient control methods. Prerequisites: MFTG 2500, MFTG 2580
MFTG 2560
Computer Pattern Drafting, Grading & Marking
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to computer pattern drafting, grading and marker making. Students will learn to digitize patterns, make computer markers and develop patterns using the Gerber system. Prerequisite: DESN 2560 or MFTG 1400
MFTG 2580
Sourcing & Inventory Management
UNITS: 3
This course analyzes the procedures for budgeting, purchasing, and controlling the materials necessary for apparel production. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 2120
MFTG 2640
Quality Control Management
UNITS: 3
Students examine methods of establishing standards of quality for design, fabrics, and manufacturing.  They develop control systems to assure apparel production standards. The course is based on the underlying management philosophy of Six Sigma. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, MFTG 1400
MFTG 2680
Wholesale Selling
UNITS: 3
In this in-depth course in sales management, students learn how to plan and develop their territories, hire and train a sales force, forecast sales, and supervise the sales organization. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
MFTG 2720
Market Analysis & Presentation
UNITS: 3
This capstone course is devoted to the commercial development of an apparel line based upon an understanding of modern marketing and manufacturing concepts. Prerequisites: MFTG 1150, MFTG 2500 Must be taken in last quarter of program.
MFTG 2780
Ownership & Finance
UNITS: 3
After examining the strategies, procedures, and financial implications involved in developing, operating, and controlling a business, students complete a start-up business plan that focuses on company goals, marketing strategies, production needs, and financial analysis of the projected balance sheet and income statement. Prerequisites: MFTG 2350, MFTG 2500
TSCI 1700
Textile Testing for Quality Assurance
UNITS: 3
Students demonstrate basic knowledge of textiles by applying textile science principles to a simulated product in its development stages. By researching and testing basic components of a chosen product, students predict and then prove performance via research, testing, calculation, and analysis of test results to determine end use suitability. Prerequisite: GNST 1440
Total Units of Credit: 54

* Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours.

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