Fashion Design

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 1150
Fashion Sketching for Design I
UNITS: 3
Students learn the proportions and techniques for sketching the nine-head figure.
DESN 1220
Basic Draping Techniques
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to basic draping techniques and industry procedures. It is an introduction to understanding proportion, fit, and balance in a 3-dimensional design.
DESN 1250
Industry Sewing
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine. Students produce a completed garment by applying all of the techniques taught in the course.
DESN 1420
Applied Draping Techniques (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
Students apply the techniques learned in DESN 1220 Basic Draping Techniques to create garments using various fabrics. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: DESN 1220, DESN 1250
DESN 1550
Fashion Sketching for Design II
UNITS: 3
This course emphasizes the perfection of fashion figure poses, the accurate illustration of garments, and the development of the students own sketching style. Students learn to render, using colored pencil, markers, and pen. Prerequisite: DESN 1150
DESN 1760
Pattern Drafting I (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students develop an understanding of how to use the basic block in constructing muslin samples. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1420
DESN 1850
The Business of Fashion
UNITS: 3
In surveying the major business components of the textile and fashion apparel industries, this course defines the role of materials, designers, producers, and retailers in the creative and business cycles. Prerequisite: TSCI 1800
DESN 2160
Pattern Drafting II (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students create flat patterns from sketches and produce completed garments with an emphasis on fit. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1760
DESN 2280
Creative Design Applications
UNITS: 3
Students apply basic elements of design and expand their creativity by examining social, artistic, and historical influences as they relate to the development of a group and/or collection. Prerequisites: DESN 1550, MPDV 2200, TSCI 1800
DESN 2530
Computer-Aided Fashion Design I
UNITS: 3
Development of technical sketches utilizing Adobe Illustrator. Hands-on experience in drawing of flat technical sketch and creating accurate garment detail. Prerequisite: MPDV 1800
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
DESN 2560
Pattern Drafting III (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
An advanced pattern drafting class emphasizing comprehensive use of acquired pattern making skills as well as advanced techniques. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 2160
DESN 2680
Creative Design Analysis & Collection Development
UNITS: 3
After analyzing and researching the components necessary to create a fashion collection, students in this course engage in the challenge of designing and developing collections for specific customers, including major manufacturers. Prerequisites: DESN 1850, DESN 2280
DESN 2700
Collection Development (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This class emphasizes the comprehensive use of acquired pattern making and design skills. A complete design look is selected from each student collection. Patterns and garments are developed according to industry requirements. Cohesive design development includes; pattern drafting, garment construction, pattern cards, cost sheets, and style books. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 2560
DESN 2840
Computer Pattern Drafting II
UNITS: 3
In this advanced course in developing patterns using Gerber Technology, students further develop their skills in creating patterns from sketches as well as from finished garments. Students also produce markers on the computer. Prerequisite: DESN 2540
DESN 2980
Portfolio Preparation & Presentation
UNITS: 3
Students prepare, develop, and expand a professional portfolio of work while exploring creative and practical techniques to enhance the marketability and appeal of their portfolio. They also analyze and practice interviewing skills to communicate with prospective employers. Prerequisite: DESN 2680
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 1170
History of Costume
UNITS: 3
This course provides an overview of costume history in Western culture from ancient civilizations to the present. Students examine cultural, social, and historical events and analyze their effect on the history of costume and apparel, including the influence of historical costume on fashion today. Students develop a broad fashion vocabulary and become familiar with period costume terminology.
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 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 2020
Survey of Western Art I
UNITS: 3
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Prehistoric Period through the Middle Ages. Included are the social, economic, cultural, political, and religious influences which have prompted or affected the art of each period. Students examine works of art and their iconography, stylistic techniques, and different media, with the goal of being able to recognize, understand, and discuss various art forms in their broader contexts.
GNST 2420
Survey of Western Art II
UNITS: 3
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Art movements such as Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Abstraction, and Surrealism are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the artist's role in society and the effect of society on art.
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.
GNST 2980
Professional Practices
UNITS: 3
To become more self-reliant and enterprising in the job search, students investigate career opportunities and the career path, personal traits, job responsibilities, and qualifications necessary to be competitive and promotable. Students build research tools that enable them to develop a plan of action, conduct informational interviews, practice interviewing skills, and produce a digitized professional resume, biographical statement, and cover letter for immediate submission to prospective employers.
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)
MPDV 1800
Fundamentals of Sketching
UNITS: 3
A flat sketching course for line development, line sheets, and specification sheets. Students learn basic drawing skills for garment illustration and the correct terminology used for identifying design details on garments.
MPDV 2200
Digital Design
UNITS: 3
Students apply skills previously learned in Computer Aided Fashion Design I to digital file development using Adobe Photoshop software. Course projects focus on the digital manipulation of photo imagery and the development of fabric prints and graphics with emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Prerequisites: MPDV 1800, DESN 2530
TSCI 1800
Fabric Identification
UNITS: 3
This course demonstrates knowledge of textiles and the application of these skills in the product development process. Emphasis is placed on the compatibility of fabrics to meet performance criteria and market acceptance. Students identify fabrics, weights, construction, and finish. Prerequisite: GNST 1440
Total Units of Credit: 90
DESN 1150
Fashion Sketching for Design I
UNITS: 3
Students learn the proportions and techniques for sketching the nine-head figure.
DESN 1220
Basic Draping Techniques
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to basic draping techniques and industry procedures. It is an introduction to understanding proportion, fit, and balance in a 3-dimensional design.
DESN 1250
Industry Sewing
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine. Students produce a completed garment by applying all of the techniques taught in the course.
DESN 1420
Applied Draping Techniques (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
Students apply the techniques learned in DESN 1220 Basic Draping Techniques to create garments using various fabrics. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: DESN 1220, DESN 1250
DESN 1550
Fashion Sketching for Design II
UNITS: 3
This course emphasizes the perfection of fashion figure poses, the accurate illustration of garments, and the development of the students own sketching style. Students learn to render, using colored pencil, markers, and pen. Prerequisite: DESN 1150
DESN 1760
Pattern Drafting I (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students develop an understanding of how to use the basic block in constructing muslin samples. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1420
DESN 1850
The Business of Fashion
UNITS: 3
In surveying the major business components of the textile and fashion apparel industries, this course defines the role of materials, designers, producers, and retailers in the creative and business cycles. Prerequisite: TSCI 1800
DESN 2160
Pattern Drafting II (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students create flat patterns from sketches and produce completed garments with an emphasis on fit. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1760
DESN 2280
Creative Design Applications
UNITS: 3
Students apply basic elements of design and expand their creativity by examining social, artistic, and historical influences as they relate to the development of a group and/or collection. Prerequisites: DESN 1550, MPDV 2200, TSCI 1800
DESN 2530
Computer-Aided Fashion Design I
UNITS: 3
Development of technical sketches utilizing Adobe Illustrator. Hands-on experience in drawing of flat technical sketch and creating accurate garment detail. Prerequisite: MPDV 1800
DESN 2560
Pattern Drafting III (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
An advanced pattern drafting class emphasizing comprehensive use of acquired pattern making skills as well as advanced techniques. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 2160
DESN 2680
Creative Design Analysis & Collection Development
UNITS: 3
After analyzing and researching the components necessary to create a fashion collection, students in this course engage in the challenge of designing and developing collections for specific customers, including major manufacturers. Prerequisites: DESN 1850, DESN 2280
DESN 2700
Collection Development (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This class emphasizes the comprehensive use of acquired pattern making and design skills. A complete design look is selected from each student collection. Patterns and garments are developed according to industry requirements. Cohesive design development includes; pattern drafting, garment construction, pattern cards, cost sheets, and style books. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 2560
DESN 2980
Portfolio Preparation & Presentation
UNITS: 3
Students prepare, develop, and expand a professional portfolio of work while exploring creative and practical techniques to enhance the marketability and appeal of their portfolio. They also analyze and practice interviewing skills to communicate with prospective employers. Prerequisite: DESN 2680
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 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
MPDV 1800
Fundamentals of Sketching
UNITS: 3
A flat sketching course for line development, line sheets, and specification sheets. Students learn basic drawing skills for garment illustration and the correct terminology used for identifying design details on garments.
MPDV 2200
Digital Design
UNITS: 3
Students apply skills previously learned in Computer Aided Fashion Design I to digital file development using Adobe Photoshop software. Course projects focus on the digital manipulation of photo imagery and the development of fabric prints and graphics with emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Prerequisites: MPDV 1800, DESN 2530
TSCI 1800
Fabric Identification
UNITS: 3
This course demonstrates knowledge of textiles and the application of these skills in the product development process. Emphasis is placed on the compatibility of fabrics to meet performance criteria and market acceptance. Students identify fabrics, weights, construction, and finish. Prerequisite: GNST 1440
Total Units of Credit: 57

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

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.