Fashion Knitwear Design

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to create a personalized academic plan. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors help determine which courses must be taken prior to graduation.

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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 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 1750
Technical Sketching for Design
UNITS: 3
This course incorporates flat sketching, garment construction, and the development of specification sheets.
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 2830
Computer-Aided Fashion Design II
UNITS: 3
Development of creative design ideas utilizing a multimedia computer as a tool. Hands-on experience in digitally manipulating fabric prints and scanned artwork. Prerequisite: DESN 2530
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 1200
20th Century Designers
UNITS: 3
An exploration of major designers who have had a sustained impact, in both couture and ready-to-wear, on todays fashion. Students analyze how key figures in fashion design have influenced the styles and trends in line development of each decade since 1850, with emphasis on the last 30 years.
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.
KNTD 1800
Essentials of Machine Knitting (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to the process of machine knitting, including cast-on and off, basic stitches, gauge, and tension. Students build a foundation of knit structure by creating a variety of knit fabrics. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
KNTD 2100
Stitch, Color & Surface Design
UNITS: 6
Students study the principles and elements of color and design as they relate to stitch structure in knit fabrics and garments. In this studio course they utilize color predictive and trend resources to interpret seasonal palettes for a variety of markets into a variety of patterns, and unique stitches, thereby acquiring both an in-depth understanding of knit structure and surface design treatments as they apply to various markets. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2400
Stoll M1 Plus Industrial Knitting
UNITS: 3
In this course, students are introduced to Stoll M1 Plus software and Stoll CMS industrial knitting machines. Students learn to program and knit stitch patterns for swatch development as well as basic silhouette shaping and detailing used in full fashion knitting. Prerequisites: KNTD 1800, KNTD 2100
KNTD 2600
Shape & Detail for Fashion Knitwear
UNITS: 6
In this course, the students study fashion silhouettes and stylistic detailing as a basis for full-fashion knitwear construction in a studio format. With emphasis on shaping, patternmaking, sizing, trims, and stitch placement, as well as application of flat technical sketching and size specifications for preproduction. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2700
Knit Construction & Specification
UNITS: 3
Students apply pattern making skills to both cut and sew as well as full-fashioned knitwear. In addition, this course explores systems for developing technical packet specifications and fit requirements for a variety of knit garments. Initial costs analysis of materials in the production process are identified and estimated. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2750
Line Development for Knitwear
UNITS: 6
In this course, students prepare portfolios for professional presentations and interviewing by planning and developing knitwear collections. It includes planning and research for both the technical and creative processes of creating a cohesive collection. The portfolios include the knit swatches, drawings, and CAD work that best exemplifies their aesthetic as well as knowledge of trend and market application. Prerequisites: KNTD 1800, KNTD 2100, KNTD 2600, KNTD 2700
KNTD 2850
Advanced Knitwear Construction (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This is a studio course building on the construction skill introduced in KNTD 2600 Shape & Detail for Fashion Knitwear and KNTD 2700 Knit Construction & Specification. It includes planning and construction including color and yarn choice as well as silhouette and preproduction specifications. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: KNTD 2600
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
TEXT 1750
Creating Fabric Structures (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to the fundamentals of fabric structures, students learn to knit, crochet, and weave with a focus on understanding the unique design possibilities of each medium. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
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 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 1750
Technical Sketching for Design
UNITS: 3
This course incorporates flat sketching, garment construction, and the development of specification sheets.
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 2830
Computer-Aided Fashion Design II
UNITS: 3
Development of creative design ideas utilizing a multimedia computer as a tool. Hands-on experience in digitally manipulating fabric prints and scanned artwork. Prerequisite: DESN 2530
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 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 2750
Seminar in the Arts
UNITS: 3
A survey of the arts from a variety of origins, both classical and contemporary, with a particular emphasis on a diversity of fine, performing, and applied art forms. Students attend events that explore the following: pictures, sculpture, music, theatre, cinema, dance, architecture, and literature. Students gain an understanding of the different roles associated with these various art forms and critique these art forms through discussion, oral presentations, and essays, integrating their perceptions into their final projects.
KNTD 1800
Essentials of Machine Knitting (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to the process of machine knitting, including cast-on and off, basic stitches, gauge, and tension. Students build a foundation of knit structure by creating a variety of knit fabrics. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
KNTD 2100
Stitch, Color & Surface Design
UNITS: 6
Students study the principles and elements of color and design as they relate to stitch structure in knit fabrics and garments. In this studio course they utilize color predictive and trend resources to interpret seasonal palettes for a variety of markets into a variety of patterns, and unique stitches, thereby acquiring both an in-depth understanding of knit structure and surface design treatments as they apply to various markets. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2400
Stoll M1 Plus Industrial Knitting
UNITS: 3
In this course, students are introduced to Stoll M1 Plus software and Stoll CMS industrial knitting machines. Students learn to program and knit stitch patterns for swatch development as well as basic silhouette shaping and detailing used in full fashion knitting. Prerequisites: KNTD 1800, KNTD 2100
KNTD 2600
Shape & Detail for Fashion Knitwear
UNITS: 6
In this course, the students study fashion silhouettes and stylistic detailing as a basis for full-fashion knitwear construction in a studio format. With emphasis on shaping, patternmaking, sizing, trims, and stitch placement, as well as application of flat technical sketching and size specifications for preproduction. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2700
Knit Construction & Specification
UNITS: 3
Students apply pattern making skills to both cut and sew as well as full-fashioned knitwear. In addition, this course explores systems for developing technical packet specifications and fit requirements for a variety of knit garments. Initial costs analysis of materials in the production process are identified and estimated. Prerequisite: KNTD 1800
KNTD 2750
Line Development for Knitwear
UNITS: 6
In this course, students prepare portfolios for professional presentations and interviewing by planning and developing knitwear collections. It includes planning and research for both the technical and creative processes of creating a cohesive collection. The portfolios include the knit swatches, drawings, and CAD work that best exemplifies their aesthetic as well as knowledge of trend and market application. Prerequisites: KNTD 1800, KNTD 2100, KNTD 2600, KNTD 2700
KNTD 2850
Advanced Knitwear Construction (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
This is a studio course building on the construction skill introduced in KNTD 2600 Shape & Detail for Fashion Knitwear and KNTD 2700 Knit Construction & Specification. It includes planning and construction including color and yarn choice as well as silhouette and preproduction specifications. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: KNTD 2600
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.
TEXT 1750
Creating Fabric Structures (6 hours)*
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to the fundamentals of fabric structures, students learn to knit, crochet, and weave with a focus on understanding the unique design possibilities of each medium. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
Total Units of Credit: 60

* 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.