Curriculum

Curriculum

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

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
MPDV 1500
Product Development Fundamentals
UNITS: 3
An introductory course that highlights the processes involved in the preproduction phase of apparel product development: planning, forecasting, fabrication, developing silhouettes and specifications, pricing and sourcing. Students examine the best practices of the most successful brands in the fashion business to understand how companies must position themselves to be successful in this field. Career paths and job opportunities are defined and explored.
MPDV 1700
Digital Flat Sketching
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to Adobe Illustrator, students learn to apply various Illustrator tools to the creation of technical flat sketches on a grid and stylized flat sketches on a croqui. Emphasis is placed on the development of accurate, proportioned garments that include stitching, trims, and all style lines and on the creation of organized and editable digital files. Prerequisite: MPDV 1800
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 2100
Fashion Merchandising & Assortment Planning
UNITS: 3
An in-depth study of the financial planning process for the apparel industry. Students are introduced to pricing principles, the purchasing process, methods of analysis, and calculating profitability. A six month financial plan and unit plan are created by each student for the final project. Prerequisite: GNST 1450
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
MPDV 2300
Trend & Design Application
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the creative process involved in developing fashion apparel for both retail and manufacturing companies. Students learn how to conduct trend research and translate their ideas into products for a specific market and category of merchandise. Prerequisite: MPDV 1800
MPDV 2400
Preproduction for Apparel
UNITS: 3
A study of the process of garment prototype development and approval prior to production. Students learn how to create a technical packet of specifications and fit requirements for a variety of clothing styles utilizing the Gerber Technology web-based PDM system. Initial costs of all materials incurred in the production process are identified and estimated. Prerequisites: DESN 2530, MFTG 1400, MPDV 1800
MPDV 2700
Classification & Line Development
UNITS: 3
A continuation of the Trend and Design Application (MPDV 2300) course. Students create their own line of exclusive products for an existing business. Emphasis is placed upon analyzing past selling results and incorporating those findings into a portion of the new line. Students learn how to make effective presentations of their seasonal lines while defending their design decisions. Prerequisites: DESN 2530, MPDV 2300
MPDV 2750
Production & Sourcing Strategies
UNITS: 3
Students apply previously learned skills in garment specifications and costing to complete the production cycle.  Emphasis is placed on how to source all components of a garment, locate a maker for the garment, negotiate price for a garment, and develop a merchandising and production calendar. Students visit and evaluate a production facility. Prerequisite: MPDV 2400
MPDV 2780
Technical Design
UNITS: 3
In this course, students produce a sample of one of their original designs. Emphasis is on creating a prototype by developing garment specifications, applying advanced draping and pattern drafting techniques, and assessing the fit. Prerequisites: MFTG 1400, MFTG1700, MPDV2400
MPDV 2800
Advanced Preproduction
UNITS: 3
A continuation of the Preproduction for Apparel course, students expand their understanding of garment specifications and construction. Emphasis is placed upon analyzing the choices made for materials and garment construction, and how these choices affect the price of a garment. Students use the Gerber Technology web-based PDM system to create technical packs and cost sheets. Prerequisite: MPDV 2400
MPDV 2850
Brand Portfolio Development
UNITS: 3
Students research and illustrate original designs for two brands and two distinct market segments of their choice to expand the content of their portfolio. Consideration is given to the use of technology as a means to expose and promote the students' skill level to the global job market. Personal branding of the students' portfolio is encouraged along with effective presentation techniques and formatting. Prerequisites: MPDV 2200, MPDV 2700, MPDV 2880
MPDV 2880
Digital Presentation
UNITS: 3
An advanced computer skills course that builds upon Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills acquired in DESN 2530 and MPDV 2200. Students integrate computer-aided design tools and applications to develop industry-standard visual and digital presentations that showcase all elements of fashion design and production. Emphasis is placed on both the technical and aesthetic mastery of computer applications that are specific to the ever changing needs of the fashion industry. Prerequisite: MPDV 2200
TSCI 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.
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
TSCI 2100
Textile Application & Color Management
UNITS: 3
Students conclude their studies in textile science with a course concentrating on the practical application of textiles. Emphasis is placed on a product development simulation, which includes sourcing, inspection, research, and testing of textiles. Students evaluate suppliers and their role in the marketplace. Quality control and color management are assessed so that the best processes for an individual product may be selected. Dye labs include evaluation of yarn-dips, lab-dips, strike-offs, and fabric defects. Knits and the high performance market are also further examined. Prerequisites: GNST 1440, GNST 2260 or TSCI 1800
Total Units of Credit: 51

* 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.