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.

Associate of Arts, Professional Designation (A.A.)

TEXT 1350
Studio Techniques I
UNITS: 6
In this studio class, students paint with gouache in a flat opaque technique, color mixing and matching. Students are introduced to concepts of layout and repeat, color pitching, and are encouraged to develop color combinations for use in printed textiles.
TEXT 1550
Studio Techniques II
UNITS: 6
A continuation of the Studio Techniques course, which introduces new painting techniques along with the additional focus on commercially designed textiles for specific markets. Prerequisite: TEXT 1350
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.
TEXT 1850
Surface Design for Interior Applications
UNITS: 3
This studio course specializes in the principles of textile design as they relate to home furnishing fabrication, wall coverings, and other interior related products. Prerequisites: TEXT 1350, TEXT 1550
TEXT 2220
Introduction to Photoshop
UNITS: 3
An introduction to Photoshop as it relates to textile design, this course teaches students to identify and use tools, menu items, layers, and filters and to make essential color adjustments and simple artwork modifications.
TEXT 2240
Introduction to Illustrator
UNITS: 3
This course provides an introduction to Illustrator in which the students learn to identify and use the program tools and menu items, emphasizing drawing skills for textile, placement prints, and flat sketching.
TEXT 2550
Computer-Aided Surface Design I
UNITS: 6
This CAD studio course builds on the foundation from the Introduction to Photoshop course. Students expand their knowledge of tools, menus, and functions of Adobe Photoshop in the development and manipulation of printed textiles in repeating patterns and layouts. Prerequisite: TEXT 2220
TEXT 2600
Design for Form & Function
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the basic pattern blocks and manufacturing procedures in the fashion industry. Students explore the process of textile design and its relationship to the function of the finished product.
TEXT 2750
Computer-Aided Surface Design II
UNITS: 6
This continuation of Computer-Aided Surface Design utilizes the computer as a design tool. Students expand their experience developing print designs, drawing attention specifically to formulating color ways, learning to prepare designs for engraving. Prerequisite: TEXT 2550
TEXT 2850
Textile Printing (6 Hours)*
UNITS: 3
This studio course introduces students to the fundamentals of the screen printing process as used in textiles. Students use techniques demonstrated in the classroom by designing and printing repeat patterns, including screen separations and registration for printing yardage. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: TEXT 2750
TEXT 3150
Trend Analysis
UNITS: 3
Students examine the fashion forecasting process, with an emphasis on textile development and color trends in the global and domestic markets.
TEXT 4650
Line Development
UNITS: 3
Through this study of the color and design strategies used in merchandising textile print designs, students gain an appreciation of the designers role in responding to the market. A line of textile print concepts is developed based on research of markets, trends, and color. Prerequisite: TEXT 3150
TEXT 4950
Portfolio Development
UNITS: 3
Students learn to market their skills and pursue careers in the textile industry. Through comprehensive portfolio analysis, students designs are critically evaluated and prepared for presentation to prospective employers and clients. Additional attention to contracts, copyright, trademark, and licensing are introduced. Prerequisite: TEXT 46500
TSCI 1420
Historic Textiles
UNITS: 3
A survey of textiles from pre-Columbian, Coptic, Sassanian, Persian, Egyptian, and Peruvian through 20th century Art Deco. Emphasis is placed on the ability to analyze pattern development, materials, and constructions from historic periods. Students research how political, social, and environmental factors influence textile patterns.
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
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.