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.)
Marketing Dynamics for Fashion
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.
Apparel Process I (6 hours)*
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.
Apparel Process II (6 hours)*
This continuation of Apparel Process I covers contemporary construction including a denim jacket, knit hoodie and 5-pocket jean, finishing processes, and emerging trends in apparel production. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
Computer Sketching I
This course focuses on computer sketching professional techniques using Abobe Illustrator. The emphasis is on market-standard fashion silhouettes based on chosen market groups. Additionally, students are introduced to 3-D garment design with the use of CLO 3-D. Prerequisites: MFTG 2050, TSCI 1440
Technical Sketching I
A flat sketching class for developing hand drawn technical garment flat sketches. This course teaches students basic drawing skills and design detail terminology, and standards of proportion used in the industry.
Computer Sketching II
The second computer sketching course focuses on the application of Photoshop in the fashion industry, advanced techniques using Illustrator, development of ePortfolios, and the implementation of 3-D design ideas in production, industry standard apparel CADs. Prerequisite: MFTG 1880
Merchandising, Costing & Specification
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 1400, MFTG 2050
Global Human Resource Management
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.
Apparel Management Technology II
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 NGC to develop technical packs in cyberspace for global usage. They also use NGC product lifecycle management (PLM) systems in the management and administrative calendar tasks in orchestrating global activities and logistic tactics, and control of the supply chain. AIMS 360, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is used for inventory management. Prerequisite: MFTG 2120
Cost Control & Costing
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
Global Trade Dynamics
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
Production Control & Planning
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. Circular apparel manufacturing theories including sustainability frameworks are also explored as well as global economy logistics. Prerequisites: MFTG 2500, MFTG 2580
Computer Pattern Drafting, Grading & Marking
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 2160 or MFTG 1400
Sourcing & Inventory Management
This course analyzes the procedures for budgeting, purchasing, and controlling the materials necessary for apparel sourcing both domestically and on a global scale. Prerequisites: MFTG 2120, TSCI 1440
Quality Control Management
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: MFTG 1400, TSCI 1440
Market Analysis & Presentation
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 2500 Must be taken the last quarter of program.
Ownership & Finance
After examining the strategies, procedures, and financial implications involved in developing, operating, and running 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
This is an in-depth two-part course on distribution strategies. In the first part, students learn to use channels of distribution to reach their targeted customers, develop a sales force structure, forecast sales and manage the sales function. In the second part, students focus is on the logistics of distribution. How to create an efficient logistic system that meets customers needs and the companys financial plan through the integration of processing orders, inventory needed, warehousing and transportation. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
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.
Textile Testing for Quality Assurance
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.
Total Units of Credit: 60
* Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours.