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Advanced Practices in Color, Design & 3-D Form
This course is designed to further explore the relationship between color and three-dimensional form. Students explore and effectively communicate concept and meaning through the design elements of color, surface, pattern, three-dimensional form, and space.
Advanced Theory in Color, Design & 3-D Form
In this course, students research the use and application of color, light, and three-dimensional form as used by artists and designers. Students effectively communicate concept and meaning through the design elements of color, surface, pattern, three-dimensional form and space.
Students refine their abilities to create convincing volumetric images through perspective, matrix analysis, cross-contour, light, and shadow. They explore the application of structural drawing to their respective design disciplines and individual styles. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
Drawing the Figure in Context
This course addresses the structure and anatomy of the human figure as essential to developing a naturalistic approach to rendering the human form. The use of live models reinforces students understanding of the anatomical structure of the human body. Formal elements such as line, gesture, volume, proportion, and perspective are emphasized. Prerequisite: BDSN 3200
Students consider the physical and physiological link between design and the human body, individually and in shared environments. They analyze possible design alternatives to a variety of products in terms of function, comfort, movement, and social impact.
Digital Photographic Image
This course focuses on students ability to express their point of view creatively through photography. Students learn to see photographically by exploring the basic tools, techniques, and aesthetics of digital photography, with special attention to lighting, focus, color, contrast, formal effects, and intent.
Advanced Garment Construction
Building on the construction skills introduced in the Fashion Design Program, students integrate their skills at pattern drafting with garment construction processes. This studio course includes detailed construction processes of classic fashion silhouettes.
Prototyping 3-D Forms
This course integrates both 3-D software and manual skills acquired in previous courses to explore and interpret a range of design inventions and their proliferation through rapid prototyping. Students explore special topics in virtual design, new modes of manufacture, and prototyping. (Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communications majors only)
Digital Asset Management
In this course, students practice the sophisticated digital asset management skills required for careers in the design industry. Topics include file formats, technologies and workflow, computer applications, and organizational systems that seek to define, identify, control, manage, and store digital images.
Theory & Context of Design
In this course, students formulate a personal creative research project relevant to their area of specialization, culminating in a written thesis proposal that they approach through various contexts in their senior year studio courses. Emphasis is on careful documentation of content, reference and source materials, and design research.
Visual Identity & Image
This multimedia course builds on prior drawing courses while focusing on the elements of image-making as communication. Students continue the development of drawing styles in both black and white and color, by hand and with the use of digital media. Techniques are applied to a variety of subjects as students explore the relationship between form and content. Prerequisites: BDSN 3200, BDSN 3400
The Studio I Digital Communication
This is the first of a three quarter sequence in which the students focus on conceptualizing a collection of work and synthesizing the research compiled in Theory & Context of Design. In this phase students use an existing business model as a base to explore, identifying market and customer profiles to develop product parameters. (Graphic Design and Textile Design majors only)
The Studio I Environment & Product
This is the first of a three quarter sequence in which the students focus on conceptualizing a collection of work and synthesizing the research compiled in Theory & Context of Design. In this phase students use an existing business model as a base to explore, identifying market and customer profiles to develop product parameters. (Interior Design and Visual Communications majors only).
The Studio I Fashion Apparel
This is the first of a three quarter sequence in which the students focus on conceptualizing a collection of work and synthesizing the research compiled in Theory & Context of Design. In this phase students use an existing business model as a base to explore, identifying market and customer profiles to develop product parameters. (Fashion Design majors only).
The Studio II Digital Communication
Course two in the Studio series considers the designer's influence in society. The students redefine and conceptualize the research they compiled in BDSN 3850 Theory & Context of Design into a new collection of work from the perspectives of contemporary societal issues, social needs, and civic and social responsibility. (Graphic Design and Textile Design majors only).
The Studio II Environment & Product
Course two in the Studio series considers the designer's influence in society. The students redefine and conceptualize the research they compiled in BDSN 3850 Theory & Context of Design into a new collection of work from the perspectives of contemporary societal issues, social needs, and civic and social responsibility. (Interior Design and Visual Communications majors only)
The Studio II Fashion Apparel
Course two in the Studio series considers the designer's influence in society. The students redefine and conceptualize the research they compiled in BDSN 3850 Theory & Context of Design into a new collection of work from the perspectives of contemporary societal issues, social needs, and civic and social responsibility. (Fashion Design majors only).
The Studio III Digital Communication
The final studio course in this sequence is dedicated to the pursuit of individual expression of the design thesis. Expanding on previous studio courses, students synthesize design knowledge and skills to create a collection of work with a sharp design focus. Students are expected to demonstrate sophisticated design decisions and thoughtful design solutions that exemplify a high level of expertise and achievement. (Graphic Design and Textile Design majors only).
The Studio III Environment & Product
The final studio course in this sequence is dedicated to the pursuit of individual expression of the design thesis. Expanding on previous studio courses, students synthesize design knowledge and skills to create a collection of work with a sharp design focus. Students are expected to demonstrate sophisticated design decisions and thoughtful design solutions that exemplify a high level of expertise and achievement. (Interior Design and Visual Communications majors only).
The Studio III Fashion Apparel
The final studio course in this sequence is dedicated to the pursuit of individual expression of the design thesis. Expanding on previous studio courses, students synthesize design knowledge and skills to create a collection of work with a sharp design focus. Students are expected to demonstrate sophisticated design decisions and thoughtful design solutions that exemplify a high level of expertise and achievement. (Fashion Design majors only).
Design Thesis Presentation
This capstone course is the culmination of personal and industry-centered creative work, beginning in the prior studio courses and resulting, in this course, in the creation of an e-portfolio. A written thesis statement defines this body of work with an emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, and clear communication skills applied to the students chosen field of exploration. An emphasis is placed on professionalism in presentation and documentation. Prerequisites: BDSN 3850, BDSN 4100
A comprehensive overview of the role management plays in employee development and human relations management. This course provides students with problem solving opportunities which equip them with effective strategies for leading and managing in todays business environment. Students examine their own personality profile and develop best business practices to improve their leadership skills. Prerequisite: MRCH 2200
This course explores what it takes to launch a new venture, both as an entrepreneur and an employee. Students develop a business plan, including identifying opportunities and establishing objectives, matching customer profile to site locations, analyzing competitors practices, and developing a competitive marketing mix. Students also learn the necessary business establishment requirements and financial projections to secure capital or financing to initiate their business venture. Prerequisites: COSM 2350, COS 2380, COSM 2450
This course covers the role accounting statistics plays in business forecasting and decision making. The role of accounting in business is to provide information for managers to use in operating the business. It provides information to allow the assessment of the businesss economic performance. Accounting can be considered to be the language of business." In this course, students demonstrate the ability to prepare and read financial statements, and use this information to analyze business financial transactions applying the basic accounting equations. The students gain an understanding of assets and liabilities, revenue and expenses, debits and credits, accruals, depreciation, and the construction of a financial statement. The course demonstrates and explains the value of hypothesis testing.
Ethics in Business+
This course addresses the importance of ethical issues and the financial impact on business performance and ownership. The costs and consequences of failing to act ethically are explored. Students learn strategies to solve real life dilemmas. Students explore the importance of ethics as a dimension of social responsibility and business ethics in the global economy. Prerequisite: BUMT 4840
Management Information Systems
This course explores the use of information technology, information resources, management information literacy in todays business world. Students learn how to identify, acquire, analyze, and evaluate timely and accurate information from electronic sources.
Financial Accounting I
Students study the accounting cycle through financial statements, understanding inventory controls, tangible and intangible assets, and budgets. This course covers the role accounting plays in business forecasting and decision making. The student gains an understanding of assets and liabilities, revenue and expenses, debits and credits, accruals, depreciation, constructing a financial statement, and accounting cycles.
Financial Accounting II
A continuation of accounting analysis and understanding, as applied in the corporate world, this course gives students experience with the accounting cycle, the sales journal, the accounts receivable ledger, the accounts payable ledger, the cash receipts journal, the cash payment journal, and the income statement and balance sheet statements. Prerequisite: BUMT 3300A
Management Theory & Principles+
This course presents an introduction to management concepts and strategies used by modern businesses, and is designed to familiarize students with the accepted standards, procedures, and techniques employed by senior, middle, and operational managers. It provides students with an understanding of the financial impact of management and how to plan to optimize performance and achieve organizational goals. BUMT 3650
Human Resource Management
This course explores organizational structure and how it impacts behavior. Students develop an understanding of what it means to be a leader of change, and the critical importance to financial performance in doing so. Students review job design, managing career development, the value of performance appraisal, compensation and reward, safety and health laws, and the economics of good organizational management. Prerequisite: BUMT 4840
Global Marketing Communications
This course provides a foundation of knowledge necessary to create strategic communications plans that will support a product or service in todays competitive marketplace. Students participate in a learning forum environment whereby original ideas and assignments are presented, discussed, and critiqued by the class. This course provides students with a framework of how to enter foreign markets. Prerequisite: BUMT 4600
This course is a study and analysis of success and failure in todays business environment with emphasis on creating value through innovative management techniques. The students practice the strategic management process, building a competitive strategy, and implementing strategic plans. Prerequisite: BUMT 3950
Students develop an understanding of corporate formation and procedures, limited liability companies and special business forms. This course examines social, ethical, and political implications of law and its application to business transactions as well as intellectual property law.
Managerial Accounting is concerned with the provisions and use of accounting information by managers within organizations to provide the basis to make informed business decisions for strategic planning in their management and control functions. In contrast to financial accounting information, managerial accounting information is primarily forward-looking and predictive instead of historical. It is designed to support decision making and intended for use by managers within the organization, instead of being intended for use by shareholders, creditors, and public regulators. Prerequisite: BUMT 3300B
Small Business Management+
A study of how small businesses can manage the unique challenges they face and how they can achieve and maintain a competitive advantage, this course involves feasibility analysis and addresses issues of small business ownership and management, strategic planning, financial planning, marketing for competitive advantage, the economics of pricing, and breakeven analysis. Prerequisites: BUMT 3820, BUMT 4200
Micro & Macro Economics+
Microeconomics introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry choices in the market economy. Topics include price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention.
Macroeconomics introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals.
Students will develop an understanding of the role of financial management in the strategic planning process, and demonstrate an understanding of financial statements through financial ratio analysis. They will examine cash flow management techniques and their application to financial planning and Analyze financial risk and return fundamentals, and develop an understanding of capital budgeting techniques and valuation.
Global Strategic Management++
Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of strategic planning and its significance to the firms competitiveness. They will learn to analyze the firms core competencies and organizational capabilities and how elements of international business finance can impact managerial decisions. They will explore and analyze the challenges of managing in a global environment.
In this course, students acquire a basic overview of the legal import and export strategies, structures and responsibilities of being in business, with emphasis on principles and practical applications of contract negotiations, business activity, and commercial liability. Prerequisite: BUMT 3950
Supply Chain Management+
In this course, students acquire a basic overview of the legal import and export strategies, structures and responsibilities of being in business, with emphasis on principles and practical applications of contract negotiations, business activity, and commercial liability. Prerequisite: BUMT 3720
Global Management Strategies+
A study of techniques of analyzing and responding to the social, ethical, and political challenges that face managers, this course promotes an understanding of global trends in international political policies, risk management, conflict resolution, tariffs, and issues of nationalism. Students analyze legal issues and risks in international business, including trade policy, taxation policy, government intervention, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking policy, wage and price controls, property rights, and regulatory attitudes. Ethics and social responsibilities in international management are also studied. Prerequisites: BUMT 3720
Strategic Management Policies
This course helps students to understand the issues and problems faced by management in larger corporations, preparing students for successful employment. It analyzes various operational management tools and styles, studies in leadership, managements changing landscape in todays global economy, making decisions and solving problems, case studies, designing effective organizations, and fundamentals of organizational control. Prerequisite: BUMT 4200
Within the context of the multinational firm, this course examines the development of policy options for financing international business, with focus on management decisions that maximize the firms value. Prerequisite: BUMT 4200
Applied Management Strategy
This course examines the offensive and defensive strategies that successful managers take to gain market share and improve profitability. Emphasis is on strategy and tactics including innovations that could drive a profitable business model for the firm. The students consider such areas as market analysis, competition, competitive advantage, and marketing strategy. This course examines the critical tasks, pitfalls, and hurdles which must be understood to be successful, and tools for risk minimization. Prerequisites: BUMT 3720, BUMT 4200
This course focuses on the management of the marketing function to achieve a competitive advantage and establish brand equity. Students explore creative strategies for entrepreneurs to develop consumer awareness. Prerequisite: BUMT 3600
Studies in Leadership+
Students explore leadership theories, the characteristics that define effective leaders, and develop the ability to navigate corporate culture as a follower and as a leader. They explore the processes whereby an individual empowers or influences a group of people for the purpose of achieving a (common) goal. They analyze the characteristics of leadership vs. management, and develop an awareness of how diversity impacts leadership.
Creativity in Business+
This course explores all of the elements that are necessary to succeed in a business venture. An advanced overview focusing on the business plan, the organization and support team, the marketing plan, process management, cash planning and working capital management, quality, service and ethics, and growth strategies. Prerequisites: BUMT 4100
The Global Economy
This course analyzes the components and dynamics of todays global economic geography, and the political and social complexities of todays global business environment. Students will explore strategies for creating value within global production networks, considering strategies for production and distribution, and analyze global consumption patterns.
Tools for Analytics
This initial prerequisite course gives the students the necessary structural tools to create and analyze the various forms of data necessary to exert managerial influence on financial performance.
This course explores the value of web analytics and the design of comprehensive web analytics strategies. It focuses on how to correctly apply web based analytical techniques; how to assess the effectiveness on social media and multichannel campaigns; how to optimize success by leveraging experimentation; and how to employ the proper tools and tactics for evaluating consumer responses.
Predictive Analytics for Business Strategy
This course is designed to expand information literacy and predictive analytics. It will broaden the student research awareness in identifying competitive market intelligence resources and the application of competitive analysis in strategic management decision selection and support.
Financial Analysis & Control
This course provides an understanding and foundation for using financial statement data in a variety of business analyses and valuation contexts. This course focuses on financial strategic planning and control. Students explore financial management communication as a means to enhance and achieve support of established strategic business goals.
Global Financial Strategy
This course develops an integration of strategic marketing, financial modeling, and supply chain structure and management focusing on optimization of profitability. It explores strategic financial issues that confront managers in multinational firms and how to establish cost of capital calculations and valuation in different financial environments.
Human Resource Management: People, Practices & Profitability+
This course explores the governance structure necessary to develop, manage, and lead a sustainable global business enterprise. It analyzes how the human resource management function can help organizations gain a competitive advantage and explore the impact employment law can have on profitability.
This course focuses on international trade logistics. It explores and analyzes the relationship of supply chain structure and logistics management on gross margin achievement, maintenance, and return on investment. It analyzes various approaches to create and control demand management and logistics and explores the benefits and potential strategic issues in vertical vs. horizontal integration when developing and evaluating supply chain strategies.
Students explore the commercial value and creative structure of digital marketing strategies from ideation to implementation. They analyze potential financial enhancement opportunities by incorporating digital media into various marketing strategies. Students identify, analyze and evaluate the key digital marketing channels by exploring current structures being employed. They understand how to construct and execute a comprehensive digital marketing strategy and evaluate how to measure the success of digital marketing efforts. They examine and evaluate the latest developments in digital ad technology.
Advanced Strategic Planning & Implementation
This is a seminar exploring global business strategic modeling. It focuses on managing risk mitigation to enhance financial performance. Case studies focus on strategic issue diagnosis and managerial implementation outcomes. Students analyze the differences in emergent, growth, maturity, and declining phases of product life cycle strategic planning.
Strategic Marketing Management
This course explores and analyzes the marketing management process building a foundation for marketing program decisions with a focus on product, pricing, distribution channel selection, and integrated promotion. It explores strategies for organizing and planning for effective marketing implementation. The primary focus is on measuring financial performance as a result of innovative marketing strategies.
Legal Issues that Impact Profitability & Innovation
This course analyzes the impact of business legal structure, intellectual property protection, licensing strategy, and tax management on the financial structure of the organization. It will explores the law relative to the cyber business environment; and the potential financial issues to be considered relative to product liability and consumer law is explored.
Creativity, Innovation & Design in Business
This course explores various approaches in developing an innovation strategy from a creative beginning to an innovative implementation resulting in a competitive business structural design. Approaches to applying design concepts in business model development is explored and analyzed.
Luxury Brand Management
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of luxury brand management. Students will be introduced to principals of luxury branding, design thinking and how these are used as tools to define luxury business strategies. Students will develop an understanding of the luxury segment of the market as it applies to a variety of industries. They will understand how to identify potential new luxury products and how they relate to a variety of markets, including emerging markets.
Ergonomics is the discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among individuals and other components of a function or system, and the process that develops strategies to apply theory, principles, data and methods of design to optimize performance. In this course, students are mentored in their development plans to transform innovative ideas into profitable business structures, and present formal product or service concepts for analysis and critique. This course offers a unique opportunity for the students to experience design thinking in a business context.
Students are mentored by a selected faculty members and develop and present an in-depth analytical research thesis based upon a business case study selected by the department. This seminar focuses on current business dynamics and their impact on strategic planning and financial considerations resulting in a proposed plan for expansion and strategic control for the business under analysis.
Beauty: Fundamentals of Skin Care & Wellness
An in-depth overview of skincare, spa, body care, hair care, and nail care and their roles in the competitive marketplace. Students explore alternative wellness modalities, product and distribution strategies and product positioning as well as the impact of innovative formulas and current trends that enable students to grasp the complexity of the categories. Prerequisite: MMKT 1650
Beauty: Brand Imaging
Students look in-depth at the history of the beauty industry as they analyze the strategies and tactics of in-depth brand development necessary to building successful beauty product lines. They examine the power of written word, image, concept, positioning, and trends as the means of establishing powerful communications that build brand loyalty and brand equity, as well as the importance of consumer motivation, perceived quality, association, and delivery to their target market. Development of written marketing materials is emphasized.
Beauty: Fundamentals of Fragrance
This introductory class explores the ever-evolving technology of essential oil extraction, the artistry of blending multiple scents, and the growing use of synthetic essences. Students learn to evaluate fragrances as they develop their individual scents, and discover the fascinating history of perfume and its synergy with the world of fashion and beauty.
Beauty: Business Operations
This course educates students in the business operation skills that are imperative for managerial advancement. Topics include inventory management, forecasting, production planning, project management, and quality control. Students gain an understanding of the relationship of these components to a successful organization. Prerequisite: COSM 2450
Beauty: Fundamentals of Cosmetics
In this course, students follow the process of creating color cosmetics from identifying target markets and distribution channels to establishing concept, product positioning, packaging and promotion. The course also explores the influences of trends, sustainability and competition on cosmetics innovation and commercialization. Hands-on projects demonstrate the processes involved in quality assurance and reinforce the use of industry terminology in research and development. Prerequisite: MRCH 1450
Beauty: Promotion & Presentation
Students examine the ways in which the varied techniques of promotion, advertising, public relations, visual merchandising, and special events contribute to success in the beauty industry. They also gain practical knowledge of these techniques by developing and presenting event ideas, execute event plans, and analyze results for impact and reach. Prerequisites: COSM 2250, SMED 1100
Beauty: Current Industry Topics
This course examines the new and highly profitable categories of mens grooming and ethnic beauty. Students analyze the different strategies used to market to men and to a diverse audience of ethnic consumers in the grooming industry. Students investigate alternative classes of trade, new marketing vehicles, and current direct marketing techniques. They are tasked with creating a marketing/sales campaign to target their specific consumer base. Oral defense of final project requires high level of expertise on topic and objectives, encourages ability to articulate more complex marketing concepts and provides exposure to alternative ways of communicating thinking. Prerequisite: COSM 2250
Principles of Beauty Science
Students gain an understanding of the principles of chemistry and their vital importance to beauty technology. They examine the complex process of product development from raw materials and ingredients to formulations, applications, and finished products. Students then apply what they have learned to actual on-site product development. They also study the legal, regulatory, and technological standards governing beauty products.
Package Development & Production
In this course, students explore concept development, product positioning, creative adaptation, and technological challenges. Practical applications of these concepts are applied towards a course project. Prerequisite: COSM 2380
Sustainability in the Beauty Industry
This course is designed to familiarize students with sustainability as it relates to environmental, social and economic systems within the beauty industry. By studying a variety of business models from within and outside of the beauty industry, students will develop an understanding of both the business challenges and opportunities inherent in sustainability and learn to recognize, analyze and tackle sustainability problems.
Beauty: Global Business
This course explores the complexities associated with international trade and investment including the global monetary system, business strategies, structure and operations as well as differences in political, economic, and social systems. Students learn to appreciate different countries and cultures as well as ethical issues and dilemmas. Through case studies and international business models, students understand the strategic development and management of a global brand. Prerequisites: COSM 2380
Influencing Beauty Consumer Behavior
Students examine the sociological and psychological factors affecting consumer behavior. They look at the process of creating consumer demand for beauty products and the decision-making processes of buyers, both individually and in groups. They study how marketers and product developers can influence decision-making and endeavors to understand the dynamics of emerging technologies and neuromarketing on consumer preferences and perceived needs.
Fundamentals of Beauty Business Law
This course examines the social, ethical, and fundamentals of business law as it applies to the business of beauty. Students develop an understanding of the legal process and the environment in which the industry operates. Emphasis will be on development of those skills necessary to recognize and negotiate common legal problems confronted in the corporate environment.
Beauty: Purchasing & Planning
This class provides a thorough explanation of domestic and international sourcing, contract packaging, production, and distribution management strategies for new and existing products in the beauty industry. Students gain practical understanding of the interrelationships between purchasing, vendor selection, sources of supply, and technology. Focus is on profit maximization techniques, vendor negotiations, lead time management, and forecasting.
Beauty: Luxury Brand Development
Students explore the history, consumer psychology, and strategic brand management considerations particular to the luxury market. They learn the nuances of the affluent consumer and how to develop and successfully manage marketing, distribution and development of a luxury brand or product in a way that aligns with the high expectations of a luxury brands unique vision and strategy. Students will understand the fundamentals of building a luxury brand in todays evolving marketplace based on best practices, case studies and proprietary methodologies to leading and shaping a luxury business model.
Beauty: Business Management & Finance
This course is an introduction to the concepts of financial analysis, including understanding and preparing balance sheets and income statements, with a focus on the needs of the financial manager or entrepreneur. Students are exposed to financial reporting, analysis of Annual Reports, accounting information systems, corporate income statements, and using accounting information and financial statements to assess financial performance. Students obtain knowledge in budgeting and variance analysis.
Merchandising in the Beauty Environment
This course teaches students to conceptualize and develop retail merchandising fixtures for the beauty industry. Students evaluate product assortment and planograms using strategy, branding, profitability analysis and cost structures of fixtures in multiple retail channels from mass to prestige environments. Class structure includes in-store studies as well as creative implementation of merchandising concepts, theories, store and brand image, and target market analysis.
Students learn the product development process from idea generation to consumer adoption through the use of case studies.
Beauty: Regulatory Affairs & Import/Export Strategies
This course presents an introduction to the field of regulatory affairs and to the laws and regulations governing the development, sales, and marketing of beauty products. Students learn how to maintain compliance with US and international regulations and to formulate a global regulatory strategy for product development. In addition, students acquire an understanding of the legal import and export strategies, structures, and responsibilities involved in being a global business.
Beauty Industry Market Research
This capstone course is the culmination of the skills developed in the Beauty Industry program. The special project nature of the course requires students to apply their understanding of trends, market research, consumer behavior, branding, marketing, social media, product development and management to produce real industry projects assigned by major beauty brands. It incorporates a travel component so students gain exposure to senior executives and hone their professional presentation skills.
Beauty: Sales, Negotiation & Conflict Management
This course provides an overview of the role of the sales function within the beauty industry. It covers the complexities of management of sales and distribution channels, issues in account management, and personal selling techniques. Students learn negotiation strategies and styles, and the importance of conflict resolution. In addition to class exercises, students practice negotiating in a range of business environments, including difficult situations.
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the beauty industry.
Beauty Market Influences
In this course, students learn how to use market trend analyses, industry data, and economic reports to recognize consistent trends or results. These results are used to map business strategy and determine moves that could have a direct impact on overall business performance.
The History of Denim and Trends
This course includes the history of denim from the inception of workwear through the evolution of the blue jean as the fashion statement of the 21st century. A look into the most influential innovative textiles and processes. This course analyzes past, present and future trends across all marketplaces, and their impact and application in the current marketplace. Students create forecasting reports including visuals, sketches, wash standards, and written documentation. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design, Merchandise Product Development, or Merchandising & Marketing
Denim Process I
Color and fade aesthetics of denim wet and dry finishing methods are evaluated. Denim performance, durability, quality and everyday use are assessed. Students work in a lab setting to complete hands-on industry testing and finishing processes. Industry ASTM and AATCC methods are used and applied. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design, Merchandise Product Development, or Merchandising & Marketing
Sustainable Practices in the Product Lifecycle
Sustainability of denim is researched and assessed. Students study the impact of denim on the global environment from fiber to consumer. Eco-friendly textiles, product development processes, production strategies and compliance are researched and discussed. Color management and finishing processes using natural dyes are explored. FTC labeling requirements, Going Green organizations, and certifications are considered. Post-consumer care and consumption are reviewed. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design, Merchandise Product Development, or Merchandising & Marketing
Fabric Development and Innovation
This lab gives students hands-on experience with processes relating to the aesthetic and functional characteristics of denim. Students learn to identify denim fabric construction and correlate the varieties of denim with application to the appropriate market segments. Research includes cotton from field to fabric, yarn developments, and weaving innovations in the textile development process. Finishing methods and their feasibility with respect to appearance, performance expectations, and quality are examined. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design, Merchandise Product Development, or Merchandising & Marketing
Sourcing, Production and Compliance
An advanced class in domestic and global production and sourcing strategies to analyze the processes of yarn purchase through finished products and global distribution. This course explores the federal regulations of denim textiles and finished goods entering the U.S. marketplace with an emphasis on consumer law, compliance and required care. Costing is calculated and assessed. Prerequisite: DENM 3150, DENM 3400, DENM 3550A, DENM 3550B, DENM 3600, DENM 3950
Denim Construction: Fit & Cost
Students learn typical construction methods and the order of assembly used to make denim garments. Students identify and evaluate construction techniques, fabric selection strategies, style details, machinery capabilities, production processes and cost. Compare innovative practices and products to analyze the differences in construction between various market segments and the effects on costing.
Denim Construction: Fit & Cost I
Students research past and present jeans to analyze how the construction and patternmaking methods affect the fit of a five pocket jean and the aesthetic look of various wash processes. A five-pocket jean is designed, patterned, and sampled along with a complete technical package. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Fashion Design, Merchandise Product Development, or Merchandising & Marketing
Denim Construction: Fit & Cost II
Students learn construction methods and the order of assembly used to make denim garments. Students identify and evaluate construction techniques, fabric selection strategies, style details, machinery capabilities, production processes, cost, and compare innovative practices and products to analyze the differences in construction between various market segments and the effects on costing. Prerequisites: DENM 3550A
Denim Industry Seminar
An in-depth study tour in which students visit the entire product development cycle of denim processing facilities. Students will journal the process from design through production and the purpose of each step in the product lifecycle. Course includes a directed global study tour to complete this research. Prerequisites: DENM 3000, DENM 3150, DENM 3300, DENM 3400, DENM 3550A
Denim Process II
This advanced process course takes students into an industry wash house. Students are required to analyze denim choices for finishing and application to their specific consumer. They will be required to complete industry standard technical packages detailing wash development. Samples are reviewed and students will be responsible for the process, application, and corrections to complete the aesthetic process on the denim textile. Prerequisites: DENM 3150, DENM 3400, DENM 3950
Denim Fit Analysis
This is an advanced course based on the principles of fit as it applies to denim products. The learning process includes the creation of a basic block based off of the evaluation of a fit session. Students design, pattern, and complete a prototype sample. Students identify fit corrections and then apply them to the patterns and samples. Prerequisites: DENM 3550A, DENM 3550B
Negotiation and Communication
A course in effective organizational communication, with emphasis on advanced oral articulation skills. Students examine the dynamics of individual and group communication in preparation for full-scaled, business-specific, informative deliberations. Students use computer technology, visual aids, and statistical data to enhance the impact and clarity of their presentations. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Merchandise Product Development, Fashion Design, Merchandising & Marketing
Students combine systematic research to consider the impact of social media platforms on the brand identity. Students research and analyze how the denim industry uses labels, hang tags, and hardware to brand products. Students analyze the principles of entrepreneurship based upon leading brands and their competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Strategies of management and branding styles are explored. Prerequisites: DENM 3000, DENM 3600, DENM 3950
Denim Line Collection
This capstone class challenges students to develop an exclusive denim product collection geared toward the lifestyle of the target market. Students research denim fabric options, wash standards, retail, branding, style trends, and fit to create consumer branded merchandise. This course requires technical research to understand Product Lifecycle Management and techniques to illustrate denim standards using Adobe Suite. Prerequisites: DENM 3000, DENM 3150, DENM 3300, DENM 3400, DENM 3550A
Fashion Sketching for Design I
Students learn the proportions and techniques for sketching the nine-head figure.
Basic Draping Techniques
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.
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.
Applied Draping Techniques (6 hours) *
Students apply draping techniques and industry procedures which include the understanding of proportion, balance, construction and fit. They explore the use of muslin and various fabrics to create original designs. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1250
Fashion Sketching for Design II
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
Pattern Drafting I (6 hours)*
Students develop an understanding of how to use the basic block in constructing muslin samples. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1420
The Business of Fashion
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
Pattern Drafting II (6 hours)*
Students create flat patterns from sketches and produce completed garments with an emphasis on fit. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 1760
Creative Design Applications
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
Computer-Aided Fashion Design I
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and its use as a tool for drawing technical flat sketches with accurate proportions and garment details. Instruction in the use of Adobe Illustrator tools and workspace to create effectively organized and editable digital files. Prerequisite: MPDV 1800
Computer Pattern Drafting I
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
Pattern Drafting III (6 hours)*
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
Creative Design Analysis & Collection Development
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
Collection Development (6 hours)*
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
Computer Pattern Drafting II
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
Chairing Styles (with Dept. Chair approval) (6 hours)*
Students explore the relationship between fashion design and furniture design by designing and producing a garment that complements an original furniture piece constructed by an Interior Design student. Prerequisites: DESN 2280, DESN 2540, DESN 2560; Department Chairperson approval required
Portfolio Preparation & Presentation
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
In this advanced course, the focus is the creation of a collection for the DEBUT Runway Show. Students make an initial selection of color and fabric, develop design ideas, and determine the direction of their collections.
Ideation & Construction for Costume I
A class in the development of historical silhouettes, emphasizing patterning and construction of garments, undergarments and foundations essential to period construction. Character body modification is considered.
Marketing Directions & the Supply Chain
A course that examines the basic marketing principles that provide the framework of successful businesses. Students explore the impact of marketing on supply chain decisions.
Historical Costume & Decor I
The first course in a series which examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the ancient world to the 21st century.
Applied Pattern Drafting Studio
Students construct professional blocks to create patterns for specific design problems. In the process, they integrate their knowledge of pattern drafting and draping methods and refine their pattern development skills.
Theatrical history is examined through selected scripts with an emphasis on analysis for costume design. Focus is placed on those historical periods in which dramatic literature and theatre performance were most prolific and influential.
Drawing & Rendering for the Theatre I
A practical course in which realistic figures are drawn in period costumes and rendered in various medium. Rendering of period fabrics, accessories, and styles is demonstrated and applied.
Costume Design for Theatre
A specialized class in the process of costume design and its rendering. Students design costumes for a variety of historical plays and production styles.
In continuing to develop a collection for the DEBUT Runway Show, students perfect muslin samples of their designs, begin construction of garments, and fit finished garments on a professional model.
History of Costume & Decor II
A continuation of History of Costume & Decor I, this course examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles studied in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the Italian Renaissance through the 18th century. Prerequisite: DESN 3130
Ideation & Construction for Costume II
A continuation of Ideation & Construction for Costume I, this course focuses on the draping and cutting of historical costumes, with an emphasis on the draped costume, the semi-fitted Gothic costume, and the artificial silhouette of the 16th, 17th, and 19th centuries. Drafting patterns from period sources and current garments are demonstrated. Prerequisite: DESN 3040
Costume Crafts I
A practical survey of the various fabric modification techniques employed by the theatrical costume designer, including dyeing, painting, aging, distressing, and creating unusual costume materials.
Drawing & Rendering for the Theatre II
A continuation of Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre I. A practical course in which realistic figures are drawn in period costumes and rendered in various medium. Rendering of period fabric, accessories, and styles is demonstrated and applied. Prerequisite: DESN 3270
Students complete and present their collections at the professionally produced DEBUT Runway Show.
Costume Crafts II
Students survey and learn the craft of successful costume accessories and costume prop design. Theatrical millinery techniques, armor, footwear, jewelry, and form construction are studied. Prerequisite: DESN 3450
This course supports Studio II. Students employ problem-solving techniques and apply industry methods of construction in the development of their fashion designs.
History of Costume & Decor III
A continuation of History of Costume & Decor I and II, this course examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles studied in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the 19th century through the present. Prerequisites: DESN 3130, DESN 3430
In this course, students enhance and refine their ability to fit garments properly to a live model.
Theatre Practice (Internship)
Students apply coursework and demonstrate their skills through supervised apprenticeships, internships, and field study within professional theatre and/or film and television production opportunities.
Costume Crafts III
A comprehensive course that culminates in the creation of fully realized, historically accurate, elaborate costume accessories and props. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: DESN 3450, DESN 3680
Students prepare and present a professional portfolio.
Ideation & Construction for Costume III
A comprehensive course that culminates in the creation of a fully realized, historically accurate, elaborate costume, including patterning and construction of undergarments, entire garments, and selected specialty work. Prerequisites: DESN 3040, DESN 3440
Costume Design for Film & TV I
This course introduces the various techniques used by costume designers and costume supervisors to analyze and break down a script for successful costume design, including character analysis, location, action, continuity, and timelines. Students explore the process of designing for film, TV, and other media. Students design an exhibit costume for a Spring quarter show.
Television Then & Now
Students learn about the history of television and the new Golden Age of TV, the genres, trends, directors, and stars. Costume innovations and impacts on fashion are included. Class discussions cover the relationship between film and TV.
Costume Illustration for Film & TV I
A practical class in illustrating costume designs from written or verbal descriptions of characters. Students explore a variety of media for illustrating characters and developing drawing techniques. Emphasis is on visual communication and storytelling. Illustrations for students exhibit designs are produced.
History of Art, Costume & Culture I
A survey of the portrayal of clothing and adornment in pre-20th century art. Students examine the components of historical statuary and portraits (postures, fabrics, furnishings, etc.) and develop insights into the social practices and garments of different periods. Students review films and TV shows designed in the periods being studied with special attention to problems solved by the designer.
Costume Design for Film & TV II
Students analyze the relationship of the costume to the character, the story, the ensemble, the locale, economic and social status, time period, and continue to work with scripts, budgets, and character. Class projects build design knowledge and problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: DESN 4050
Costume Illustration for Film & TV II
Students develop their own style of rendering contemporary and period costumes and fabrics using hand and computer rendering skills. Techniques for customizing the illustration to the actor and incorporating appropriate accessories, props, and background elements are included. Prerequisite: DESN 4180
Costume Supervision for Film & TV
A specialized course that explores the job duties of the costume supervisor and what happens to the costume after it has been approved by the costume designer, the actor, and the director. Developing a budget, understanding and managing the roles of the crew, maintaining the costumes, and keeping the continuity book are covered. Sync on Set and Costume Plot Pro software programs are taught and utilized.
History of Art, Costume & Culture II
This class is a broad survey of 20th and 21st century art, fashion, architecture, and photography, and the relevance of these art forms to contemporary styles and practices. Films and TV shows are reviewed for each period. Prerequisite: DESN 4350
Studio Design Project I
This course investigates fabrics, tools, and the techniques necessary for costume construction, including patterning, sewing, and fitting. Projects include ageing, dyeing, and allied crafts. In this quarter, students begin work on a costume of their own design which is completed for exhibition in second quarter.
History of Film - An Eye on Costume Design
Students develop a visual vocabulary of film by exploring the history of American movies, including the great Hollywood costume designers and the stars who became icons of style. Emphasis is placed on important films, directors, and genres from the late 19th century to the present.
Sourcing the Costume
Students gain hands-on experience exploring L.A.s costuming resources. Students learn where to get what they need to successfully source costumes and fulfill their jobs as costume designers.
Studio Design Project II
This course is a continuation of Studio Design Project I. Students install an exhibit of their own design and creation with an illustration of the costume. Students complete exercises in millinery, shoe maintenance, tailoring, alterations, jewelry repair, and color matching dyes. Prerequisite: DESN 4680
Advanced Styling for Costume Designers
This is a course that teaches the types of styling for celebrities. Students learn the PR houses, business paperwork and etiquette of borrowing, organization, and preparation for a styling job and how to match a celebrity with appropriate and flattering design styles and fashion houses. The course culminates in a photo shoot of student styled current fashion interpreting a period photograph of a film couple.
Professional Presentation for Costume Designers
This class guides students in the preparation of a professional portfolio in both print and digital forms. Labels are designed and made. Students explore how to navigate a successful career via networking, trade publications, and joining unions and professional organizations. Portfolios are presented for industry review.
Production Practicum & Special Topics
Students demonstrate their costume design skills through supervised field study of thesis production with an approved producing entity such as the American Film Institute, USC School of Cinematic Arts, or Chapman University, etc. Students produce an internship portfolio chronicling their experience as a final project. Special Topics are addressed with film professionals speaking on topics vital to the designers careers.
This course provides an essential understanding of digital video, compositing, special effects, and motion editing. Students learn basic editing skills which enable them to work with professional broadcast equipment in post-production environments.
Students are introduced to storytelling from both a technical and creative perspective. Students study all aspects of storytelling, with a focus on story structure. The concepts introduced in this class are reinforced throughout the curriculum, particularly within the context of editing.
3-D Model Creation
This course focuses on modeling and rendering in a 3-D realm. The software employed is Autodesks Maya. Modeling strategies draw from the premise that good curves make good surfaces, and begin with a thorough examination of an objects profile curves and how to build on them. Prerequisite: DIGI 1250
Motion Graphics I
This course trains students in basic techniques of storyboard animatics and motion graphics creation through the use of software programs utilized by design and animation companies worldwide. The emphasis is on design from a problem-solving point of view. The course also examines the production timeline and graphical requirements of a multimedia project by demonstrating the manipulation of digital images in a studio environment. Upon completion of this course, students gained a thorough understanding of input/output techniques, special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisites: DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
Motion Graphics II
This advanced motion graphics course builds on concepts learned in the foundational course and employs those concepts in conjunction with advanced techniques. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding of advanced techniques as they are applied in the continuing exploration of special effects, image compositing, and motion graphics. Prerequisite: DIGI 1550A, DIGI 1650, GRPH 1050
Motion Graphics III
This course introduces students to visual effects and furthers their knowledge of compositing for film and television. Students rely on their understanding of storytelling, design, and editing, and learn how to develop and choose effects that enhance their projects. Students also learn how to integrate rendered imagery into the post-production process. At the end of this course, students better understand the core principles of compositing and visual effects and how to incorporate them into projects for maximum impact. Prerequisites: DIGI 1550A, DIGI 1550B
This class introduces the students to digital illustration. Students learn the Adobe Illustrator software with its many tools, palettes, and menu bar. Illustrator is used to assist the students in rendering original sketches into high-resolution vector images.
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine and apply intermediate editing concepts and techniques. Students edit industry-standard promotional trailers, and become familiar with the entire pipeline from concept to delivery. Prerequisite: DIGI 1300, DIGI 1350
Digital Photography for Digital Media
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography, including camera mechanics, particularly pertaining to digital media. Students learn framing and composition techniques and display mastery of those techniques through hands-on application in multiple projects. Students shoot and present their work in various delivery platforms. The course reinforces design concepts applicable to all media.
This course builds on students experience with editing in a non-linear editing platform. Students become familiar with advanced editing techniques and focus on the technical aspects of editing in addition to the aesthetic understanding they have developed to date. Topics include delivery requirements, formats, codecs, frame rates, aspect ratios, and frame flexing. Prerequisites: DIGI 1300, DIGI 1350, DIGI 1700
This course explores color correction and other finishing techniques that students can apply to a wide variety of projects. Students work with color tools inside of DaVinci Resolve, the industry standard tool for color correction, to learn to properly color correct/color grade shots. Topics include how to work with various scopes, how to build custom primary and secondary color correction setups, and how to share projects with Adobe Premiere.
HD Filmmaking for Visual Effects
In this production-based course, students use various cameras and learn techniques required for creating digital visual effects. Starting with basic camera principles and setups, students explore the details of producing, budgeting, directing, camera operation, production sound, and lighting.
Content Creation I
This course draws upon foundational knowledge introduced in prior courses, and acquaints students with the various techniques and equipment necessary to successfully take a project from concept to distribution, with an emphasis on online distribution via various social media platforms. Topics covered include conceptualizing content, shot lists, coordinating production, directing, composition, and lighting.
Editing Digital Video and Visual Effects
This course provides a more in-depth exploration of the imaginative and technical side of editing. Students examine intermediate non-linear online editing concepts and techniques, including engineering, media management, and digital video effects. Prerequisite: DIGI 2250
Interactive Design: App Development
Students learn about developing applications for mobile platforms from both a creative and technical perspective. Students gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, and design. The fundamentals gained in this course prepare students for more advanced courses later in the program. GRPH 1050, GRPH 1300
Interactive Design: Web Development
Students learn about developing websites from both a creative and technical perspective. Students will gain an understanding of both the design and coding aspects of the development process. Emphasis is on functionality, accessibility/ease of use, design, and cross-platform utility. This course builds upon knowledge gained in Integrative Design: App Development. Prerequisites: DIGI 1650, DIGI 2580, GRPH 1050
Marketing for Digital Media
This course introduces students to content creation in line with todays predominant marketing platform social media and the Internet. Students will learn about the various platforms used to promote products and/or services and the specifications for creating content appropriate to that platforms digital delivery system and demographic.
Content Creation II
This advanced course furthers students knowledge of the production pipeline, including the incorporation of more advanced techniques and equipment. Students complete production on multiple short videos and will explore delivery requirements associated with various online distribution platforms.
Intellectual Property and Law
In this course, students examine general business practices vital to the success of a digital media artist. Students explore the principles of finance, accounting, insurance, taxes, management, marketing, and negotiation. Additionally, students are introduced to the concept of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, and basic business/contract law. Prerequisite: DIGI 2150
This course explores the elements that are involved in finessing and finalizing a project, including various visual effects. Students examine advanced compositing and graphics techniques, and the impact of incorporating those techniques into a finished project. Specifically, students explore: motion tracking, digital mattes, painting tools, rotoscoping, color grading, incorporation of 3-D, and more. Prerequisites: DIGI 2050, DIGI 2150, DIGI 2350A, DIGI 2480
Digital Media Portfolio
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: DIGI 2100, DIGI 2580
Directing for Film & TV
This course focuses on the importance of the director in modern media. Students explore the differences between directing for film and for television. Students learn various directing techniques, as well as important tips and tricks used in the professional arena, and then apply these skills in the directing of their own projects.
Filmmaking: Context of Expression
This course explores the intersection of story, metaphor, and production design in filmmaking. Viewings of selected films and readings in fiction and creative non-fiction and film theory, genre and technique encourage students to analyze the work of noted writers and directors while gaining insight into their own creative and decision-making processes. In-class discussions, presentations, and workshops culminate with the creation of a short-film treatment detailing specifications for characters, story arc and production design.
Introduction to Script Analysis
This course introduces students to the tools and techniques used in impactful film scripts, with a particular focus on developing engaging stories. Students explore the various components of effective storytelling, including character development, theme, conflict and resolution. Students work on their own scripts throughout the course.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of cinematography, including the operation of digital video cameras and factors that impact image acquisition and manipulation. Students explore exposure control, composition, movement, lighting, color theory, and lensing. Topics covered include RGB changes, scene profiling, gamma adjustment, black pedestal control, and camera filtration using tungsten and fluorescent sources.
This course educates students about writing across multiple genres. Students learn to express their thoughts and feelings in an imaginative and unique way. Students take an original project from conception to completion. During that process, students engage in peer review, instructor critique, and multiple phases of re-writes. Upon completion of this course, students have at least one fully original work.
Visual Storytelling: Techniques & Technology
In this course students explore the technology and techniques used in visual storytelling. Students apply this knowledge while editing their own projects, and by participating in peer review and in-class critiques.
Documentary Filmmaking I
This course introduces students to documentary filmmaking. Students view and discuss various documentaries as they learn about the entire filmmaking process, including producing, directing, preproduction, production, writing, lighting, cinematography, and interviewing for documentaries.
Documentary Filmmaking II
In this course, students work in groups on the production of a short documentary project. Each student is assigned a specific job, including producer, director, director of photography, camera operator, and more. The students work as a team to research, write, shoot, and edit their original project, taking it from the pre-production stages through post-production and delivery. Prerequisite: DIGI 3700A
Editing for Documentaries
This course covers the editing process for documentary films, from footage to final edit. Practical considerations, techniques, and processes used by documentary editors are explored. Skills acquired in prior editing courses are built upon to enhance understanding of editing in the context of the documentary genre. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to tackle a variety of real issues that may arise while editing their own documentary films in the final quarter of the program.
This course emphasizes lighting for different scenarios. Students learn to light green screen, people, and different environments with industry-standard grip and lighting equipment. Students also learn about color correction, camera filtration, and the use of scrims, lighting gels, and barn doors. Finally, students learn how to employ various lighting techniques to create a mood and atmosphere that support their project.
This course explores audio mixing and other advanced audio techniques. Students walk through the process of mixing audio in preparation for the post-production phase of their documentary films. Students work with commonly used audio effects such as EQ and reverb, learn how to change the length and speed of audio tracks, and explore recording scratch tracks. Topics include: adjusting gain and audio levels, keyframes, using the Limiter and EQ effects, working with audio transitions, healing noise, trimming, recording, and exporting audio. Prerequisites: DIGI 3700A, 3700B, 3750
In this course, students are introduced to the various components of pre-production, including budget creation and analysis, production planning, and factual and logistical research. Students break down scripts, storyboard scripts, scout potential shooting locations, and identify potential crew members. This course emphasizes the role of the producer and the techniques involved in producing short films. Prerequisites: DIGI 3500, DIGI 3700A, DIGI 3700B
Introduction to Producing
In this course, students study various aspects of contemporary production and post-production practices for the film and entertainment industries. Students are introduced to the role of a producer on a project, including what a producer does and various pitfalls to avoid. Students also learn how to work effectively with a producer, as well as what is involved in producing their own original work.
Master Class I
This course provides an in-depth look at the practical side of the entertainment industry, including an introduction to advanced techniques and technology. Periodic guest speakers hold sessions on multiple advanced level topics, including working with Pro Tools, working with Avid Media Composer, production sound, and other advanced production equipment and techniques.
Master Class II
This course will explore color-grading techniques that students will utilize when they move into the post-production phase of their documentary films. Students will explore professional grading methodologies in depth, including setting primaries, shot matching, look creation, and asset management in DaVinci Resolve. Emphasis will be placed on creatively and efficiently unifying content with a consistent look, and creating contextual flow from shot to shot.
This course builds upon the prior curriculum and immerses students in the world of documentary production. Throughout the course, students shoot their own documentary, having completed pre-production in prior quarters. In addition to shooting, students spend time reviewing dailies and addressing individualized production issues as they arise. Upon completion of this course, students prepare finished material to be used in the post-production phase of the film. Prerequisites: DIGI 3500, DIGI 3700A, DIGI 3700B, DIGI 4200
Post-Production: Editorial of Final Project
During this course, students edit their original documentary and prepare it for submission to the Sundance Film Festival. Students become familiar with all submission standards for the festival, and must meet all delivery requirements in order to successfully complete this course. Prerequisites: DIGI 3500, DIGI 3700A, DIGI 3700B, DIGI 4200, DIGI 4450
Advanced Post-Production: Visual Effects
This course builds upon the visual effects techniques learned earlier in the curriculum, exploring various plug-ins offered in the editing platforms in greater detail. Students learn advanced techniques used by industry professionals to manipulate footage, color correct content to create a mood or enhance the story, and even to create powerful visual illusions that contribute to a projects overall impact. Prerequisites: DIGI 3500, DIGI 3700A, DIGI 3700B, DIGI 4200, DIGI 4450
Advanced Post-Production: Audio Mix & Digital Output
This course explores advanced techniques in sound design and audio mixing. All areas of post-production sound design are applied during the editing phase of the project. Students learn to evaluate music choices, edit music, create sound effects to improve the story, edit dialogue, and effectively use sound design to enhance their storytelling capabilities. Prerequisites: DIGI 3500, DIGI 3700A, DIGI 3700B, DIGI 4200, DIGI 4450
This course introduces students to cinema outside the U.S. through an examination of representative works, genres, and movements. The course provides a critical context and mapping strategies for the study of contemporary world cinema and introduces students to the categorization and global circulation of films. It explores the aesthetics, audiences, authorship, and concepts of the transnational. Students learn the history of internationalism in cinema, the role of film festivals, shifts in global popular cinema, and its relevance today.
An intensive grammar and writing course emphasizing mechanics, sentence development, format, and basic paragraph and essay construction. This course is graded Pass/Fail. Previously GNST 0350.
A review of basic written communication techniques in preparation for English Composition (GNST 1040), with emphasis upon grammar, word use, punctuation, capitalization, and the composition of clear, well-organized, well-developed paragraphs and essays. This course is graded Pass/Fail.
A review of elementary mathematics, emphasizing developing number sense and computational skills. Concepts covered include: prime factoring; order of operations; calculations with fractions, decimals, and percentages; measurement and capacity conversion; and pre-algebra.This course is graded Pass/Fail. Previously GNST 0900.
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.
A course in which students learn to communicate quickly and effectively through the medium of the sketch, a graphic means for recording and transmitting a visual experience or mental image. In mastering the fundamentals of line, form, composition, and perspective, students acquire the techniques of a visual language which are useful in many endeavors.
History of Costume
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.
Technology for Business Applications
This course is a survey of computer-based technology with studies in selected business applications focusing on word processing, image management, multimedia presentations, and electronic spreadsheets.
20th Century Designers
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.
Color & Design Theory
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.
This course explores financial and consumer math, the geometry of flat and 3-dimensional spaces, and the basics of statistical analysis. Integrating mathematical equations and concepts in the context of problem solving and discovery, students complete projects and assignments demonstrating the effective use of quantitative tools to support their conclusions.
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. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
The Creative Process
This course explores the science of creativity and emphasizes a psychological and socio-cultural approach. Students analyze and develop their own creative process through a quarter-long design project.
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.
This course facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques necessary to effectively navigate the complexities of the job market. Students explore critical components of employment in order to prepare for their job search; the ultimate result is placement in their desired career. Students learn how to build a meaningful resume, navigate career sites, including FIDM Career Network and LinkedIn, effectively research desired industry and organizations, and perfect interviewing techniques and skills. This is a Pass/Fail class necessary for FIDM graduation. In addition to nine (9) hours of class workcomprised of three consecutive classes, three (3) hours eachstudents should be prepared for an additional three (3) hours of homework for each of the three weeks.
Film: History & Development
A survey course which explores film in America as an art form and charts its historical and technical developments. Students explore the social implications of films and view and analyze film technique, costume design, and set decoration. Contemporary and classic films and filmmakers are studied.
Survey of Western Art I
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.
A course in moral reasoning. By systematically weighing the claims of personal and social responsibility, ethical principles and ideals, and more obligations and rights, students develop a structured approach to the analysis and resolution of complex moral issues. Emphasis is on examining issues from diverse points of view. Written and oral presentations and classroom discussion focus on major contemporary social, legal, and environmental issues, as well as on the role of ethics in business.
History of Design
An exploration of important developments from the Industrial Revolution to the digital age in the history of decorative arts, architecture and ornaments, interiors and furniture, textiles, products, and graphic design.
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions,measures of central tendency, correlation, regression,hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying,describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
An introductory survey course in the art and art forms of selected African, Asian, and Meso-American cultures. Students are able to view art through its cultural, religious, and historical context by evaluating the different styles that developed in different time periods and geographical areas of the world.
Survey of Western Art II
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.
Perspectives in Diversity
This course examines the subtle and overt ways in which society marginalizes and discriminates against groups of people including, but not limited to, racial, cultural and ethnic groups, religious groups, women, the elderly, persons with disabilities (including physical and mental challenges), gender fluidity and LGBTQIA+. Students will not only study the historical realities, institutions, and a legal system that have enabled discrimination to continue, they will delve into the roots of hatred, fear and bias, the very foundations of prejudice and discrimination, in order to become conscious of and active in their own contributions to a more just and inclusive society.
Principles of Biology
This course explores and explains the workings of the human body. Students learn how human anatomy functions to support life, how lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs affect the human system, and how disease and aging progress.
Principles of Biology Lab
This introduction to laboratory investigations in biology is a one-unit course stressing processes common to living organisms. It helps students understand the concepts of scientific thinking and their connection to their lives. Students conduct online activities that simulate in-lab investigations and real-life events. Topics include organic molecules, cell transport systems, photosynthesis, evolution, classification and identification, plant physiology, and ecology.
Principles of Kinesiology+
The emphasis of this course is to scientifically examine the musculoskeletal and physiological systems of the body in motion and at rest. The principles of biochemical, pulmonary, and circulatory systems related to movement and exercise and the contemporary issues of neuromuscular health are investigated.
Principles of Kinesiology Lab+
This lab includes field excursions, observation journals, and interviews with practitioners in the field of kinesiology, including physical therapists, sports medicine physicians, and professional trainers.
Through the study of classical economic principles, students develop a framework for analyzing economic variables and their effects on individuals, business organizations, and economics. Using graphs and models, students also explore and apply fundamental economic concepts such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and profit maximization.
Principles of Chemistry+
Students study the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. The relationships between atomic particles and their effect on bonding, chemical reactions, and matter are explored.
Italy Study Tour
This course is available to students who sign up for the Italy Study Tour. The tour travels for two weeks between the winter and spring quarters and visits major Italian cities such as: Rome, Florence, and Venice. This tour is an immersion into western art history, which requires thorough critical analysis of works of art. Students benefit from learning about western art history by viewing works of art and architecture in person while creating a visual journal of their experiences and compiling research for two formal analysis papers. Prerequisites: Must be an enrolled participant in the Italy Study Tour and have one of the following courses remaining to be taken: GNST 2420, GNST 2750, or GNST 2780
Paris Study Tour
This course is available to students who sign up for the Paris Summer Study Tour. Students travel to Paris for17 days between the spring and summer quarters and explore the history, art, and culture of this great city. This course is an immersion into western art history, which requires thorough critical analysis of works of art. Students will benefit from learning about western art history by viewing works of art and architecture in person while creating a visual journal of their experiences and compiling research for two formal analysis papers. Prerequisite: Must be an enrolled participant in the Paris Summer Study Tour and have one of the following courses remaining to be taken: GNST 2420, GNST 2750, or GNST 2780
Seminar in the Arts
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.
Major Art Movements
This course is an introductory survey of the art and artists influencing and informing the international visual arts of the late modern and contemporary periods. Beginning with Post-War Expressionism and Pop Art, the course covers the diverse movements of the late 20th century, including Feminist art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. Students examine the art and architecture of the postmodern, post-pop environment of today, paying special attention to new media and modes of expression such as video, installation, and performance art. Students investigate the intersections of fine art and popular culture as well as explore unique voices from the margins that inform visual culture today.
Students study the global economy and the ways in which changing economic conditions shape local, national, and international policy decisions. They apply classical and contemporary economic theory to achieve an understanding of past and current world events in light of the many economic variables that exist. Prerequisite: GNST 2570
Independent research in an area of required study. Students work under the supervision of an instructor, with mutually agreeable goals and assignments. Prerequisite: Second-year standing, 3.0 grade point average, and permission of the Department Chairperson and supervising instructor.
American Political & Economic History
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.
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.
World Political History+
This global survey traces the quest for independence and prosperity on the part of emerging economies around the world after World War II. The course examines the varying fortunes of countries as they encountered the crucial questions of political organization, state control, and personal freedom from 1945 to the present. It also examines the issue of environmental sustainability in the face of pressures posed by population, industrialization, and consumerism.
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions, measures of central tendency, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying, describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
Writing for Business Professionals+
This course explores the principles and strategies of effective written professional communication in the context of the global workplace, current and emerging technologies, and contemporary issues. Students apply sound communication, analysis, and research techniques to the composition of a professional bio, memos, formal reports, and other forms of business communication. The connection between skillful communication, critical thinking, and decision-making is also stressed.
Research on Topics of Design History++
An in-depth exploration into the major design movements of the 20th and 21st centuries focusing on the importance of research and writing on topics of the applied arts. Emphasis is placed on contextualizing design movements and the designers within their historical framework and the changes in society they have inspired. Conversations consider the effects of form and function, technology, identity, corporate branding, globalization, and visual communication on the development of design and how it has shaped our environment.
Consumer Social Behavior
Students examine the process of creating consumer demand through case studies and focus groups.
Students explore the importance of plants in the ecosystem, the origins of plants and plant products and their role in everyday life. By studying plant structure, function, reproduction, and life cycles, students gain an understanding for how plants contribute to the ecological community and the social, economic, and environmental importance of plants in our lives.
Hands-on lab observations and experiments illustrating basic principles of plant biology.
A course that examines social psychology and how the behaviors, thoughts, and emotions of individuals are created and modified by the social and cultural conditions in which they live. Issues of social influence, cooperation and conflict, conformity, perception, change, and leadership are explored.
History & Development for Film & TV
A survey course that examines television and film in America as an art form and charts its historical and technical development. Students study classic and contemporary mediums and filmmakers, explore the social implications of film and television, analyze film technique, as well as set decoration.
Students gather, interpret, and evaluate data that has been used as the basis of factual claims supporting legislation, business, and policy decisions in healthcare reform, environmental regulation, the criminal justice system, and other critical issues in society. Research centers upon quantitative analysis employing mathematical and statistical methodology.
A course in effective organizational communication, with emphasis on advanced oral communication skills, including interviewing. Students examine the dynamics of individual and group communication as preparation for full-scaled, business-specific informative and persuasive speeches, in which they use computer technology, visual aids, and statistical data to enhance the impact and clarity of their presentations.
Future Trends in Society
Students explore the demographic trends, shifts in technology, and varied communication avenues of the current socioeconomic landscape as a means of anticipating the cultural expectations, values, and practices that will give rise to new products, methods of marketing/communication, and business trends. Prerequisite: GNST 3400
Multicultural Perspectives Through the Short Story++
Through the literary vehicle of the short story, students examine issues of coexistence, integration, and assimilation in the international arena. In considering diversities such as race, ethnicity, class, family, gender, and language, they gain the tools for evaluating, with new awareness, their own identity and value system within a multicultural context.
Mapping Your World: Introduction to Global Production
This geographical survey of the worlds major regions covers population distribution, natural resources, and relationships between different regions in reference to trade and environment, with a focus on current geo-political issues.
Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning
Students explore universal design concepts underlying the applied arts, the decorative arts, and architecture/architectural form. Using the language of aesthetic analysis, they relate formal elements of color and structure, pattern and motif, and icon and symbol to the origins, development, and diffusion of a wide range of designed objects from many cultures and historical periods. In the process, they gain insight into the durability, adaptability, and resonance of concepts and images that have achieved iconic status in the world of design.
Issues in Contemporary Society+
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing.
Elective: One Three-Unit Course
This course inspires and push beginning designers to learn the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Through hands-on projects, students learn the digital tools to bring their visions to life. In practical application, students understand the difference between a vector and raster image as well as the proper workflows and digital hygiene within the Adobe Creative Suite.
Students dive deep into the use of Adobe Photoshop to create high-quality image enhancements and photo composites. Students learn additional toolsets and explore more advanced features and improve their imaging skills. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
This course introduces students to desktop publishing with the use of InDesign. Students learn the programs tools, menu bar, and palettes as they begin designing single and multipage layouts. Adobe InDesign is a professional prepress application that emphasizes text and typography.
Type & Layout
This course introduces students to document layout using Adobe InDesign. Students learn the tools, menu bar, and palettes as they begin designing single and multi-page layouts. Through design exercises, students examine how the use of grids serve as a structure for combining type and image.
This course introduces the formal elements of line, shape, color, texture, and composition as well as the graphic principles of balance, scale, emphasis, repetition, and unity. Students learn that the organization, exploitation, or manipulation of elements is essential to achieve a good design. Prerequisites: GNST 1230, GRPH 1100, GRPH 1300
In this course students continue to build on their illustration skills with vector drawing techniques. From tracing artwork to creating entertaining infographics, more advanced uses of Adobe Illustrator are explored including the use of Libraries and custom palettes. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
This course introduces the formal elements of line, shape, color, texture, and composition as well as the graphic principles of balance, scale, emphasis, repetition, and unity. Students also explore all aspects of two-dimensional design and imagery, which is essential to achieve a solid design. Prerequisites: GNST 1230, GRPH 1150, GRPH 1300
This course is a further development of Design I, but with an emphasis on imagery. Students begin to use scale and cropping, image manipulation, juxtaposition, and the merging of images to further strengthen and develop their visual elements. This course shows how a single image of a sign or symbol can be used to convey a powerful meaningboth positive and negative. . Prerequisites: GRPH 1250, GRPH 1500
Students are introduced to conceptual thinking and the role of a graphic designer as a visual problem solver. Students identify a design problem, develop a visual solution, and present ideas through thumbnail sketches for group critique. Brainstorming sessions and teamwork are integrated as part of class participation. Prerequisite: GNST 1080
This course explores the fundamental traditions of typography combined with computer technology. It provides the foundation from which the students can develop both an understanding of typography and a personal aesthetic.
Students investigate the visual and physical personality of a current brand and develop an effective visual identity for it, utilizing all applicable marketing materials. Prerequisites: GRPH 1450, GRPH 1720
Using Photoshop, students employ a wide range of skills to produce smooth, detailed, and eventful computer-rendered environments and characters. They also learn how to avoid problems commonly inherent in signature poses of a character, creative movement, and rough planes.
This course helps students craft a variety of image and text-based content into a harmonious and legible design in catalogue and magazine formats for both print and digital delivery. Prerequisites: GRPH 1150, GRPH 1720, GRPH 2780
This course explores the role that concept, a dominant creative idea, plays in entertainment design from thumbnail sketch to final product. Students learn industry-specific techniques (or entertainment isms) for achieving the WOW factor for full marketing campaigns.
This course offers a practical introduction to UX (user experience) design emphasizing the importance of research in the design process. Inspired by this research, students develop solutions for a variety of applications centered around a specific set of users. Wire-framing is used to illustrate design concepts and students learn how to create a clickable prototype.
Website Design I
This introductory class offers a practical introduction to the World Wide Web and the challenges it poses for the graphic designer. Using Adobe Dreamweaver, students learn how to apply their own ideas to create a successful website using this multifaceted application. Topics include HTML, interaction, site architecture, file optimization, and website principles and practices. Prerequisites: GRPH 1450, GRPH 1720
Key Art Design
Students explore the creation and development of key art and its application to entertainment marketing. They analyze the elements essential to creating a central image as they progress from rough tissue concepts to full-color comps.
A fundamental class in preparing art files for print reproduction, this course covers desktop publishing, printing techniques (conventional and digital), paper, color, inks, imposition folding, and finishing. Students prepare a design from concept to final reproduction. Prerequisites: GRPH 1450, GRPH 1720, GRPH 2780
Students develop creative packaging solutions that attract attention while communicating visually through the use of three-dimensional form, packaging materials, typography, color, and graphics. Prerequisites: GRPH 2300, GRPH 2500
Graphics/Licensing (6 hours)*
This course introduces students to product licensing through the development of original characters and their related products. The students create their own intellectual property and present it as a Style Guide. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: GRPH 2050, GRPH 2120, GRPH 2300
This class equips students to convert thumbnail sketches into original, finished art. By developing strong Adobe Photoshop skills, students learn how to rebuild figures, add extensions, and build comps. Students gain experience in preparing these elements whether computer-generated, illustrated, or photographed so that they can be loaded onto the server for designers developing a theatrical campaign.
Motion Graphic Design
Students solve graphic design problems using creative brainstorming, storyboarding, and the integration of media including images, illustrations, text, audio, and video. A hands-on course focused on the design of motion graphics, students learn basic motion graphics principles using Adobe After Effects. The final project demonstrates an understanding of 3-D design, timing, and composition to create an impactful motion graphic. Prerequisite: GRPH 2230
This course is designed to teach students how to adapt key art creative to a variety of media outside of the traditional one-sheet format. Thinking creatively about composition, color, and design consistently is stressed through all campaign-advertising formats. Prerequisite: GRPH 2840
Students create a logo for a company or product using the elements of design and the psychology of color. They demonstrate understanding through application and usage of identity to create a brand and public awareness. Thumbnails, participation, class critiques. Prerequisites: GRPH 1420, GRPH 1720
This course takes students through the entire graphic design process of creating a professional retail brand. Students define a target audience, invent a fictitious store name, and write a mission statement. For their final presentation, they create a conceptual store brand delivered through a visual marketing plan. Prerequisites: GRPH 2050, GRPH 2120
Students build on their experience with UX design as they develop web and mobile applications. Students begin using HTML and CSS to design their sites while continuing to emphasize research, design, and functionality. Prerequisite: GRPH 2230
Graphic Design Portfolio
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: GRPH 2250, GRPH 2400, GRPH 2500, GRPH 2540
Website Design II
Working with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver, students create a complete interactive site from concept to final development. Prerequisite: GRPH 2250
Introduction to Digital Photography
This course enhances students appreciation of the skill and creativity of photography by challenging them to produce their own photographic art. Course discussions include terminology, innovations in digital photography, and various experimental processes. The course illustrates the practice of buying commercial photography for fashion, graphic design, and general marketing purposes, including negotiating with art reps, buyout of stock photography, and coordinating photo shoots. Prerequisite: GRPH 1050
In this course, students learn to find the story in data and represent it in a clear, compelling and most of all visual way. Data is complex, overwhelming and doesnt tell a story without the work of a designer. They look at the history of data visualization while also practicing their own ability to visualize increasingly complex information. Special emphasis is paid to using the principles of design to craft a unified, exciting, persuasive data visualization. Prerequisite: GNST 2370
Graphics in Motion
In this introduction to digital composition through Adobe After Effects software, students extend their knowledge of design as they learn to create motion graphics and visual effects for a wide range of media, including film, television (video), DVD, CD-Rom, and the Web.
This course explores the potential of iconic imagery and demonstrates the power of a title-with-a-concept in ad campaigns where space is at a premium. Prerequisite: GRPH 3550
Website Design III
Working with Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and other web design applications, students create a complete interactive site with animation, video, and advanced UX & UI from concept to final development. Prerequisite: GRPH 2720
Advanced Website Design
This course focuses on responsive web design in order to create sites that work on a variety of devices. Students create a complete interactive site from concept to final development. Prerequisite: GRPH 2630
Packaging & Prepress Production
Creative packaging solutions include product market fit and elegant details. Students learn to incorporate 3-D form, materials, typography, color, and graphics to generate packages for a variety of design challenges. Emphasis is placed on preparing art files for print reproduction including printing techniques (conventional and digital), paper, color, inks, imposition folding, and finishing. Prerequisite: GRPH 2500
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in graphic design. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chairperson is required.
This is an advanced class in portfolio development. Students design, produce, and gain experience presenting their work in a professional working environment. They also write a comprehensive resume and present their portfolios before the class. Prerequisites: GRPH 2080, GRPH 2480
This course enhances the leadership and collaboration skills essential to students in art directing a product shot, developing concept photography, creating assets, and preparing a double-body shoot. Each student assumes the role of art director for one entire photo session. Students also explore the Adobe Photoshop techniques employed for glamour retouching in fashion media, both film and print.
Key Art Design: Theatrical
Students explore the creation of key art and its application to theatrical marketing. They analyze the elements essential to developing a central image for the major film genresComedy, Drama, Thriller, Horror, Action, and Epicas they progress from rough tissue concepts to full-color comps. Prerequisite: GRPH 2420
Students engage in advanced study of typographical principles, usage, and expression, with an emphasis on headlines, content, and title design. They explore the potential of classic styles, such as 3-D typography, animated type, informative type, and advertising typography for resolving complex design challenges. At the end of the course, they demonstrate their new insights and skills by typesetting a credit block.
Lifestyle Brand Strategies
Working in teams, students will conduct in-depth consumer, market, and trend research on two brands. The teams will identify opportunities and develop a unique brand positioning plan for a partnership between the two companies. A final presentation of brand strategies, marketing plan, consumer activation, and creative execution will be presented to a panel of experts for feedback.
Key Art Design: Home Entertainment
This course explores key art techniques as they apply to home entertainment and 24/7 entertainment access. Using contemporary modes of communication, students create specialty designs for collector edition packaging, presale sheets, point-of-purchase displays, banner ads, and online collateral. Prerequisite: GRPH 3380
In this course, students develop or adapt advertising materials for nontraditional media formats, including guerilla marketing, social media content, and online viral advertising. Emphasis is on consistency of concept and design throughout the advertising campaign.
Graphic Design Internship
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in graphic design. Prerequisite: GRPH 4080
Motion Graphics I
In this introduction to digital composition through Adobe After Effects software, students extend their knowledge of design by creating motion graphics and visual effectsincluding a 30-second promo, on-air station identification, and storyboardsfor a wide range of media.
In this close examination of the techniques of licensing and branded studio properties, students use the results of marketing research, creative brainstorming, and collaboration with fellow students to develop a style guide specifying the fonts, colors, and visual features that establish a distinctive brand identity. The guide features key products in multiple categories inspired by additional segment research and trends. Prerequisite: GRPH 4080
Motion Graphics II
A continuation of Motion Graphics I, this intermediate course focuses on communication that is intended for the end user. Students use advanced levels of Adobe After Effects to storyboard a title animation into a creative title sequence. Prerequisite: GRPH 4480
In this capstone advanced course, students compile a comprehensive portfolio of their work in the Graphic Design program, which they present to a professional agency creative team for critique. They also create a resume and digital portfolio of their work as a statement of their personal brand identity. Prerequisite: GRPH 4080
Strategies for Import/Export
An in-depth overview of marketing strategies for both foreign and domestic environments. This course covers aspects including cultural, political, and economic differences, as well as government and trade regulations affecting the international marketer. Prerequisites: 3150, IMPD 3580n
Construction & Technical Product Applications
An advanced studio course that synthesizes the students sketching skills with construction and technical knowledge to develop and present product ideations. Students analyze current market trends for construction methods by product category and price and use advanced sketching techniques to accurately communicate product silhouette, fit, details, and construction. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Merchandise Product Development, or Fashion Design
Global Relations & Negotiations
This comprehensive course focuses on negotiation tactics in the context of global business transactions. Students use skill building exercises to negotiate and communicate with an emphasis on cross-cultural conflicts. This course is designed to enhance students ability to identify problems, create solutions, innovate, and improve current practices and resolutions in a constantly changing global environment. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Merchandise Product Development, or Fashion Design
International Merchandising Strategies
Students research current fabric, color, retail, and style trends to forecast timely commercial conclusions for specific consumer markets. The students analyze potentials of global markets, and understand and identify consumer competition and brand positioning. Course includes a directed study tour to Europe to complete this research. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Merchandise Product Development, or Fashion Design
Management Concepts & Global Entrepreneurship
An advanced class in global management concepts and entrepreneurship that focuses on business management techniques, financing, long range strategic planning, budgeting, organizational structure, legal, and labor issues. This course also provides exposure to global management strategies. Prerequisites: IMPD 3150, IMPD 3580
Advanced Technology Applications
Students learn efficient, effective techniques for developing digital concepts and gain proficiency in using Adobe Creative Cloud applications to create industry presentations and digital communications for the international marketplace.
Garment Construction & Cost
This course evaluates the correlation between garment construction and garment cost. Students construct and deconstruct a garment. Through a hands-on simulation students determine the appropriate product price. Prerequisites: IMPD 3120, IMPD 3300
Sourcing Textiles for Import/Export
The course examines the process of sourcing textiles in the global marketplace. Emphasis is placed on methods used to research new fabric trends and their development. Prerequisites: A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, Merchandise Product Development, or Fashion Design
Product Development Marketing Research Strategies
International merchandising strategies are used to develop an exclusive product line geared toward the lifestyles of the target market. Students meet with the industry partner for initial product line presentation, critique, and approval. This course requires technical research to understand Product Life Cycle Management & Product Data Management. Advanced training on browser based PDM where technical specification packages are created and applied. Prerequisites: IMPD 3120, IMPD 3300
Consumer Fit & Sample Analysis
An in-depth study of preproduction samples with an emphasis placed on fit for individual body types. Samples assessed to identify appropriate modifications for global manufacturing. Prerequisites: IMPD 3480, IMPD 3650
Merchandise Sourcing & Production
This thesis course examines global sourcing strategies with emphasis on full value cost, labor issues, assembly procedures, fit evaluations, quality control, customs clearance, and warehousing and shipping of finished products. This program includes field research in Asia to gain understanding of the global production cycle from the raw material stage to the finished product. Emphasis is placed on the sourcing and manufacturing of goods for a specific market. Final project is comprised of a global sourcing and manufacturing strategy with completed samples and an industry thesis presentation. Prerequisites: IMPD 3100, IMPD 3120, IMPD 3150, IMPD 3300, IMPD 3350, IMPD 3480, IMPD 3580, IMPD 3650
Global Finance & Business Planning
International business and finance strategies are evaluated through an investigation of financial documentation and contractual agreements. Students identify business planning techniques and determine appropriate international practices for the apparel industry. Prerequisite: IMPD 3100, IMPD 3150, IMPD 3300
Students gain practical experience with applications of classroom skills to actual work situations in the area of International Manufacturing & Product Development.
Consumer Fit & Sample Analysis
An in-depth study of preproduction samples with an emphasis placed on fit for individual body types. Samples assessed to identify appropriate modifications for global manufacturing. Prerequisites: IMPD 3650, IMPD 4200
Garment Construction & Cost
This course evaluates the correlation between garment construction and garment cost. Students construct and deconstruct a garment. Through a hands-on simulation students determine the appropriate product price. Prerequisite: IMPD 3300
Professional Finance & Business Planning
International business and finance strategies are evaluated through an investigation of financial documentation and contractual agreements. Students identify business planning techniques and determine appropriate international practices for the apparel industry. Prerequisites: IMPD 3100, IMPD 3150
Sketching Techniques I
An introduction to the basic techniques of representative drawing using pencil and value markers. Students sketch and critique still-life settings, interior, and exterior elements. Emphasis is placed on students ability to produce representational drawings within a short time frame.
Sketching Techniques II
Fundamental concepts of developing three-dimensional drawings in one and two point perspective utilizing mechanical measured grids are introduced. Further development of markers using both gray scale and the introduction of color marker applications are emphasized. Exercises in representing color and material samples and interior spaces are explored. Prerequisite: INTD 1000A
Technical Drawing I
An introduction to the principles and techniques of architectural drafting. Students learn to create plans, elevations, sections, and detailed views of objects and spaces to produce construction documents to meet standard conventions.
Technical Drawing II
This course focuses on understanding the concepts of computer-aided design and drafting, and learning the various applications of AutoCAD. Development of vocabulary and basic skills. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
Technical Drawing III
Further development of the skills needed to produce computer-aided drawings are emphasized. Demonstrating the use of these skills, students gain a working knowledge of the application of the design process by creating sets of contract documents appropriate for interior spaces including formatting and cross-referencing drawings. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustration software design techniques, naming conventions, and digital asset management. Students gain a basic knowledge of digital design components, vector, raster, tools, and menu items. Concepts serve as a digital foundation for industry-standard computer aided design communication.
Study of the progression from inspiration to execution in the design process. Analysis of the techniques used to resolve aesthetic relationships with two- and three-dimensional objects.
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design I
This is a survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from Egypt through the early 19th century. The course is designed to introduce the concepts and terminology incorporating major social, economic, political, and cultural factors.
Residential Design Concepts
Study of residential space planning and utilization of interior space as applied to functional and aesthetic requirements. Emphasis is on schematic and quick presentation work for both plans and elevations. Students apply anthropometric and ergonomic principles in space planning. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
An introduction to the basic 2-D and 3-D commands utilizing SketchUp to construct 3-D objects and interior design applications. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills necessary for visualization, representation, and creation in the conceptional stages of design.
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design II
This course continues the survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from the 19th century to the 21st century incorporating the major social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Prerequisite: INTD 1350
This course is an in-depth approach to the design and composition of presentation images, illustrations, layouts, and renderings for interior design applications. Students demonstrate an understanding of elements typical in 3-D production for interior design presentation utilizing content from other software environments (i.e., Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp).
Commercial Design Concepts
A study of commercial space planning, methods of planning, design analysis, and problem-solving, and an introduction to regulatory issues, construction methods and techniques, materials, and furnishings. Students develop design and production skills, utilizing AutoCAD. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
Students use and comprehend the technical and aesthetic principles of lighting design for commercial and residential applications. Basic properties of light as used in rendering, photography, and computer-generated visualizations are taught. Prerequisites: INTD 1090B
Materials for Interior Design
Students are introduced to materials, finishes, and furnishings, with methods for understanding appropriate application, estimating, and specifications as they apply to residential and non-residential interior environments.
Fundamental concepts of representative drawing, sketching, and mechanical perspective are reviewed. Employing colored markers, pencil, samples, and swatches, students create presentation drawings and sample boards for portfolio use. Studio Prerequisite: INTD 1000B
Retail Design Concepts
Focusing on the functional and aesthetic requirements of retail store design, this course emphasizes building codes and barrier-free design. Design concepts relating to merchandising and presentation are formulated. Prerequisite: INTD 1850
On-site design trends develop the designers ability to create environments that reflect structural, figural, and conceptual design factors. The course includes investigative analysis of various environments and their impact on the end-users..
Human Factors in Design
Students are introduced to materials, finishes, and furnishings, with methods for understanding appropriate application, estimating, and specifications as they apply to residential and non-residential interior environments.
Marker Sketching Techniques
An introduction to basic and intermediate marker sketching. Techniques in shading, color awareness, pattern and texture, surfaces, and composition are explored. Studio Prerequisites: INTD 1000B, INTD 2080
An introduction to furniture design and construction. Design and material issues are explored within specific styles. Production and presentation drawings are examined. Completed projects include a set of orthogonal drawings showing all views of the design and a rendered perspective drawing.
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in set design and set decoration. Internship taken in two of the three quarters (12 units total).
An introduction to modeling, texturing, and digital rendering of interior spaces using Google Sketch up. The course will cover the major modeling tools and techniques within Sketch Up, how to develop ideas in 3 dimensional space, and basic image rendering techniques.
Interior Design Workshop
This course focuses upon practical application of previous course work to a community service project. The student experience is in both the classroom and at project locations.
An introduction to modeling, texturing, and digital rendering of interior spaces using Google SketchUp. Major modeling tools and techniques, development of ideas in 3-D space and basic image rendering techniques are covered. Prerequisites: INTD 1090C, INTD 1880
Interior Design Special Projects
In an industry initiated project, students interface with the client through the design process. From the initial interview to the final presentation of concept and documentation drawings, students develop the necessary skills and experience needed to complete an actual design project.
Interior Design Thesis
A comprehensive project demonstrating residential and commercial themes in a mixed use format. Focusing on functional space planning and design, code requirements and material specifications, the students will prepare a proposal for a specific design project. Construction documentation and presentation drawings incorporating both hand and digital applications will culminate in a formal presentation suitable for portfolio. Studio Prerequisites: INTD 1090C, INTD 2000, INTD 2050, INTD 2810 Must take concurrently with INTD 2930 & INTD 2980
Art Matters: Developing a Critical Eye
Students develop an awareness of the art world as it applies to design projects. Resources appropriate for residential and non-residential installations are explored through field trips and guest speakers.
A course designed for specific research or execution of a special project under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chairperson required and GPA requirement.
Business Practices for Interior Design
An exploration of the business practices necessary to develop and maintain an interior design firm. Topics include professional ethics, contract documents, vendor relations, association membership, marketing, networking and social media opportunities. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2980
An exploration of the relationships between three disciplines: textile, fashion, and interior design a fabric, fashion, and furniture collaboration. This course focuses on the development of the chair. Fundamental inspirations for the designs are investigated through the creative process in aesthetic guidelines, structural integrity, and materials, as well as inventive and imaginative design solutions. Prerequisite: Selection through Application & Portfolio Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2960B
Further development of concepts explored in INTD 2960A. Students produce construction and presentation drawings, scale models, written proposals, and portfolios for consideration and selection by industry manufacturers. Prerequisite: Selection through Application & Portfolio Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2960A
Presentation & Portfolio
Students explore and develop a portfolio format suitable to incorporate a representative sampling of work into a finished portfolio. Design exercises in specification, representation of materials, and renderings are emphasized to enhance a professional quality presentation. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2930
Psychology of Color & Application
This course examines attitudes toward the aesthetics of color throughout history, scientific findings about our perceptions of color, and the impact of color on our emotions, senses, sensibilities, and personal taste. Dominance and spatial experience through color, concordant and discordant schemes, and the visual sensations created from the context of color are explored. Through observation and experimentation, students analyze and evaluate the ways in which the formal attributes of color and color applications evoke human response.
Conservation & Historic Preservation
This course focuses on the identification and responsible protection of historic and cultural resources. Course includes preservation planning and conservation techniques applicable to the interior design profession. There is an emphasis on the sensitivity necessary to preserve tangible cultural assets in multiple forms.
This course explores kitchen layouts, finish materials, appliance specifications, mechanical requirements, and the client/contractor relationship.
Advanced Residential Design
A residential project, encompassing multiple housing types based on class parameters that identify the specific type of interior environment. The culminating presentation emphasizes state-of-the-art kitchen and bath solutions, and explores spatial design strategies, technologies, and components that meet California building codes.
Advanced Residential Design Lab
Utilizing technical drawing and presentation techniques, this course supports the design project developed in INTD 3380.
Specifications & Materials
Exploration of the various elements of interior building materials as well as methods for identifying and applying materials, finishes, and furnishings for interior environments. Emphasis is placed on the documentation of and identification process for fabrication and installation.
Building Systems & Codes I
An overview of and analysis of residential building systems applicable to single- and multi-family dwellings, to identify proper best practices and efficient use of materials and finishes needed for the initial layout and reconfiguration of a space. Accessibility and code compliance, along with environmentally responsible methodologies and technologies is determined and/or applied.
Building Systems & Codes II
An overview of and analysis of commercial building systems applicable to interior office spaces, hospitality properties (hotels and restaurants) and other spaces inhabited for public use. Accessibility, egress, and code compliance, along with environmentally responsible building methodologies and technologies are determined and applied. Prerequisite: INTD 3540A
Advanced Commercial Design
A commercial project in which students conduct in-depth investigations of multiple classifications (office, retail, restaurant, institutional, and/or entertainment spaces). The projects parameters specify the type of occupancy utilization. In a culminating presentation, students demonstrate the relationship between parts, sequences, and finally the whole space to meet California building codes.
Advanced Commercial Design Lab
Utilizing technical drawing and presentation techniques, this course supports the design project developed in INTD 3780.
Interior Product Design
The class looks at the development of ideas and processes, from preproduction to fabrication, utilizing 3-D prototyping, and exploring manufacturing methods and materials. Conceptual designs and the development of individual products and product collections for interiors are applied. Further discovery includes technical requirements, trend research, product feasibility, and product marketing.
Surface Pattern Design
A studio course where creative vision is challenged to capitalize on the artistic expressions and principles of textile design; expanding the elements and principles of design to produce an end surface product for home furnishings, wall coverings, and any product related to interior design and decor. Emphasis is placed on technique, innovation, and globalism, along with the development and execution of strategies that take the end product from concept to market.
This is a research based course, where an industry specialty is identified and examined; with periodic findings presented throughout. The area(s) researched in this course apply to the Senior Thesis, strengthening the overall learning outcome of the identified specialization.
Construction Documents & Details
Preparation of construction sets of working drawings for both residential and commercial applications. Conventions employed by architects, contractors, and building trades including architectural details, cabinet and millwork, and schedules.
This is a supervised, industry internship, directly related to an identified area of study/specialization. In this practicum students have an opportunity to apply and develop industry related skills, and focus on career reflection and preparation. Placement approval required by the Department Chair.
Furniture Design I
This course follows the development of conceptual designs for custom residential seating, case goods, and tables into a physical product. The course includes historic research, the analysis and specification of materials, and necessary processes from concept to fabrication.
Furniture Design II
This course focuses on the identification and responsible protection of historic and cultural resources. Course includes preservation planning and conservation techniques applicable to the interior design profession. There is an emphasis on the sensitivity necessary to preserve tangible cultural assets in multiple forms.
This course offers instructional support focused on the development and completion of an extensive portfolio, which represents the breadth and depth of a students work. The portfolio reflects the quality and individual strength of the completed work, while meeting industry standards.
Senior Design Thesis
The thesis project is a culmination of all course work completed in the program. This comprehensive design assignment is of a specialty hospitality space, including but not limited to a retail or restaurant environment. The final presentation incorporates furnishings, fixtures, equipment, surfaces, and a product design component.
The Virtual Client
Students write client bios and design scenarios and then utilize role playing to problem solve, using active listening skills and employing effective resources to develop creative solutions.
An introduction to the Uniform Building Codes (UBC) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as these standards apply to both commercial and residential design projects.
Elective: One Three-Unit Course
Shape & Detail for Fashion Knitwear
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
Fundamentals of Machine Knitting (6 hours)*
Students gain competency with machine knitting including cast-on and off, basic stitches, stitch gauge, and introductory shaping. Students build a foundation of knit structure by compiling a personal swatch library of knit fabrics. Includes a three (3) hour studio.
Stitch & Color Design
Continuing to build a swatch library and fabrication skills, the students focus on principles and elements of design as they relate to stitch structure in knit fabrics. In this studio course, students utilize color predictive and trend research to interpret seasonal palettes for a variety of markets. They design a variety of patterns and unique stitches, thereby acquiring both an in-depth understanding of knit structure and surface design. Prerequisite: KNTD 3400
Knit Garment Construction
Students improve their patternmaking skills by focusing on patterns for both cut and sew as well as full-fashioned knitwear. In addition, students develop 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: BDSN 3750
Full Fashion Knitting
In this course, students study fashion silhouettes and stylistic detailing as a basis for full-fashion knitwear construction in a studio format. The focus of the course is on shaping, patternmaking, sizing, trims, and stitch placement with an emphasis on size specifications for preproduction. Prerequisite: KNTD 3400, KNTD 3800
Industrial Stitch Programming
In this course, students are introduced to Stoll M1 Plus software and STOLL industrial knitting equipment. Students continue building a swatch library by programming and knitting a variety of knit structures and multicolor patterns using industrial knitting machines. Prerequisites: KNTD 3400, KNTD 3700
Industrial Silhouette Programming
This course is a continuation of KNTD 4100 and KNTD 4200 with the emphasis on shaping, patternmaking utilizing Stoll knitwear M1 Plus software. Prerequisites: KNTD 4100, KNTD 4200
Knitwear Construction Studio
This studio course utilizes the technical skills and creativity accomplished through the previous courses in the making of a collection of knit garments. This includes planning, construction, and yarn choices, as well as silhouette and preproduction specifications. Prerequisites: KNTD 3700, KNTD 4100, KNTD 4200, KNTD 4400
Knitwear Collection Design
In this course, students plan and develop knitwear collections. This includes planning and research for both the technical and creative processes of creating a cohesive collection. Students prepare portfolios for professional presentations and interviewing including fabrication swatches and creative and technical illustrations to best exemplify their aesthetic, knowledge of trend, and market application. Prerequisites: KNTD 3700, KNTD 4100, KNTD 4200, KNTD 4400
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 1100, MFTG 2050
Computer Grading, Marking & Cutting
This course introduces students to the principles of pattern grading, including manual techniques of chart and stack grading. The course uses Gerber Technologys computerized digitizing, grading, and marker-making system. Industry spreading and cutting techniques are demonstrated. Prerequisites: MFTG 1700, DESN 1760 (For Fashion Design Majors)
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 I
Students in this course explore the various technologies used in the management and control of the product development and supply chain process. Wearable technology, direct-to-consumer technologies and analytics are examined as well as other new systems that provide information necessary for critical decision making in the fashion industry. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
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 2560 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
In this in-depth course in sales management, students learn how to plan and develop their territories, hire and train a sales force, forecast sales, and supervise the sales organization. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
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 1150, 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
Design Development for the Denim Market
An overview of the denim market to introduce students to the adaptive design process; students use a basic jean block and adapt new styles from that block. Prerequisite: MFTG 1700
Fashion & Factoring
The course examines the use of factoring to finance apparel lines and the types of factoring available. The course reviews the history of factoring and todays current practices. Prerequisite: MFTG 2500
ERP Concepts for the Fashion Industry
This course provides a full understanding of the Enterprise Resource Planning software solution (ERP). Students learn principles and procedures involved in the business applications of ERP using a completely integrated order production and inventory control processing system. Prerequisite: MFTG 2420B
Fabrics & Finishes
This course focuses on identifying weaves and finishes on fabrics. Students examine the compatibility of fabric choice to garment construction. Prerequisite: TSCI 1440
Elements of Fit
Principles of fit analysis and fit terminology are examined. Students learn to make fit corrections on patterns and experience doing fit corrections to actual garments. Students are exposed to technical design principles. Prerequisite: MFTG 1700
Sustainability & the Fashion Industry
This course examines how the fashion industry is responding to the greening of America. The sustainability issues facing the fashion industry include fabrications, other environmental conditions, economics, and social responsibility. Discussion focuses on sourcing green materials, green product development/production processes and how the fashion industry can use these concepts to improve brand image and increase brand equity.
This beginning draping class introduces students to the draping process, enabling them to produce a draped and pinned garment from a sketch. Prerequisite: MFTG 1700
Technology Trends for Apparel
This course investigates new technology used for garment design and pattern making, supply chain management and logistics. The course also explores the Internet for new sourcing opportunities.
Organizational Models for Apparel Companies
This course identifies and examines the different types of managerial models being used among apparel companies. Prerequisite: MFTG 2350.
Trade Agreements & the Apparel Industry
This course explores the impact of trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, CBI, AGOA, etc.) on the apparel industry. The course reexamines the importance of infrastructure, culture, and language in manufacturing off-shore.
Fashion & Color Management
This course examines the role of color management in the fashion industry. Choosing color palettes, the effect of light on color, and the color management process are discussed Prerequisite: MFTG 1880, MFTG 2120
Promotional Strategies for Apparel Companies
This course examines a variety of promotional tools used by apparel companies. Students examine the different promotional strategies used by large firms and those used by small firms. Prerequisite: MMKT 1150
Compliance: Domestic & Global
A focused course on a key topic of the apparel industry. Course explains federal, state, and global issues in compliance and the responsibility of manufacturers in the process.
Predictives, Trends, Shopping Reports: Keys to Success
An advanced course in the importance of consumer trends in developing fashion apparel. The use of predictives in line development is discussed. The use of shopping reports is also emphasized.
Writing Business Plans
An overview of successes and pitfalls of being an entrepreneur. Sources of funding are also discussed, as well as methods for creating a computer generated business plan. (Advanced Study Fashion Design Majors Only) Prerequisite: DESN 3120
Professional Presentation for Fashion Designers
A course focusing on developing a professional presentation of a collection. The course includes development of presentation packets, computerized cost sheets, and effective oral communication techniques. (Advanced Study Fashion Design Majors Only)
Product Licensing: Apparel/Entertainment
This course explores the growth of product licensing in both the domestic and global arenas. Topics include branding through product licensing, components of product licensing, and legal issues. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
Advanced CAD Techniques
This advanced course on the use of Photoshop and Illustrator techniques for portfolio preparation includes demonstrations on merging of illustration into Word or Excel documents. (Advanced Study Fashion Desgin and Apparel Industry Management Majors only). Prerequisite: DESN 2830 , or MFTG 2080, or MPDV 2200 (Apparel Industry Management Majors only)
This course examines the organizational procedures, documentation, and considerations in importing and exporting apparel. Prerequisite: MFTG 2520
Elective: Three One-Unit Courses
Elective: Three One-Unit Courses
Marketing & Brand Development
This course introduces and highlights the basic marketing principles which provide the framework for understanding the importance, value, and impact of marketing and brand management.
Consumer Behavior and Research
A course that examines the sociological and psychological variables that shape the consumer decision-making process. Students explore a variety of methodology and research techniques for understanding consumers wants and needs, attitude formation, purchase motivation, and consideration, as well as maximizing satisfaction and consumer loyalty. Prerequisites: MMKT 1550, MMKT 2880
Brand Management Strategies
Students gain an understanding of basic brand principles through exposure to classic and contemporary branding strategies, applications, and case studies. Students explore key brand identity elements, positioning and leveraging brand equity. Prerequisite: MMKT 1650
Promotion in the Merchandising Environment
In this advanced marketing course, students explore various message strategies of targeted media: advertising, direct marketing, social media, public relations, sales promotion, and special events. Students create an integrated marketing communications campaign to meet the challenges of promoting in an evolving marketplace. Prerequisite: MMKT 2080
Through the written word marketers evoke images that resonate with the target market. This course explores traditional and new media communication methodology. Students acquire a wide variety of writing skills to effectively communicate across traditional and new media platforms. Prerequisite: MMKT 1820
Students gain insights on how different social cultures impact consumer behavior, product preference, the retail environment, and marketing communication. The course draws on case studies and competitive analysis to develop an understanding of best practices for success within the global marketplace. Emphasis is placed on the impact of digital marketing and sales platforms. Prerequisites: MMKT 2080, MMKT 2420
An in-depth understanding and analysis of globalization and all the critical elements involved, including international trade regulations, global market integration dynamics, sensitivities of different cultures, and effective market entry strategies. At the end of the quarter, the student will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the complexities of international business and the importance of global ethical behavior. Prerequisites: GNST 2960, MMKT 2080
Integrated Marketing Communications
In this advanced marketing course, students explore creative message strategies including: traditional and new media, public relations, and other innovative means of communication. Applying these techniques, they create an effective integrated marketing communications campaign that meets the challenges posed by promoting in a sophisticated, rapidly evolving marketplace. Prerequisites: MMKT 2420, MMKT 2460, COSM 2250
An examination of micro- and macro- marketing strategies involving the four parts of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution). Students learn how environment, lifestyles, and buying behavior influence the marketing/merchandising approach and work in teams to create, develop, and present a marketing plan for a new product.
This course examines the merchandising of menswear from dual perspectives: the development of a product line for different tiered brands and the retailers need for proper product presentation of menswear in their store.
Textiles for Menswear
This course explores fabrics and finishes for appropriate use in menswear including suiting, denim, knits, and performance fabrics. Importance of weight in fabric choice is discussed in relation to the requirements of the season and the styling features. Students also explore innovative textiles from a sustainability point of view.
Digital Design for Menswear
This course focuses on computer sketching techniques using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to create professional quality garments and graphics specifically geared towards menswear. The emphasis is on well-rendered menswear garments and graphics. Proficiency is demonstrated by designing, merchandising and presenting muse looks for an upcoming full collection. Looks need to be rendered effectively and shown in an industry-acceptable presentation.
Men's Apparel Process (6 hours)*
This advanced course in manual patternmaking focuses on menswear patterns and blocks based on sizing specifications for the different menswear markets (mens, young mens, big and tall). Emphasis is on industry standard details and construction. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
History of Menswear
This course tracks the shifts in mens fashion by examining the evolution of menswear through the chronicle transformation of the silhouette from the 18th century to current modern day tailoring and streetwear fashion. Topics of interest are also addressed.
Students apply detailed construction techniques in the development of suits and sport-tailored apparel. Additional emphasis is placed on development of pockets and the waists of trousers.
Men's Fit Analysis
This is an advanced course based on the principles of fit as applied to menswear. Students apply their knowledge by completing fit corrections to patterns and actual garments.
CAD for Menswear
An advanced course in designing menswear using computer pattern drafting technology. Emphasis is placed on techniques synthesizing the use of Gerber 2-D and 3-D pattern drafting software.
Collection Design for Menswear
Students engage in researching and designing collections for specific menswear markets. The importance of costing and achieving a proper balance of design categories is examined. Students travel to Central America to experience the development and production of menswear apparel.
Designing Mens Accessories
Students research the different menswear accessory categories and then apply design principles in creating a group of casual mens accessories which reflects the concept of their apparel line.
Marketing & Collection Analysis Preparation
This capstone course focuses on the development of a menswear collection. The course synthesizes design and construction skills in creating a cohesive line.
Marketing & Collection Analysis Presentation
This capstone course focuses on the development of a menswear collection. The course synthesizes design, marketing, and operational functions in creating a cohesive line. Students present their collection to industry experts.
Marketing Communication for Menswear
This course provides a framework for the student to apply marketing communication methodology in developing a strategy that supports the promotion of a menswear line in todays competitive marketplace.
Distribution Strategies for Menswear
The course explores the new organizational models and channels of distribution that reflects todays cyber lifestyle as used in the menswear industry to reach target customers reflecting todays cyber lifestyle. Physical distribution/logistics are analyzed for their appropriateness in the current marketplace.
Product Development Fundamentals
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.
Digital Flat Sketching
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
Trends and Fashion Forecasting
In this course, students combine systematic research with personal insight to produce individual trend reports that support and shape their own design objectives. As components of their research, they assess the influence of visual arts, music, and popular culture on runway, retail, and street fashion, with particular attention to the decisive impact of social media communities and fashion blogs on the art and science of current trend forecasting. Prerequisite: MMKT 1550
Fundamentals of Sketching
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.
Digital Sketching & Rendering
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and its use as a tool for drawing technical flat sketches with accurate proportions and garment details. Instruction in the use of Adobe Illustrator tools and workspace to create effectively organized and editable digital files. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
Fashion Merchandising & Assortment Planning
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. Utilizing Excel, a six month financial plan and unit plan are created by each student in a series of classroom exercises. Prerequisite: GNST 1450
Digital Presentation Applications
An advanced course, where students integrate the use of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to develop industry-standard digital presentations. Emphasis is placed on both technical and aesthetic mastery of computer applications that are specific to the evolving needs of the fashion industry. Prerequisite: MPDV 1850
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: DESN 2530, MPDV 1800
3-D Apparel Design
Introduction to the CLO 3-D fashion design software and its use as an effective tool in creating virtual, true-to-life garment visualizations. Emphasis is placed on building the skills necessary to design and present a capsule collection in the 3-D environment.
Trend & Design Application
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
Preproduction for Apparel
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: MFTG 1400, MPDV 1800, MPDV 1850
A practical study of garment fit and the fit approval process, from sketch to finished garment, for the apparel industry. Students learn to recognize, establish, correct, and control the appropriate fit for a variety of garments and body types. Prerequisite: MFTG 1400
Classification & Line Development
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: MPDV 1850, MPDV 2300
Production & Sourcing Strategies
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
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, MPDV 1850, MPDV2400
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 NGC cloud-based PLM system to create technical packs and cost sheets. Prerequisite: MPDV 2400
Fashion Start-Up Strategies
This course challenges students to evaluate and apply emerging technologies, social media, crowdfunding, and supply chain logistics to create their own fashion start-up. Emphasis is placed on understanding consumer behavior in the digital era and meeting customer expectations while building a brand and new brand experience. Prerequisites: MPDV 2100, MPDV 2700
Brand Portfolio Development
Students research and illustrate original designs for one brand and 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 2150, MPDV 2700
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
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options. An internship blends theory and practice, combining academic training with employment in fields related to their course of study.
Garment Construction & Analysis
In this course, students gain valuable experience in identifying and evaluating the apparel construction techniques, fabric selection strategies, and mass production processes and pricing used in developing garment prototypes. In visits to local production sites, they match construction, stitch, and style details to appropriate manufacturing facilities and machinery capabilities. By comparing innovative practices and garments from like brands, they acquire the ability to establish construction standards for a wide variety of product categories and price points. Prerequisite: MPDV 3200
Pattern & Fit Analysis
This course focuses on the development of first patterns for both woven and knit fabrics from technical specification sketches. Students analyze the effect of draping, body measurements, pattern shapes, and production construction techniques on garment fit, quality, and performance.
Quality Assurance in Technical Design
An examination of the processes required to control apparel quality, with emphasis on current quality standards in the global fashion supply chain across various retail price ranges. Students conduct quality testing during the various stages of product development, carefully considering compliance issues in fabric and trim choices, textile color application, factory sewing processes, and garment fit. The course also surveys current government regulations and individual company standards for testing at all stages of product development. Prerequisite: MPDV 3100
A comprehensive analysis of textile materials in which students deepen their understanding of fiber and fabric choices suitable for specific garment types and end-use applications. Students in this culminating course synthesize all they have learned about contemporary textiles, garment performance and construction, industry-standard technology, and price-point structures appropriate to specific markets. The course also examines legal issues currently impacting the textiles industry.
Computerized Patternmaking Applications
In this course, students reinforce skills developed in previous manual pattern drafting classes and apply their knowledge to create patterns using Gerber Accumark software. They explore additional techniques for drafting prototype patterns from specifications, inspiration garments, and sketches. Students also plot completed patterns and create sample markers to determine fabric yields for costing estimates. Prerequisites: MPDV 3200
Advanced Technical Illustration I
Students advance their illustration skills focusing on the speed and accuracy required for the development of industry standard technical flat sketches of garments and trims. Emphasis is on the creation, storage, and reuse of digital assets and on formatting and organizing digital files. Prerequisite: MPDV 3200
Advanced Technical Illustration II
In this continuation of MPDV 3600A, students master their skills in technical flat illustration and file management. They learn to integrate the use of photography in communicating fit corrections and style revisions. Students are further challenged to apply their skills across a variety of industry requirements. Prerequisite: MPDV 3600A
3-D Pattern Making
Students explore applications of 3-D fashion design software to create virtual, true-to-life garment visualization. They work to create new efficiencies in the design process, prototype development, pattern drafting, fit analysis and supply chain management. Prerequisite: MPDV 4100
Production Pattern Drafting
In this advanced course in developing patterns using Gerber Technology, students focus on the creation of production-ready patterns from technical specification sketches as well as finished garments. They learn to insure fit by modifying production patterns while maintaining performance and design integrity. The course examines principles of grading (including manual techniques of chart grading) and industry spreading and cutting techniques, as well as the use of computerized markers, which the students themselves create. Prerequisite: MPDV 3450
Trim Development & Application
Students research and analyze how trims are used for function, decoration, and support in the development of garments for a variety of product categories and target markets. Field trips to local suppliers enable students to observe and evaluate trim selection and construction methods appropriate for trim application and surface embellishments. Students also learn to document specifications for trims and are challenged to provide innovative solutions for the use of trim when developing garment prototypes. Prerequisite: MPDV 3300
Sustainable Practices in Design
In this course, students investigate sustainability from a global perspective, examining the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet. Research will include an analysis of transparent and responsible production practices, current industry standards and governmental compliance, innovative best practices in design, and maintenance of healthy economies within the framework of sustainability. Prerequisite: MPDV 3450
Supply Chain & Lifecycle Planning
This course examines how to manage the global supply chain by utilizing the lifecycle planning process necessary to ensure on-time delivery of products to the consumer. As a product manager for a newly developed product category for a major retailer, students use PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software or Excel spreadsheets to plan, schedule, and coordinate all phases of supply chain research and decision-making, line planning and creation, technical design, sourcing, production, and distribution. Students demonstrate proficiency in communication skills through a variety of written and oral projects. Prerequisite: MPDV 4250
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in technical design. Prerequisite: MPDV 4100
Design Thinking: Research & Ideation
In this first of two consecutive project-based courses designed to prepare students for the rigor and creative vitality sought by the industry, students use design thinking to research a technical design issue that calls for process or product innovation or improvement. Their project may address opportunities found in underserved markets, emerging technologies, or in global supply chain management. Through a process of human centered discovery, students define and interpret a problem, ideate their concept for resolving it, and identify potential risks to implementation before presenting their solution for review and evaluation to peers and industry representatives. Prerequisite: MPDV 4300
Prototype Development & Analysis (6 hours)*
In this capstone course, students design a garment of their choice to be executed to their specifications by a local sample maker. In the process, they exhibit their understanding of fabric selection and proper garment fit; they validate their ability to give detailed, precise and complete instructions (developed in previous pattern drafting and technical design classes) to produce a completed prototype; and they demonstrate their time management skills by adhering to schedules and meeting deadlines. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: MPDV 3450, MPDV 4100
Design Thinking: Implementation
In this second component of the MPDV Design Thinking sequence, students develop a complete business strategy for the product or process innovation begun in MPDV 4600 and now linked to a specific brand and target market. The business strategy details specifications, prototypes, experimentation methods, enumerates a budget and costs, describes sourcing strategies including a production timeline, and identifies potential business partners to support and help launch the new product or process. Students then culminate their accomplishment by presenting their new concepts to an industry panel for critique and evaluation. Prerequisite: MPDV 4600
The Business of Fashion Merchandising
A survey of the fashion apparel industry, with emphasis on the roles played by design, textile and product development, merchandising, and distribution in the creative and business cycles. This course introduces students to apparel terminology, textile and manufacturing resources, and industry participants, as well as to the many career paths and job opportunities open to them.
Textiles & Product Analysis
Students in this course identify and select fabrics and fabric finishes to fulfill specific customer needs relating to garment structure, design aesthetic, performance, and care across divergent target market groups. Students also master the precise textile terminology essential to effective communication with designers, manufacturers, and marketers. Prerequisite: MRCH 1100
Concepts in Trend Forecasting
An introduction to the concepts behind professional trend forecasting. Students learn to understand the fundamentals of the trend forecasting research process through the analysis of current events, social and cultural influences, and industry observation. Emphasis is placed on interpreting research into viable macro trends. Prerequisites: MRCH 1420, MRCH 1750
The Retail Environment
This course explores store and non-store retailing formats, structure, purpose, as well as the challenges and integration of retail channels. Students gain an understanding of the retail industry and are exposed to todays global environment. They are introduced to franchising, licensing, branding, and pertinent retail terminology. Career paths and opportunities in the fashion industry are further defined and explored. Prerequisite: MRCH 1100
This course gives students insight into the complexity of decision making for buying and planning merchandise assortments and product development. Emphasis is also placed on the application of technology to solve business problems. Students develop problem-solving skills through the analysis of current business practices in merchandising, including buying, assortment planning, pricing, inventory control, and timing the purchase timing. The importance of customer service and developing strategic partnerships with vendors and suppliers is examined. Prerequisite: MRCH 1550
In this introduction to computer-aided design, students use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, to create page layouts and photo collages for multimedia presentations and to develop marketing collateral. Prerequisite: MMKT 1650
Trend Analysis & Styling Concepts
This course is an introduction to the methodology of tracking and forecasting trends in the fashion industry. Students examine how world economy, popular culture, visual arts, runway collections, and retail and street fashion combine in varying degrees to shape current styles and determine future trends. A culminating styling project challenges them to synthesize what they have learned in an informed prediction about future trends for a specific brand and target market. Prerequisite: MRCH 1420
Applied Digital Communications
Students integrate their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create effective digital campaigns for the marketing and merchandising of apparel, footwear and accessories. Emphasis is on innovation and concept design explorations enhanced by computer-aided applications Prerequisite: TECH 1100
Excel for Business Applications
This course is designed to assist the student in developing a facility with electronic spreadsheets in support of effective business management. Students develop a working knowledge of computerized spreadsheet and chart functions as applied to business management concepts with related mathematical formulas and operational requirements. Prerequisite: GNST 1450
Excel for Business Applications
This course is designed to assist the student in developing a facility with electronic spreadsheets in support of effective business management. Students develop a working knowledge of computerized spreadsheet and chart functions as applied to business management concepts with related mathematical formulas and operational requirements.
Merchandise Presentation Strategies
In this course, students learn how to develop effective product placement concepts across a variety of shopping platforms from in-store to electronic devices to increase customer satisfaction, drive sales, and increase profitability. Emphasis is also placed on how data is being used to enhance visual merchandising execution. Prerequisite: MRCH 1550, 1820
Technology for Merchandise Buying
This course focuses on the students ability to create computerized spreadsheets for problem solving in the retail environment. A portfolio of spreadsheet files is developed to highlight comprehension of how to calculate and plan sales, stock, open-to-buy, and cumulative mark-up. Students review and apply mathematical calculations used by retail buyers and planners to create spreadsheets.
Global Supply Chain & Logistics
A thorough exploration of international sourcing, production, and distribution strategies current in the textile and apparel industries. Students gain practical understanding of global supply chain management and import/export regulations and a heightened awareness of the legal, ethical, economic, and social implications of sourcing decisions. Prerequisite: MRCH 1420
Students gain insights on how different social cultures impact consumer behavior, product preference, the retail environment and marketing communication. The course draws on case studies and competitive analysis to develop an understanding of best practices for success within the global marketplace. Emphasis is placed on the impact of digital marketing and sales platforms. Prerequisites: MMKT 2080, MMKT 2420
Students learn various merchandise presentation techniques and applications, theories of color, customer appeal, mannequin usage, lighting, and related merchandising concepts and apply these skills in both lab and retail environments. The retail environment includes both brick and mortar as well as the consistent integration of a web page design. Prerequisites: MRCH 1650, MRCH 1750
In this course, students combine quantitative analyses and financial planning with creative merchandising strategies to curate a dynamic assortment for their target consumer. Through market and trend research, the integration of business acumen with aesthetic principles is covered in order to create the optimal customer experience. Prerequisites: MPDV 2100, MRCH 2760
Data Insights & Fashion Analytics
In this course, students explore the current concepts of customer analytics and their application to business practices in the retail industry. They analyze data collection methods and implement best strategies for their chosen case study company. Guidelines for practices in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the use of large datasets are reviewed. Prerequisites: MRCH 2640, MRCH 2760
In a highly competitive retail environment where product differentiation is key, students will propose a new private label initiative for an existing brand in a pop-up location after analyzing consumer demand, studying the history of private label, and examining the process of product development. Prerequisites: MRCH 2640, MRCH 2760.
An advanced course for those interested in buying and distribution careers; students apply previously learned concepts from Merchandise Math and Merchandise Buying in a mock buying experience in the marketplace. They learn profit maximization techniques and vendor negotiations, purchasing terms, discounts, and OTB management. Students use computer-generated reports to evaluate sales and profitability performance and management. Prerequisites: MRCH 2200, MRCH 2760
Advanced Business Applications
This advanced technology course prepares students for a variety of advanced Excel applications as required in todays business sector. Prerequisite: MRCH 2250
Case Studies in Retail Strategies
In this capstone course, students analyze the current business practices of a prominent retailer with special attention to the organizations present strengths and weaknesses, the challenges it faces in todays global economic climate, and the impact of current trends in consumer purchasing behaviors on its financial health. Through research, the student assesses the organizations current value and makes informed recommendations for maximizing future growth. Prerequisites: MMKT 2460, MRCH 2640, SMED 2750
Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Introduces students to the concept, history, and science of sustainability and its relationship to the business of ethical fashion. Coursework topics focus on the development of eco-friendly materials, responsible manufacturing and distribution, and how companies are integrating social responsibility for the environment into their corporate philosophy and business practices. Prerequisites: MMKT 2460, MPDV 2400, MRCH 2420
Students apply concepts previously learned in Merchandise Math and Merchandise Buying, and new analysis concepts by analyzing typical situations in the retail environment. Students identify trends and develop financial plans based on the analysis of past and current performance. The allocation of goods and the distribution function at store level by SKU, and determining opportunities for business growth are also explored. Prerequisite: MRCH 2200
Merchandise Planning & Allocation
Students apply previously learned merchandising concepts with new analytics to measure common retail metrics. Using analysis of past and current performance, students identify trends and develop financial plans and learn various allocations methods used in the retail buying industry. Prerequisites: MRCH 2640, MRCH 2760.
Contemporary Business Strategies
This comprehensive, student--led course analyzes the current business practices of a prominent retailer, with special attention to the organization's present strengths and weaknesses, the challenges it faces in today's global economic climate, and the impact of current trends and changes in consumers' purchasing behaviors on its financial health. The course's innovative format enables students to display their skill as researchers and their expertise as innovative and agile thinkers, capable of accurately assessing the organization's current value and of making informed recommendations for maximizing its business opportunities. Prerequisites: MMKT 2080, MRCH 2050
Introduction to Social Media
This course introduces students to the history, theory, and technology of social media. Students explore the different social media outlets and have hands-on experience with social media technology. Students learn how to use this new media productively, and have a framework for understanding and evaluating social media platforms
Writing for New Media
This course examines practices of writing in digital environments such as social media, blogging, advertising, journalism, and public relations. Students learn to write in persuasive and impactful language while honing in on organization, grammar, and syntax. Prerequisites: MMKT 1550, SMED 1100
New Media Strategy
Students learn how to identify a target new media audience using profiling techniques, technographics and social computing. Through case studies and lectures students understand how to develop a strategy to effectively implement best new media practices into a business or brand. Prerequisites: MMKT 2080, MMKT 2080
New Media Trends
Students take an in-depth look at the biggest new media forces. Students evaluate current online marketing trends for these outlets and use research of global trends to forecast what is in store for the next generation of online marketing. Prerequisite: SMED 1700
New Media Business Channels
In this course students explore techniques for integrating new media marketing as a component of marketing campaigns. Students have the opportunity to create and present a written business plan showing how to obtain business goals through the use of a new media marketing campaign. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
Online Video Production
This course introduces the art and science of video production for marketing purposes. Students study and practice techniques for filming and editing in the digital environment. Hands-on learning is reinforced through instructor evaluation and peer critiques.
Intellectual Property & Media Law
In this course, students examine the law around the creation and distribution of media. This survey introduces students to patent, copyright, trademark, and privacy law with a goal to provide enough information that students can spot issues and know where to turn for help. Through case study, mock court, and mock negotiation, students see the practical application of the law as it relates to their area of study.
Social Media Analysis
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of current trends and tools used to create a specific measurement and evaluation plan. Through research and case studies students understand the importance of current trends and tools including quantitative and qualitative measurement. Prerequisites: SMED 2400, SMED 2920
Students learn how to create a successful online business. Through class lecture and industry speakers students learn how to navigate e-commerce applications including document automation, domestic and international payment systems, online banking, and shopping cart software. Prerequisites: MRCH 2210, SMED 1100, SMED 2920
This practical class looks at the application of data science to solve marketing problems. Students will learn to parse both big data and internal analytics to understand how to use both to improve KPI reporting, demonstrate return on investment and create effective marketing campaigns. The objective of this course is to understand the relationship of analytics to decision making and how to tell the story the who, what, how and why of the data. Prerequisite: MRCH 1950
New Media Public Relations
Students use practical and hands on experience to develop an understanding of the role new media plays in current public relations. Students gain practical knowledge of these techniques by developing and presenting individual online campaigns in class. Prerequisite: SMED 1700
Social Media & Culture
In this course students analyze different social media platforms and how this technology affects our culture. Students examine how these platforms directly affect family, community, history and privacy. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 2300
Mobile Application Marketing
In this course students explore the global trend of mobile marketing and applications. Students research current mobile programs using case studies and trend analysis to understand how to create and implement a successful mobile marketing application that create customer engagement and revenue.
Search Engine Optimization and Analysis
Students learn the importance of using search engine optimization and ROI to build a successful online business. Through lecture and case studies students learn optimization techniques and how to convert clicks into monetary sales.
Search Engine Optimization and Analysis II
Students take an advanced look in the importance of using search engine optimization and ROI. Through lecture and case studies students learn optimization techniques and how increase business sales using analytical data. Prerequisite: SMED 3300A
New Media Narrative Writing
Students learn narrative storytelling techniques to create a successful online marketing campaign that will impact brand and business value. Through class lectures and case studies students understand the importance of engaging a customer through persuasive and relative marketing content. Prerequisite: SMED 4100
International Strategies for New Media
This course focuses on global communication platforms as tactical communication tools. Students understand the development and use of new media, learn how to utilize content specifically for these new technological applications, and translate new media into international communication strategies. As technology enables the global community, it is increasingly important to understand the people using the technology.
PR Writing for Social Media
Writing is a core competency for successful social media and public relations professionals. In this class, students learn advanced public relations writing techniques and application. Throughout the course students develop a real-world portfolio of a press kit and social media calendar. Prerequisite: SMED 3300
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 4100
Video Online Marketing
Students learn how video marketing can impact the overall online business of a brand. Through research and analytics students compare and contrast the effectiveness of video marketing and use these findings to create a successful video marketing campaign to be presented in class. Prerequisite: SMED 3100
Video Online Marketing Lab
This advanced exploration of video marketing online is a one-unit course that helps students hone their video production skills. Students will develop their video shooting and editing skills to produce high-quality marketing content of varying lengths.
Startups & Entrepreneurship
This course examines the fundamental tools and vocabulary of new ventures, as well as what it takes to start, fund, and manage a new business venture. Students learn through in-class discussions, investor pitches, case studies, and visits from entrepreneurs on challenges faced by CEOs and CMOs.
Social Media Sales & Consulting
This course examines what students need to sell or consult on their own in the growing business of new media. Students use management techniques specifically designed to build a successful consulting business. Prerequisite: SMED 3700
Law & Ethics in Media
In this class, students gain an understanding of key legal issues affecting modern media and their obligations related to those issues. Students learn the increasingly important field of intellectual property, especially as it relates to media and marketing. The course also gives students the legal knowledge necessary to publish information without violating defamation and invasion of privacy, while focusing on Fair Use, other laws and best practices. In the rapidly evolving digital world, this class is designed to equip creative thinkers and entrepreneurs with foundational legal and ethical knowledge to know how to do whats right and when is the appropriate time to call for legal advice.
New Media Community Management
In this course students learn how to address social media management issues including working with limited resources, understanding how to drive meaningful content and how to handle an online crisis. Through case studies students develop an understanding of how to manage an editorial calendar and adjust content to meet the needs of a specific brand. Prerequisite: SMED 4200
Strategies in Business Management
Students develop an understanding of the current management skills used to make business strategy decisions. Through lectures and course work students learn how to make decisions using data which can help them identify common business efficiencies and effectiveness, and how this information can be used to improve an organizations economic value. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
Digital Media Campaign Strategy
This course gives students insight into ways in which new media platforms can be used to build a better business and monetize brand websites. Students learn to interpret principles of marketing through the lens of the new media, develop a global media campaign, and make strategic decisions about return on investment and campaign effectiveness. Prerequisites: SMED 4100, SMED 4200
Creative Business Management
Students learn how economic, technologic and social changes can influence management practices. Through case studies and competitive analysis, students learn what kinds of management approaches should be taken to become successful in creative environment companies. Prerequisite: SMED 4800
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
Introduction to Adobe
This course is an introduction to design techniques, naming conventions, and digital asset management within Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students gain basic knowledge of digital design components such as vector and raster graphics, tools, and key menu items, which they use to complete work in their major areas of study. These concepts support use of industry-standard computer aided design tools and facilitate communication between designers, clients, and manufacturers.
Design Studio - Geometrics
In this studio class, students paint with gouache in a flat opaque technique, color mixing and matching. Students are introduced to concepts of designing for fabric printed and woven structures including stripes and plaids, and simple geometric patterns with a particular focus on developing color combinations for textile production.
Creating Fabric Structures (6 hours)*
In this introduction to the fundamentals of woven fabric structures, students learn the mechanics of the multi harness loom and programming for basic and dobby structures. Students applying their knowledge by weaving basic structures and designed patterns. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
Design Studio - Geographics
This Studio course is both a research and design development course with the focus of global cultural influences of designs, patterns, and painting techniques. Students will experiment with simple traditional print processes.
Digital Knit Structures
In this introduction to the fundamentals of knit fabric structures, students are introduced to the basics of Stoll M1 Plus software and STOLL industrial knitting equipment. Students design, program, and knit a variety of knit structures and multicolor patterns using industrial knitting machines. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
Introduction to Photoshop
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.
Introduction to Illustrator
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.
Digital Pattern Design
This CAD studio course builds on the foundation from Introduction to Adobe 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: TECH 1100
Print & Dye
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 establishing correct registration for printing yardage. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
Design Studio - Natural Forms
This course develops students drawing and painting skills through the observation of nature. Students apply the principles and elements of design by stylizing representational motifs inspired from nature into original print design and patterns.
Digital Color For Production
Students utilize the computer as a design tool to develop print designs, drawing attention specifically to formulation of color application and colorways specifically to prepare designs for print production. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
Textile Printing (6 Hours)*
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
Textile Design Capstone
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: 30 Units of TEXT Courses
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.
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. Prerequisite: TSCI 1440
Textile Science for Interior Design
This course examines the textile processesfiber through finishing. Emphasis is placed on fiber, yarn, basic weaves, finishing, and dyeing. Students gain knowledge and experience in selecting appropriate fabrics for specific end uses in interiors. Students test fabrics to determine suitable performance levels related to those end uses.
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, and finish. Prerequisite: TSCI 1440
Textile Application & Color Management
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: TSCI 1440, TSCI 1800
Technical & Performance Textiles
Students research and examine the structure, performance and manufacturing of hi-tech fabrics. Product applications, suppliers, trends, industry requirements, and government standards are considered. Prerequisite: MPDV 3300
Denim Development & Finishing
This course examines the importance of denim design and production in the fashion industry. Students learn to identify denim fabric construction and finishes (including wet and dry processes), describe denim production from fiber to finished garment, and correlate varieties of denim with appropriate market segments. The course includes an analysis of domestic and international production strategies. Prerequisite: TSCI 3250
Survey of Visual Communications
A survey of the visual communications industry and how image and corporate identity run through all visual media. Students examine and analyze visual marketing, graphic identity, e-commerce, fashion styling, event planning, exhibit design, trade show promotion, vendor manufacturing, retail store planning, retail theme environments, and visual merchandising.
An introductory course in which students learn how to execute loose, quick, freehand sketches beginning with observed, existing spaces, simple elevations and plan views without perspective and to advanced invented visuals, illustrating solutions to various design and visual merchandising problems. Emphasis is placed on speed, confidence, clear communication, use of notation, credible scale, and research. In class and homework assignments consist of many small sketches as students communicate and use appropriate methodology to develop and express ideas. Prerequisite: GNST 1230
Introduction to Digital Imaging
An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and their applications to visual communication and design.
Students learn skills and techniques which enable them to use perspective to create dramatic and effective sketches, drawings, and computer images. Prerequisite: VCOM 1350
Critical Concepts for Visual Communications
This course is designed to teach students basic problem-solving methodology in visual communications, from definition and clarification of the essential problem, through exploration of multiple solution concepts, to selection and adoption of a single appropriate solution. Prerequisites: VCOM 1480, VCOM 2180
Drafting Techniques for Visual Presentation
An introduction to basic architectural drafting techniques and skills as they relate to store planning. Prerequisite: VCOM 1350
Business Marketing for Social Media
Students examine the strategies, tactics, and impact of social media in the marketing and retail industries. Students develop blogs and evaluate current industry websites to understand the importance of social media as a marketing tool. Case studies and projects are applied to create a marketing plan specific to online customers.
Layout & Design
This course introduces the formal elements of line, shape, color, texture, and composition as well as the principles of design balance, scale, emphasis, repetition, and unity. This course integrates image and type use to communicate meaningful concepts for visual presentation. Prerequisites: VCOM 2180, VCOM 2350
Environment Styling: Commercials to Lifestyle
An introduction to a variety of styling techniques needed for advertising, commercials, publishing or social media posting for lifestyle branding. Students learn the tools and tips needed with emphasis placed on product styling techniques and concepts. Students produce, art direct, and style photo shoots. Prerequisite: VCOM 2350
This course enhances students appreciation of the skill and creativity of photography by challenging them to produce their own photographic art using mobile cameras. Emphasis will be placed on making the most out of the limitations and opportunities available with these cameras including lighting, locations, framing, and post production using Adobe software. Prerequisites: VCOM 2350
This course offers an in-depth exploration of Adobe Illustrator as a design and rendering tool. Students gain hands-on experience using the computer to create graphic collateral, fixture designs, elevations, and architectural renderings. Prerequisite: TECH 1100
Materials & Props (6 hours)*
This class exposes students to a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metals, and tile, and their application to the industry. Students explore methods, materials, and techniques for producing visuals for the industry. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: VCOM 1250, VCOM 1480
In this intermediate digital graphics course using Adobe Photoshop, students learn how to use the programs tools, layers, and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original art into conceptual designs. Prerequisites: TECH 1100, VCOM 2180
Design Strategies for E-Commerce & Visual Environments
Students will explore the future of merchandising and key innovations in the visual environment. Interpreting marketing promotions visually through window displays, in-store installations at various levels, store outposts, graphics and other collateral elements. Students research costs of elements, prepare budgets, ensure ease of installation and create different roll-out packages for various types of businesses based on store yearly volumes, sizes, locations, and staffing capabilities. Prerequisites: VCOM 2020
Design for Social Media Branding
Using design principles and technology, students develop brand campaigns for online and social media formats. Existing brands are evaluated to determine effectiveness of brand messages; research provides critical analysis for creating new brand campaigns in specific markets. Prerequisites: GRPH 1050, GRPH 1300
Design Installation (6 hours)*
An introduction to the crafts of visual presentation. Students receive hands-on experience in working with the tools and materials used to produce merchandise presentations and window displays. Standards of excellent craftsmanship are stressed as students design and install portfolio-quality visual presentations. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: VCOM 2220
An introduction to event planning and marketing, and the strategies and skills used to ensure a successful event. Students explore the challenges and opportunities offered in this field, including leadership strengths and skills, research and strategy in planning, operations analysis, execution, and evaluation. This course examines how special events are produced to generate sales, gain favorable media attention, convey a specific message, or secure the image and reputation of a company, organization, product, or program.
Entertainment & Fashion PR
Students design campaigns and plan strategies, incorporating the use of social media, to create and maintain favorable public images for individuals, businesses, and organizations engaged in entertainment, fashion, and music. Through press releases, seeding, product placement, and relationship building, students develop media, publicity, and public relations skills essential to the industry.
Public Relations for Entertainment & Fashion
An introduction to public relations, marketing and event planning. Students learn the basic skills used to create a full marketing and public relations campaign and put together a successful event. The course incorporates the creative and strategic thinking involved in a full-fledged communications plan. Students examine how marketing, including events, and public relations can increase exposure and media attention for a company, organization, product, individual or program. Through case studies, guest speakers, hands-on projects, workshops and discussions, students learn how to plan and execute effective public relations and marketing campaigns and plan and produce events. Prerequisite: MMKT 1550 Marketing & Brand Development
An in-depth approach to 3-D design. Students learn intermediate to advanced features using computer-generated 3-D imagery. Students demonstrate an understanding of elements typical in 3-D production including line, shape, color, texturing, composition, rendering, and digital enhancing techniques. Prerequisites: VCOM 2020, VCOM 2370
Portfolio Preparation & Presentation
This class assists students in preparing and developing a professional portfolio of their work. Students learn to deliver presentations with practical techniques on how to structure the material to be presented, create visual aids, and speak with confidence. Prerequisite: VCOM 2460
Experiential Techniques in the Visual World
This class emphasizes the importance of creating exciting experiences to engage customers in the way they interact with products, places, and environments. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of the use and effectiveness of existing as well as researching the direction of technologies to create customer experiences of the future. Blue Sky ideation allows students to think creatively in developing a future vision. Students visit technology companies, forward thinking retailers, and non-traditional retail spaces to explore the possibilities of new ways to engage the consumer. Prerequisites: VCOM 2370
Fashion Styling & Coordination
This course will focus on various styling techniques for photo shoots, runway shows to red carpet events. Students will learn and gain knowledge of professional styling and art direction through lecture and projects from styling for the internet, online blogs to editorial styling. The class culminates in a themed fashion shoot. Lab. Prerequisite: VCOM 2130
Entrepreneurship for Visual Presentation
Students understand the marketing and financial data essential to making informed business decisions. Basic financial statements and their interpretation, cost analysis, and relationship to the visual communications industry are included. Prerequisite: VCOM 2820
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options. An internship blends theory and practice, combining academic training with employment in fields related to their course of study.
Arts & Entertainment Interior Styles
A survey of the historical styles of furniture and room settings in western culture from Egypt through the 20th century. The course includes research and analysis designed to educate the student in the relevant concepts and terminology related to the history of interior furnishing styles. Movie references are included so that students can see the application of Interior Design Knowledge to creating authenticity in set designs.
Students learn to design for mainstream entertainment in film, television, commercial and video. The emphasis focuses on basic tools and principles for scenic drafting and visualization, beginning with soft drafting, finished drafting, and culminating with the latest information on computer illustration and digital 3-D modeling in set design.
Essentials of Film Production
In this course, students gain the valuable experience of preparing projects for the camera lens. Students learn the basics of art direction and set decoration techniques by preparing a set for filming using: lighting, foreground, background, balance, and perspective. In addition, students experience, survey, and identify the jobs and careers in movie, television, commercial, and music video production. Students learn all areas of pre- and post-production, from how to budget a script to understanding how each film production department functions and interacts. This course is highlighted by guest lecturers from the industry and field trips.
From Sophocles to Shepherd, from the lobby to the loading dock, focusing on the collaboration of a scenic designer and the team of artists that creates a live theatrical performance. Students analyze and breakdown text to explore specialized production elements of live theatre, including lighting, costumes, sound, and scenery. The course underscores the unique requirements of a live theatre production as well as other types of live entertainment.
Production & Set Design
This course explores the conceptual and practical aspects of production design and art direction in different entertainment media. Students learn the components and skills necessary to translate scripted narrative into designed elements and environments that visually support the storytelling; analyze aesthetics of production design within film genre, as well as hands on, practical experience designing and presenting their own course projects designs. Students learn about working within an art department and developing communication skills and practical guidelines to navigate a career in the entertainment business.
Introduction to Theatre
Designing for the theatre, from its beginnings through today, focusing on the collaboration of a Scenic Designer and the team of artists that create a live theatrical performance. Students analyze and breakdown theatre texts to explore the specialized production elements of live theatre, including lighting, costumes, sound, and scenery. The course underscores the unique requirements of a live theatre production, as well as other types of live entertainment.
Entertainment Business Practices
Students learn how to properly plan for the production of a film or television series during the pre-production stage. Theory, discussion, and practical application provide students with basic working knowledge of the skills of the business of managing the set design element of productions. Students also learn about detailed budget analysis and planning.
This course focuses on the mechanical aspects of the set-decorating craft while exposing students to the traditions and artistic dialogues developed throughout film/television history. Students compare the various creative and integral processes used in the development of current and past television and film productions, including the breakdown of the script, layout of furniture plots, shopping for furnishings and accessories, and creation of budgets and schedules.
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in set design and set decoration. **VCOM 3800 Internship (6 units) taken in 2 of the 3 quarters (12 units total).