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


A prior Associates degree or 45-60 semester units (67-90 quarter units) of transferable academic coursework. Students entering the program with fewer than 60 semester units (90 quarter units) will have additional coursework to complete.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

Creative Industry Studies, Apparel Industry Management Core
BUMT 3680
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
BUMT 4130
Financial Literacy+
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.
GNST 2530
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.
GNST 2530L
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.
GNST 2570
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.
GNST 2870
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
GNST 3600
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
GNST 3750
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.
GNST 3800
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.
GNST 3900
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.
MFTG 1150
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.
MFTG 1400
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.
MFTG 1700
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
MFTG 1880
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
MFTG 2050
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.
MFTG 2120
Merchandising, Costing & Specification
In this introduction to the design and product development processes involved in creating fashion apparel, students examine the development of collections and groups for specific target markets and study the technical processes of costing and specifications required to produce the merchandise. Students develop their own line of apparel for a specific target customer and provide the technical packs necessary for production of the line. Prerequisites: MFTG 1400, MFTG 2050
MFTG 2350
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.
MFTG 2420B
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
MFTG 2500
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
MFTG 2520
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
MFTG 2550
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
MFTG 2560
Computer Pattern Drafting, Grading & Marking
This course introduces students to computer pattern drafting, grading and marker making. Students will learn to digitize patterns, make computer markers and develop patterns using the Gerber system. Prerequisite: DESN 2160 or MFTG 1400
MFTG 2580
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
MFTG 2640
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
MFTG 2720
Market Analysis & Presentation
This capstone course is devoted to the commercial development of an apparel line based upon an understanding of modern marketing and manufacturing concepts. Prerequisites: MFTG 2500 Must be taken the last quarter of program.
MFTG 2780
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
MFTG 2830
Distribution Strategies
This is an in-depth two-part course on distribution strategies. In the first part, students learn to use channels of distribution to reach their targeted customers, develop a sales force structure, forecast sales and manage the sales function. In the second part, students focus is on the logistics of distribution. How to create an efficient logistic system that meets customers needs and the companys financial plan through the integration of processing orders, inventory needed, warehousing and transportation. Prerequisite: MFTG 1150
MPDV 2250
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. Prerequisite: MPDV 1850
TSCI 1440
Textile Science
A practical analysis of the basic components of textiles and their relationship to performance. Students examine the characteristics of fibers, yarns, methods of fabric construction, such as weaving and knitting, and survey dyes, prints, and finishes. Emphasis is placed on performance and the determination of fabric suitability in the apparel design industry.
TSCI 1700
Textile Testing for Quality Assurance
Students demonstrate basic knowledge of textiles by applying textile science principles to a simulated product in its development stages. By researching and testing basic components of a chosen product, students predict and then prove performance via research, testing, calculation, and analysis of test results to determine end use suitability.
Total Units of Credit: 91

* Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours

+ Available as an online (distance learning) course