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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 control of the supply chain. AIMS 360, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is used for inventory management. Prerequisite: MFTG 2120
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
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
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.
Prerequisites: MFTG 2500, MFTG 2580
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
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
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 in last quarter of program.
After examining the strategies, procedures, and financial implications involved in developing, operating, and controlling 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
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.
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