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


Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Fashion Design from FIDM, or an Associates degree in a related field from another accredited college or university. Additional requirements may apply.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

BDSN 3100A
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.
BDSN 3100B
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.
BDSN 3750
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.
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 2630
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.
GNST 3000
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.
GNST 3150
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.
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 3700
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.
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.
KNTD 3400
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.
KNTD 3700
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
KNTD 3800
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
KNTD 4100
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
KNTD 4200
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
KNTD 4400
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
KNTD 4800
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
KNTD 4850
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
MPDV 3600A
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
MPDV 3600B
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
TEXT 1750
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.
Total Units of Credit: 91

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

+ Available as an online (distance learning) course

++ Periodically offered as an online (distance learning) course