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

Associate of Arts, Professional Designation (A.A.)

TECH 1100
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.
TEXT 1350
Studio Techniques I
In this studio class, students paint with gouache in a flat opaque technique, color mixing and matching. Students are introduced to concepts of layout and repeat, color pitching, and are encouraged to develop color combinations for use in printed textiles.
TEXT 1550
Studio Techniques II
A continuation of the Studio Techniques course, which introduces new painting techniques along with the additional focus on commercially designed textiles for specific markets. Prerequisite: TEXT 1350
TEXT 1750
Creating Fabric Structures (6 hours)*
In this introduction to the fundamentals of fabric structures, students learn to knit, crochet, and weave with a focus on understanding the unique design possibilities of each medium. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
TEXT 1850
Surface Design for Interior Applications
This studio course specializes in the principles of textile design as they relate to home furnishing fabrication, wall coverings, and other interior related products. Prerequisites: TEXT 1350, TEXT 1550
TEXT 2350
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.
TEXT 2550
Computer-Aided Surface Design I
This CAD studio course builds on the foundation from the Introduction to Photoshop 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.
TEXT 2600
Design for Form & Function
This course introduces students to the basic pattern blocks and manufacturing procedures in the fashion industry. Students explore the process of textile design and its relationship to the function of the finished product.
TEXT 2750
Computer-Aided Surface Design II
This continuation of Computer-Aided Surface Design utilizes the computer as a design tool. Students expand their experience developing print designs, drawing attention specifically to formulating color ways, learning to prepare designs for engraving. Prerequisite: TEXT 2550
TEXT 3150
Trend Analysis
Students examine the fashion forecasting process, with an emphasis on textile development and color trends in the global and domestic markets.
TEXT 4650
Line Development
Through this study of the color and design strategies used in merchandising textile print designs, students gain an appreciation of the designers role in responding to the market. A line of textile print concepts is developed based on research of markets, trends, and color. Prerequisite: TEXT 3150
TEXT 4950
Portfolio Development
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: TEXT 46500
TSCI 1420
Historic Textiles
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.
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 1800
Fabric Identification
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
Total Units of Credit: 60

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

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.