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Fashion Design Curriculum

Fashion Design    |    Emphasis in Costume Design

 

All programs’ curricula are developed in response to Program Learning Outcomes, which signify what students learn within a degree program or emphasis area. All program learning outcomes respond to overarching Institutional Learning Outcomes. View the Fashion Design program learning outcomes


Show All Foundation Course Descriptions
Fall - Foundation (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Life Drawing I FNDT180 3
Life Drawing I

Sequenced instruction provides rigorous training in the use of gesture, anatomy, and structural figure drafting. Drawing the human figure from the inside out fosters an understanding of complex visual relationships. Upon completion of the course, students are able to analyze the human form and to view it as a complex perceptual model for the larger realm of visual experience.

Principles of Design FNDT115 2
Principles of Design

This course is a sequenced investigation of various organizing principles using traditional and contemporary media. Students learn fundamentals of value manipulation as determinants of visual order. Elements of visual literacy provide a basis for the study of compositional fundamentals, including focal point(s), directional elements, and visual weight.

Lab fee $30

Drawing and Building Form FNDT160 3
Drawing and Building Form

Students study form in both two-dimensional rendering and three-dimensional building through drawing and building objects. Skills of relational measurement, compositional organization, and the placement of form in space inform both drawing and form-building activities. Drawing techniques such as perspective and isometric projection facilitate successful form generation.

Writing in the Digital Age ENGL107 3
Writing in the Digital Age

Students will explore the ongoing cultural, technological and social changes that impact our ways of reading and writing, and what does it mean to be literate in the digital world. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL090 or placement through the Writing Placement Assessment.

Introduction to Visual Culture AHCS120 3
Introduction to Visual Culture

Introduces issues and theories that are critical to the field of Visual Culture and representation in art and design.

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Spring - Foundation (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Life Drawing II FNDT182 3
Life Drawing II

Structural drawing and perceptual skills are expanded through study of the figure's relation to environment, life-scale, movement, and draping. Students discover individual sensibilities of mark making and aspects of personal vision, through a variety of traditional and experimental drawing media and techniques.

Prerequisite: FNDT180 Life Drawing I
Recommended for students planning to select Digital Media, Fashion Design or Toy Design as their major.

Connections through Color and Design CAIL101 3
Connections through Color and Design

A second-semester Creative Action studio course introducing students to contextually-based problem solving using fundamentals of color and design. Students learn Munsell color theory and practical aspects of color mixing such as value, hue and chroma. Students apply these skills in solving problems that engage the larger community, transdisciplinary practice, research, and collaboration.

Form and Space FNDT161 2
Form and Space

Students employ acquired skills transferred from Drawing and Building Form to explore and exploit materials as well as to discover unique processes in creating novel form. The study of three-dimensional design expands to encompass meaning construction, composition and research as students engage the more complex issues of form and space.

Prerequisite: FNDT160 Drawing and Building Form
Recommended for students planning to select A/L/I, Fashion Design or Product Design as their major.

Elective FNDT145 1
Elective

Foundation year students can pick any Foundation Elective to fulfil this requirement. See the department or the Course Catalog for more information.

Birth of the Modern AHCS121 3
Birth of the Modern

Explores the key issues, problems, and events in art, history, music, literature, science, and design associated with and resulting from the social and cultural changes that occurred in the modern world.

Ways of Knowing LIBS114 3
Ways of Knowing

An interdisciplinary theme/issue driven project based course for first year students. This course will be paired with another course in a different discipline that is exploring a similar issue/theme. See Department for course offerings.

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Show All Sophomore Year Course Descriptions
Fall - Sophomore (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Sophomore Studio I FSHD202 4
Sophomore Studio I

Starting with basic principles of draping, patternmaking, and sewing construction, students will learn garment industry procedures and create 3-D design ideas.

Fashion Illustration FSHD210 3
Fashion Illustration

Students create a variety of figures as a basis for professional design sketches, and develop skill in drawing technical flats. Advanced rendering, presentation techniques, and introductory design comprise the second semester.

Model Drawing I FSHD230 2
Model Drawing I

Students draw from live male and female models to develop an awareness of the proportions and movement of the elongated fashion figure while maintaining correct anatomical structure. They also explore the visualization of various fabrics and garments on the figure. 

Digital Design I FSHD225 1
Digital Design I

Using a Mac, students learn about basic practices, internet usage, digital terminology, and related computer equipment including the scanner, printer, and the Wacom tablet. Students are introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and learn how these skills can aid them in Design and Illustration. Students will be introduced to drawing basic garments in Adobe Illustrator.

Textile Science I NSCI311 2
Textile Science I

Study fibers, yarns, and fabrics, and acquire a practical understanding of how each affects the appearance

Creative Action Lecture * CAIL200 3
Creative Action Lecture
Creative Action Liberal Arts electives enable students to work in transdisciplinary teams with a community partner. Emphasizing collaborative methodology, synthesizing diverse perspectives, creativity, critical thinking, clear communication, and information literacy, students engage in issues that extend beyond the traditional classroom. See department for course offerings.
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Spring - Sophomore (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Sophomore Studio II FSHD203 4
Sophomore Studio II

Continuing with principles of draping, patternmaking, and sewing construction, students will learn garment industry procedures and create 3-D design ideas.

Fashion Illustration/Introduction to Design FSHD212 3
Fashion Illustration/Introduction to Design

Students create a variety of figures as a basis for professional design sketches, and develop skill in drawing technical flats. Advanced rendering, presentation techniques, and introductory design comprise the second semester.

Model Drawing II FSHD231 1
Model Drawing II

Students draw from live male and female models to develop an awareness of the proportions and movement of the elongated fashion figure while maintaining correct anatomical structure. They also explore the visualization of various fabrics and garments on the figure.

Digital Design II FSHD324 1
Digital Design II

Using Adobe Illustrator, students will advance their knowledge in drawing basic garments, known as “flats” in the fashion industry.

Prerequisite: FSHD225 Digital Design I

Textile Science II NSCI312 2
Textile Science II

Study knit construction, its design possibilities, and how it affects the performance of the fabric and finished product. Knit swatches using a variety of stitches, combining yarns and varying gauge. Other topics include dyeing, printing, and finishes as processes that affect the aesthetic appeal of the finished product, and as functional finishes which enhance performance. The impact of these processes is examined.

Required for Fashion Design majors.

Lab Fee: $30.

Contemporary Issues AHCS220 3
Contemporary Issues

Addresses a variety of issues in art, design, film, and culture from 1960 to the present. Students may focus on fine art, mass media, or design, or popular culture. More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

LAS Sophomore Elective * LIBS214 3
LAS Sophomore Elective

More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

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Show All Junior Course Descriptions
Fall - Junior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Junior Studio I FSHD300 5
Junior Studio I

Students focus on sewing and construction techniques of “moderately-priced” garments. This course provides practical application of draping, sewing, and pattern drafting. Visiting mentors guide and critique students’ designs on professional models during fittings. Students learn the design creation process from interpretation of original sketch to finished garment.

Prerequisite: FSHD202/203
Sophomore Studio I/II

Only FSHD301 will count for the
Sustainability Minor 

Digital Design III FSHD325 1
Digital Design III

Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, students will learn to create prints, finishing treatments for polished flats, and Tech Packs.

Prerequisite: FSHD324 Digital Design II

Model Drawing III FSHD330 1
Model Drawing III

This course further explores the fashion figure with focus on improved gesture, line quality, and accurate observation of clothing proportion and shape.

Prerequisite: FSHD232 Model Drawing II or FSHD233 Dynamic Model Drawing

Fashion Design and Illustration I FSHD362 4
Fashion Design and Illustration I

Students work under the direction of industry professionals in the moderate market to develop fabric stories and sketches. Spring semester focuses on the study of better apparel in preparation for senior year. One mentor project will focus on sustainability. Students pursuing the Sustainability Minor should elect to work on this project.

Prerequisite: FSHD212/213 Fashion Illustration/Introduction to Design

Only FSHD362 will count for the Sustainability Minor

History of Costume I AHCS370 2
History of Costume I

An in-depth study of fashion creators, trends, and the political climate that has created men’s and women’s fashion during the twentieth century.

Required for Fashion Design majors.

Math for Artists and Designers * MATH136 3
Math for Artists and Designers

Explores the connections between math and art in two and three dimensions. The class includes an exploration of Escher’s work, tiling the plane, fractals, and the golden ratio. It also covers topics such as graphing equations and geometric constructions.

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Spring - Junior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Junior Studio II FSHD301 5
Junior Studio II

Students focus on sewing and construction techniques of “moderately-priced” garments. This course provides practical application of draping, sewing, and pattern drafting. Visiting mentors guide and critique students’ designs on professional models during fittings. Students learn the design creation process from interpretation of original sketch to finished garment.

Prerequisite: FSHD202/203
Sophomore Studio I/II
Only FSHD301 will count for the
Sustainability Minor

Digital Design IV FSHD425 1
Digital Design IV

In this advanced course, students create a group of technical flats based on their own designs in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, which evolve into a digital collection for their portfolios. Topics include flats, line sheets, fabric samples, type, layout, title/mood sheets and tech packs.

Prerequisite: FSHD325 Digital Design III

Model Drawing IV FSHD331 1
Model Drawing IV

This course further explores the fashion figure with focus on improved gesture, line quality, and accurate observation of clothing proportion and shape.

Prerequisite: FSHD232 Model Drawing II or FSHD233 Dynamic Model Drawing

Fashion Design and Illustration II ** FSHD363 3
Fashion Design and Illustration II

Students work under the direction of industry professionals in the moderate market to develop fabric stories and sketches. Spring semester focuses on the study of better apparel in preparation for senior year. One mentor project will focus on sustainability. Students pursuing the Sustainability Minor should elect to work on this project.

Prerequisite: FSHD212/213 Fashion Illustration/Introduction to Design

Only FSHD362 will count for the Sustainability Minor.

History of Costume II AHCS371 3
History of Costume II

Focuses on the study of clothing from prehistoric costume to the nineteenth century, and the factors that influence style changes. This course surveys costume from its ethnic origins through adaptation and assimilation into “fashion” trends in each century.

Required for Fashion Design majors.

Social Science * SSCI210 3
Social Science

More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

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Show All Senior Course Descriptions
Fall - Senior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Senior Studio I FSHD400 6
Senior Studio I

This course provides practical application of draping, classic tailoring, and couture sewing, finishing techniques based on the higher-priced “designer” market. Students learn the design creation process, from original sketch to finished garment. Visiting mentors guide and critique students’ work on professional models during fittings.

Model Drawing V FSHD430 1
Model Drawing V

Students in this advanced drawing course develop a personal style through exploration of professional techniques and a variety of media. The second half of the semester focuses on issues that pertain to portfolio development. Available to non-majors with Department Chair approval.

Prerequisite: FSHD331 Model Drawing IV or FSHD350 Costume in Concept Art ONLY for Fashion Design majors with an Emphasis in Costume Design.

Fashion Design & Illustration III FSHD462 4
Fashion Design & Illustration III

Students design apparel alongside professional designers representing the designer/contemporary market. Working within the industry seasonal schedule, students design classic clothes in finer fabrics and finishing techniques. Emphasis is on more complex sketches, fabric renderings, and layering of garments, to capture a look appropriate to the mentor’s direction.

Prerequisite: FSHD362/363 Fashion Design and Illustration I/II

The Business of Fashion FSHD472 1
The Business of Fashion

Through field trips and lectures by industry professionals, this class provides an overview of the apparel manufacturing process outside the realm of the design room, and the marketing partnership of wholesale manufacturers and retailers. The semester culminates with job search strategies in preparation for a successful entry into the workplace.

Capstone * LIBS440 3
Capstone

A required senior- level course where students identify and critically reflect on a theme that intersects with their own studio practice, discipline, and/or identity and their work in Liberal Studies. The Capstone is the signature course and culminating expression of the Liberal Arts program.

A minimum grade of “C-" or better is required to pass this course.

Note that Creative Writing, Art History, Cultural Studies, Sustainability minors, and Fine Arts majors take specific Capstones. Please see department for courses.

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Spring - Senior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Senior Studio II FSHD401 6
Senior Studio II

This course provides practical application of draping, classic tailoring, and couture sewing, finishing techniques based on the higher-priced “designer” market. Students learn the design creation process, from original sketch to finished garment. Visiting mentors guide and critique students’ work on professional models during fittings.

Portfolio Development FSHD476 3
Portfolio Development

Students develop professional portfolios, targeting a specific market in the fashion industry, and produce groups with concept boards, color story, fabrics, trims, illustrations and technical drawings. This course culminates with a portfolio review and critique by manufacturers.

Prerequisites: FSHD462 Fashion Design and Illustration III or FSHD463 Fashion Design and Illustration III

LAS Upper Division Elective * LIBS314 3
LAS Upper Division Elective

This course can be an upper division Art History or upper division Liberal Studies elective. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for examples of upper division elective offerings or see the Department and/or your Adviser for more information.

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* These courses may be taken in either the fall or the spring semester.

** FSHD363/FSHD364: Though the coursework is offered during the spring semester, students are encouraged to participate in an industry internship during the summer between junior and senior years. Courses in gray are described in Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The curriculum displayed is meant to provide an overview of the current semester’s offerings in this department; it does not represent all degree requirements for the Major or Area of Emphasis. These can be found in each student’s Course Catalog (identified by the year in which one would have entered the college as a Foundation student), which can be found here. If you have questions regarding your specific curricular requirements and/or Course Catalog, please contact Academic Advisement Coordinator Carrie Malcom at cmalcom@otis.edu or (310) 846-2550.