Department of Design and Merchandising

In the Apparel Design & Production concentration, the curriculum focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the design of textile and apparel goods for an identified target market, including coursework in aesthetics and design, fashion/trend forecasting, fashion illustration, pattern development; material selection (e.g., fibers, fabrics, dyes/finishes), apparel construction techniques, computer-aided design (CAD), historic textiles and costume, and social-psychological aspects of dress.

Students applying to the Apparel Design and Production concentration are accepted first into the Apparel and Merchandising major. Full acceptance into the Apparel Design and Production concentration requires passing the Portfolio Review held in the spring semester. Industry professionals in the field of apparel design and manufacturing will evaluate portfolios. The 20 to 25 highest scoring students will be accepted into the Apparel Design and Production concentration and become eligible to take the Apparel Design and Production courses in the concentration.

Effective Fall 2015

AM 101Fashion Industries 3
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital Technology 3
AM 130Design Foundation-Apparel and Merchandising 3
AM 143Introduction to Apparel Design 4
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
DM 120Textiles 3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 100 or SOC 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)
General Sociology (GT-SS3)
Elective 2
 Total Credits 31
AM 240Computer-Aided Apparel Design 3
AM 241Apparel Production 3
AM 244Illustration for Apparel Design 3
AM 250Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)3E3
AM 270Merchandising Processes 3
AM 275Product Development I 3
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B 
General Statistics  
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30
AM 341Computer-Aided Apparel Production 3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design4B3
AM 345Draping Design 3
AM 363Historic Costume4A3
DM 492Preinternship Seminar 2
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives1 6
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 32
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment 3
AM 446Apparel Design and Production4C3
AM 460Historic Textiles 3
DM 487B2Internship: Apparel Design and Production 12
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives1 6
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

 Internship Alternative Courses2

AM 321Advanced Textiles3
AM 330Textile and Apparel Economics3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design3
AM 344Adobe Illustrator for Apparel Design3
AM 363Historic Costume3
AM 364History of Fashion Designers/Manufacturers3
AM 366Merchandising Promotion3
AM 371Merchandising Systems4
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment3
AM 430International Retailing3
AM 450Social-Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
AM 460Historic Textiles3
AM 466Retail Environment Design and Planning3
ART 350Fibers II4
ART 351Fibers III4
ART 450Fibers IV4
ART 451Fibers V4
DM 360/MKT 360Retailing3
DM 400U.S. Travel-New York City3
DM 470AInternational Design and Merchandising: Apparel2
DM 470BInternational Design and Merchandising: Interior Design2
DM 474Fashion Show Production and Event Planning3
DM 482Travel Abroad1
JTC 301Corporate and Professional Communication (GT-C03)3
JTC 310Copy Editing3
JTC 311History of Media3
JTC 316Multiculturalism and the Media3
JTC 320AReporting: General News3
JTC 320BReporting: Sports3
JTC 320CReporting: Business3
JTC 320DReporting: Government and Political3
JTC 320EReporting: Health and Medicine3
JTC 320FReporting: Technology and Innovation3
JTC 320GReporting: Education3
JTC 320HReporting: Special Topics3
JTC 326Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement3
JTC 340Digital Video Editing3
JTC 342Writing for Specialized Electronic Media3
JTC 350Public Relations3
JTC 361Writing for Specialized Magazines3
JTC 372Web Design and Management3
JTC 411Media Ethics and Issues3
JTC 412International Mass Communication3
JTC 413New Communication Technologies and Society3
JTC 414Media Effects3
JTC 415Communications Law3
JTC 464Technical Communication3
JTC 471Research for Public Communicators3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
MGT 330Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship3
MGT 340Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
MGT 410Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420New Venture Creation3
MGT 425Organizational Communication Strategies3
MGT 440New Venture Management3
MGT 470Managerial Decisions-Issues and Analysis3
MGT 475International Business Management3
MKT 366Services Marketing3
SOC 301Development of Sociological Thought3
SOC 302Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 330Social Stratification3
SOC 342Leisure and Society3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 371Symbolic Interaction3
SOC 460Society and Environment3
TH 363Costume Design II3

Select upper-division (300- to 400-level) AM or DM courses ending in -00 to -79.


Acceptance for DM 487B depends on the student’s GPA and acceptance by a cooperating company. Students not enrolled in an internship will select 12 credits from the department list of Internship Alternative Courses.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Competitive Selection process: Portfolio Review required for all students who desire to declare Apparel Design and Production (ADAZ) concentration. Upon successful passing of the Portfolio Review, students are able to take AM 143. No course requirements to submit a Portfolio, however, a minimum 2.500 cumulative reported GPA is required. 20‐25 students selected each Fall and can then declare ADAZ concentration ‐ those are then permitted to enroll in AM 143, AM 241, AM 244, AM 341,AM 345, AM 446.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion IndustriesX  3
AM 130Design Foundation-Apparel and Merchandising X 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
Select one course from the following:   3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C 
General Sociology (GT-SS3)  3C 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital TechnologyX  3
AM 143Introduction to Apparel DesignX  4
DM 120TextilesX  3
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)  3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
Elective   2
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 241Apparel Production X 3
AM 244Illustration for Apparel Design X 3
AM 250Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)  3E3
DM 272Consumers in the MarketplaceX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B 
General Statistics    
AM 130 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 240Computer-Aided Apparel Design X 3
AM 270Merchandising ProcessesX  3
AM 275Product Development I   3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
A minimum 2.500 GPA is required by the end of Semester 4 in order to enroll in DM 492 during Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile DesignX 4B3
DM 492Preinternship Seminar   2
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Upper-Division AM or DM Elective   3
AM 241 and AM 244 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 341Computer-Aided Apparel ProductionX  3
AM 345Draping Design X 3
AM 363Historic Costume X4A3
Advanced Writing  23
Upper-Division AM or DM Elective   3
DM 492 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
A minimum 2.500 GPA is required by the end of Semester 6 in order to enroll in DM 487 in Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 421Textiles Product Quality AssessmentX  3
AM 446Apparel Design and ProductionX 4C3
AM 460Historic TextilesX  3
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
DM 487BInternship: Apparel Design and ProductionX  12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120