Department of Design and Merchandising

The Apparel Design and Production concentration focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the design and creation of textile and apparel goods for an identified target market. This includes 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 and a minimum 2.500 GPA. Industry professionals in the field of apparel design and manufacturing evaluate student portfolios. Each year, the 20 to 25 students who receive the highest scores on the portfolio evaluation are accepted into the Apparel Design and Production concentration, and they become eligible to enroll in apparel design and production courses.

Learn more about the Apparel Design and Production concentration on the Department of Design and Merchandising website.

Effective Fall 2020

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion Industries 3
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital Technology 3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design3B3
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 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising 1
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
Select one course from the following: 3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C 
General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Elective 1
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
AM 241Patternmaking I - Flat Pattern 3
AM 244Fashion Illustration 3
AM 250Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)3E3
AM 270Merchandising Processes 3
AM 275Product Development I 3
AM 340Patternmaking II - Draping 3
DM 120Textiles 3
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
AM 321Advanced Textiles 3
AM 341Patternmaking III - Computer-Aided Design 3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design4B3
AM 346Apparel Line Concept Development and Planning 3
AM 363Historic Costume4A3
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment 3
DM 492Professional Practice 2
Select one course from the following: 3
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B 
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Advanced Writing23
Historical Perspectives3D3
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives1 3
 Total Credits 32
Senior
 
AM 446Apparel Design and Production4C3
AM 460Historic Textiles 3
DM 487B2Internship: Apparel Design and Production 12
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives1 3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

 Internship Alternative Courses2,3

AM 330Global Sourcing of Textiles and Apparel3
AM 335Textiles and Apparel Supply Chains3
AM 364History of Fashion Designers/Manufacturers3
AM 366Merchandising Promotion3
AM 371Merchandise Planning and Control4
AM 373Apparel Design and Retail Entrepreneurship3
AM 430International Retailing3
AM 450Social-Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
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-CO3)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 372Advanced Web Design and Management3
JTC 411Media Ethics and Issues3
JTC 412International Mass Communication3
JTC 413New Media Trends and Society3
JTC 414Media Effects3
JTC 415Communications Law3
JTC 464Technical Communication3
JTC 471Research for Public Communicators3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
MGT 330Creativity, Innovation, and Value Creation3
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 Inequality3
SOC 342Leisure and Society3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 460Society and Environment3
TH 363Costume Design II3

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.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion IndustriesX  3
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital Technology   3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design X3B3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
DM 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising   1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 143Introduction to Apparel DesignX  4
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)  3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)  1B1
Select one course from the following:   3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C 
General Sociology (GT-SS3)  3C 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   1
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 241Patternmaking I - Flat Pattern X 3
AM 244Fashion Illustration X 3
AM 250Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)  3E3
DM 120Textiles   3
DM 272Consumers in the MarketplaceX  3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 270Merchandising ProcessesX  3
AM 275Product Development I   3
AM 340Patternmaking II - Draping   3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 341Patternmaking III - Computer-Aided Design   3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile DesignX 4B3
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment   3
DM 492Professional Practice   2
Select one course from the following:   3
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B 
General Statistics (GT-MA1)  1B 
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 321Advanced Textiles   3
AM 346Apparel Line Concept Development and Planning   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   
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 446Apparel Design and ProductionX 4C3
AM 460Historic TextilesX  3
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives   3
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