This year, the Technology Department is giving students the opportunity to dress up their studies with a minor in fashion design.
The 21-credit minor consists of seven courses that focus on the creativity, technology, and techniques required to design and construct apparel.
Introductory courses include Fundamentals of Apparel Construction (FTT 109), Introduction to Fashion Technologies (FTT 208), and Pattern Drafting and Grading for Industry (FTT 208). In these courses, students will become familiar with sewing equipment, patterns, and design programs.
The upper-level courses of the fashion design minor focus heavily on developing a professional portfolio and becoming proficient with technology used in the fashion industry. Candidates for the minor are required to take Fashion Illustration (FTT 303), Fashion Computer Aided Design (FTT 308), Industrial Apparel Assembly (FTT 324), and Apparel Design III: Draping (FTT 328).
This program will introduce students to the processes and technology associated with designing and creating apparel, as well as the creative and technical considerations in the fashion industry. Students will have the opportunity to design and create their own apparel using different equipment and software programs.
The fashion design minor will create opportunities for interdisciplinary specialization. For instance, a communication major could combine fields for a career in fashion public relations, or a theater major could delve into costume design.
With a focus on both technology and creativity, left and right brains alike are encouraged to explore the possibilities. The minor is available to any student who is not currently majoring in the fashion and textile technology program.
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