Fashion Design and Merchandising (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements27
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements72
Free Electives18-15
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Department Core Requirements
ARFD 100Perceptual Drawing3
or ARFD 124 Figure Drawing
ARTX 201Culture and Appearance3
VIST 102Visual Culture3
Program Core Requirements
ARFD 101Surface3
or ARFD 104 Space
ARFD 103Color and Light3
VIST 106Modern Visions 1400-19453
Required Collaterals
ECON 102Applied Microeconomics3
MGMT 231Management Processes3
MKTG 240Introduction to Marketing3
INFO 173Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions3
Major Requirements
ARTX 220Textile and Apparel Colloquium3
ARTX 221Fashion Practice: 1990 to Today3
ARTX 298Textiles3
ARTX 310Fashion Retailing Mathematics3
ARTX 321Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today3
ARTX 465Fashion Branding3
ARTX 409Fashion Internship6
Design, Merchandising, or Combined Track
Complete one of the tracks listed below.18
Total Credits72

Design Track

ARTX 120Introduction to Apparel Construction3
ARTX 226Intermediate Apparel Construction3
ARTX 230Fashion Illustration3
ARTX 322Apparel Design: Flat Pattern3
ARTX 422Apparel Design: Draping3
Complete one course from the following:3
Digital Textile Design
Digital Applications for Fashion
Fashion Study Abroad
Special Topics for Apparel Creation
Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance
Total Credits18

Merchandising Track

ARTX 325Fashion Marketing3
ARTX 360Fashion Consumer Research3
ARTX 365Fashion Management3
ARTX 398Fashion Product Development3
ARTX 410Fashion Forecasting3
Complete one course from the following:3
Digital Applications for Fashion
Fashion Study Abroad
Fashion Show Promotion
Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance
Total Credits18

Combined Track

Complete six courses from the following. 3 courses (9 credits) must be at the 300-400 level.18
Perceptual Drawing
Surface
Space
Figure Drawing
Time
Digital Photo and Imaging I
Accessory Design
Commercial Photography
Screen Printing
Introduction to Apparel Construction
Intermediate Apparel Construction
Fashion Illustration
Digital Textile Design
Dress and Fashion History, Prehistory to 1790
Fashion Marketing
Digital Applications for Fashion
Fashion Study Abroad
Fashion Consumer Research
Fashion Management
Fashion Product Development
Fashion Show Promotion
Fashion Forecasting
Apparel Design: Draping
Special Topics for Apparel Creation
Introduction to Innovation and 3D Printing
Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance
Anatomical Drawing for Product Designers
Material Matters
Style Wars
Where the Garment Gapes: The Art of Addressing the Body
On Display: Merchandising, Installation Art, and Material Culture
Total Credits18

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Perceptual Drawing (Fulfilled in the major.)
Figure Drawing
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Modern Visions 1400-1945 (Fulfilled in the major.)
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Culture and Appearance (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Applied Microeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits27

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Culture and Appearance (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Design Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (C1) Writing 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
ARFD 100
Perceptual Drawing
or Figure Drawing
3
ARFD 101
Surface
or Space
3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
ARTX 220 Textile and Apparel Colloquium 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
ARTX 201 Culture and Appearance 3
MGMT 231 Management Processes 3
ARTX 298 Textiles 3
 Credits15
Spring
World Language 2 3
ARTX 221 Fashion Practice: 1990 to Today 3
ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics 3
INFO 173 Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions 3
MKTG 240 Introduction to Marketing 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
ARTX 120 Introduction to Apparel Construction 3
ARTX 230 Fashion Illustration 3
ARTX 310 Fashion Retailing Mathematics 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
ARTX 226 Intermediate Apparel Construction 3
ARTX 321 Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today 3
Design Track upper level elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARTX 465 Fashion Branding 3
ARTX 426 Apparel Design: Flat Pattern 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
ARTX 422 Apparel Design: Draping 3
ARTX 409 Fashion Internship 6
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120

Merchandising Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (C1) Writing 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
ARFD 100
Perceptual Drawing
or Figure Drawing
3
ARFD 101
Surface
or Space
3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
ARTX 220 Textile and Apparel Colloquium 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
ARTX 201 Culture and Appearance 3
MGMT 231 Management Processes 3
ARTX 298 Textiles 3
 Credits15
Spring
World Language 2 3
ARTX 221 Fashion Practice: 1990 to Today 3
ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics 3
INFO 173 Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions 3
MKTG 240 Introduction to Marketing 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
ARTX 310 Fashion Retailing Mathematics 3
ARTX 325 Fashion Marketing 3
ARTX 360 Fashion Consumer Research 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
ARTX 321 Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today 3
ARTX 365 Fashion Management 3
ARTX 398 Fashion Product Development 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARTX 410 Fashion Forecasting 3
ARTX 465 Fashion Branding 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
ARTX 409 Fashion Internship 6
Merchandising Track elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120

Combined Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION (C1) Writing 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
ARFD 100
Perceptual Drawing
or Figure Drawing
3
ARFD 101
Surface
or Space
3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
ARTX 220 Textile and Apparel Colloquium 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
ARTX 201 Culture and Appearance 3
MGMT 231 Management Processes 3
ARTX 298 Textiles 3
 Credits15
Spring
World Language 2 3
ARTX 221 Fashion Practice: 1990 to Today 3
ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics 3
INFO 173 Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions 3
MKTG 240 Introduction to Marketing 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
ARTX 310 Fashion Retailing Mathematics 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
ARTX 321 Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective (upper level) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARTX 465 Fashion Branding 3
Major Elective (upper level) 3
Major Elective (upper level) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
ARTX 409 Fashion Internship 6
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120