The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Apparel Design emphasizes and integrates creative thinking and technical skill. Students become proficient in manual and computer methods of pattern development and implement apparel structuring methods appropriate for custom design or industry production. Courses cover costume history, social and cultural meanings of apparel, the textile and apparel consumer, and aesthetics. Students take six sequential apparel design studio courses. A required internship ensures that students gain professional experience.
Students entering the program should have apparel construction/assembly competence and a working knowledge of microcomputers and software. Students are encouraged to use the liberal education categories to explore multicultural themes and to strengthen knowledge that supports their major coursework.
NOTE: The design studio courses in the program are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years) regardless of transfer coursework completed prior to the term of admission. However, students who transfer to the program with many or all of their liberal education courses completed may be able to enroll at a reduced credit load in their 3rd and 4th year of the program. This allows students to work in the field and gain significant experience in design.