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Fashion Design Courses

FAS236 Body in Fashion

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This studio is a combination of theoretical lectures on the various manifestations of the human body throughout the contemporary period, as well as applied exercises that investigate the perception and representation of the human body and its cultural dimension. The studio will focus on developing students’ skills in representing the anatomical aspects of the human subject in two- and three- dimensional studies, while continuing the creative investigation of translating ideas into forms, and specifically forms that apply to the human body in its movement through space. Basic concepts such as proportion, materiality, texture, fabric and color will be explored in the process of devising specific outfits in response to conceptual ideas.

Co-Requisite: FND237 Visual Dynamics

FAS250 Introduction to Practice and Process

[1–3, 3 cr.]

This course will give students the opportunity to consolidate creative and practical skills learnt in the foundation and build upon these to be fashion focused. As an introduction to the fashion design development: practice and process, the students will use drawing as a tool for recording and researching to evolve visual thinking and produce design ideas developed from a theme. They will produce a sketchbook with a strong emphasis on primary research and individual response and apply awareness of future fashion trends, relevant market forces and seasons. This studio course covers exercises and demonstrations, lectures, group critiques and self- directed study and location research.

Prerequisite: FND236A Design Studio II - Visual Dynamics, FND236B Design Studio II - Formal Tectonics, or FND236C Design Studio II - Anatomy and Space

Co-requisite: FAS251 Thematic Workshop

FAS251 Digital Media

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This studio course is composed of two parts, starting with a basic exposure to computer platforms and the primary software used in computer graphics application. The first part addresses the basics of generating and manipulating images using digital media, and covers monochrome patterns, control and mix of colors, raster images, scanning, pixel and vector graphics. The second part introduces the basic concepts of four-dimensional design, in which properties of time and movement are explored. A range of time-based media are addressed from computer-driven technologies and digital photography to interactive media. A workshop on video editing and post production is offered as integral part of this studio.

Prerequisite: FND236A Design Studio II - Visual Dynamics, FND236B Design Studio II - Formal Tectonics, or FND236C Design Studio II - Anatomy and Space

Co-requisite: FAS250 Introduction to Practice and Process

FAS335 Fashion Design I

[2–4, 4 cr.]

This studio introduces students to the basics and fundamentals of fashion design. Illustration methods and design techniques are introduced along with the fundamentals of apparel construction. Emphasis is placed on primary research, and on the process of development of design concepts into realized forms.

This introductory studio will focus mainly on Casual Wear, with the objective of developing the students’ capacity to interpret ideas and phenomena, and translate these through a creative design process into a refined garment. Drawing methods - both illustrative and technical, along with portfolio presentation skills are an integral component of the studio, as an essential means of communication.


Pre-Requisite: FND237 
Co-Requisite: FAS345 & FAS365

FAS336 Fashion Design II

[2–4, 4 cr.]

This studio is a twofold course that introduces Tailoring and Knitwear. Students are expected to develop a wide knowledge base while working with different classifications of casual wear, flat patternmaking, and experimenting with a select range of cellulose and synthetic textiles and materials, in the process of developing a series of streetwear garments with a focus on Jersey and Denim. The studio will continue to stress on drawing techniques as essential skills in the presentation of a design portfolio.

Pre-Requisite: FAS335
Co-Requisite: FAS346 & FAS366

FAS345 Construction I

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This studio course is a basic introduction to the techniques of fashion making, from hands-on craft and basic patternmaking to methods of measuring and sizing in translating design concepts into 3D form. Topics covered include: textile technology, layout drafting and cutting, draping to achieve basic garment components, as well as hand and machine sewing and finishing. Supplementary visits will be made to local factories to observe the process of producing garments on a mass quantity scale.

Pre-Requisite: FAS236
Co-Requisite: FAS335 & FAS365

FAS346 Construction II

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This is an intermediate studio course in the technical construction of garments and accessories that supplements Fashion Design II, and introduces the pattern drafting and sewing techniques for challenging fabric choices that elaborate on knitwear - yarns, textures, extensible/stretch fabrics and micro fabrics, hybridization of textiles in structure, texture and connections. The course is also supported by guided tours to Couture Houses to observe how sophisticated garments are produced.

Pre-Requisites: FAS345
Co-Requisite: FAS336 & FAS366

FAS351 Digital Studio I

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This course in an introduction to the digital tools of design and construction of fashion garments using specialized software such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The course addresses concept development and concept board preparation and covers the technical aspects of flat pattern drafting with specific computer aided software. Students are expected to prepare basic flat patterns for garment construction, to address sizing and fitting issues, to develop digital studies for print and woven textile finishes and to explore textile repeats, color theory and color scheming and fashion illustration within this course. The final requirement should include the preparation of a complete reference document.

Prerequisite: FND251 Digital Media – Co-requisite: FAS331 Fashion Design I and FAS341 Construction I

FAS352 Digital Studio II

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This advanced digital studio course further develops student skills in using advanced fashion design software and 3D modeling and animation programs to enhance the representation and visualization of their design concepts, and to realize complete digital patternmaking and catwalk simulations.

Prerequisite: FAS351 Digital Studio I – Co-requisite: FAS332 Fashion Design II and FAS342 Construction II

FAS365 Pattern Cutting I

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This studio course introduces the basic tools of technical design that allow the development of design ideas into 3D fabric prototypes. Students are introduced to the core principles of patternmaking [drafting, measuring, fitting, draping, basic garment construction, fabric properties alteration, and pattern cutting]. Demonstrations include exercises aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of how pattern manipulation impacts the silhouette and details of a garment. The second half of the semester is spent developing individual design concepts and putting principles learned into practice, including fitting the garments onto the body.


Pre-Requisite: FAS236
Co-Requisite: FAS335 & FAS345

FAS366 Pattern Cutting II

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This intermediate studio course elaborates on the key components and methods of technical design learnt in Pattern Cutting I by developing students’ understanding of proportion, silhouette, detailing and volume for denim, jersey and related fabrics. During the first half of the semester students undertake a variety of cutting exercises aimed at understanding the skills required for working with these fabrics. Classic details will be explored as well as specific techniques for working with such types of fabrics. The second half of the semester is devoted to producing patterns developed in the Fashion Design II studio.

Pre-Requisite: FAS365
Co-Requisite: FAS336 & FAS346

FAS371 History of Fashion

[2–0, 3 cr.]

This course is a survey of the development of apparel and accessory design through different periods, with a particular emphasis on the modern period, beginning with industrialization. Social, cultural, economic and industrial factors are discussed along with major art movements that contributed to the development of fashion, and as precursors of contemporary fashion trends.

Pre-Requisites: ENG102 Academic English II & FND281 Design Culture

FAS372 Fashion History and Theory II

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to the multidisciplinary field of Fashion Studies that accompanied the expansion of the fashion industry globally. The course addresses the theoretical aspects of fashion design in relation to culture and society and in light of emerging issues affecting design. The course is based on theoretical lectures and readings of key texts by art historians, cultural and social critics; examining reflections on fashion design in a critical way. The course centers on material culture with visual artifacts as reflective of personal, social and political contexts of interpretation. Students engage with the analytical, rhetorical, written and presentation skills necessary for meaningful personal research and further employ inter-disciplinary strategies that define philosophy and visual identity. Class sessions will include seminar-type discussions around specific themes such as the modern body, contemporary representations, fashion and gender, fashion and identity, cultural constraints, among other thematic ideas to encourage students to articulate a personal position towards issues of contemporary relevance.

Pre-Requisite: FAS371

Note: This course has not been taught since Fall 2017 and will not be taught in the academic year 2022-2023.

FAS381 Fashion Illustration

[1–3, 3 cr.]

Illustration is not merely about traditional academic drawing, but about expressing the mood of a collection or the aesthetics of a designer. This studio introduces the use of experimental drawing styles, mark making and digital design skills for communicating the human figure. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style that may be abstract, unorthodox or challenging. This studio is taught through lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises and tutorials in the production of a conceptual portfolio.

Pre-requisite: FND236A Design Studio II - Visual Dynamics, FND236B Design Studio II - Formal Tectonics, or FND236C Design Studio II - Anatomy and Space, FND251 Digital Media, FND281 Design Culture

FAS382 Contour Design

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This studio introduces the specialist area of swimwear and related garments and builds on Pattern Cutting II and construction II where students were introduced to stretch jersey. Technical skills and considerations for working with high stretch fabrics that support the body are explored, whilst historical context forms part of the research students undertake, along with a review of the current market in developing concept, designs and range. This is especially  of interest for designers who wish to expand their knowledge of this growing market within the region. Students learn through demonstrations, practical exercises and tutorials in the development of directional garments.

Pre-requisite: FAS342 Construction II, FAS362 Pattern Cutting II

FAS383 Styling

[1–3, 3 cr.]

The status of the stylist has shifted from a supportive role in fashion shoots to taking the helm of fashion publications and houses. This studio introduces students to the considerations required to make a successful stylist. This includes: the agenda of a shoot, whether concept of commercially driven, coordinating a hair and make-up team, set design, the model and photographer. An overview of magazines both online and print will be reviewed as a starting point to analyze types of content and features. Students learn through lectures, seminars, independent research and practical demonstrations.

Pre-requisite: FND236A Design Studio II - Visual Dynamics, FND236B Design Studio II - Formal Tectonics, or FND236C Design Studio II - Anatomy and Space, FND251 Digital Media, FND281 Design Culture

Note: This course has not been taught since Fall 2017 and will not be taught in the academic year 2022-2023.

FAS422 Textile Design

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This twofold studio course combines a comprehensive historical and contemporary survey of woven and knitted fabrics used in apparel with a study of textile science, covering the design and production techniques of protein fibers, cellulose fibers and synthetic fibers and their interaction with finishes such as dyes, pigments, muds and ochre. Students learn to identify fiber and fabric properties and to evaluate their performance. The yarn system, weaving and knitting as well as finishes - printed, painted, felted, dyed or woven patterns are investigated as sources for creative applications in fashion design. Students submit a research paper that analyses the methodology explored and techniques used in their projects, demonstrating the developmental phases of various experimental structural and textural outputs in the design and production of a textile piece.

Pre-Requisite: FND236 or FND237

FAS435 Fashion Design III

[2–4, 4 cr.]

This intermediate design studio builds on proficiencies acquired in the previous studios, and incorporates design research to allow students to develop their own personal design philosophy and their manufacturing skills in Outer Wear – Casual, Smart Casual and Formal. Students are given the option to concentrate on one of the three areas of emphasis: Street Wear, Tailoring | Bespoke or Couture. The studio builds upon the fluency acquired in concept development, using fashion design software. The studio will also emphasize other aspects in the design process, with an emphasis on cultural and climatic factors in design.

Pre-Requisite: FAS336
Co-Requisite: FAS445- FAS465

FAS445 Construction III

[1–2, 2 cr.]

In this advanced studio course, students will master the skills needed for the production of tailored garments. During the first part of the course, students will work on a standard jacket pattern towards the production of a jacket en toile. This includes use of interlinings, developing pocket types to shoulder pads and buttonholes, and applying correct methods for pressing and finishing. These skills consolidate previous exercises and underpin the standards required for the final project. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the production of garments in coordination with Fashion Design III.

Pre-Requisites: FAS346
Co-Requisite: FAS435 & FAS465

FAS465 Pattern Cutting III

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This advanced studio course further develops the academic and technical skills required in the cutting and production of Soft Tailoring, covering the essential stages in the production of outerwear garments, with particular attention to the impact of fabric choices on the cutting process. During the first half of the semester students learn about the importance of balance and fit as well as specific techniques in designing collars, sleeves and linings. The second half of the studio is spent realizing patterns for the production of select garments, including one piece of outerwear.


Pre-requisite: FAS366
Co-Requisite: FAS435 & FAS445

FAS482 Leatherwear and Accessory Design

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This course explores and builds upon the rich heritage of leather production and craftsmanship prevalent locally, promoting individual interests through research, concept development and design. The studio covers the design of leather and plastic wearables and accessories incorporating advanced levels of design research [markets, suppliers, construction methods, manufacture] and the development of various leather products from concept to execution. Submissions expand from original concept through to patternmaking and fabrication of the finished accessory prototypes. Students work with an industry specialist whenever feasible, whilst learning through demonstrations, practical workshop exercises and individual tutorials.

Pre-Requisite: FAS336

FAS483 Designer Fabrics

[1–3, 3 cr.]

This intermediate studio develops processes essential in the production of unique fabrications for fashion and accessory design. In this course students explore themes that challenge and re-define boundaries within their practice by producing mixed process sampling. The outcome of this studio sees in-depth research, development of concept through to industry standard sampling and an understanding of the intended market level. As part of this   course students are expected to use digital printing processes as  well as liaising with artisans and specialist suppliers. Students learn through demonstrations, practical workshop exercises and individual tutorials.

Pre-requisite: FAS332 Fashion Design II

FAS485A International Workshop A

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This is a variable theme workshop, in which students are exposed to a specialized fashion designer, focusing on the production of apparel in one of the following options: Shoe Design, Accessory Design, Millinery Design, Bridal Wear Design, or Sportswear design.

Pre-Requisite: FAS336

FAS485B International Workshop B

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This is a variable theme workshop, in which students are exposed to an international designer, focusing on new ideas in fashion design, such as sustainable design, new fabrics and textiles, etc. The Workshop will be conducted on campus or at an off-campus location, culminating with a small show of the designed collections.

Pre-Requisite: FAS336

FAS491 Fashion Entrepreneurship

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course provides a platform for equipping students with essential entrepreneurial and marketing skills, from market research to product pricing and projections. The course includes a survey of different contemporary practices and business models in fashion entrepreneurship and marketing, including market research on the Ready to Wear sector. The various aspects of running a successful fashion practice are broken down into key components, allowing students a thorough and comprehensive exposure to the business aspects of the profession. This intensive course takes students through the steps necessary to plan and write a viable business proposal. By working through each stage of the plan, students hone their professional organizational and writing skills through learning the processes required in establishing a business.

Pre-Requisite: FAS336

FAS492 Fashion Internship

[0–250, 9 cr.]

This course requires students to complete a minimum of 18 weeks of internship at a fashion design house or fashion related industry, in order to supplement their design knowledge with hands-on practical training covering the full process of the creation and production of a seasonal collection. The internship experience provides an opportunity for an immersion in the real world of practice, exposing students to the design process in its totality, from conception to realization, under strict deadlines and commercial constraints. Students are given the option to work in local or international studios. The internship covers a full term, and may extend to the summer term as well, giving students the possibility to further develop their practical and professional skills.

Pre-Requisite: FAS435

FAS535 Fashion Collection I

[2–4, 4 cr.]

This studio constitutes a major step in the preparation of the graduating student’s final collection. During this studio, students explore a directional theme in the process of elaborating an individual design aesthetic. Grounded on a thorough understanding of fabric manipulation, pattern cutting and construction, students will begin the process of developing their collection, which should demonstrate a mastery of technical skills based. At the completion of this studio, each student’s individual collection will be well set for final development in Fashion Collection II. 

Pre-Requisite: FAS435
Co-Requisite: FAS545

FAS536 Fashion Collection II

[2–4, 4 cr.]

This studio constitutes the final step of the fashion design curriculum. The research and schematic designs elaborated in Fashion Collection I are carried over to design development and production in the studio. Focus and organizational skills are central to this studio - in coordinating and producing a collection that typifies how the student work is presented in a fashion marketplace. Students are evaluated on the design and presentation of their fully-styled garment line, along with the submission of an individual portfolio with promotional strategy. The final collection will be presented at the school fashion show, and juried by academics and industry professionals. 

Pre-Requisite: FAS535
Co-Requisite: FAS546

FAS541 Construction IV

[1–3, 3 cr.]

This final advanced Construction workshop sees students explore and resolve manufacturing issues for their final collection by testing techniques and processes learned throughout the program. It is here that students have the opportunity to experiment and push the boundaries of accepted norms of how garments may be perceived. The production of a final collection requires skill, planning and finesse at every stage to ensure professional standards remain paramount with self-directed study and planning being central to this. This workshop sees students produce a series of garment prototypes for the express purpose of understanding how a collection might function when realized in the actual fabrics. Students learn through individual technical guidance.

Pre-requisite: FAS441 Construction III, FAS461 Pattern Cutting III

Co-requisite: FAS561 Pattern Cutting IV

FAS561 Pattern Cutting IV

[2–2, 4 cr.]

During this final advanced Pattern Cutting course, students have the opportunity to test their techniques and skills in the production of key silhouettes for their final collection. This is the last time students have access to a pattern cutter and it is expected they will push the boundaries of this discipline in the pursuit of excellence. At this  point there are no longer demonstrations and exercises, but rather students are expected to work on their self-directed study program. The ability to produce industry accurate patterns that demonstratefinesse is essential to success as are the organizational skills required for producing an array of complex patterns for a collection. Students learn through individual tutorials.

Pre-requisite: FAS461 Pattern Cutting III
Co-requisite: FAS541 Construction IV

FAS592 Fashion Show

[4–0, 4 cr.]

This course will serve as a support course to the final capstone studio, in preparation for the cat show in which students present their final collections. The course will take place at the end of the term, training students to present their collections professionally.

Co-Requisite: FAS536