Fall 2017 Course Schedule 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    TF 101

    Introduction to Textiles

    Focusing on fundamentals of textile arts and design, this survey course will examine structured non-woven, woven and knitted textile techniques and structures, uses and properties of materials, surface pattern and design through simple printmaking techniques, and development of ways to express personal concepts through the medium. Elective: 3 credit; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisites.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    TF 102

    Introduction to Fashion and Apparel

    Using the history of dress as a guideline for the course, students will learn the evolution of apparel both academically and experientially. Basic pattern drafting and garment construction, introduction to fashion sketching, and concept development will be supported by an exploration of the expressive properties of pattern, color, texture and materials on the body, as well as a basic understanding of scale and silhouette of clothes in relation to the human form. The course includes discussions and presentations around the notion of fashion, style, and the designer as artist.  Elective: 3 credit; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisites.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    TF 201

    Machine Knitting Techniques

    In this introductory course, students gain an in-depth understanding of the use of the knitting machine, including a core grasp of pattern drafting for knits, construction and finishing techniques, and garment design challenges. Students initially focus on the "grid" found in most textile structures, and then explore what makes knitting unique - that it can be shaped during the making process, and that it stretches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the expressive qualities of color, texture and pattern inherent in knitting, and how to utilize those qualities to explore personal concepts. Beginning the semester with an in-depth study of color, materials, and surface pattern, students will learn machine knitting techniques in great depth. A comprehensive collection of weekly technique samples, a mid-term garment, and a final project will be supported by the history of knitting as well as a look at contemporary knitwear in fashion. (Formerly FA 203) No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisites.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    TF 321

    Majors Studio I: Fashion Design

    This assignment driven course for majors presents in-depth pattern drafting and draping and garment construction techniques. Students will learn to draft a basic “sloper” (prototype): the basis for creating multiple garment designs as well as free form draping directly on the dress form. Students will become proficient in garment construction and detail and finishing techniques. An emphasis will be placed on excellent craftsmanship, broad investigations in materials, manipulation and embellishment techniques, and color, pattern and texture to reinforce the development of concept and design. History of dress as well as up-to-date familiarity with the contemporary fashion scene will serve as an integral component of the course. Coursework will also include fashion rendering, concept development, trend forecasting, guest lecturers and master craftsmen.  Major requirement: 6 credits/semester; 12 hours/week. Prerequisite: Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    Prerequisites : Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 12 hours/week.

    6 credits
    TF 351

    Introduction to the Discipline

    This course will serve as an in-depth study of the history of textiles and dress as well as the role of fashion as a contemporary expression. Students will study fashion as a response to popular culture, both historically and currently, and consider its role as a form of communication, its relationship to visual arts and culture, its role as a venue for the artist and ethical questions of production and sustainability. Through research, readings, seminar discussions, conversations with artists and designers, and museum, factory and studio visits, students will refine their skills in articulating and interpreting their understanding of fashion, clothing, art, and culture.  Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    Prerequisites : Major status or by permission of the instructor and/or program chair.

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 3 hours/week.

    3 credits
    TF 421

    Major Studio III: Textile & Fashion

    Required majors studio course offered   term of senior year. This course is designed to further foster a robust studio/personal practice for each student in the major. Self-directed work is the primary focus of the semester. Each student’s work must have a clear grounding in historical and contemporary issues in the major and be approved by faculty. Weekly meetings with faculty, group critiques, and tutorials and instruction from faculty, artists, and designers with specific expertise will support the student’s exploration as it pertains to their work. The course also addresses the realities of being a working artist and designer, in conjunction with SEM 451 Professional Studio. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: TF 321 and TF 322

    Prerequisites : Prerequisite: TF 321 and TF 322

    Additional Notes : Major requirement. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits