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Textiles and Clothing (T C)

200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

(Administered by the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management)

Grace Kunz, Interim Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors (Emeritus): Winakor
University Professors (Emeritus): Farrell-Beck
Professors: Fiore, Kadolph
Professors (Emeritus): Burnet, Stone
Associate Professors: Damhorst, Parsons
Professors (Emeritus): Brackelsberg, Kundel, Kunz
Assistant Professors: Karpova, Niehm, Torntore
Assistant Professors (Adjunct): Glock

Undergraduate Study

The program offers study for the degree of bachelor of science with a major in apparel merchandising, design, and production (AMDP). The program offers students a broad understanding of textile and apparel products, merchandising and marketing strategies, technical and creative design, product development, production processes, and business practices leading to a wide range of careers at state, national, and international levels in business and industry. Courses in the program provide scientific, technical, and humanistic knowledge about textiles, apparel, and related products basic to career preparation. Courses also provide knowledge applicable to the development and use of apparel and textile products by individuals, families, and institutions. The program provides a foundation for graduate study. Graduates understand the production, distribution, and use of textiles and apparel, aesthetic expression, and communication. They are prepared to plan, develop, and present textile and apparel products to meet the needs of consumers. They understand the issues involved in textile and apparel production and marketing, both nationally and internationally. Graduates appreciate the interdependence of nations and cultures as producers and consumers of textile products.

The AMDP major provides a broad-based program of study with flexibility in creating an individualized program. To complete the program, a student combines general education, AMDP core classes, and structured clusters of courses to form an option in merchandising, creative design, technical design, product development, or production and sourcing management.

An option in merchandising prepares students for the planning, development, and presentation of market-oriented product lines and events. Career opportunities are in product development, buying, promotion, and management in both manufacturing and retailing sectors with a focus on the textile and apparel industry.

An option in creative design is appropriate for those interested in the aesthetic and creative aspects of design, product or line development, or promotion of textiles and apparel. The option in technical design prepares students for careers in technical design, product development, and quality assurance. An option in product development is appropriate for those interested in both designing and merchandising products or lines for consumer groups. Students in design have a review of their design skills after T C 225 and T C 278.

An option in production and sourcing management prepares students for positions related to apparel engineering, plant management, quality assurance, costing, product development, sourcing, and buying piece goods or trim for apparel manufacturing or retailing firms.

In addition, a student in merchandising or production and sourcing management selects a secondary option from business and entrepreneurship, consumer behavior/marketing, communications/publications, history/museum studies, human resource management, international trade, or public relations/event management. The combinations of primary and secondary options allow students to individualize their programs.

For additional courses of interest, see Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management.

The program offers a minor in apparel merchandising, design, and production. The minor can be earned by taking T C 131 or 165; 204; 231, 245, or 275; 6 credits at the 300-400 level; for a total of 16 to 17 credits.

Grade point requirement: All students majoring in apparel merchandising, design, and production are required to earn a C or better in all AESHM and T C courses applied toward the degree, including transfer credits.

Graduate Study

The program offers work for the master of science and doctor of philosophy with a major in textiles and clothing. The program also participates in the Master of Family and Consumer Sciences degree by offering a specialization within that program. For all programs the field of study is highly interdisciplinary; programs of study are tailored to students' background and interests.

Graduates understand how textiles and apparel are essential in meeting individual and societal needs and understand the interdependence of nations and cultures as producers and consumers. Graduates understand diverse philosophies of scholarship and apply multiple methods to creative activity, research, and teaching. Strong writing and oral communication skills help graduates disseminate scholarship and compete successfully for awards and grants.

Graduates accept positions relevant to their academic experience. All doctoral graduates have teaching experience. Masters and doctoral graduates have experience working in team-oriented and interactive environments. Graduates are prepared to adapt to future changes in their professions and to provide leadership in professional and public practice. They bring a strong sense of ethics to research, teaching, and business endeavors.

Program emphases for graduate study include consumer behavior; entrepreneurship; merchandising and marketing aspects of textiles and clothing; acquisition and use of textiles and apparel within cultures; U.S. dress and textiles from the 19th into the 21st centuries; textiles; social/psychological aspects of dress; aesthetics and design; product quality and development; textile conservation; and computer-aided design.

The program participates in the interdepartmental gerontology minor.

Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 354.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

T C 111. Professional Development for the Fashion Industry. (1-2) Cr. 2. F.S. Course fee. Career exploration, presentation and professional skills, teamwork and leadership; critical thinking, technology, and service learning components. Job titles and knowledge base, professional behavior and standards, presentation standards for individuals, building teamwork skills, self-assessment of individual strengths and areas with improvement potential, development of leadership skills, introduction of critical thinking skills, introduction of technology used in the apparel industry, service learning applied to textiles and clothing.

T C 121. Apparel Assembly Processes. (1-4) Cr. 3. F.S. Principles of garment assembly. Use of mass production equipment and methods to develop and assemble garments.

T C 131. Overview of the Fashion Industry. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Introduction to fashion industry, industry structure from concept to consumer. Focus on fashion-driven consumer goods.

T C 165. Trend and Consumer Analysis. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Examination of diversity among consumers and future trends in consumer behavior.

T C 204. Textile Science I. (3-3) Cr. 4. F.S.SS. Prereq: TC 131. WWW lectures. Textile fibers, yarns fabrication, coloration, and finishes. Quality and performance application to apparel, furnishing, and industrial textiles.

T C 210. Computer Applications in Textiles and Clothing. (0-2) Cr. 1. F.S.SS. Prereq: 111, 131; TC 245 or concurrent. Applications of basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, PDM, and databases.

T C 225. Patternmaking I. (2-4) Cr. 4. F.S. Prereq: 121, 131, 204. Permission of instructor. Basic flat pattern and draping methods for women's, men's and children's wear. Patternmaking by computer.

T C 231. Product Development and Manufacturing. (3-2) Cr. 4. F.S. Prereq: 204. Analysis of apparel manufacturing processes, product development, sourcing, and production. Focus on materials and specifications relative to quality, performance, and cost.

T C 245. Aesthetics and Brand Image. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 165; TC 204 or concurrent. Elements and principles of design. Analysis of fashion products and promotional settings affecting the consumer. Building experiential aspects of brands.

T C 257. Museum Studies. (Cross-listed with Anthr). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Sophomore standing. Overview of museums in contemporary American society. Museum history, functions, philosophy. Collection and curatorial practices. Funding and governance issues. Object research and exhibit development.

T C 275. Merchandising. (Cross-listed with HRI). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: TC 111, 131; or HRI 101, 3 credits in MATH. Principles of merchandising as applied in retailing, service, and manufacturing business organizations. Study of planning, development, and presentation of products and services.

T C 278. Fashion Illustration. (0-6) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 131, 245 or concurrent enrollment. Permission of instructor. Development of drawing skills, including line, shape, perspective and value. Introduction to drawing the fashion figure and apparel using a variety of media. Fashion presentation and introduction to portfolio development.

T C 301. Basic Design Concepts Review. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: 225, 278. Project review and skill assessment related to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional visualization, apparel assembly, basic product knowledge, design problem solving. Review of fashion illustration, product knowledge, flat pattern, basic apparel assembly, design problem solving. Satisfactory-fail only.

T C 305. Quality Assurance of Textiles and Apparel. (Dual-listed with 505). (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 231, one course in natural science; Stat 101, 226, or 401. Permission of instructor. Principles of product and materials evaluation and quality assurance. Developing specifications and using standard practices for evaluating materials, product characteristics, performance, and quality.

T C 311. Seminar on Careers and Internships. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Good academic standing. Internship and career planning, professional expectations and responsibilities. Resume development, cover letters, portfolio planning, interviewing techniques.

T C 315. Technical Design Processes. (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 225, 231, 278, 301. Permission of instructor. Garment development and analysis: fit, performance, quality, cost. Explore alternative materials, construction methods, grading, and markers; develop specifications.

T C 321. Computer Integrated Textile and Fashion Design. (0-6) Cr. 3. Prereq: 210; 278 or concurrent enrollment. Permission of instructor. Analysis and advanced use of industry-specific software for textile design and fashion design for various markets.

T C 325. Patternmaking II. (2-4) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 225; 278 or concurrent enrollment; 301. Permission of instructor. Principles of advanced patternmaking by flat pattern and draping techniques. Interaction of fabric characteristics with style features. Analysis of fit; problem solving. Patternmaking by computer.

T C 326. Creative Design Processes. (Dual-listed with 526). (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 278, 301, 325 or concurrent enrollment. Permission of instructor. Exploration of the creative process and sources of inspiration with emphasis on fashion presentation and design development for a variety of markets. Continued development of fashion illustration techniques. Use of traditional and non-traditional materials to create innovative garments.

T C 331. Apparel Production Management. (2-3) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 3 credits in Math; 231; Com S 103; T C 121 recommended. Procedures and experiences related to application and use of process controls: method analysis, work measurement, costing, and production planning. Resource management, technology applications, and quality assurance.

T C 340. Hospitality and Apparel Marketing Strategies. (Cross-listed with HRI). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: AESHM 287 or T C 275; Econ 101. Application of marketing principles to the hospitality and apparel industries. Emphasis on social marketing, role of marketing in organizational strategies, services marketing principles, marketing strategy development, and marketing plan.

T C 354. History of European and North American Dress. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 3 credits from Hist or Art H. Survey of history of dress from ancient times through present; focus on European and North American dress. Emphasis on connection of dress to the social, cultural, environmental, and technological contexts of the Western world. Nonmajor graduate credit.

T C 356. History of Twentieth Century Fashion. (Dual-listed with 556). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 3 credits HIST or ART H; T C 204 recommended. Survey of major design and technological developments in 20th Century fashion. Emphasis on fashion as a system of design and production, fashion change, and trends in art, society, and culture. Fashion as culture of consumption. Design and technology as applied to 20th Century fashion. Fashion change and trends from art, society, and culture. Patterns of consumption of fashion goods.

T C 362. Cultural Perspectives in Dress. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 165 or 3 credits in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. Analysis of multiple factors related to dress in selected societies, including technology, aesthetics, social organization, ritual, stability and change. Applications to apparel business.

T C 372. Sourcing and Global Issues. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 231, 275; ECON 101 or 102. Evaluation of key issues facing textiles and apparel businesses in global markets considering ethical, economic, political, social, and professional implications. Sourcing strategies in a global environment.

T C 376. Merchandise Planning and Control. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 275; ACCT 284. Assortment planning, model stocks, budget development, retail math, buying concepts and strategy.

T C 377. Brand Management and Promotions. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 245; MKT 340 or TC 340. Principles of brand image development and management; focus on experiential marketing, promotions, store design, visual merchandising.

T C 380. Field Study. Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 9 credits in T C, junior classification, minimum 2.0 GPA. Permission by application. Study of and tours of textile and apparel manufacturers, design studios, showrooms, markets, retailers, museums, testing laboratories, trade seminars and exhibitions and other areas of interest within the textile and apparel industry.

T C 381. International Field Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Alt. S., offered 2008. SS. Prereq: 9 credits in T C, junior classification, minimum 2.0 GPA. Permission by application. Study of and tours of textile and apparel manufacturing, design studios, showrooms, markets, retailers, museums, testing laboratories, trade seminars and exhibitions, and other areas of interest within the textile and apparel industry. Countries vary.

T C 398. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department chair; junior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

T C 404. Textile Science II. (Dual-listed with 504). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 204, 245; one natural science course. Theories and principles of textile science; emphasis on fiber chemistry, performance and smart textiles, dyeing, and detergency.

T C 411. Seminar on Current Issues. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Senior classification, 12 credits in T C. Trends, issues, and scholarship in textiles and apparel.

T C 438. Human Resource Management in the Hospitality and Apparel Industries. (Cross-listed with HRI). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: AESHM 287 or T C 275. Principles and practices of human resource management and customer relationship management relevant to hospitality and apparel organizations. Emphasis on the entry-level manager's role.

T C 467. Consumer Behavior. (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Stat 101 or 226; T C 165. Application of concepts and theories from the social sciences to the study of consumer behavior related to appearance. Experience in conducting market and consumer research.

T C 470. Supervised Experience. Cr. 3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 311 and minimum 2.0 GPA; permission by application; junior or senior classification. Supervised work experience with a cooperating firm or organization.
A. Textile Industry. Prereq: 305.
B. Historic Textiles and Clothing. Prereq: 6 credits from 257, 354, or 362; 3 credits in anthropology or history recommended.
C. Textile and Apparel Design. Prereq: 210, 225, 231, 245; 278 recommended.
E. Entrepreneurship. Prereq: 275, 474.
I. Merchandising. Prereq: 275.
J. Extension. Prereq: 6 credits in textiles and clothing.
M. Museum. Prereq: 257.
N. Apparel Production Management. Prereq: 331; I E 271 recommended.
O. Technical Design. Prereq: 231, 225; 305 and 331 recommended.
Q. Quality Assurance. Prereq: 305.
T. Public Relations. Prereq: T C 275 and Advrt 230.
U. Product Development. Prereq: 231, 245.

T C 475. Retail Information Analysis. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 275, 376 or concurrent enrollment. Forecasting, customer, market research, analysis of customer databases, data mining, database interface, pattern recognition, retail technology applications.

T C 490. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: 6 credits in textiles and clothing. Permission of the instructor, adviser, and department chair.
A. Textile Science
B. History of Textiles
C. Textile and Apparel Design
D. Aesthetics
E. History of Costume
F. Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Clothing and Textiles
G. Consumer Behavior
H. Honors
I. Merchandising
K. Cultural Analysis
M. Museums
N. Apparel Production Management
O. Technical Design
Q. Quality Assurance
S. Small Business Entrepreneurship in Apparel

T C 495. Senior Design Studio. (1-5) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 301, 321, 325, 326. Permission of instructor. Creation of a line of apparel from concept through completion. Development of portfolio using manual and computer-aided techniques. Line must be submitted to juried competition.

T C 496. Fashion Forecasting and Product Development. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 231, 245, 275. Based on consumer, aesthetic, and quantitative trend information, develop value-added apparel textile products and product lines with merchandising/promotion campaigns for diverse target markets. Coordinate multi-function teamwork projects. Presentation to industry representatives. Examination and integration of trend information, product development. Development of merchandising and promotion campaigns.

T C 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department chair; senior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

T C 499. Undergraduate Research. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Senior classification, 15 credits in T C. Permission of instructor, adviser, and department chair. Research experience in textiles and clothing with application to a selected problem.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

T C 504. Textile Science II. (Dual-listed with 404). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 204, 245; one natural science course. Theories and principles of textile science; emphasis on fiber chemistry, performance and smart textiles, dyeing, and detergency.

T C 505. Quality Assurance of Textiles and Apparel. (Dual-listed with 305). (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 231; Stat 226 or 401; one natural science course. Principles of product and materials evaluation and quality assurance. Developing specifications and using standard practices for evaluating materials, product characteristics, performance, and quality. Proposal and research project.

T C 510. Foundation of Scholarship in Textiles and Clothing. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Overview of scholarship in textiles and clothing with emphasis on current and future directions.

T C 521. Digital Textile and Apparel Design. (1-4) Cr. 3. Alt. SS., offered 2009. Prereq: Experience with flat pattern or draping techniques and image manipulation software. Permission of instructor. Design development, analysis and application of digital textile printing to textile products and garment forms.

T C 525. Patternmaking II. (2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: Experience with flat pattern or draping techniques. Permission of instructor. Analysis of design theory and method. Techniques and creative practice for the development of fashion apparel and wearable art utilizing historical and cultural materials and 3-dimensional experimentation.

T C 526. Creative Design Processes. (Dual-listed with 326). (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 278, 325 or concurrent. Permission of instructor. Exploration of the creative process and sources of inspiration with emphasis on fashion presentation and design development for a variety of markets. Continued development of fashion illustration techniques. Use of traditional and non-traditional materials to create innovative garments.

T C 556. History of Twentieth Century Fashion. (Dual-listed with 356). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 3 credits HIST or ART H; T C 204 recommended. Survey of major design and technological developments in 20th Century fashion. Emphasis on fashion as a system of design and production, fashion change and trends in art, society, and culture. Fashion as culture of consumption. Design and technology as applied to 20th Century fashion. Fashion change and trends from art, society, and culture. Patterns of consumption of fashion goods.

T C 557. Textile Conservation and Collection Management. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: 204. Condition assessment, repair, and stabilization of textiles and apparel in museum collections. Dry, aqueous, and solvent cleaning. Examination of storage and exhibition techniques, materials, and conditions. Experience with cataloging and management practices.

T C 562. Dress and Culture. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 362 or 6 credits in social science or cultural anthropology. Analysis of dress as artifact, behavior, and symbol from cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Focus on construction of cultural identity in selected cultures. Examine ethnographic approaches and field research methods to the study of dress as material culture.

T C 567. Consumer Behavior and Apparel. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 467 or Mkt 447; Stat 401. Application of concepts and theories from the social sciences to the study of consumer behavior. Experience in conducting research; manuscript writing.

T C 570. Practicum in Textiles and Clothing. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 510, 6 graduate credits in textiles and clothing. Permission of instructor. Supervised experience related to career objective. Proposal must be approved semester before placement.

T C 572. Sourcing and Global Issues. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: a course in merchandising, Econ 101. Evaluation of key issues facing textile and apparel businesses in global markets considering ethical, economic, political, social, and professional implications. Experience in conducting research using secondary data.

T C 575. Research and Applications in Merchandising. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 375 or equivalent. Merchandising and related marketing theory, research processes, and methods. Experience in conducting research; prepare manuscripts for academic, industry and lay audiences.

T C 581. International Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 9 credits in T C. Permission by application. Study abroad of apparel and textile design, merchandising, production, distribution, consumption, history, and museums. Countries vary.

T C 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of department chair and instructor(s). Individually designed textile and clothing related projects that reflect the special interests of the student.
A. Textile Science
B. History of Textiles
C. Textile and Apparel Design
D. Aesthetics
E. History of Costume
F. Sociological and Psychological Aspects
G. Consumer Behavior
I. Merchandising
K. Cultural Analysis
L. Conservation
M. Museums
N. Apparel Production Management
O. Technical Design
P. Interdisciplinary
Q. Quality Assurance
S. Small Business/Entrepreneurship in Apparel

T C 593. Workshop. Cr. arr. May be repeated. SS.

Courses for graduate students

T C 610. Philosophical Issues of Textiles and Clothing Scholarship. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 2 courses in research methods, 6 graduate credits in textiles and clothing. Models, theory, alternative philosophies, and ethics of science as applied in textiles and clothing scholarship. Grant writing and research program development.

T C 611. Seminar. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: 6 graduate credits in textiles and clothing. Permission of instructor. Discussion of scholarship and current issues. Topics vary.

T C 650. Advanced History of Dress and Textiles. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 204; 354 or 355. Current methods, interpretive strategies, and diverse academic approaches to research in the history of dress and textiles. A material culture approach to use, interpretation, and analysis of artifact, visual, and documentary sources as historical evidence. Historical research, writing, and evaluation of sources.

T C 665. Social Science Theories of Appearance. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: 6 credits in sociology or psychology. Analysis of social science theories and concepts applicable to clothing and appearance research. Emphasis on qualitative research and philosophy of knowledge.

T C 690. Advanced Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Enrollment in doctoral program, permission of instructor; and approval of D.O.G.E..

T C 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.