The primary educational goal established by the Apparel Design major at UA is to prepare students for entry level positions in the fashion and textile industries. Sequential course offerings provide basic and upper level skill development and knowledge of the design field. The experience that students gain during their tenure provides an excellent foundation for professional and educational development. The common body of knowledge is taught not only through studio classes but also in hands on runway shows which feature student designed and constructed garments.
Basic principles and elements of design, including color theory, are introduced, reviewed, and applied throughout the four year program. Two and three dimensional work as well as color principles and their application are studied and utilized in freshman studio projects. By the completion of the sophomore year, students have developed the ability to render garments and fabrics on croquis. Students refine and individualize their abilities for visual organization, color utilization, sketching/drawing and design process in the upper level design studio courses. Progressing from the modification of commercial patterns to development of unique patterns through the flat pattern and draping methods, students take projects from original concepts through to finished products.
Students completing the Apparel Design major receive the Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Apparel Design.
Students are able to both manually and digitally create an original line for a specific target market, articulate the design philosophy underlying the line, execute the pattern work and prepare the technical flats and specification package for the line items. They are prepared, as a result, to meet the demands of an entry level position as an assistant designer or assistant technical designer or positions in fashion publishing or apparel manufacturing.
Graduates of the Apparel Design program find jobs in every sector of the fashion industry. Many develop clothing lines and pursue businesses of their own, while others find positions assisting established designers and working in the corporate end of fashion.
Graduate of the program, Anthony Williams, who appeared on the seventh season of Project Runway, is now in development for a TV show about fashion. Anthony’s design from the show was worn by Heidi Klum on the cover of Marie Claire. He also designed the inaugural gown for Alabama’s new First Lady, Mrs. Diane Bentley. Clothing and Textiles graduate, Lauren Leonard, presented her “Leona” collection during Nashville Fashion Week March 29-April 2, 2011. Graduates Brent Johnson and Mary Catherine Moody’s AMAN STOVALL luxury line was also shown. Graduate Michael Spoors began his career designing children’s clothes and is now a Vice President at Hanes.
The Apparel Design major is accredited by SACS (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and NASAD (the National Association of Schools of Art and Design).
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|EN 101||EN 102|
|MATH CORE||HISTORY CORE|
|HI OR SB||CTD 241|
|HES 100||CTD 261|
|CTD 102||ART 110|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|HU, L OR FA||LITERATURE CORE|
|NATURAL SCI CORE||CTD 217|
|CTD 281||CTD 245|
|CTD 219||EC 110|
|APPROVED ARH COURSE||APPROVED ARH COURSE|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|FL OR C||CTD 320 OR 446|
|HI OR SB||CTD 351|
|CTD 350||CTD 349|
|CTD 415 OR 448||CTD 461|
|WRITING COURSE||FL OR C|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|CTD 447||HES 310|
|CTD 450||MKT 300|
|NATURAL SCI CORE||ELECTIVE COURSES|
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