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Fashion 1, Fashion Trends & Design | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This course is designed to serve both students of fashion design and fashion merchandising in preparing them to become familiar with the nature of fashion design and its components and to understand how environmental factors influence the style, color, texture, and design of garments. Fashion materials, theories of fashion adoption, sources of design inspiration, and manufacturing a garment will be discussed.
 

Fashion 2, Color Analysis | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This course is an exploration of color theory and elements of design with emphasis on the expertise of color mixing and creative color combinations. Theory is applied to textile, fashion design, and fashion merchandising.
 

Fashion 3, Apparel Construction | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This course is an introduction to basic sewing techniques of costume and manufacturing appareland provides familiarization with the tools used in the fashion industry. Development of fundamental skills and terminology of clothing construction. Emphasis on interrelationship of fabric, fiber, design and construction techniques. This course is required of all Fashion Design and Merchandising majors. *Maximum credit is for two courses from Fashion 3, 6, 10.
 

Fashion 5,  Fashion Buying | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This is an introductory course in fashion buying to acquaint the students with the life of a buyer that includes considerations and practices of an executive or middle manager. The buyer's position includes responsibilities such as making evaluations and maintaining standards that are complete and constant. Awareness of quality effect of stocking merchandise; knowing and effectively practicing what to buy, when to buy, how much to buy.
 

Fashion 6A, Pattern Analysis and Design (2,2) | 2 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 3.
This course is a study of the basic pattern drafting techniques of the apparel industry and the transfer of a design to a flat pattern. Students learn to design and make their own patterns. *Maximum credit is for two courses from Fashion 2, 6, 10.
 

Fashion 6B, Pattern Drafting & Design (Intermediate) | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 6A and 13
This course is a continuation of Fashion 6A with emphasis on more advanced and complex design creations in harmony with the current trends.
 

Fashion 7, Fabrics for Fashion Design and Merchandising | 3 units

Prerequisite: None.
A detailed study of textiles from fiber to finished fabric is covered in this course including identifications of fiber types, construction, printing, dyeing, and finishes of natural/man-made fabrics. Emphasis is on fabric design, principles of patterns, and methods of textile decoration.
 

Fashion 8, History of Fashion Design | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This survey of fashion of the Western world introduces historic dress as an inspiration and a design resource for students of fashion design and fashion buying and merchandising. The evolution silhouette and the cut and construction of men's and women's garments are analyzed using slides of paintings, drawings, sculpture and historic costume. Contemporary examples in fashion are compared to their historic sources.
 

Fashion 9A, Fashion Illustration & Advertising | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: None.
This course will give students skill in drawing fashion figures and deals with contemporary idealized proportions used for fashion today for both fashion design and fashion merchandising. Students will develop individual style in their presentation, and learn to use their drawing as a means of communicating their ideas and designs.
 

Fashion 9B, Advanced Fashion Illustration and Advertising | 2 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 2 and 9A.
This course provides the student with advanced techniques used to illustrate fashion and is for students of fashion design or fashion merchandising. Techniques are taught that are used for quick and realistic sketching and rendering with water color to illustrate various designs and textures.
 

Fashion 10, Advanced Clothing Construction | 3 units

Prerequisite: Fashion 3, F6A, F13.
Emphasis on unique and creative designs with manipulation of appropriate and more difficult fabrics. Students will gain more confidence and speed in their design developments, pattern making and construction. *Maximum credit is for two courses from Fashion 3, 6 or 10.
 

Fashion 11, Advanced Clothing - Tailoring | 2 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 3.
This course explores traditional and contemporary tailoring techniques as applied to the design and construction of men's and women's coats, suits, jackets and other tailored garments. It includes a study of the ready-to-wear and retail clothing fields, with emphasis on the individual as a consumer of tailored garments.
 

Fashion 12, Fashion Show Production | 3 units; CSU

Advisory: Fashion 6A or 13.
This course is designed to give students of Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising the opportunity to learn how to plan and develop a Fashion Show.
 

Fashion 13,  Draping  1 | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 3.
This course covers the principles of draping and the ability to develop a pattern in three-dimensional form, opening new ways of designing and creating and recognizing the qualities of a well-designed garment.
 

Fashion 14, Draping II | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 13.
This course is a continuation of Fashion 13 and deals with more complex and original designs for draping. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret complicated designs by means of draping and gain enough experience and speed to create and develop more advanced designs.
 

Fashion 15, Ethnic Fashion | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 6A or 9.
Apparel worn as national dress by people all over the world is surveyed. the origins and functions of clothing in different cultures are examined. Creative designing is inspired by ethnic costumes.
 

Fashion 16, Pattern Grading | 2 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 6A ,F13.
Grading is the process of proportionally increasing or decreasing the production pieces according to set measurements for each clothing classification (Women's Junior, Petit, Misses, Half-sizes). This is done without changing or losing the style proportions which are part of the design concept while still retaining the original lines and style of the garment. Students are introduced to and become familiar with a computer program used  for grading in the fashion industry, and with the logic and rules that apply to pattern grading.
 

Fashion 17, Apparel Production Manufacturing Techniques | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 6 and 13.
This course will provide professionally oriented application of design and skills for developing a collection in apparel manufacturing. The course will cover production methods and techniques of costing for different market. Hands on practice of methods in development of garment groups and organization of a line. Selection of suitable fabrics, production pattern, production sample making, and cost sheet will be covered.
 

Fashion 18, Computer Assisted Fashion Illustration and Design | 2 Units, CSU

Prerequisite:  Fashion 1, Fashion 9A
Computer Assisted applications are used as tools to design and create original and innovative work for fashion marketing or fashion design. This is an introductory course requiring basic computer skills.
 

Fashion 19, Fashion Marketing | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 1 and Fashion 2
This course will provide students with an understanding of the psychology, sociology and cultural influences that affect consumer purchasing behavior. The interaction of aspects of the fashion business, including planning, pricing, promotion and distribution, will be covered. Students will learn about how to reach targeted customers locally or globally, with accuracy of products, prices, promotions and channels of distribution.
 

Fashion 20, Window Display for Fashion | 3 units; CSU

Prerequisite: Fashion 1, Fashion 5
This course involves study and exploration of the importance of window display. Students will research different methods used for window display as a means of fashion promotion. Evaluation of various techniques used and comparison of successful displays within each fashion market category will be conducted.
 
 
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