Fashion Design and Apparel Technology Courses

FDAT 19: Computer Patternmaking

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: FDAT 56

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course concentrates on computer techniques for patternmaking using Gerber Technology (GT) AccuMark software. Students have the opportunity to learn Pattern Design System (PDS) software and also Marker Making and grading using Gerber AccuMark Software. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 20: Couture Embellishment

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to learn embellishment techniques used in the couture fashion industry and explore their use for the enhancement of contemporary designs. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 27: Professional Image

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course consists of wardrobe coordination and business etiquette practices for professional and contemporary life styles. Theories of color harmony and individual coloring, proportion, line and design for individual figures and faces will be presented in the context of projecting a professional image in a business environment. Information presented in this course is particularly applicable for those in all professional careers. This course fulfills the West Valley General Education Pattern under Area E - Lifelong Understanding and Development. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 30: Introduction to Fashion Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course presents general information about the global fashion industry, fashion change, environmental issues and the process of apparel design and production. Career opportunities and requirements for employment within the fashion industry are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 32: History of Fashion

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This class covers the historical development of Western fashions/costumes with emphasis on the period from 1660 to the present. The effect of a historical period on the fashions of the times is explored with an emphasis on the relationship between past eras and today’s fashion. Students study the careers of major twentieth century designers and their contribution to the field of fashion. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 44: Fashion Drawing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces the techniques for drawing apparel. These techniques include principles of fashion figure proportion, garment styling, and fabric rendering. Basic fashion figures called “croquis” forms are used to draw apparel in the flat and the three dimensional form. This course is essential for anyone entering any apparel design career and is helpful to those entering an apparel manufacturing or patternmaking career. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 51: Basic Apparel Construction

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to learn basic industry standard construction techniques and sequences for mass production of apparel. Working in a mock-factory setting, students have the opportunity to learn to operate and maintain sewing equipment while completing several basic garments. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 52A: Fabric Analysis I

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Fabric information applicable to apparel and other textile related products is presented with emphasis on the analysis of fibers, yarns, fabric construction, coloration and finishes as they relate to textile end products. The course provides students the opportunity to perform hands-on experiments to reinforce basic information and expand working knowledge of fabrics. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 52B: Fabric Analysis II

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: FDAT 52A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a continuation of FDAT 52A. Woven, knit,and printed fabrics as well as textile innovations are studied in depth. Textile testing, labeling, regulations and environmental concerns are also covered. Emphasis is placed on understanding fabric’s behavior, durability, performance and the criteria for selecting appropriate fabrics for apparel. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 55: Apparel Manufacturing

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to the industrial process of apparel manufacturing including garment construction and assembly techniques, factory methods of mass production, operation of industrial power equipment and the processes of work flow and production management. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 56 – Patternmaking I

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the methods of creating flat patterns for workroom sample garments using fashion industry professional patternmaking techniques. Students have the opportunity to create style variations by manipulating basic pattern blocks. Designs are transferred from sketches into usable first sample patterns for apparel production. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 57: Patternmaking II

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisites: FDAT 56

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a continuation of Patternmaking I. Advanced flat patternmaking techniques are emphasized for both woven and knit fabrics. Students have the opportunity to create style variations for sportswear and outerwear designs using basic patterns drafted from measurements. First patterns are developed and sample garments constructed and tested for fit on industry dress forms. All projects are produced using industry dress forms and industry equipment in the FDAT lab. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 58: Fashion Draping

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the three-dimensional method of creating workroom sample patterns using fashion industry professional draping techniques. Designs are draped in muslin and fashion fabric on standard industry dress forms then transferred into first patterns for apparel production. Sample garments are constructed. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 66: Technical Design

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: FDAT 87

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers computer techniques for creating garment specification packages for apparel manufacturing. Students have the opportunity to learn to import images of technical drawings into spreadsheets and add accurate measurements to create professional spec packages. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 70: Elements and Principles of Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course introduces students to the basic design elements and principles as they apply to fashion design. These concepts are applied to designing apparel and accessories in subsequent fashion design courses. The effect of silhouette, proportion, line and color are explored with the emphasis on developing an aesthetic awareness of good design. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 76: Creative Apparel Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: FDAT 44, FDAT 52A, FDAT 70

Advisory: FDAT 56 and FDAT 58

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores the creative process of apparel design and the development of groups and collections. Students learn the process of designing for specific markets, seasons and price categories and develop designs within their chosen area of interest. Methods of organizing and presenting design concepts are stressed. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 81: Line Development

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisites: FDAT 44, FDAT 52B, FDAT 55, FDAT 57, FDAT 76

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the process of developing a line of apparel and techniques for presenting it using a professional portfolio. Emphasis is on the process of organizing original design concepts into a complete apparel mini-collection including the designing, construction, and costing of pre-production samples. Students have the opportunity to create their own line of apparel in the chosen area of interest. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 84: Fashion Design Internship

3 units: lecture 1 unit

Work Experience Units: 2 units

Advisory: FDAT 30, FDAT 44, FDAT 52A, FDAT 56 and eligibility for ENGL 1A and READ 53

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge/skills learned in the Fashion Design Program through an internship in an apparel firm or design department under the supervision of a fashion professional. The course provides the opportunity for direct industry experience as well as a forum to discuss various aspects of employment in the apparel industry. Each internship must focus on a different company or department to provide a unique learning opportunity. Pass/No Pass Option

FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings & Specifications

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the methods of creating flat sketches, technical drawings for apparel and basic textile designs using common computer aided design programs. Techniques for creating specification sheets, layouts, and presentations are also covered. This course is appropriate for students who want to create flat drawings, technical drawings, and background images in any of the following disciplines: apparel design, desktop publishing, graphic arts/design, digital arts, fine arts, and multimedia. Pass/No Pass Option

last published: 5/11/18