Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
The Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Fashion and Textile Management and in Fashion and Textile Design. The degree in Fashion and Textile Management permits the student to specialize in one of two concentrations: Textile Brand Management and Marketing and Fashion Development and Product Management. The B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design degree offers two concentrations in Fashion Design and Textile Design. Each program requires a common series of foundation courses covering the principles, fundamentals, and applications of textile technology and business. The Department’s Academic + experiential Bachelor of Science programs build on strong global textile complex industry partnerships (fiber to end use consumer) to prepare future industry leaders.Back To Top
The B.S. in Fashion and Textile Management has two concentrations. The Textile Brand Management and Marketing Concentration focuses on studying textile branding strategies, consumer trends, product trends, licensed products, and the global textile marketplace dynamics. The Fashion Development and Product Management Concentration focuses on design and development of fashion products, integrating trend analysis, computer-aided-design, coloration, silhouette selection, pattern making, fabric selection, consumer research, costing, sourcing and quality assessment. Students in both Fashion and Textile Management concentrations are encouraged to pursue global studies, including study abroad, to further enhance their understanding of global market opportunities.
The B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design offers an excellent opportunity for students to pursue interests in Fashion Design and Textile Design Concentrations with focus on designing innovative textile and fashion products utilizing the knowledge taught in Design Thinking, Textile Products Characteristics, Niche Market analysis, Color Science, Computer Aided Design, Drawing and Illustration and Senior Design. To gain global experience in the field, students study abroad for one semester in the junior year, in locations known for Fashion and Design Innovation and Creativity, such as France, England, Italy, the Czech Republic, Australia, China and India.
The Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management has state of the art laboratories and studios including the Textile Management Science Laboratory, Digital Design Center, Fashion Studio, Textile Design Studio, Surface Design Studio, Filament and Technology Lab, Specialty Software Computer Lab, and Digital Printing and Seamless Knitting Studio.
Specific curriculum requirements are available on the Registration and Records website.Back To Top
Career Management (Internships and Full-time Employment)
The Department places a key importance on career management preparation for our students and strongly encourages internships as a preparation for full-time employment. A recent industry gift provides additional preparation for our students combined with student services preparation.Back To Top
The department publishes an online electronic journal quarterly, Journal of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management (JTATM), which provides industry, government and academic personnel with the timely dissemination of textile information. With a readership in excess of 10,000 persons (industry, government, and academic professionals), JTATM serves as an effective communication vehicle regarding the latest textile innovations, both management and development, in the field. Faculty and students utilize this resource in coursework and research efforts. Visit the Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management online http://ojs.cnr.ncsu.edu/index.php/JTATM!
Interim Department Head
K. A. Thoney-Barletta
Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Programs
Associate Head and Director of Graduate Programs
University Distinguished Professors
A. B. Godfrey
Joseph D. Moore
N. L. Cassill
C. L. Istook
T. A. Lamar
K. K. Leonas
T. J. Little
M. M. Moore
A. M. Seyam
K. E. Annett-Hitchcock
H. H. Hergeth
L. L. Parrillo-Chapman
L. F. Rothenberg
K. A. Thoney-Barletta
D. R. Matthews
J. A. Porterfield
A. J. West
Teaching Associate Professors
W. D. Harazin
R. McMahon Jr.
T. W. Theyson
Adjunct Associate Professors
M. T. Fralix
G. M. Garland
W. I. Long
M. A. Messura
S. B. Moore
J. F. Watson
N. W. Webster
Adjunct Assistant Professors
E. D. Parrish
R. A. Barnhardt
S. K. Batra
R. A. Donaldson
A. H. El-Shiekh
M. H. Mohamed
N. B. Powell
W. C. Stuckey
S. C. Winchester
Emeritus Associate Professors
H. A. Davis
P. B. Hudson
G. W. Smith
FTD - Fashion and Textile Design Courses
FTD 104 Fashion and Textile Design First Year Studio I 6.
Co-requisite: D 100.
This course provides Fashion and Textile Design freshman with a comprehensive introduction to foundational design concepts and methods representative of the creative thought and processes of fashion and textile design disciplines. The coursework encourages entering freshmen to think creatively through design and art, and the world around them, as they secure a skillful level of craftsmanship in the design and making of textile products. Design language, design elements and principles, and design communication and theory will be studied through readings and applications and will be experienced in person through field trips. Additional costs may be incurred for field trips.
This course is the continuation of the comprehensive introduction to foundational design concepts and methods representative of creative thought and activity across design and artistic disciplines, started in FTD FY Studio I. The course work encourages first year students to think critically and in depth about concept, context, material, and design process, for textile and fashion product development. There will be readings and applications in advanced design theory, including processes, methods, philosophies and related concepts. The class will involve field trips to experience these advanced design principles in person. Additional costs may be incurred.
First course in developing student's use of design tools for the production of prototype products from textile materials, beginning with the selection of appropriate fabric and other raw materials and extending through critiquing the product. Concepts of ethical and sustainable design are built into the analysis and design of the product. A variety of techniques for designing sewn textile products are explored, as well as methods and safe practices for using equipment in the studio.FTD Majors Only.
Application of industry textile design and visualization software to conception, design, development and presentation of creative textiles and textile products. Essential creative skills for textile design, such as motif and repeat development, will be introduced. Textile design solutions will be sampled using industrial technologies such as a digital printing, electronic knitting and computer-driven weaving. Color will be explored as a primary designer's tool including use in textile design, sensitivity and skills in communicating color, color perception and color theories, and color forecasting, creative projects will build skills in CAD for textiles and color.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
Studio course which introduces students to the basic rules and principles of flat pattern-making for apparel products. Advanced applications will be demonstrated through workshops utilizing concept-driven problems and follow-up critiques. Concurrent practices with computer-aided design will be presented where applicable.FTD majors only.
Studio course introducing the basic concepts and practices for the creation of final garments and extending through quality analysis of the final product. Incorporates workroom techniques for production of a variety of sewn product applications using various fabrications.FTD majors only.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.
FTD 218 Fashion Illustration 3.
Prerequisite: ADN 281.
Concepts and practices for the fashion figure and fashion illustration, including the analysis of fashion figure structure details, proportion, and fashion figures clothed with different apparel and materials. The training of effective drawing of different fashion styles, wearing status and occasions, and the study of applying multiple illustration approaches to enhance fashion design and presentation. Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment. FTD and FTM majors only.
Exploration of three-dimensional methods of apparel design using textile substrates. Design and execution of draped garment structures will be explored in a studio setting.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD and FTM majors only.
Design of yarns and sample production, including the creation of novelty yarns, fancy yarns, and innovative effects in spun and plied fibers. Exploration of color, luster, twist, and slub variations in yarns to address both functional and aesthetic challenges. Studio experiences in creating innovative yarns appropriate for use in different fabric formation technologies.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
Exploration of innovative surface design and texture techniques for commercial and art applications. Embroidery, applique, stitching, fabric manipulation and aesthetic finishing processes for creative and functional design will be taught in state of the art facilities including digital printing, screen printing, cad embroidery, and industrial cad software for print design.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
FTD 375 Woven Textile Design Studio I 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both TT252 and FTD 373.
Design and sample production of woven fabrics. Exploration of basic structures, color and textural effects. Development of design abilities through creative projects executed using hand production methods, including an introduction to computer-integrated woven textile design systems and industrial processes. Study of actual fabrics and digital images, presentations will be made. Studio experience will be augmented, when possible, through outside speakers and field trips to mills.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
FTD 376 Knitted Textile Design Studio I 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both TT252 and FTD 373.
Design and sample production of hand and machine knitted textiles. Exploration of basic structures, terms and definitions, including knitting notation and terminology. Development of creative knitted products utilizing design abilities and appropriate yarns through hand and machine production methods. Introduction to computer integrated knit design system and industrial knitting products and processes.Additional costs may be incurred for course material/equipment.FTD majors only.
Studio course which poses fashion problems to be solved with an emphasis on elements of design. Explores use of experimentation and development of "studies" as an aid in developing design ideas. Uses combination of flat pattern and CAD. Introduction to grading, marker making, and computer-controlled cutting.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
Studio course exploring sources of inspiration requiring students to research, develop and translate ideas into a line plan for a collection of garments. Stresses the extension and elaboration of ideas within a specific market. Integrates knowledge across the curriculum. Student may work with a firm, contest, or current theme to develop a fashion design statement. Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment. FTD and FTM majors: Fashion Design and Fashion Development concentrations only.
FTD 475 Woven Textile Design Studio II 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FTD 375.
Design and sample production of specialized jacquard woven structures. Jacquard design for diverse end uses is addressed from art fabrics to unique specialty products. Exploration of advanced structures, color and textural effects. Development of design abilities through electronic production methods, including expanded use of computer-integrated design systems and exposure to industrial processes. Students will be required to complete creative design projects from concept to sample production and proposed finishing. Study of actual fabrics, digital images and presentations. Studio experiences will be augmented, when possible, through outside speakers and field trips to museum, markets, and mills.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.FTD majors only.
FTD 476 Knitted Textile Design Studio II 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FTD 376.
Further development of knit design beyond basic design concepts and knit structures to product application. Development of creative knitted products utilizing design abilities through hand and machine production methods, including advanced methods of utilizing computer-integrated design system for both technical structures of knits and designing of garments and shaped panels. Exploration in yarn, color, and pattern design using electronic jacquard, fully fashion and seamless knitting equipment and cad systems. Consideration of other knit technologies such as warp knitting, terry, and crochet. Students will develop specifications for knitted products, and enhance understanding of industrial products and processes.Additional costs may be incurred for course material/equipment.FTD majors only.
Design and execution o creative projects integrating learning within curriculum, solution of textile design problems through synthesis of knowledge and skills gained through previous courses, preparation of work for portfolio, exhibition and participation in industry focused design competitions. Professional textile design practices and methods including advanced portfolio development concepts and presentation, development of textile collections suited to specified end use with emphasis on ideation, refinement, and design development, presentation and visual communication. The student will be expected to work with design, science, engineering, technology, and management disciplines.Additional costs may be incurred for course materials/equipment.Senior Standing, BS Fashion and Textile Design, Textile Design majors ONLY.
FTM - Fashion and Textile Management Courses
FTM 217 The Textile Industry 3.
Prerequisite: TT 105.
Study of the structure and organization of the integrated textile complex and its strategic functions. Critical stages involved in the manufacture of textile and apparel products. Fundamental aspects of cost management and finance as related to the integrated Textile Complex. One Saturday attendance during the semester is required.
FTM 219 Fashion Product Analysis 3.
Concepts and practices for the production and evaluation of fashion goods, beginning with selection of fabric and other raw materials and extending through quality analysis of the final product. Provide techniques for production of a variety of garment applications, as well as methods for evaluation.
FTM 220 Principles of Retailing and Supply Chain Management in Textiles 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 217.
Introduction to theories and principles in fashion and textiles retailing and supply chain management including: the framework of textile retailing, textile retail strategies, textile supply chains and investigation of the strategic planning process. Emphasis placed on conducting an environmental scan, identifying and targeting the consumer, analyzing the trade area, site selection and textile product merchandise planning.
FTM 271 Computer-Aided Textile Design 3.
Introduction to the operation of design software for woven, knitted and printed textiles. Adobe Photoshop, Pointcarre' and Monarch programs will be taught. Peripheral equipment essential to the design process will be included. Field trips to areatextile design centers. Credit not allowed for students enrolled in TT curriculum with the exception of the dual degree in the Bachelor of Art and Design and BS in Textile Technology.
FTM 282 Introduction to Textile Brand Management and Marketing 3.
An introduction to the essential elements of brand management and marketing with specific reference to the marketing of textile and apparel goods with the integrated textile complex (from fiber to retail). The course covers both the principles and practice of marketing, in general, and provides an introduction of major concepts of brand management and marketing with a focus on branding activities used in by major textile and apparel firms within the integrated textile supply chain.
FTM 310 Entrepreneurship & New Product Development in Textiles 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Academic dimensions of the entrepreneurship body of knowledge. Integration of new product development (NPD) process and entrepreneurship in textiles. Critical thinking skills for the textile entrepreneurial mindset. Teams exercise entrepreneurial skills to develop innovative textile products. Write a business plan to take the textile product to market. Multidisciplinary and experiential learning environment is cultivated through in-class activities and online collaboration.
Concepts and practices for the design and development of fashion apparel items, beginning with selection of fabric and other raw materials and extending through flat pattern development, pattern engineering, and generation of final garments. Provide techniques for development of styled patterns, which address issues of body measurements, body shape, comfort and fit.
Introduction to the operation of industry design software for apparel & other sewn products. Euphoria and/or Artworks visual design programs, Gerber Accumark or Lectra pattern design programs, and other programs used by the industry to create, market and/or visualize products will be taught. Peripheral equipment essential to the design process will be included.
FTM 318 Fashion Development Processes 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 317.
The principles of apparel manufacturing including computerization of the design; marker making and production areas; spreading and cutting technology; apparel assembly systems; production systems evaluations; fusing and pressing; production capacity; and quality evaluations.
FTM 320 Retail Merchandising in Fashion and Textiles 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 220.
An in-depth study of textile product merchandising and its functions, focusing on a comprehensive approach to textile product merchandising that links manufacturing and retailing to the consumer through the merchandising process. Textile merchandising as a process is studied in newly restructured consumer-centric businesses and textile product strategy needed for employees to function successfully in today's global, integrated world of merchandising.
FTM 352 Dress, Style, Change 3.
Interdisciplinary course focusing on historical and cultural principles of style as related to dress and fashion. Examination of fashion and stylistic trends in cycles of dress.
Management approaches, practices and basic economic considerations in the development, production and distribution of industrial and consumer textile and apparel products.
This course builds on the introduction of the basic concepts introduced in TAM 282 by providing an in-depth examination of the major theories and concepts associated with brand management and brand marketing. Included is the identification and analysis of major strategic tools used for brand management and marketing activities by firms across the integrated textile complex. Students will be assigned practical application projects that require utilization of academic knowledge with industry application.
Study and application of techniques in the effective display of merchandise, from fiber to finished product. The focus of the course placed on the integration of textile and apparel product characteristics, target market characteristics and the latest merchandising technology and concepts.
This course focuses on consumer decision process for textile products, including the study of environmental, individual, psychological and marketing influences on behavior of consumers in the textile consumption process. Further examination will include influences on the process, including fashion theories, the mass media, demographics and psychographics, and societal trends. Current development and research in the textile consumer decision process are reviewed.
FTM 387 Textile Brand Communications & Promotions 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 382.
Examines the utilization of textile brand marketing communication and promotion tools to build, maintain or expand a brand's value in the textile complex marketplace. Includes examination of principles and theories for Integrated Brand Marketing (IBMC) and how these strategies and tactics are used within the textile complex advance brand positioning. Knowledge of IBMC will be demonstrated via case studies, examination and textile industry-related application projects. FTM Majors Only.
FTM 400 Major Fashion Designers 3.
Study of fashion designers from the early 1800s to the present. Emphasis will be placed on historical and cultural events that may have influenced the work of fashion designers during the time and trends that have emerged. Of specific interest will be major historical and current fashion designers that have had an international influence on US fashion merchandise. An additional focus of the course will be on the career path of major fashion designers. A study of haute couture and pret-a-porter will be conducted to provide insight into special management issues.
FTM 415 Fashion Product Development 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 318.
Fashion product development for specific target markets. Line production using various methods of generating patterns for mass-produced apparel with emphasis on "flat pattern" design techniques. Relationship of body configuration to pattern shape, specifications to garment size and fit, standards for judging fit, distinctions between ease and style fullness, and design analysis procedures are included.
FTM 416 The Fashion Industry 3.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Planning and sourcing of fashion apparel products to meet the needs of the consumer. Emphasis is placed on the role of the merchandiser and merchandising function together with the measures of performance required by the fashion businesses. The interactions of the merchandiser with the functions of marketing, design, development and sourcing during pre-production are studied with respect to successful sourcing. Sourcing is studied from the requirements of compliance, product quality, cost, and manufacturing capability.
FTM 420 Retail Buying in Fashion and Textiles 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 320.
Overview and analysis of the components of buying and selling products at he retail level. Management of profit factors to improve performance in textile merchandising driven organizations. Analysis of the practices, procedures and systems that track textile merchandising decisions and aid in meeting profit goals. The course consists of an integrated framework that applies merchandising theory and mathematical processes to textile retail problems.
Principles of quality and process management and control in textile/apparel manufacturing with emphases in quality management systems, quality costs, statistical control chart procedures, process capability, acceptance sampling, and optimal process and product design and improvement methods.
Data from textile and apparel industry firms are utilized to explore the role of marketing research in managerial decision-making within the textile and apparel industry, and allow students to develop basic skills in the market research process (problem identification to final reporting). Topics included are problem formulation, research design, data collection (instruments and sampling), and data analysis techniques (qualitative and quantitative).
Quantitative techniques for decision making and management in the textile complex. Applications include vendor selection, plant location, retail inventory management, forcasting demand, project management, and logistics planning. Techniques covered include simulation, PERT/CPM, mathematical modeling.
FTM 481 Product Costing in the Textile and Apparel Industry 3.
Capstone course covering cost issues in yarn manufacturing, fabric formation, finishing, apparel production and retail operations. Traditional and activity-based costing systems will be addressed. Relevance of costing to managerial decisions as well as cost reduction strategies will be emphasized.
FTM 482 Advanced Textile Brand Management and Marketing 3.
Prerequisite: FTM 382.
An applied textile marketing course that integrates textile product development, brand management, and global marketing. This course provides an overview of the global textile and apparel industries, their distribution channels and markets---with positioning the US textile, apparel, and retail industries in the global competitive environment. The course includes diverse textile end uses, including apparel, nonwovens, home textiles, transportation textiles and medical textiles. Development and implementation strategies of launching textile products in the global marketplace are analyzed.
This course provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the global textile and apparel market. Included is the explanation and guidance in understanding the uniqueness of textile and apparel regulations in global trade. Students willlearn global sourcing strategies and the identification and analysis of major strategic decisions used in global sourcing, as impacted by global trade dynamics. Students will be assigned practical application projects that require utilization of academic knowledge with industry application.
The course provides a framework for understanding and analyzing strategic planning and decision making in the textile and apparel supply chain, from fiber through retail. It integrates theory and practice through lectures, case studies, and exercises to provide students an understanding of the competitive dynamics in the textile industry, including structural and behavioral components and the role of entrepreneurship.
FTM 485 Textile Computer Integrated Enterprise 3.
Prerequisite: TT/FTM 380.
Survey of information technology in textile and apparel industries. Topics discussed include: computer aided design (CAD); computer aided manufacturing (CAM); computer aided engineering (CAE); material handling systems; automation and robotics; logistics and warehousing systems; retail product tracking, and Internet resources.
FTM 486 Supply Chain Management in the Textile Industry 3.
Prerequisite: TT/FTM 380.
Study of the operations necessary to produce and distribute a product, starting with the procurement of the raw material used in making the goods and ending with the delivery of the finished product. Topics covered include approaches to solving problems in manufacturing, sourcing, transportation logistics, and retail operations within the Integrated Textile Complex. Credit cannot be given for both TAM486 and MT386.
FTM 487 Textile and Apparel Labor Management 3.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Labor management problems. Emphasis directed toward role of production supervision in textile and apparel plants. Study of NLRB decisions and court opinions involving textile and apparel corporations.
FTM 490 Development Projects in Textile and Apparel Management 1-3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and 2.75 GPA.
Directed research in Textile and Apparel Management through experimental, theoretical and literature studies in textile and apparel-related problems. Courses may be taken twice provided projects are different subject matter.
FTM 491 Special Topics in Textile and Apparel Management 1-4.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Special topics related to textile and apparel management.
FTM 494 International Industrial Internship in Textile Management 3.
Prerequisite: At least FL 202 for internships in non-English speaking countries, Minimum GPA 2.5, Junior standing.
Professional level work experience in textile management abroad, relating academic training, international textile management and technology to industrial practice under professional guidance. Grading based on written report and oral presentation. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.
FTM 497 Senior Fashion Collection Studio 6.
Prerequisite: FTM 318.
Advanced fashion product design. Design and production of a "collection" using various methods of generating patterns for garments, such as flat pattern, draping, and CAD techniques. Relationships of body configuration and fabrication to garment design. Emphasis on ideation, creativity, communication, theme development, fit, quality, and exhibition of a fashion collection. Work culminates in a Fashion show or Static exhibition format.
FTM 499 Textile Senior Project 4.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
This is a project based course to be taken in the last semester of the Senior year. In this capstone course the students work in cross-functional teams to research and solve applied problems in textile related fields. The results of the projects will be presented formally at the end of the semester. Course should be taken in the last semester of the Senior year. It cannot be substituted by other project courses.