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Textiles and Fashion Design Major

Textiles and Fashion Design, Senior Year at UW–Madison Option
Requirements for the Major

Textiles and Fashion Design, Senior Year at F.I.T. Option
Requirements for the Major

The textiles and fashion design (TFD) undergraduate major includes aspects of art, design and technology within a curriculum intended to develop creativity and problem solving skills. Additional academic courses in humanities, science and social studies provide students with the knowledge base and experience necessary to succeed in a variety of careers in textile and apparel design. Graduates have the option to become designers for industry, independent artists or entrepreneurs.

Students may apply to spend their final year of study either at UW–Madison or at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City. If accepted by F.I.T. they participate in a visiting student program. Upon graduation, students who attend F.I.T. are awarded a B.S. degree from UW–Madison in Textiles and Fashion Design and an A.A.S. degree from F.I.T. Students attending F.I.T. who are considered Wisconsin nonresidents continue to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they reside in the state of New York.

Freshmen should declare their intention to pursue the textiles and fashion design major when they apply for admission to UW–Madison. On-campus transfer students must have a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in order to enter the program. The program is designed to be completed in four academic years. For transfer students, sequential courses and courses taught only once a year should be taken into account when calculating time toward completion of the degree, as graduation time may be extended.

All students must complete a one-year, 12-credit Phase I curriculum, which begins each fall semester. Upon completing Phase I of the program, students apply for admission into Phase II. Admission into Phase II occurs once a year, and is based on a student's grade point average in Phase I course work and the availability of space.

All textiles and fashion design majors submit a portfolio in November of their third year in the program. Students with a 3.0 or higher grade point average in December of the same year may apply to the  F.I.T. option for their final year of study. Their recommendation based on portfolio evaluations will be sent with their application to F.I.T. in December. 

A faculty admission committee will evaluate the portfolios and applications of students applying to advance to Phase II in the Textiles & Fashion Design major. Students will be selected for either the Apparel Design concentration or the Textile & Accessory Design concentration. Curricular requirements for the Apparel Design and the Textile & Accessory Design concentrations vary slightly and are updated annually. For the most current requirements, see the curriculum checksheets. For those students who choose to spend their senior year in Madison, the third-year portfolio review forms the basis for determining an appropriate senior capstone experience.

Textiles and Fashion Design, Senior Year at UW–Madison Option

Requirements for the Major

The academic requirements for this major are:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

General education requirements (GER) must be met by all students.

GENERAL STUDIES, 40 credits
Math & Communication

Math 101 (unless exempt), 0–3 cr
Speech Communication (Com Arts 100, 105, 181, or L Sc Com 100), 2–3 cr

Arts & Humanities, 12 credits

Literature, 3 cr
Art Hist, 3 cr
Other arts & humanities to bring total to 12 cr

Social Science, 9 credits

Courses designated S, Y or Z in the Course Guide, with distribution across two or more departments (e.g., Soc and Anthro)

Biological, Natural, and Physical Sciences, 9 credits

Courses designated B, N, P, X or W with a distribution across two or more areas (e.g., one B course and one P course)

SoHE Breadth, 3 credits

3 credits of  human ecology courses outside of department (Cnsr Sci, CSCS, HDFS, L Sc Com, Inter-HE, Nutri Sci, Food Sci).

TEXTILES AND FASHION DESIGN COURSES
Phase I Core, 12 credits

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I, 3 cr
DS 501 Introduction to Textile Design, 3 cr
DS 153 Fabric and Apparel Structures I, 3 cr
DS 154 Fabric and Apparel Structures II, 3 cr

Phase II

Once accepted into the major all students must take:

DS 251 Textile Science, 3 cr

Design History, 3 credits

DS 355 History of Fashion, 1400–present
DS 420 Twentieth Century Design
DS 421 History of European Interiors
DS 422 History of American Interiors
DS 430 History of Textiles
DS 640 Ethnographic Textiles
DS 642 Taste
DS 655 Comparative World Dress

Studio and Theoretical Experience, 7–8 credits

Art 112 Drawing I, 3 cr
Art 508 Colloquium in Art, 1 cr

Select one course (3–4 credits):
Art 104 Three Dimensional Design
Art 108 Foundations of Contemporary Art
Art 208 Current Directions in Art
Art 212 Drawing II
Art 214 Sculpture I
Art 224 Art Metal I
Art 306 Relief Printmaking
Art 334 Woodworking
Art 336 Serigraphy
Art 354 Glassworking
Art 418 Installation & Environments
Art 466 Papermaking, His, Elem and Techs
Theatre 163 Fundamentals of Costume Design
Theatre 363 Principle and Practice of Stage Costume
Theatre 464 Costume Technology Topics
Theatre 472 Scenic Painting

Color, 3–4 credits

Select one course (3–4 credits):
Art 302 Color
DS 451 Color Theory and Technology

APPAREL DESIGN CONCENTRATION
Apparel Design Studios, 27 credits

Complete 12 credits of required studios:
DS 210 Fashion Illustration
DS 225 Apparel Design I
DS 253 Patternmaking for Apparel Design
DS 319 Cloth to Clothing or DS 501 Body Architecture

Complete additional TFD studios for a total of 27 credits.

TEXTILE AND ACCESORY DESIGN CONCENTRATION
Textile and Accessory Design Studios, 27 credits

Complete 18 credits of required studios:
DS 210 Fashion Illustration
DS 215 Patternmaking for 3D Forms
DS 227 Printing and Dyeing I
DS 228 Structural Enrichment I
DS 229 Weaving I
DS 327 Manual/Computer Generated Imagery

Complete additional TFD studios for a total of 27 credits.

Professional Experience, 6 cr

DS 501 Design and Fashion Event Practicum, 3 cr
DS 601 Internship, 3 cr

Senior Capstone Experience, 9-10 cr

DS 681 Senior Honors Thesis, 3–4 cr or DS 691 Senior Thesis, 3-4 cr
DS 501 Collection Development, 3 cr or DS 501 Global Artisans, 3 cr
DS 561 End Use Analysis and Specification, 3 cr

Electives to meet the 120-credit graduation requirement

Textiles and Fashion Design, Senior Year at F. I. T. Option

Requirements for the Major

The academic requirements for this major are:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

General education requirements (GER) must be met by all students.

GENERAL STUDIES, 40 credits
Math & Communication

Math 101 (unless exempt), 0–3 cr
Speech Communication (Com Arts 100, 105, 181, or L Sc Com 100), 2–3 cr

Arts & Humanities, 12 credits

Literature, 3 cr
Art Hist, 3 cr
Other Arts & Humanities to bring total to 12 cr

Social Science, 9 credits

Courses designated S, Y or Z in the Course Guide, with distribution across two or more departments (e.g., Soc and Anthro)

Biological, Natural, and Physical Sciences, 9 credits

Courses designated B, N, P, X or W with a distribution across two or more areas (e.g., one B course and one P course)

SoHE Breadth, 3 credits

3 credits of human ecology courses outside of department (Cnsr Sci, CSCS, HDFS, L Sc Com, Inter-HE, Nutri Sci, Food Sci).

TEXTILES AND FASHION DESIGN COURSES
Phase I Core, 12 credits

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I, 3 cr
DS 501 Introduction to Textile Design, 3 cr
DS 153 Fabric and Apparel Structures I, 3 cr
DS 154 Fabric and Apparel Structures II, 3 cr

Phase II

Once accepted into the major all students must take:

DS 251 Textile Science, 3 cr

Design History, 3 credits

DS 355 History of Fashion, 1400–present, 3 cr
DS 420 Twentieth Century Design, 3 cr
DS 421 History of European Interiors, 3 cr
DS 422 History of American Interiors, 3 cr
DS 430 History of Textiles, 3 cr
DS 640 Ethnographic Textiles, 3 cr
DS 642 Taste, 3 cr
DS 655 Comparative World Dress, 3 cr

Studio and Theoretical Experience, 7-8 credits

Art 112 Drawing I, 3 cr
Art 508 Colloquium in Art, 1 cr

Select one course (3–4 credits):
Art 104 Three Dimensional Design
Art 108 Foundations of Contemporary Art
Art 208 Current Directions in Art
Art 212 Drawing II
Art 214 Sculpture I
Art 224 Art Metal I
Art 306 Relief Printmaking
Art 334 Woodworking
Art 336 Serigraphy
Art 354 Glassworking
Art 418 Installation & Environments
Art 466 Papermaking, His, Elem and Techs
Theatre 163 Fundamentals of Costume Design
Theatre 363 Principle and Practice of Stage Costume
Theatre 464 Costume Technology Topics
Theatre 472 Scenic Painting

Color, 3–4 credits

Select one course (3–4 credits):
Art 302 Color
DS 451 Color Theory and Technology

APPAREL DESIGN CONCENTRATION
Apparel Design Studios, 21 credits

Complete 12 credits of required studios:
DS 210 Fashion Illustration
DS 225 Apparel Design I
DS 253 Patternmaking for Apparel Design
DS 319 Cloth to Clothing or DS 501 Body Architecture

Complete additional TFD studios for a total of 21 credits.

TEXTILE AND ACCESORY DESIGN CONCENTRATION
Textile and Accessory Design Studios, 21 credits

Complete 18 credits of required studios:
DS 210 Fashion Illustration
DS 215 Patternmaking for 3D Forms
DS 227 Printing and Dyeing I
DS 228 Structural Enrichment I
DS 229 Weaving I
DS 327 Manual/Computer Generated Imagery

Complete additional TFD studios for a total of 21 credits.

*For students who want to pursue the Fashion Design major at F.I.T., DS 225 is required. DS 210 and 253 are prerequisites for DS 225.

State University of New York/Fashion Institute of Technology Visiting Student Program

Senior Year at F.I.T.

For placement in a one-year associate degree program at F.I.T., students will follow the guidelines outlined by F.I.T. for application to the one-year visiting student program. Application materials required for acceptance into the area in which a student is applying at F.I.T. are submitted early in the second semester of their junior year. The submission date is listed on the F.I.T. website. Some guidance by TFD faculty will support the submission of these materials. A 3.0 minimum GPA is required for admission into F.I.T. Students must take electives to meet the 120-credit graduation requirement.

Electives to meet the 120-credit graduation requirement