2014-15 Catalog

Accessories Design BFA Degree Program


School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 27491     HEGIS 1009

The major in Accessories Design offers students the technical, design, and business skills needed for entry into the accessories industry in positions such as assistant or full-fledged designers, stylists, merchandisers, production personnel, patternmakers, and entrepreneurs.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREALD 228 - Accessories Computer Design I2
LD 342 - Zippered Handbag Design, Hardware, and Construction2.5
LD 332 - Theatrical and Character Footwear3
RELATED AREAFA 203 - Drawing for Accessories1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYHA 344 - History of Western Costume3
SS 376 - Clothing and Society3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREALD 331 - Athletic Footwear Design3
LD 341 - Experimental Handbag Techniques3
RELATED AREAFF 341 - Computer Art for Accessories Design1.5
FS 341 - Role of Fabrics in Fashion: 1860 to Present3
TD 481 - Screen Printing: Scarves2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
Semester 7
MAJOR AREALD 451 - Sports-Specific Bags and Carrying Gear3
LD 333 - Nontraditional Footwear Design and Construction3
LD 471 - The Accessories Industry2
RELATED AREAJD 231 - Objects Design and Rendering
  or PK 303 - Packaging Design for Accessories Design
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYEN 322 - Writing in the Art and Design Professions3
choice - see Foreign Language* G83
Semester 8
MAJOR AREALD 492 - Portfolio Development2.5
LD 491 - Accessories Design Senior Project3
RELATED AREAIC 498 - Senior Internship D: Career Planning4
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see American History* G103
choice - see Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 61.5-62

*Fall 2014 Requirements: See below.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

American History:  3 credits
CHOICE of EN 271 or 272, or LA 221 or 392 (any one of these meets G10).

Foreign Language:  6 credits
Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet G8.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits

CHOICE of HA 121HA 221HA 223HA 224HA 224HA 225, or HA 226 (any one of these meets G9)

NOTE: Students who did not receive an AAS in Accessories Design must complete LD 133, 134, 143,and 144 prior to semester 6.  



LD 101 — Accessories Design

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

For students not majoring in Accessories Design. Introduction to major areas of accessories design. Various types of shoes, handbags, and belts are analyzed in terms of materials, construction, and presentation. Students acquire hands-on techniques in all three phases.

LD 111 — Leather and Materials Technology

2.5 credits; 2 lecture and 1 lab hours

Processes in the development of leathers, reptiles, plastics, and other textiles are analyzed. Emphasis is on the function and utilization of each for handbags, footwear, and related accessories.

LD 112 — Decorative Leather Techniques

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Studying such ornamentation techniques as trapunto, inlay, welting, pleating, and weaving, students learn how to apply them to leather apparel and accessories design. Basic patternmaking skills used in the construction of handbags, belts, and portfolios are taught.

LD 113 — Manipulating Leather: Volume and Texture

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

This course focuses on various decorative techniques to enhance the volume and texture of leather accessories. Students apply increasingly advanced techniques from decorative hand-stitching and embroidery to braiding and painting. Hand-quilting, gathering, ruffles, and patchwork techniques are also covered.

LD 121 — Anatomy for Accessories

1.5 credits; 1 lecture and 1 lab hour

Students study the components of the foot, spine, and hand to understand the relationship between anatomical structure and the design of footwear, handbags, and gloves. Students learn to create functional and fashionable accessories that are anatomically and ergonomically correct.

LD 133 — Footwear Design and Construction I

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

The basic concepts of footwear design are introduced and the history and types of footwear are discussed. Students develop skills for working with a last and learn patternmaking, sewing, construction, and finishing techniques for closed shoes.
Co-requisite(s): LD 121.

LD 134 — Footwear Design and Construction II

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students analyze last styles, leathers, and components in terms of functionality and design. They continue to develop patternmaking skills by designing and making mules and oxfords.
Prerequisite(s): LD 111, LD 121, and LD 133.

LD 136 — Athletic Footwear: The Shoe That Changed Fashion

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Sneakers have become not only a sport shoe but also a fashion statement. This course focuses on the history of athletic footwear through an understanding of the design and style philosophy of the industry's leading companies.

LD 143 — Handbag Design and Construction I

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

The skills to design and produce handbags are taught. Students become familiar with patternmaking techniques, machinery and equipment, and the various styles in handbag design. They learn how to translate original concepts into finished products.
Co-requisite(s): LD 111 and LD 121.

LD 144 — Handbag Design and Construction II

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Patternmaking and sample making techniques are developed further as students design and construct frame and box bags.
Prerequisite(s): LD 143.

LD 145 — Handbag Reconstruction

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students learn how to evaluate a handbag to determine if it can be restored. They refurbish a handbag, learning how to reconstruct worn or broken components. Prerequisite: LD 144.

LD 165 — Sketching Accessories

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

For one-year Accessories Design students. This accelerated course introduces the various areas of accessory design, including handbags, gloves, shoes, hats, and belts. Students learn to draw and render current materials and textures applicable to today's market.

LD 181 — Ergonomics for Athletic Footwear

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This in-depth study of the ergonomic requirements of footwear for myriad athletic activities focuses on integrating the anatomy and function of the human form with sport-specific design considerations. Injuries, sport surfaces and the evolution of athletic footwear within the several elemental genres are also discussed along with latest trends in materials and manufacturing.

LD 182 — Performance Materials for Athletic Footwear

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Students learn about the different types of performance materials used in all aspects of athletic footwear construction.
Prerequisite(s): LD 181.

LD 184 — Athletic Footwear Sketching

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students learn to hand sketch the components of performance athletic footwear and integrate sketch development, function, and technology into the footwear design.
Prerequisite(s): LD 182.

LD 185 — Athletic Footwear Drafting

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students draft the components of an athletic shoe using both freehand and CAD. A history of the athletic footwear industry and the integration of technology in athletic footwear are introduced. Students make a model of an outsole design.
Prerequisite(s): LD 184.

LD 227 — Introduction to Line Building

2 credits; 4 lab hours

Using a specific theme or season, students learn the principles and techniques of line building by designing and producing a collection of accessories. Emphasis is on workmanship, fabrication, and execution of designs.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134 and LD 144.

LD 228 — Accessories Computer Design I

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course introduces students to Adobe Illustrator, which is used as a CAD tool for designing accessories. Auxiliary software includes Adobe Photoshop.

LD 231 — Boot Patternmaking and Construction

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

Students design and construct three different boot types: cowboy, Chelsea, and thigh-high. Boot detailing, advanced patternmaking, grading, and lasting techniques are taught.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134.

LD 242 — Advanced Handbag Construction

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

Using such techniques as the pillow gusset/bottom and strip construction, students explore new handbag designs. Advanced patternmaking skills are taught. Emphasis is on detailing.
Prerequisite(s): LD 144.

LD 243 — Belt Design and Patternmaking

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

The exploration of the design of the belt as a fashion and functional accessory is presented. Students acquire the skills needed to make several different kinds of belts.
Prerequisite(s): LD 111 and LD 121.

LD 251 — Sport Specific Accessories

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students are introduced to the sports accessories market with a focus on millinery, gloves, footwear, and carrying gear. They learn about environmental and safety issues relevant to sports, analyze materials, understand the relationship of biophysics to sport-specific accessories, and explore the necessity of product testing. A new or improved sport accessory is developed. Prerequisite: TS 171.

LD 252 — Small Leathergoods for Men

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Learning how to design and construct a variety of small leather goods, students focus on the patternmaking and sample-making techniques required to produce a billfold, agenda, and travel kit for men.
Prerequisite(s): LD 143.

LD 253 — Designing Desk Accessories

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students design and construct a collection of desk accessories. Emphasis is on researching design ideas, construction techniques, and the marketing information required to sell a collection.
Prerequisite(s): LD 144.

LD 261 — Sketching Accessories

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students are introduced to the concept of three-dimensional sketching and how it relates to accessories design. Concentrating on design detail, they learn to sketch the basic shapes in footwear, handbags, personal leather goods, and belts.

LD 262 — Technical Spec and Black Line Drawing for Accessories

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

Students learn black line graph techniques and develop specification sheets suitable for industry. Students sketch original and existing accessories designs, draw major core silhouettes of shoe lasts, and develop templates.

LD 263 — Marker Rendering for Accessories

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students learn to design accessories such as handbags, shoes, belts, hats, and gloves. They draw and render materials and textures appropriate for today's accessories market. Students become familiar with current trends and utilize research for sources of inspiration.
Prerequisite(s): LD 262.

LD 293 — Developing a Successful Portfolio

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Working with industry design critics, students learn the fundamentals of assembling a professional portfolio for employment in the accessories industry. Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, they explore marker rendering, theme pages, and print work. Areas of specialization are showcased.
Prerequisite(s): LD 111, LD 121, and LD 165.

LD 299 — Independent Study in Accessories Design

1-3 credit

Prerequisite(s): a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design.

LD 331 — Athletic Footwear Design

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students learn the aspects of athletic footwear in order to design and construct original products. Emphasis is on the variety of categories including running, basketball, and tennis.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134.

LD 332 — Theatrical and Character Footwear

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students design period shoes for the theater by learning about the history of footwear, design, and construction.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134.

LD 333 — Nontraditional Footwear Design and Construction

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students design and execute experimental and nontraditional footwear based upon their prior patternmaking and construction knowledge. Discussion of innovative design ideas is emphasized, as well as the use of unconventional materials and methods to create new concepts in footwear design.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134.

LD 341 — Experimental Handbag Techniques

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Innovative, nontraditional handbags are designed and constructed using a variety of classic patternmaking styles. Emphasis is on use of unconventional materials and methods to create new concepts in handbag design.
Prerequisite(s): LD 144.

LD 342 — Zippered Handbag Design, Hardware, and Construction

2.5 credits; 5 lab hours

Students expand their handbag patternmaking and construction skills by incorporating hardware such as zippers into more contemporary and functional designs. Emphasis is on new sewing and assembly techniques.
Prerequisite(s): LD 143.

LD 431 — Athletic Footwear Construction

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students become familiar with the construction skills specific to athletic footwear by learning the history and evolution of this category. Fashion, style, and function are addressed.
Prerequisite(s): LD 134.

LD 451 — Sports-Specific Bags and Carrying Gear

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

The types of bags and carrying gear necessary for specific sports activities and technological gear are studied. Students learn how to develop the appropriate patterns and product while focusing on materials, proper fit, and protection of equipment.
Prerequisite(s): LD 144 or LD 341.

LD 471 — The Accessories Industry

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This course provides a general overview of the industry: the history of accessories; import, export, and domestic manufacturing; developing a collection for a specific target market; and writing a business plan.

LD 491 — Accessories Design Senior Project

3 credits; 6 lab hours

This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to select a design project in a specific accessories category. Mastery of research techniques, design construction, and oral presentation is considered.
Prerequisite(s): LD 341 and LD 471
Co-requisite(s): LD 492.

LD 492 — Portfolio Development

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Using elements of their senior projects, students develop portfolios by working with black line sketches and Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Spec sheets, concept pages, and mood boards are included for professional presentation.
Prerequisite(s): LD 341 and LD 471
Co-requisite(s): LD 491.