2014-15 Catalog

Home Products Development BS Degree Program

http://fitnyc.edu/homeproducts

School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 20464      HEGIS 0509

The Home Products Development major offers students a thorough understanding of the relationship between fashion and business in the home products industries. Students master the components of the product development process, teamwork, communication skills, and interaction with the industry, all of which prepare them to become successful product developers, marketers, and merchandisers.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAHP 313 - Manufacturing and Marketing of Home Products Hard Lines I3
HP 315 - Textile Applications: Home Products2.5
RELATED AREAMG 306 - Information Systems: Case Analysis2
LIBERAL ARTSHA 345 - History of Industrial Design3
EN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Foreign Language* G83
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAHP 314 - Manufacturing and Marketing of Home Products Hard Lines II3
HP 322 - Home Products Brand Management3
LIBERAL ARTSSS 242 - Microeconomics3
choice - see Foreign Language*3
choice - see Science or Mathematics*3-3.5
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAHP 421 - Strategic Product Management3
HP 491 - Home Products Design and Development Process3
RELATED AREAchoice see Related Area alternative**2.5-3
LIBERAL ARTSSS 443 - International Economics3
choice - see Science or Mathematics*3-3.5
choice - see Speech*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAHP 492 - Home Products Senior Project2
HP 432 - Home Products Analytical Strategies3
RELATED AREAPK 301 - Packaging Design for Home Products2
LIBERAL ARTSPL 431 - Philosophy: Ethics3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see American History* G103
choice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
GENERAL EDUCATION9
MAJOR AREA22.5
RELATED AREA6.5-7
LIBERAL ARTS27-28
 Total Credits: 65-66.5
 

*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, or any course that meets General Education American History requirement (G10).

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

Mathematics: 3-3.5 credits
CHOICE of MA 142222, 311, or 331. Arithmetic proficiency must be completed prior to enrolling in MA 142 or 222. Algebra proficiency must be completed prior to enrolling in MA 311 or 331.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of HA 221, 223, 224, 225, or 226, or PL 143, SS 353, 354, 355, 356, or 374 (any one of these meets G9).

Science: 3 credits
CHOICE of SC 253 or 331.

Speech: 3 credits
CHOICE of EN 241, 242, 244, or 342, or a liberal arts elective may be substituted if an equivalent speech course has been taken previously.

**Related Area Alternative: 2.5-3 credits
CHOICE of BE 261, CM 425, IN 301 or 312, or TT 055/455.

NOTE: TS 111, TS 115122, or 132 must be completed prior to the fifth semester. Business and Technology bridge course B.S. condition: SS 141 Macroeconomics (this course is the prerequisite for SS 242 Microeconomics at the bachelor degree level).

Courses

HP 201 — Introduction to Home Products

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students are familiarized with the wide range of home products, both soft lines (textile) and hard lines (non-textile), that comprise the home furnishings industry. Product development and merchandising within each category are emphasized. Many sessions take place at retailers and industry showrooms throughout the city.

HP 231 — America at Home: Product Styles from 1900 to Contemporary

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Introduces the elements of design, color, and theory in the decorative arts that comprise the home products industry. Emphasis is on the contemporary approach to product development and design. Students explore the influence of historical, cultural, and social perspectives on products for the home. (G6: Arts).

HP 313 — Manufacturing and Marketing of Home Products Hard Lines I

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students are introduced to hard lines marketing from conception through manufacture in order to effectively develop products. Part I surveys the various manufacturing processes and marketing strategies for several hard goods classifications (furniture, ceramics, and glass) of the home furnishings industry.

HP 314 — Manufacturing and Marketing of Home Products Hard Lines II

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Part II further surveys the manufacturing processes, marketing strategies, and product development for several hard goods classifications (metal, giftware, housewares, and home lighting) of the home furnishings industry.
Prerequisite(s): HP 313.

HP 315 — Textile Applications: Home Products

2.5 credits; 2 lecture and 1 lab hours

Presenting both user and consumer viewpoints, this course examines how textiles relate to end-use home products. Students study the ways in which fibers, yarns, fabric formation, and finishing are interrelated and integrated from the perspectives of design, styling, and cost relative to specific home products and target markets.

HP 322 — Home Products Brand Management

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

This course utilizes product development factors in identifying and differentiating home products from other goods and services. Analysis of brand preferences is demonstrated through case studies based on consumer identification and the needs of the marketplace.
Prerequisite(s): HP 313.

HP 351 — The European Home Furnishings Industry

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students develop a firsthand understanding of the home furnishings marketing process from the European perspective. Emphasis is placed on product knowledge in terms of product development, production techniques, and European markets. The group will visit manufacturers, showrooms, retail outlets, specialized museums, and trade shows in Italy and Portugal (or possibly England). Approximately three weeks in January.

HP 421 — Strategic Product Management

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students analyze and resolve complex business problems, utilizing their knowledge and understanding of strategic product management. They gain insights and skills necessary to formulate and implement sound marketing strategy.
Prerequisite(s): HP 314 and HP 315
Co-requisite(s): HP 491.

HP 432 — Home Products Analytical Strategies

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

The home product development cycle is studied, with a focus on the development of product based on the coordination of soft and hard goods classifications. Product integrity is addressed through comprehensive analysis and written product reviews subject to critical industry evaluation.
Prerequisite(s): HP 421 and HP 491.

HP 491 — Home Products Design and Development Process

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

An overview of the design and development process of products for the home is provided. Such principles of design as composition, color, shape, form, and structure are introduced. Differences between the design of products and the product development process in the home furnishings industry are emphasized. Teamwork and presentation skills are implemented as students develop a product line.
Prerequisite(s): HP 314 and HP 315
Co-requisite(s): HP 421.

HP 492 — Home Products Senior Project

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

The curriculum culminates in this capstone course, which requires the student to develop a product based on the coordination of soft and hard goods classifications. A comprehensive visual presentation and written product review support the viability and integrity of the product concept.
Prerequisite(s): HP 491.