2014-15 Catalog

Technical Design BS Degree Program


School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 32621     HEGIS 1009

The major in Technical Design prepares students for entry into the apparel industry, provides a solid foundation for complex technical design competencies, deepens students problem solving and critical thinking abilities, and facilitates the development of professional practices, interpersonal skills, and personal abilities that equip students for advancement in the evolving garment industry.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREATC 311 - Production Pattern Development I2
TC 321 - Computerized Pattern Development2
RELATED AREAMG 314 - Manufacturing Process Analysis2
TS 301 - Advanced Textiles for Technical Design2.5
LIBERAL ARTSEN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
MA 321 - Data Analysis for Business Applications*3
SS 141 - Macroeconomics**3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREATC 312 - Production Pattern Development II2
TC 322 - Computerized Grading, Marking, and Specs3
TC 341 - Technical Design: Wovens2
LIBERAL ARTSSC 032 - Color Science Laboratory1
SC 332 - Color and Light3
SS 242 - Microeconomics3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see American History* G103
Semester 7
MAJOR AREATC 421 - Computerized Pattern and Fit Corrections2
TC 441 - Technical Design II: Stretch2
TC 451 - Production and Technical Design2
IC 497 - Senior Internship C: Career Planning
  or TS 332 - Technical Design for Sweater Knits
RELATED AREAFM 302 - Merchandising for Technical Design2
LIBERAL ARTSSS 343 - Labor Economics
  or 443 - International Economics
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Foreign Language* G83
Semester 8
MAJOR AREATC 491 - Technical Design Senior Project2.5
LIBERAL ARTSSS 354 - Comparative Political Systems
  or 374 - Cross-Cultural Studies G9*
choice - see Foreign Language*3
choice - Liberal Arts Elective3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Humanities* G73
 Total Credits: 66

*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
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.

Humanities: 3 credits
CHOICE of any course that meets General Education Humanities requirement (G7).

If MA 222 was not previously taken, students must take MA 222 in the fifth semester and MA 321 in the eighth semester, in the place of the Liberal Arts elective. Arithmetic proficiency must be completed prior to enrolling in MA 222. Algebra proficiency must be completed prior to enrolling in MA 321.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of SS 354 or 374 (either one of these meets G9).

**If SS 141 was previously taken, student must take another 3-credit liberal arts course.

NOTE: Students entering this program must complete AR 101 and (AR 215 or FF 242) and (FD 111 or DP 111) and (FD 121 oPM 121) and FD 131 and FD 241  and TS 111.


TC 311 — Production Pattern Development I

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course focuses on the development of production-ready patterns for woven fabrics from technical specification sketches. Students analyze the effects of body measurements, pattern shapes, and production construction techniques on garment fit, quality, and performance.
Prerequisite(s): (DP 111 or FD 111) and (FD 121 or PM 121) and FD 131.

TC 312 — Production Pattern Development II

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students further develop skills learned in TC 311 through an emphasis on fit concepts and patterns for woven, knit, and lined garments. Students learn to recognize and apply pattern corrections that maintain garment balance, proportion, and design integrity.
Prerequisite(s): TC 311.

TC 321 — Computerized Pattern Development

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to develop computerized flat patterns using state-of-the-art apparel industry software. Students use and incorporate the various functions in the software menus as they create, modify, store, and plot production patterns.
Prerequisite(s): (DP 111 or FD 111) and (FD 121 or PM 121).

TC 322 — Computerized Grading, Marking, and Specs

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

Students learn to use a state-of-the-art apparel industry grading and marking software system to grade patterns, make markers, and manage files. Course stresses the importance held by fabric properties on the development of accurate graded specs for patterns and for marker making.
Prerequisite(s): TC 311 and TC 321.

TC 341 — Technical Design: Wovens

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course explores in depth the technical design process for woven garments. Students utilize digital imaging, industry-specific terminology, and software to create full tech packages. Through case studies and hands-on techniques, they incorporate problem-solving methods used by technical designers in the industry.
Prerequisite(s): TC 311 and (AR 215 or FF 242) and (FD 241 or MG 252 completed spring 2008 or later).

TC 421 — Computerized Pattern and Fit Corrections

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students analyze garment fittings and then make corrections to computerized patterns using the more advanced features of the pattern design system. They manage the data file information and communicate complete fit and pattern technical details.
Prerequisite(s): TC 312, TC 322, and TC 341.

TC 441 — Technical Design II: Stretch

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Using industry product data management software systems, students construct full technical design packages for stretch garments. Students explore the effects of stretch on pattern shape and fit. They identify the accuracy of finished garments and communicate the revisions necessary for various sample stages.
Prerequisite(s): TC 312, TC 322, and TC 341.

TC 451 — Production and Technical Design

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This course stresses the relationship between technical design and the apparel production cycles and manufacturing processes. Discussions center on sourcing and logistics, apparel standards, compliance and regulations, current industry issues, and business ethics and conduct.
Prerequisite(s): TC 322, TC 341, and MG 314.

TC 491 — Technical Design Senior Project

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Student teams strategize on how to improve the market share for a specific product or brand. Each team develops innovative technical design solutions for various product life cycle stages. They present their actual products and a written review/case study subject to critical industry evaluation.
Prerequisite(s): TC 421 and TC 441
Co-requisite(s): IC 497.