Textile/Surface Design

http://fitnyc.edu/textilesurfacedesign

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program (BFA)

Applications accepted for fall only. HEGIS 1009

The major in Textile/Surface Design offers students the opportunity to prepare for design positions in the textile and related industries in fields such as wearing apparel, accessories and products, and paper products and giftware.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFS 312 - Research Techniques1.5
SD 351 - Surface Design: Paper Products2
TD 312 - Computer Graphics for Textile Design I2
TD 332 - Advanced Woven Design2
RELATED AREAFA 106 - Printmaking - Basic2
FA 132 - Life Drawing II G61.5
LIBERAL ARTSHA 342 - History of Textile Design3
choice - see Foreign Language* G83.5
Semester 6
MAJOR AREASD 357 - Applied Surface Design for the Home3
SD 481 - Screen Printing: Scarves2
TD 333 - Fundamentals of Jacquard Design3
TD 372 - Design for Knitted Fabrics I2
TD 412 - Computer Graphics for Textile Design II2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Foreign Language*3.5
Semester 7
MAJOR AREASD 451 - Surface Design: Print Media Graphics2
TD 353 - Custom Rug and Carpet Design2
TD 472 - Design for Knitted Fabrics II2
RELATED AREAHP 315 - Textile Applications: Home Products2.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Elective*3
choice - see Other World Civilizations* G93
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5-3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREASD 462 - Portfolio Collection3
SD 471 - Advanced CAD with Adobe Photoshop and Fashion Studio1.5
TD 491 - Internship3
RELATED AREABL 201 - Business Law for the Artist3
CG 214 - Web Page Construction1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see American History* G103
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA33
RELATED AREA10.5
LIBERAL ARTS19
ELECTIVE1.5-3
 Total Credits: 64-65.5

 

SUNY General Education Requirements:
A “G” followed by a number 1-10 identifies specific courses that meet SUNY General Education baccalaureate degree requirements (or visit fitnyc.edu/gened).

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.

*Requirements: See below.

American History: 3 credits
CHOICE of EN 271, 272, or 335, or LA 221 (any one of these meets G10).

Foreign Language: 7 credits
CHOICE of two courses of the same foreign language: CH 111 and 112, or FR 111 and 112, or IT 111 and 112, or JA 111 and 112, or SP 111 and 112 (any one of these meets G8).

Liberal Arts Elective: 3 credits
These liberal arts credits must be taken in non-HA courses.

Other World Civilizations: 3 credits
CHOICE of HA 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, or 226 (any one of these meets G9).

NOTE: TD 131, SD 121, and SD 224 must be completed prior to the sixth semester.

Surface Design Courses

SD 101 — Experimental Screen Printing

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students experiment designing with screens and printing on fabric while working in an actual workshop surrounding. Includes screen making, color mixing, and printing techniques

SD 102 — Decorative Papers and Greeting Cards

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students design and paint greeting cards and decorative wrapping paper using various media. Card formats include die-cut, pop-up, and French-fold with emphasis on trends and holidays

SD 112 — Textile Color Fundamentals

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Introduction to traditional color theories and systems through comparisons and analysis. Color experimentation for use in textile fashion and home furnishing fabrics is developed in opaque watercolor (gouache)

SD 113 — Textile Surface Design Styles and Sources

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

An introduction to the design styles, design vocabulary, and research methods necessary for creating original textile surface designs. Through image-based lectures, discussions, museum visits, design projects, and presentation critiques, students explore themes in fashion and the applied arts that will serve as a foundation in their future design work

SD 121 — Studio Practices

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students create painted designs and patterns for fashion fabrics appropriate for apparel using opaque watercolor (gouache). Emphasis is on developing original design concepts and exploring industry standards

SD 122 — Printed Fabrics

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students create original painted designs for printed fashion fabrics marketable for women's, men's, and children's wear. Professional methods of designing patterns, repeats, and color combinations are explored using transparent watercolor (dyes) and mixed media

SD 125 — Print Design for Apparel and Home Furnishings

4.5 CREDITS; 9 LAB HOURS

For one-year Textile/Surface Design students only.This course combines aspects of SD 121 and SD 122. It involves the study and practice of the principles of creating design layouts and developing color as they apply to the print field. It focuses on skill development in gouache and dye painting techniques with an emphasis on current professional workflow practices in the Textile Design industry

SD 141 — Nature Studies

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Study of design in nature as a source of inspiration for textile design. Students analyze growth and structure of plants and other forms of nature using live flowers and marine life as models for drawing and painting in representational techniques. (G6: Arts)

SD 142 — Advanced Nature Studies

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Painting from flowers and other nature forms with continued emphasis on observation, selection of color, structure, and design patterns. Students use forms in nature as a basis for stylized compositions in line and color. (G6: Arts)

SD 151 — Techniques and Faux Finish Concepts for Home Furnishings

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students learn the technical aspects of creating special effects for home furnishing surfaces, products, and furniture using a variety of mixed media as they integrate traditional skills with digital design. Emphasis is on experimentation in materials, techniques, and color. Design trends, references, and inspiration are studied

SD 155 — Decorative Fabrics

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

For one-year Textile/Surface Design students. The application of print design techniques to designing for home furnishing fabrics and wall coverings, using various media. Using professional methods and technical requirements, designs are created for residential, commercial, and industrial spaces

SD 156 — Introduction to Decorative Fabrics

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Students learn the fundamental design aspects and technical requirements appropriate for decorative fabrics. Large-scale layouts, research sources, and current trending information are utilized in creating original designs for the market

SD 157 — Wallcovering Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

This course focuses on the creative development of original wallcoverings. Through the study of historical documents and references, students explore design and production methods needed to create multi-layered compositions. They learn about the wallcovering market through the introduction of home furnishing trends, design styles, and current production standards

SD 181 — Fundamentals of Screen Printing

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Designs in repeat are printed on various fabrics in actual workshop surroundings. Emphasis is on screen printing techniques and original design

SD 183 — Screen Printing: T-Shirts and Related Products

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Using modern screen print technology, students create original engineered designs for T-shirts and related products. Color mixing principles and screen printing techniques are taught

SD 185 — Screen Printing

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

For one-year Textile/Surface Design students. Students prepare screens of their designs, mix pigments, and print on fabric in workshop surroundings. Emphasis is on creative design using a variety of techniques and media

SD 201 — Color Analysis

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Comparative analysis of color theories, emphasizing their use in the textile industry. Includes color harmony, psychological associations, optical illusions, experiments, sales appeal and promotion values, current color styling, and terminology

SD 202 — Color Trends in Industry Today

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Develops an understanding of color trends in the apparel and home fashions industry for styling and forecasting purposes. Students research and track color trends for specific target markets and learn to present color line concepts

SD 211 — Surface Design in Paris (summer only)

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

SD 221 — Techniques for Printed Textiles and Surfaces

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Experimentation in a variety of materials and mixed media, techniques, and textures to create original and simulated designs for apparel and home fashion fabrics. Emphasis on awareness of color impact, current trends, industry standards, and marketability

SD 224 — Computer-Aided Print Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Using Adobe Photoshop, students scan images and create original designs, repeats, colorways, and coordinates targeting specific markets. Emphasis is on creative use of the software, awareness of industry trends, and the development of an original portfolio of digitally produced designs

SD 225 — ADVANCED PRINT DESIGN/APPAREL

4.5 CREDITS; 9 LAB HOURS

For one-year students only. Accelerated course combining techniques and textures with professional standards and current trends

SD 227 — Painting on Fabric

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students paint directly on silk, cotton, and synthetic fabrics, using appropriate pigments or dyes for setting colors permanently. Explores use of hand-painted fabrics for home furnishings, fashion, and studio applications

SD 228 — Techniques for Fashion Fabrics

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Students learn the research, design, and technical skills needed to create textiles for the apparel and home furnishings markets. Emphasis is placed on research methods and experimentation with materials, techniques, and color to create textural effects using a variety of mixed media

SD 229 — Screen-Print Techniques for Fabric

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Students explore a variety of screen-making and imaging techniques in order to have an understanding of aesthetic and experimental printing methods. Emphasis is on surface effects, techniques, layering and color as they relate to design for fabric. Students present a professional portfolio of their work at the end of the semester

SD 253 — Advanced Decorative Fabrics

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Students learn the design and technical skills required in the home furnishings textile industry. Through on-site field trips and research, students explore and analyze design inspiration. The technical aspects of painting, layout, repeat and color are examined. New layouts, techniques, and colors are also introduced to sensitize students to the needs of home textiles for the interior design industry

SD 261 — Industrial and Studio Practices

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students are brought into contact with industry through lectures, demonstrations, and mill visits. Repeats, color combinations, coordinates, reference pieces, and adaptations are stressed. Special attention is given to the preparation of student portfolios, with an emphasis on professional presentation

SD 271 — Textile/Surface Design Using Adobe Illustrator

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students learn to use Adobe Illustrator for application to textile and surface design and gain proficiency in working between Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Target markets and the creative use of software for portfolio development are emphasized

SD 299 — Independent Study in Surface Design

1-3 CREDIT

SD 303 — Screen Printing with Typographic Imagery

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

For Graphic Design students. The process and possibilities of screen printing as a medium of expression and reproduction are explored. Students focus on computer-generated typographic imagery and the effects of manipulation through this process

SD 311 — Lace/Embroidery Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Application of design principles to the needs of the lace and embroidery industry. Study of the technical requirements for and creation of original designs for machine reproduction of Bonnaz, Schiffli, Swiss-handloom, and other types of lace and embroidery

SD 321 — Advanced Hand Screen Printing for Portfolio Development

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

This course explores advanced methods of developing repeats and printing techniques for long table fabrics. Students choose a market and produce a line of fabrics for a specific client, while developing personal style and professionalism in a modern screen-printing environment. Autographic as well as digitally produced positives may be used to produce large screens that will be printed in repeat and in multiple colorways

SD 351 — Surface Design: Paper Products

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Learning to design products to specification for tabletop, students produce print designs, shopping bags, playing cards, and tissue boxes. The uniqueness of designing for paper products is emphasized. Licensing and market trends are discussed

SD 357 — Applied Surface Design for the Home

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students research design possibilities to create color/pattern-coordinated designs for a spectrum of home products. Critiques are in direct consultation with industry

SD 451 — Surface Design: Print Media Graphics

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Explores graphic design concepts for dinnerware, tabletop, and related products with special emphasis on the needs of industry and the marketplace

SD 462 — Portfolio Collection

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Preparation of a professional portfolio collection inspired by research and influenced by market trends. Students' collections include coordinated designs for fashion, home, contract, or product, incorporating printed, woven, fiber art, knit, and CAD applications

SD 471 — Advanced CAD with Adobe Photoshop and Fashion Studio

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students develop advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop applied to surface design. Fashion Studio software is incorporated into the course, with the objective of designing product for a global marketplace using current trend information

SD 481 — Screen Printing: Scarves

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Studies the requirements, limitations, and possibilities of designs for scarves. Students prepare screens, mix colors, and print a variety of fabrics with emphasis on techniques and fashion trends

SD 499 — Independent Study in Surface Design

1-3 CREDIT

Textile Design Courses

TD 111 — Computer-Aided Design Principles for Textile Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided textile design. Students use current, off-the-shelf graphics software to produce original designs, croquis and repeat layouts, coordinates, and color combinations while exploring color palettes, scale, and proportion. Web resources, scanning, file management, and printing options are explained, and presentation skills are emphasized

TD 131 — Woven Design I

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduction to creating woven fabrics on a table hand loom. Students learn basic weaving techniques, drafting of weaves on paper, and the interrelation of yarns, color, and weave structure in a fabric design

TD 132 — Woven Design II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Continued creative and experimental application of techniques learned in TD 131. Four-harness table looms are used to explore compound weave patterns and texture

TD 133 — CAD for Yarn-Dyed Woven Fabrics

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Yarn-dyed patterns are created using a computer-aided design (CAD) program for woven design. Students learn to create checks, plaids, stripes, and textured patterns for apparel and home furnishings. Colorways and coordinates are explored

TD 137 — Woven Design

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

An accelerated course for one-year students that introduces them to designing woven textiles on table looms. Through planning and executing fabric samples, students learn how fiber, color, and structure are interrelated in woven design

TD 236 — COMPUTER AIDED WOVEN DESIGN

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

TD 237 — Experimental Wovens

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Using the standard design tools, a handloom, and a computer, students explore the hand, color, weave structure, construction, pattern, and end use of woven fabric. The hands-on aspect of the class encourages creativity, technical development, and exploration of texture and finishes

TD 299 — Independent Study in Textile Design

1-3 CREDIT

TD 312 — Computer Graphics for Textile Design I

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Introduction to creating artwork on the computer, including scanning and cleaning images, original patterns, colorways, repeats, and woven fabrics. Designs are applied to fashion silhouettes for merchandising collections targeting specific markets. Portfolio-quality presentations are produced using digital printouts

TD 332 — Advanced Woven Design

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

This course introduces students to the research, development, and creation of complex, multi-shaft woven structures. Projects include an in-depth exploration of woven structures and creation of woven design collections based on market trends

TD 333 — Fundamentals of Jacquard Design

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of jacquard design to create woven fabrics using complex weave structures. Students use CAD technology to create a portfolio of innovative designs for today's textile industry

TD 353 — Custom Rug and Carpet Design

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

This course covers design of tufted and printed carpeting for custom, commercial, and mass markets. Students study repeats and technical requirements in carpet design, trends in construction, color coordination for various types of interiors, and the application of all types of printing and tufting equipment used in industry. Guest speakers and field trips are included

TD 355 — FIBER TECHNIQUES FOR ART & DSG

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

TD 372 — Design for Knitted Fabrics I

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Design and development of jersey, rib, interlock, and double-knit fabrics is studied. Students solve problems in adapting designs to machines using wheel, jacquard, and drum mechanisms

TD 412 — Computer Graphics for Textile Design II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Advanced use of graphic design software with emphasis on woven fabric designs, knits, and tonal prints. Designs are texture-mapped onto garments and home furnishing images for specific markets, resulting in a digital portfolio

TD 472 — Design for Knitted Fabrics II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Designing for circular knitting machines with special emphasis on repeats for patterning mechanisms and the newest yarn technology. Students solve problems in adapting jacquard design to machines using wheel and drum mechanisms

TD 491 — Internship

3 CREDITS

A 12-week internship in industry, scheduled individually for a minimum of 126 hours at the worksite and 9 hours on campus. Students have the opportunity to intern in the product design, home furnishings, or apparel industry

TD 499 — Independent Study in Textile Design

1-3 CREDIT