Textile Development and Marketing AAS Degree Program

http://fitnyc.edu/tdm

School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00841     HEGIS 5313

The major in Textile Development and Marketing prepares students for careers in sustainable fabric development, color creation, and management for fashion apparel and home furnishings end uses, with an emphasis on textile applications and forensics, global sourcing, and marketing.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREATS 111 - Fundamentals of Textiles3
TS 215 - The History of Textile Trade and Technology2
RELATED AREAFM 114 - Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
AC 111 - Advertising and Promotion3
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition G13
Semester 2
MAJOR AREATT 174 - Fabric Development3
TT 247 - Color Creation and Sustainable Applications3
RELATED AREAMG 108 - Apparel and Home Textile Products Manufacturing2
MG 153 - Excel for Business2
GENERAL EDUCATIONSS 141 - Macroeconomics G43
Choice-See Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREATT 201 - Fabrics for Private Label/Vertical Retailer3
TT 276 - Fabrics for Interiors2
RELATED AREATD 224 - Computer-Aided Print Design1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*9
Semester 4
MAJOR AREATT 275 - Textile Marketing3
RELATED AREAIC 296 - AAS Internship B: Career Exploration**2
or choice Related Area Elective (2-3 credits)** 
IN 201 - Global Sourcing in the Textile Industries3
MG 242 - Principles of Accounting3
GENERAL EDUCATIONSC 147 - The Forensics of Fiber Analysis G33
choice - see Mathematics* G23
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
GENERAL EDUCATION24
MAJOR AREA19
RELATED AREA19.5
HEALTH AND/OR PHYS. ED2
 Total Credits: 64.5

*Business& Technology Programs: FIT’s General Education Requirements

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. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.  

Associate Degree: (Effective for students entering AAS programs in Fall 2014)

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
  • Twelve (12)credits from four different areas in liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200 or 300 level English literature or speech course

*Second English course General Education requirement:
CHOICE of EN 241,  EN 242,  EN 244 , or EN 245
**Related Area Elective:
CHOICE of AC 221, AR 115, HP 201, ID 101, PH 118, PH 162, or LD 101.
Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science programs in Direct and Interactive Marketing, Home Products Development, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, and Textile Development and Marketing.By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science programs in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Merchandising Management, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, and Technical Design.

Textile Science Courses

TS 015 — Textiles for Production Management Laboratory

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Provides laboratory study in conjunction with the textile principles learned in TS 115. Physical, chemical, and optical procedures are used to evaluate the properties of a wide range of fabrics.

TS 111 — Fundamentals of Textiles

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

General study of textile materials with an emphasis on the factors that produce successful fabrics in the marketplace, including fibers, yarns, construction, color, and finish. Characteristics of a wide range of market fabrics are examined.

TS 115 — Textiles for Production Management

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Study of textile materials with emphasis on factors of concern to the manufacturer of apparel, including fiber types, construction, and finishes.
Co-requisite(s): TS 015.

TS 116 — Knit Design Principles and Technology

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

In this introductory course, students learn to identify, analyze, design, and document weft-knitted fabrics. The class covers the relationships between knit fabric structures and the technology used to create them. Students create original designs on industrial machinery and on computer patterning workstations.

TS 122 — Textile Principles for Interior Design

1.5 credits; 1 lecture and 1 lab hour

For Interior Design students. Study of textile materials with emphasis on fabrics used by interior designers. Fiber content, yarn type, construction, coloration, and finish are examined.

TS 132 — Introduction to Textiles for Fashion Designers

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

For Fashion Design students. An introduction to the concepts of sourcing textile materials and related products, both from the domestic and international perspectives. Emphasis is placed on identifying and evaluating the characteristics of textile materials, such as sewing yarns, fabrics, and interlinings designed for women's apparel. Comprehension of textile trade terminology is also stressed.

TS 171 — Hi-Tech Textiles for Apparel and Accessories

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course takes an analytical approach to advanced textile design applications, focusing on specialized outerwear and high-performance apparel and accessories.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 132 or equivalent, or approval of chairperson.

TS 215 — The History of Textile Trade and Technology

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This course surveys historical events and developments that have shaped today's textile industry. Aspects of the textile trade from the Bronze Age through the early 21st century are introduced and the evolution of industrial textile technologies addressed.

TS 236 — Strip Knitting Design Technology

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

For Fashion Design students. Students learn the scope and limitations of the various types of industrial equipment required in the production of strip knit garments. Includes studies in fabric analysis and methods to graphically represent garments and fabric creations for translation by technicians into machine language.
Prerequisite(s): TS 132
Co-requisite(s): TS 237.

TS 237 — Designing Fabric Structures for Strip Knit Garments

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

For Fashion Design students. Students learn the fundamentals of strip knitting structures and design. Emphasis is on developing the ability to express creativity through the medium of knitting machinery. Students develop and produce their own fabrics on industrial sampling strip knit machinery.
Prerequisite(s): TS 132
Co-requisite(s): TS 236.

TS 261 — Introduction to Weft Knitting Principles

3 credits; 1 lecture and 4 lab hours

For Fashion Design (knitwear track) BFA students. An introduction to the technical principles of weft knit structures, covering the relationships between stitch formation, fabric construction, yarn selection, and knitting machinery. Emphasis is placed on the creative and practical application of weft-knitted structures.
Prerequisite(s): TS 132
Co-requisite(s): FF 352.

TS 301 — Advanced Textiles for Technical Design

2.5 credits; 2 lecture and 1 lab hours

Through readings and lab work, students learn to recognize and differentiate textiles according to structure and style. Course emphasizes commercial methods and applications that enhance textile appearance and performance. Students study issues and requirements related to textile structural design, coloration, function, and expectations.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 132 or TT 171 or similar course in Textile Fundamentals.

TS 313 — International Textile Product Development

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

This course consists of field studies in the Italian textile regions of Biella, Florence, and Como. Students learn the ways in which high-quality fabrics are designed, produced, and marketed globally for use in apparel. Winter and summer in Italy.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TS 331 — Introduction to Knitting Principles

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to identify, analyze, and design various weft-knitted fabrics. Provides an understanding of the relationship between fabric structure, yarn type, stitch formation, and machine type. Students design and produce original fabric on hand or power machines.
Prerequisite(s): TS 132.

TS 332 — Technical Design for Sweater Knits

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn the technical principles of weft knitting and sweater knit construction. Emphasis is placed on knitted fabric structures, sweater construction and production procedures, and spec'ing and fitting of garments.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TS 341 — Survey of Textile Printing Technology

2.5 credits; 2 lecture and 1 lab hours

Survey of the rudiments of commercial textile printing to establish a basic common communications link between designer/stylist and production. Students use their own original design concepts for case study lessons in feasibility.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or equivalent.

TS 361 — Knit Fabrics and Machines

4 credits; 2 lecture and 4 lab hours

For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. The principles of weft and warp knit fabric structure and production are discussed. Topics include the relationship between fabric structure and machine capability, fabric analysis and development, costing, quality control, and production control. Students work on hand knitting machines to reinforce principles covered in lectures.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or approval of chairperson.

TS 366 — Experimentations with Weft Knitting Structures and Machinery

2 credits; 4 lab hours

For Fashion Design (knitwear specialization) BFA students. This course summarizes the complex relationship between weft-knit structures and the machinery that produces them. Emphasis is placed on functional and aesthetic concerns in full-fashioned garment construction. Students are encouraged to experiment with creative combinations of advanced techniques, expanding their range of expertise.
Prerequisite(s): TS 431
Co-requisite(s): FD 497.

TS 367 — Knit Fabrics and Machinery

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Students analyze, identify, and document a range of knit fabric structures using industry-standard techniques and communication practices. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between fabric structures, machine capabilities, costing, sourcing, and quality control. Students knit basic weft structures on industrial hand machines and program fabrics on computer patterning workstations.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TS 431 — Advanced Concepts in Weft Knitting

2.5 credits; 1 lecture and 3 lab hours

Students are presented with advanced concepts in weft knit structures and introduced to the principles of designing for computerized industrial power machinery. Students design and knit complex fabrics on industrial machinery for garments designed in FD 451. Students maintain a swatch book of all fabrics analyzed and designed in this course.
Prerequisite(s): FD 354 and TS 261.

Textile Technology Courses

TT 055 — Total Quality Management for Textile Products Laboratory

1.5 credits; 3 lab hours

This lab experience accompanies TT455 and applies the concepts addressed in this course. Fabric testing is completed utilizing methodologies approved by relevant national associations and addresses why failures occur and how they can be corrected.

TT 161 — Sweater Knitting Technology I

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Principles of design and development of fashioned and full-fashioned knit garments, and capabilities and limitations of flat knitting machines. Students analyze samples, design and lay out samples for various types of flat knitting equipment, and knit fabrics on the laboratory knitting machines.
Prerequisite(s): TS 116 or TS 367 or TT 335 or approval of chairperson.

TT 174 — Fabric Development

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course provides a comprehensive study of the composition and functions of knit and woven fabrics used in the apparel and finished textile industries. Knowledge of structural and performance characteristics for knit and woven fabrics is acquired through examination of market samples, and the creation of swatches on hand looms and knitting machines.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 201 — Fabrics for Private Label/Vertical Retailer

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course examines the profitability, serviceability, and produceability of textile products, and their ability to satisfy a target market. Students take on the role of a merchandising adoption committee member, accepting or rejecting fabric and/or finished textile products.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111, or TS 015/115, or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 247 — Color Creation and Sustainable Applications

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to utilize specialized color matching and formulation software for shade matching. They learn to source colorants while working with data provided by colorant producers, and compare traditional and low-impact Ecuadorian dyestuffs.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132, or approval of chairperson.

TT 275 — Textile Marketing

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Studies the textile industry and how its various products are marketed. Case studies involving both fiber producers and textile mills are analyzed. Students examine both the domestic and international textile marketplaces.

TT 276 — Fabrics for Interiors

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

This course introduces students to the market segments and fabrication methods of textile products designed for use in residential and commercial interiors.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111, or TS 015/115, or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 299 — Independent Study in Textile Development and Marketing

1-3 credit

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

TT 313 — Textile Fibers

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Studies the role of textile fibers in the design, styling, and marketing of textile products. Aesthetics, performance, and cost/price relationships are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 325 — Product Development and Market Applications: Wovens I

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn to identify and analyze standard woven fabrics and the yarns used to weave them. Standard industry procedures and textile production software are used to construct woven fabric simulations suitable for industrial production. Emphasis is on the application of woven structures in current markets.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132.

TT 326 — Product Development and Market Applications: Wovens II

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Advanced principles of woven textile development for dobby and jacquard production. This course builds on knowledge gained in TS 325 to analyze complex color and structure in woven fabrics. Students use professional CAD software and electronic dobby looms in class for woven samples and color simulations.
Prerequisite(s): TT 325.

TT 335 — Product Development and Market Applications: Knits I

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Students learn basic technical principles of weft- and warp-knit structures: the relationships between stitch formation, fabric construction, yarn selection and knitting machinery. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of knitted structures in current markets.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132.

TT 336 — Product Development and Market Applications: Knits II

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course focuses on advanced technical principles of weft- and warp-knit structures. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied, and emphasis is placed on the practical application of knitted structures in current markets. Students develop and program advanced textured weft structures on industrial CAD workstations.
Prerequisite(s): TT 335.

TT 338 — Product Development and Market Appeal: Weft Knit

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Through analysis techniques and market research, students identify the physical and aesthetic characteristics of weft-knitted fabrics. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied.

TT 342 — Dyeing and Color Technology

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Studies the enhancement of textile products through the application of color. Primary emphasis is on commercial textile dyeing and its relationship to fashion colors, application procedures, quality, and marketing principles.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 343 — Textile Coloration: Principles and Processes

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

This course emphasizes methods for preparation of fabrics prior to coloration, coloration auxiliaries, dye classification and sourcing, coloration theory, coloration of natural and manufactured textiles, modern coloration processes and equipment, color formulation, measurement and matching and sustainable textile coloration. The laboratory part of this course reinforces concepts discussed in lectures.
Prerequisite(s): TS 111, TS 122, TS 132, or TS015/115 or approval of chair.

TT 446 — Textile Finishing Technology

2 credits; 1 lecture and 2 lab hours

Presents the aesthetic and functional values of textile finishing. Finishing methods and their feasibility with respect to appearance, performance expectations, quality, and effect on hand are covered. Emphasis is placed on finish practicality, quality, and longevity.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 455 — Total Quality Management for Textile Products

1 credit; 1 lecture hour

This course examines the processes required in implementing a TQM plan in a global environment. It addresses the major factors relating to customer satisfaction, including fit and functionality, and the ways in which quality managers interact within the TQM process.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite(s): TT 055.

TT 471 — Technology and Marketing of Printed Textiles

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Students study the marketing practices as well as the technical considerations of commercially accepted print processes and products. Color palettes, design repeat limitations, and marketing strategies for end-use applications in the apparel and home furnishings industries are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 472 — Hi-Tech Textiles

2 credits; 2 lecture hours

Examines the marketing of hi-tech fabrics. Product applications, major suppliers, technological trends, distribution channels, and industry/government standards are studied. Product development is discussed.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 474 — Textiles: Domestic and International Markets

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

The American textile complex is examined as an interactive player in a global network of suppliers, production centers, and distribution markets. Primary emphasis is on a study of the international market forces that affect both domestic and off-shore textile product development.
Prerequisite(s): TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson.

TT 475 — Textile Marketing

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Studies the textile industry and how its various products are marketed. Case studies involving both fiber producers and textile mills are analyzed. Students examine both the domestic and international textile marketplaces.

TT 476 — Textile Project Development

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Provides students with a realistic view of the production of a commercially marketable fabric line. Understanding of artistic inspiration, timing, manufacturing, and costing decisions are necessary for successful completion of the final project.
Prerequisite(s): TT 342 and TT 477.

TT 477 — Textile Converting and Costing

3 credits; 2 lecture and 2 lab hours

Studies the principles and practices in purchasing yarn and greige goods for conversion to fashion fabrics. Domestic and global sourcing systems as well as costing procedures are examined.
Prerequisite(s): TT 326 and TT 336 or approval of chairperson.

TT 478 — Presentation and e-Portfolio

1 credit; 2 lab hours

Students are exposed to various techniques for developing digital assets and assembling them into an electronic portfolio. Emphasis is placed on organization, critical thinking, and presentation skills. For their final project, students produce and present an e-portfolio that showcases their textile development and marketing skills.
Prerequisite(s): TT 326 and TT 336 or approval of chairperson.

TT 499 — Independent Study in Textile Development and Marketing

1-3 credit

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