School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 32621     CIP: 50.0407    

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. An internship is required. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

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 311 - Mathematical Modeling for Business Applications3
SS 131 - General Psychology3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREATC 312 - Production Pattern Development II2
TC 322 - Computerized Grading, Marking, and Specs3
TC 341 - Technical Design: Wovens2
LIBERAL ARTSHA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
SC 147 - The Forensics of Fiber Analysis
  or SC 332 - Color and Light and SC 032 Color Science Laboratory
SS 171 - Introductory Sociology3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREATC 421 - Computerized Pattern and Fit Corrections2
TC 441 - Technical Design II: Stretch2
RELATED AREAIC 497 - Senior Internship: Career Planning
  or TS 332 - Technical Design for Sweater Knits
LIBERAL ARTSHA 344 - European Fashion: Ancient Origins to Modern Styles3
SS 386 - Youth Subculture, Identity, and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREATC 451 - Production and Technical Design2
TC 491 - Technical Design Senior Project2.5
LIBERAL ARTSSS 334 - The Psychology of Color3
SS 376 - Clothing and Society3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
 Total Credits: 63

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 36 credits

The degree includes the Fashion History, Theory and Culture minor as part of its Liberal Arts requirements. Students must declare the minor in the Academic Advisement Center to be awarded the minor along with the major. If a course from the minor has been previously taken, students may select other Liberal Arts electives. 

  • History of Art: 6 credits. HA 112 and HA 344
  • English: 3 credits. EN 121 and any additional EN course must be completed prior to enrolling in EN 321
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)
  • Science: 3 credits. SC 147 or SC 332/SC 032
  • Mathematics: 3 credits. Mathematics Proficiency must be completed prior to enrolling in MA 311
  • Social Sciences: 15 credits. SS 131, SS 171, SS 334, SS 376 and SS 386  

NOTE: An ideal candidate for the Tech Design BS degree program has earned an associate’s degree in either Fashion or Menswear Design from an accredited college. Interested students without a background in Fashion or Menswear Design are required to take the following bridge courses before the start of the program.

Required knowledge areas prior to program entry:

  • TS 111 Fundamentals of Textiles
  • FD 133 Materials and Construction I
  • PM 121 Patternmaking I: Misses' and Women's Wear OR FD 243 Apparel Design Studio - Patternmaking
  • TC 111 Beginning Adobe Illustrator for Technical Design

Upon graduation, students in the Technical Design BS program will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Develop and sew production patterns and document how the garment is to be constructed in language that is clear to the manufacture
  2. Analyze the fit of a garment and document the problems in a clear and concise manner.
  3. Follow a garment through pattern development, construction and fitting and create a Technical Specifications Packet (Tech Pack).
  4. Measure a variety of garments: blouses, pants, skirts, jackets, dresses, intimate apparel and be familiar with different methods used to measure garments in the industry.
  5. Distinguish between the properties associated with different fabric types and how these properties impact pattern development, sewing, pressing, finishing and fit.
  6. Analyze a grading specifications sheet and grade basic patterns in a full size range without compromising the original design.Analyze corporate structure and describe the responsibilities of the designer, technical designer, merchandiser and contractor.Become familiar with safety regulations associated with specific garment types and customer base and develop creative solutions for mass production in accordance with safety regulations.
  7. Work as a team to: (a) create clear objectives, balance people skills and abilities, (b) develop effective processes for making decisions and communicating efficiently and (c) develop leadership skills to resolve conflicts while maintaining mutual cooperation and respect for each other.
  8. Use current technologies and software programs utilized in the Technical Design field with proficiency.