Apparel, Textiles, and Interior DesignGwendolyn S. O'Neal, Head
Professors McCullough, Gatewood, O'Neal, Ramaswamy, and White; Associate Professors Dickson, Huck, LeHew, and Munson; Assistant Professors Adityavarman, Anderson, Harr, Kaup, Meyer, Shim, and Villasi; Emeriti: Professors Brockman, Slinkman, Stowe, and Tucker; Associate Professors J. Howe and Peterson; Assistant Professors Annis and Newby.
The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design focuses on meeting human needs through the analysis, design, production, and evaluation of components in the near environment.
Programs leading to a bachelor of science degree are: apparel marketing and design with specializations in apparel marketing and in apparel design and production, interior design, and textiles. Students are encouraged to participate in field experiences and internships to bridge the academic and the practical.
The department offers a minor in apparel and textiles. Courses in the minor will give the student a background in textile science and knowledge of the industry and careers.
Facilities include well-equipped studios and laboratories for interior design, housing, apparel design and production, and textile analysis. An extensive historic textiles and costume collection, housed in a climate-controlled storage facility in Justin Hall, is available for study. A universal design facility provides opportunities for students to see design improvements for people with special needs.
Students in all programs have opportunities to study abroad and participate in field trips and study tours to design, production, and retail market centers across the U.S. and internationally. Student chapters of professional organizations, such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), and Apparel Marketing and Design Alliance offer opportunities for leadership and involvement.
Apparel marketing and design
The apparel marketing and design program prepares graduates for professional careers in apparel design, apparel manufacturing, and the retailing industries. Apparel design students develop creative and analytical skills necessary to solve complex design problems. Students in apparel manufacturing and retailing develop the necessary competencies to become resourceful business leaders. The program provides detailed practical experience and a solid base for graduate studies.
Course work for all majors includes a foundation in liberal and general studies, including written and oral communications, mathematics, and computer science; textile and apparel evaluation; social, cultural, historical, and psychological aspects of apparel; apparel design, production, and marketing; and analysis of textile, apparel, and retailing industries.
Total for graduation 125
The interior design program is a four-year, professional curriculum accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). It provides the competencies required to meet the qualifications for the professional title of interior designer.
Interior designers identify, research, and creatively solve problems related to the function of interior environments in order to enhance quality of life and protect public health, safety, and welfare. Interior designers perform services such as programming, design analysis, space planning, preparing drawings and documents, and jobsite inspection using specialized knowledge of aesthetics, furnishings, interior construction, building systems and components, building regulations, equipment, and materials.
The interior design program emphasizes the interaction between humans and their near environment, that is, the design of interior spaces that enhance user satisfaction, productivity, and safety at all stages of the life cycle. Students are provided with the creative, aesthetic, and technical skills necessary to translate a design concept into three-dimensional reality. Students develop competencies in problem-solving, interior space planning, selection and specification of interior furnishings and finishes, effective graphic and verbal presentation skills, and execution of contract documents.
Entering students participate in joint first-year courses with students in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design.
Students are required to successfully complete a portfolio review of their accumulated design work. The review normally occurs prior to March 1 of the second year of study and must be passed before enrollment in IDH 425 Space and Activity Planning II.
Supervised internships, study abroad opportunities, study tours in the United States, and participation in the student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Interior Design Association, enhance the program.
Bachelor of science in apparel and textiles
Students in the textiles program emphasize either textile science or textile chemistry by choosing the appropriate professional and supporting courses. The textile science emphasis is for students interested in the consumer aspects of the textile industry and includes quality control, fiber and fabric development, and textile testing. The textile chemistry emphasis incorporates course requirements for traditional chemistry majors, while providing students with a specialization in an applied field. Textile chemistry leads to careers in research and development with the textile industry.
The textiles program is being revised. Contact the department for current degree requirements.
AT 200. Apparel Design and Production I. (3). I. Application of the elements and principles of design to apparel design; introduction to apparel production; basic fashion rendering; apparel production terminology. Two hours lec. and two hours rec. a week.
AT 225. Quantitative Merchandising Analysis. (2) I. Computer-aided mathematics experiences related to the profitable purchase and management of apparel and textile products. Pr.: MATH 100 or 220, CIS 104.
AT 245. Apparel and Textile Marketing. (3). II. Survey of the principles and processes involved in the marketing of apparel and textile products to the consumer.
AT 260. Textiles for Interiors. (3) II. Fundamentals of textiles as related to the design of residential and non-residential interiors. Two hours rec. and two hours lab per week. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
AT 300. Apparel Design and Production II. (3) I. Fundamentals of apparel production; garment sizing and fit; introduction to pattern drafting and pattern manipulation. Two hours lec. and four hours of lab a week. Pr.: AT 265 and 266 or conc.
AT 325. Apparel and Textile Store Operations. (3). I. Analysis of the elements, processes, and controls involved in operating an apparel and textile business. Pr.: AT 245, AT 225 (or conc. enrollment).
AT 330. Apparel Consumers and Society. (3) II. Cultural, social, psychological, and economic aspects of apparel needs and practices of individuals and groups. Three hours lec. Pr.: SOCIO 211 or PSYCH 110.
AT 360. Intermediate Textiles. (3) I. Understanding of textile fibers, dyes, and finishes; color theory and colorimetry; methods of testing, standards, and performance specifications. Pr.: AT 265, AT 266, and CHM 110.
AT 400. Apparel Design and Production III. (3) II. In-depth study of fashion illustration, technical apparel drawings, and line development using traditional and computer methods. Two hours lec. and four hours lab a week. Pr.: AT 200, ART 100, ART 190, sophomore standing.
AT 430. History of Apparel Fashion: Renaissance to Present. (3) II. Interrelationship of costume and social, cultural, political, and economic environments from when fashion in apparel products began in the Renaissance to present day. Pr.: AT 330.
AT 440. Fundamentals of Apparel Evaluation. (3) II. Identification of textile product features; evaluation of quality in ready-to-wear apparel; evaluation of the interrelationships of performance, quality, and cost in textile products; specification development; standards relating to textile products. Three hours of lec. per week. Pr.: AT 360.
AT 445. Professional Development: Issues and Opportunities. (2) I. Professional ethics and conduct in the apparel and textile workplace; resume and portfolio preparation, discussion of the career search process. Pr.: AT 245, 200, 265.
AT 450. Apparel and Textile Marketing Internship. (5) S. Supervised work experience in the apparel and textile industry. Pr.: AT 425; junior or senior in AM specialization, 2.5 cumulative GPA, and 3.0 GPA in professional courses. Instructor permission required.
AT 451. Apparel and Textile Marketing Practicum. (3) S. Experiential learning in an apparel or textile establishment. Pr.: AT 425, sophomore or higher in AM specialization, 2.0 cumulative GPA. Instructor permission required.
AT 499. Problems in Apparel and Textiles. (Var.) I, II, S. Independent study. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
AT 525. Principles of Apparel Buying and Forecasting. (3) I. Concepts, practices, and procedures of apparel and textile merchandise management and forecasting including principles of buying, forecasting, vendor negotiation, and profit control and planning. Pr.: ACCTG 231, AT 425, 430, 545, 625 (or conc. enrollment).
AT 521. Apparel and Textile Merchandising Lab. (1) II. Computer-aided laboratory experiences related to the profitable management and purchase of apparel and textile products. Pr.: ACCTG 231; CIS 102; MKTG 400; and conc. enrollment in AT 520.
AT 545. Global Apparel and Textile Production and Distribution. (3) I. Analysis of global fiber, textile, and apparel production and distribution; structure of industry and distribution channels; impact of culture, economics, and government regulations on production and distribution. Pr.: AT 200, 245, and ECON 110.
AT 550. Apparel Design Field Experience. (5) II, S. Preplanned and supervised off-campus work experience in the apparel industry. Pr.: AT 670; junior or senior standing in apparel design; 2.5 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA in professional course work; consent of instructor.
AT 580. Internships in Textiles. (Var.) I, II, S. Professional work experience in the fiber-textile-apparel industry, related government agencies, dyestuff/chemical companies, museums, Cooperative Extension Service under faculty supervision. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. Pr.: AT 680, 2.5 GPA.
AT 610. Computer-Aided Design of Apparel. (3) II. Overview of computer-aided design as it relates to the apparel industry; introduction and application of computer hardware and software to apparel design, including apparel illustration, pattern design, pattern grading, and pattern marker development by computer. Six hours lab per week. Pr.: CIS 101, 102, and 104.
AT 625. Apparel and Textile Store Planning. (3) I. Evaluation of the planning process utilized to develop successful apparel and textile retail organizations; consideration given to the unique challenges encountered by a firm with fashion-related products. Pr.: AT 325 and 525 (or conc. enrollment).
AT 642. Textile Fibers. (3) I, in alternate years. Study of the fundamental concepts associated with fiber chemistry; fiber microstructure and macrostructure; mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of fibers and newer technologies in fiber science. Pr.: AT 265 and 266; and CHM 350.
AT 645. Private Label Apparel Product Development (3) II. Capstone course using a team approach to synthesize and perform activities used by apparel retailers to create a line of private label merchandise for a targeted consumer market. Pr.: AT 440; AT 625 or 670.
AT 650. Apparel and Textiles Study Tour. (1-3) I, II, S. Supervised off-campus tour of facilities or equivalent experience where textile products are designed, manufactured, tested, marketed, exhibited, and/or conserved. Pr.: AT 265, 266, and 6 hours apparel and textiles.
AT 655. Apparel Design and Production IV. (3) I. Principles and techniques of flat pattern design; basic pattern drafting; development of knit slopers. Use of flat pattern and drafting to achieve original designs in knit and woven fabrics. Two hours lec. and four hours lab a week. Pr.: AT 400.
AT 670. Apparel Design and Production V. (3) II. Advanced pattern theory and development; computer application of flat pattern and drafting to original design development; development of original designs, including jackets and pants. Two hours lec. and four hours lab a week. Pr.: AT 655.
AT 680. Physical Analysis of Textiles. (4) I. Theory, principles, and procedures in evaluating the physical properties of textile fibers, yarns, fabrics, and products for apparel, interior furnishings, and industrial uses. Three hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: AT 265 and 266.
AT 695. Apparel Design and Production VI. (3) I. Apparel product development by draping to achieve original designs; pattern grading and marker techniques; line development for a variety of markets; portfolio and resume evaluation. Two hours lec. and four hours lab a week. Pr.: AT 300, 655.
AT 720. Functional Apparel Design. (3) II. The design process; criteria for design and evaluation of clothing systems for protection from various environmental hazards; design and evaluation of clothing systems with emphasis on functional aspects. Two hours of lec. and two hours rec.. Pr.: AT 265 and 266.
AT 725. Strategic Planning in the Apparel and Textile Industry. (3) II. Theoretical and applied analysis of apparel and textile industry market strategies. Examination of normative strategic planning models and effectiveness of market orientation in the apparel and textile industry; discussion of current external environmental and industry trends influencing strategy decisions by firms in the apparel distribution channel. Pr.: MKTG 400; AT 545.
AT 730. Textile Conservation. (3) S, alternate years. Scientific theories of textile conservation related to fiber degradation, storage, repair, cleaning, and exhibition of historic items. Laboratory experience in solving conservation problems related to historic textiles. Two hours lec., two hours lab per week. Pr.: AT 430 or IDH 680.
AT 746. Textile Dyeing and Printing. (4) II, alternate years. In-depth study of color systems, colorimetry, physical and chemical properties of dyes, methods of dye-fiber association, and industrial dyeing and printing methods. Two hours lec. and six hours lab per week. Pr.: AT 642.
AT 747. Textile Finishes. (3) II, alternate years. Theory, application, evaluation, and identification of finishes and auxiliary products which are applied to textile fibers, yarns, and fabrics. Two hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: AT 642.
AT 765. Chemical and Optical Analysis of Textiles. (3) I, alternate years. Application of chemical, optical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic analysis of fibers, dyes, and finishes. Two hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: AT 642.
Design fundamentals courses
DSFN 201 and 202. Environmental Design Studio I (4) I and Environmental Design Studio II. (4) II. Foundation studies introducing principles, processes, and vocabularies of environmental design. Instruction in two- and three-dimensional visualization of objects and spaces. Instruction in the use of instrument-aided drawing, freehand drawing, and model building to represent and communicate design ideas at different scales of observation. Pr.: Admission to the College of Human Ecology interior design program or the College of Architecture and Design or permission of the dean of either college.
DSFN 203. Survey of the Design Profession. (1) I. Overview of the design professions. Comparative study of the working methods, and societal and occupational roles of the architect, interior architect, interior designer, landscape architect, and planner. Two lec. per week for 8 weeks.
Interior design and housing courses
IDH 215. Interior Design Graphics. (3) I, II. Development of graphic communication skills used by interior design professionals. Six hours studio per week.
IDH 310. Construction Methods and Materials for Interior Design. (3) I. Introduction to concepts, selection, and application of construction processes, materials, and finishes. Introduction to codes, working drawings, and model building. Two hours lec. and two hours lab per week. Pr.: IDH 215 or DSFN 201 and 202.
IDH 315. Advanced Interior Design Graphics. (3) I. Design presentation techniques for interiors: Perspectives, color rendering, and advanced drafting methods. Six hours studio per week. Pr.: IDH 210; and IDH 215 or DSFN 201 and 202.
IDH 320. History of Interior Design I. (3) I. A historic survey of furniture, textiles, and the minor arts from antiquity to 1850. Progressive development of design and ornamentation characteristics as related to interiors. Pr.: HIST 101.
IDH 345. Space and Activity Planning. (3) II. Application of human factors, space standards, and floorplanning principles to limited-scale living and working environments. Six hours studio per week. Pr.: IDH 310 and 315.
IDH 360. History of Interior Design II. (3) II. A survey of modern design evolution in furniture, textiles, and the minor arts from 1850 to the present. Concepts, development, and application of modern technology to contemporary design and interiors. Pr.: ART 196 and HIST 101.
IDH 410. Housing and Its Environment. (3) I. Socioeconomic, political-legal, and consumer overview of housing. Includes individual, family, and public decisions related to residential alternatives, their acquisition, and housing and environmental standards. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: Three hours sociology or economics.
IDH 415. Computer-Aided Design and Drafting for Interior Design. (2) II. Introduction to and application of microcomputer-aided design and drafting techniques used by interior design professionals. One hour lec. and two hours lab per week. Pr.: IDH 310, and consent of instructor.
IDH 425. Space and Activity Planning II. (3) I. This course will build upon and extend the knowledge and skill base gained by students through integration of space and activity planning, advanced interior design graphics, and computer aided drafting and design for interior design. Components will include advanced programming, space planning, and application of universal design based on social, cultural, behavioral, and physical requirements of the interior environment. Six hours studio per week. Pr.: IDH 345, IDH 415, and admitted to upper division of interior design program.
IDH 435. Interior Design and Housing Systems. (3) II. Introduction to lighting, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and acoustic systems; principles, performance requirements, and components related to function, behavior, and aesthetics. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: PHYS 101 and 103 or PHYS 115; IDH 310.
IDH 440. Home Appliance Design and Evaluation. (3) I. Principles of design, operation, and care of appliances used in the home; methods of evaluating appliance performance; laboratory demonstrates application of principles. Two hours lec. and three hours lab per week.
IDH 499. Problems in Interior Design and Housing. (Var.) I, II, S. Independent study. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
IDH 500. Intermediate Interior Design Studio. (3) S. Problem-solving in interior design. May substitute for Interior Design Studio IDH 445, IDH 545, or IDH 645. Students should plan to substitute this course for the next level studio in sequence. Pr.: IDH 315, 345, 435, and admitted to the interior design major.
IDH 530. Interior Design Practices and Procedures. (3) II. Ethics, business procedures, and professional development; contract services and administration; and preparation for job market entry as applied to the practice of interior design. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: IDH 445 or conc. enrollment.
IDH 545. Senior Interior Design Studio I. (3) I. Advanced design problems dealing with human activities in the living environment. Solutions for systems and products based on social, cultural, and behavioral functions. Aesthetic coordination and selection of furnishings, finishes, art, and accessories. Six hours studio per week. Pr.: IDH 530.
IDH 599. Interior Design and Housing Internship. (3-4) I, II, S. Supervised off-campus professional experience in appropriate design-related firms, government agencies, or the housing industry. Pr.: Senior standing; 2.2 cumulative GPA and 2.5 GPA in professional area; IDH 445.
IDH 600. International Studies: British Cultural Survey. (3) Intersession. A study tour to acquaint the student with the rich artistic and cultural locations in London and other examples of architecture and town planning such as Georgian Bath. Lectures and tours target important design and furniture collections. England's varied examples of religious buildings compete for attention in this great center of art and architecture.
IDH 630. Household Equipment Theory. (3) I. Analytical study of appliance design, performance, and evaluation concepts for application in consumer decision-making. Not open to students with credit in IDH 440. Six hours rec. and lab per week. Pr.: Four hours lab science course.
IDH 645. Senior Interior Design Studio II. (3) II. Advanced design solutions to environmental and behavioral problems related to non-residential interiors. Planning, space analysis, and coordination of furnishings, fixtures, and materials, and equipment. Six hours studio per week. Pr.: IDH 530.
IDH 650. Advanced Design and Behavior in the Interior Environment. (3) I. The design of interior environments explored in an ecological, behavioral, and cultural context. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: IDH 345.
IDH 651. Designing Supportive Environments. (3) II. Analysis of the age and ability related needs and challenges faced by children, older adults, and persons with disabilities. Team approaches to providing living and work environments that accommodate both universal and special human needs. Two hours lec., two hours studio/rec. per week. Pr.: IDH 410 and 445, or consent of instructor.
IDH 660. Kitchen and Utility Area Planning. (3) II. Functional and research basis for planning and arranging based on activity analysis, equipment, materials, lighting, and ventilation. Two hours lec. and two hours lab per week. Pr.: IDH 345 or ARCH 261.
IDH 680. Historic Fabric Design. (3) I. Interrelationships of fabric design and social, cultural, political, economic, and geographical environments from prehistoric times to present. Pr.: HIST 101; and AT 260 or 265 and 266.
IDH 710. Housing and Facilities Management Processes/Applications. (3) II. Application of theories, principles, and practices used in managing physical facilities and the residents or workers they house. Issues and problems encountered by professional managers in providing quality living or working environments within cost-effective operations. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: IDH 410 and MANGT 420 or 720.
IDH 725. Community Housing Assessment. (3) I. Developing local and regional housing needs assessments and strategies to meet the challenges faced by lower income people and racial and ethnic minorities. Analysis of current housing and community development programs and public-private partnerships for affordable housing. Three hour seminar. Pr.: IDH 410 or instructor consent.
IDH 740. Advance Household Equipment. (3) II. Application of basic electrical, optical, refrigeration, heat transfer, psychometric, and detergent chemistry principles to the study of household equipment, with emphasis on techniques and instrumentation for consumer testing. Six hours rec. and lab a week. Pr.: IDH 440, PHYS 115, and senior or graduate standing.
IDH 760. Historic Preservation and Restoration of Interiors. (3) I. Principles, guidelines, and qualities of preservation and restoration of interiors. Research and application. Pr.: IDH 320 and 360; or AT 630; or ENVD 250 and 251.