Course Descriptions

NOTE: Applied Arts courses are open only to declared majors or minors in the Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising program.

AA 151 Textiles

A study of fibers and fabric of both natural and synthetic origins. The course includes an analysis of the use and care of textiles, design applications, and finishing. Emphasis on the use of textiles for fashion. (3)

AA 250 Sample Room Techniques I

A study and application of the principles of garment construction. The course emphasizes application techniques for various fabrics and production methods for basic styles. (3)

AA 260 Sample Room Techniques II

Projects are assigned to develop skills in fitting, shaping, lining, and underlining garments. Information presented includes selection of appropriate fabrics, linings, underlinings, and interfacings, and their multilayered arrangements within a garment. Students will complete a pair of pants and lined jacket from commercial patterns. Includes a sample notebook of more advanced construction techniques. Prerequisite: AA 250. (3)

AA 265 Fashion Illustration I

An analysis and application of techniques for drawing the fashion figure and related apparel. The course includes projects designed to develop technical drawings and illustrations suitable for presentation purposes. Prerequisite: FA 105 or permission of the instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

AA 272 Textile Design I

Introduces fabric crafts and principles related to surface design for printing on textiles with an emphasis on market trends for the industry. Studio projects develop skills in the design of textiles and computer-aided design. Prerequisite: FA 105 or permission of the instructor. (3)

AA 273 Visual Merchandising 

A study and application of merchandising principles for good store design. The course also examines the aesthetic elements used in merchandise presentation. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3)

AA 274 The Fashion Industry and Its Promotion

Students identify global and domestic fashion markets and obtain an historic overview of the fashion industry. Course develops an analysis of sources and market trends and assigns exercises in the coordination of special events. Students assist in the production of a dramatized fashion show at the University. (3)

AA 281 Fashion Retailing

An overview of the unique practices of fashion retailers: an analysis of brick and mortar, online and direct response approaches, their product merchandising, management marketing, operations and control functions. (3) 

AA 307 Product Development I

Focuses on technical product development through the evalutation of garment quality from construction standards to appropriate textile choice, mass production process, and pricing. Covers technical apparel deign skills, including the writing of specifications, for industrial garnment production. Prerequisite: AA 250. (3)

AA 320 Fashion Research and Communication

Teaches students to identify fashion trends through research, then communicate and promote those trends to the trade and to the consumer. Students will examine the role of public relations in the fashion industry. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3)

AA 350 Apparel Design I

Execution of fashion designs through the flat pattern method. The course teaches the rudiments of draping. Prerequisites: AA 250 and AA 270, or the equivalents. (3)

AA355A-F Topics in Fashion Design and Merchandising 

Provides an opportunity for students to study a particular area related to fashion design and merchandising. Subjecs vary from semester to semester and are designated as: AA 355A Advanced Construction and Couture Techniques; AA 355B Advanced Applications of PAtternmaking Techniques; AA 355C Designing the Apparel Masterpiece; AA 355D Tailored Garment Strucctures; AA 355E Styling; AA 355F has not been designated yet.
Prerequisite for AA 355A: AA 260. Prerequisites for AA 355B: AA 260, AA 350, and AA 385. Prerequisites for AA 355C: AA 260, AA 350, AA 385, and AA 415 or AA 355B. Prerequisites for AA 355D: AA 250 and AA 260. (3) 

AA 361 Survey of Fashion

An analysis of fashion: its function, history, and relation to modern economy. The course covers the principles of fashion change, fashion terminology, and the development of fashions and accessories from ancient Egypt to the present. (3)

AA 365 Fashion Illustration II

An advanced study of fashion drawing and design using a variety of color media. Prerequisite: AA 265 and AA 350. (3)

AA 372 Textile Design II

A continuation of AA 272 with concentration on color, the markets, industry specifications, and computer-aided design. Prerequisite: AA 272 or permission of the instructor. (3)

AA 381 Buying Fashion Apparel

Examination and analysis of the theory and practice of buying and selling apparel. Prerequisite: AA 281 (3) 

AA 382 Merchandise Planning and Analysis 

Provides an understanding of the methods and calculations necessary in sucessful merchandising as well as computer applications for inventory control. Prerequisite: AA 381. (3)

AA 385 Apparel Design II

Exploration of advanced flat pattern techniques. Teaches design students the theory of drafting clothing patterns based on sets of body measurements and the theory of grading patterns. Prerequisites: AA 250, AA 270, and AA 350. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

AA 390 Principles of Costume and Theater

Examines the principles and processes of designing costumes for the stage. Emphasis on methods used to illuminate ideas, themes, characters, and action found in a script. (3)

AA 395 Digital Presentation for Fashion

Students utilize Photoshop and Illustrator software for applications to the fashion industry, such as fashion presentations, trend boards, and mood boards. Prerequisite: AA 265. (3)

AA 400 Internship

A senior student may register for 3-6 credits in a field experience in the fashion industry. Appropriate settings include manufacturers, specialty stores, and department stores. The internship is monitored by a faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of Arts and Sciences. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

AA 405 Fashion in the Global Marketplace 

This course provides and understanding of the textile and apparel industries in the world economy. Emphasis is on U.S. importating and exporting and on global trends in the production and consumption of textiles and apparel. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP. (3)

AA 407 Product Development II

Investigation of the process by which an apparel product is launched in the marketplace from the design and merchandising perspectives, including research, testing, financial planning, and marketing. Prerequisite: AA 151, AA 270, and open only to juniors and seniors majoring in Fashion Design or Merchandising. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

AA 410 Fashion Consulting and Culture

A study of fashion as it relates to clothing selction. Emphasis on clothing behavior, consumer practices, wardrobe planning, and color. Analysis of fringe consumer groups. (3)

AA 412 The Great Designers

An examination of the origin of haute couture and the contributions of noted fashion designers since 1850. The course considers social and economic influences on the designer and consumer in each period. (3)

AA 414 Fashion Show Production

The development of advanced planning required for a dramatized fashion show. Students will develop strategies for advertising and publicity, budgeting, floor plans, stage and program designs, and targeting an appropriate market. Students plan lighting and sound, choreograph routines, and produce the fashion show. Prerequisite: AA 274 or permission of the instrucor. (3)

AA 415 Apparel Design III

Advanced study in the use of the draping method. Design concepts are developed to final, well-constructed original creations. Prerequisites: AA 250. AA 260, AA 307, AA350, and AA 385. (3) 

AA 418 Advanced Problems in Fashion Design I

Examines fashion design as both process and product. Students learn to integrate the elements of visual design, methods of pattern making, and the use of special fabrics. Prerequisites: AA 250, AA 270, AA 350, AA 370, AA 385, AA 415, and senior status. (3)

AA 420 Advanced Problems in Fashion Design II

A continuation of the advanced projects started in AA 418. Students create a line of garments suited to a specific market. Prerequisites: AA 250, AA 270, AA 350, AA 370, AA 385, AA 415, and AA 418. (3)

AA 421 Project

An investigation of a selected topic in the major emphasis area under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project is intended to develop independent research capabilities and presentation techniques for fashion design or fashion merchandising. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of Arts and Sciences. (3-6)

AA 422 Senior Seminar in Fashion Merchandising

The capstone course in Fashion Merchandising. Presents current practices, trends, and problems in the field. Students learn to analyze contemporary problems by using the case study method and by presenting a written and oral case analysis at the end of the course. Prerequisite: AA 381 and senior status. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (3)

AA 423 Senior Fashion Design Portfolio

Design for different markets is integrated with fashion presentations. Students create a portfolio for entry into the industry. Prerequisites: AA 265, AA 365, and senior status. (3)

AA 433 Research 

A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty memeber. Prerequisites: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

Fashion Design & Merchandising Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207