Department of Clothing and Textiles
210 Stone Building
Betty L. Feather, Professor and Chair of Department
Professors Kim, Oakland; Associate Professors Cassill, Grasso; Visiting Assistant Professor Schmidt; Lecturers Gibson, May-Plumlee; Adjunct Associate Professors McEnally, Williamson
The Clothing and Textiles program offers two concentrations for majors and minors: Textile Products Marketing and Textile Products Design. These concentrations prepare students for positions with companies who focus on the development, design or marketing strategies in the soft goods chain or textile related industries.
During the first two years of study, students will complete a majority of their general education requirements and begin introductory textile, design, and marketing courses. Since many students frequently change majors early in their academic careers, the majority of textiles and clothing courses are offered during the junior and senior years.
Students begin in-depth study in either Textile Products Design or Textile Products Marketing in their junior year. Design students take supporting courses in the Art Department, preferably during their sophomore and junior years. Marketing students complete sufficient courses (21 hours) in the Bryan School of Business and Economics to complete a minor in Business.
Internship experiences are completed between a student's junior and senior years. Students prepare for this opportunity by completing a pre-internship class. Internships are structured and supervised to ensure that students have a quality experience. Because of the proximity to North Carolina's textile and apparel industry, the majority of students have experiences within the state.
International exposure is built into the total curriculum beginning in the freshman year with a non-western course, "Culture, Human Behavior and Clothing", and continues throughout the program. Study of foreign languages is encouraged and international study experiences are possible.
Required: 122 semester hours
Textile Products Marketing
Designed to prepare students for careers in
textile products marketing such as apparel manufacturing,
distribution, and retailing.
Textile Products Design
Designed to prepare students for careers in apparel and other textile products design and production.
All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (46 semester hours)
All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements are indicated below: Semester Hours
These requirements are retroactive for students who follow the 1991-92 Bulletin and Bulletins thereafter. In addition, CTX 211 and CTX 121 are approved to meet Natural Science (NS) and Non-Western Studies (NW) requirements respectively. See pp. 63-66 for a detailed listing of courses meeting AULER area requirements.
Major and Related Area Requirements
CTX Core Courses For All Concentrations
CTX 121, 211, 231, 242, 312, 481
Textile Products Marketing
Textile Products Design
Electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree.
Clothing and Textiles Minor
Majors in the Bryan School of Business and Economics or in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect a minor in Clothing and Textiles by completing 15 semester hours, one course of which must be at the 500 level. There are two areas in the CTX Department from which a student can develop a minor: Textile Products Marketing or Textile Products Design. Required courses (6 hours) for the minor are CTX 211 and 231; the remaining courses can be selected from the following concentrations provided prerequisites are met:
Textile Products Marketing: CTX 251, 261, 361, 362, 372, 463, 530, 560, 562
Textile Products Design: CTX 242, 244, 341, 342, 372, 441, 543, 552
100 Apparel Construction Processes I (3:1:6). - For CTX majors only.
An introduction to the concepts of shaping, reinforcing, joining, and detailing textile materials in a variety of textile products. Textile Products Design students are required to successfully pass CTX 100 or a competency examination prior to enrolling in CTX 341. (SP)
121 Culture, Human Behavior, and Clothing (3:3).
Interaction of clothing and textiles with the individual and society: sociological and psychological implications for non-western cultures. [NW].
211 Textile Science (3:3).
Principles of fiber science with emphasis on fiber chemical composition, physical structure, and properties; analyses of yarn and fabric structures and their characterization; and fundamentals of coloration and finishing. [NS, CPS].
231 Textile Products: Production, Distribution and Consumption (3:3).
Overview of the fiber-textile-sewn products industries from raw material through consumption; includes scope and structure of the industries, auxiliary enterprises, and career possibilities.
242 Design Principles Applied to Textile Products (3:3). Pr. 211.
Application of the elements and principles of design to analysis of textile products and solution of design problems. Emphasis on textile product design evaluations through verbal and written communications.
244 Visual Communication for the Textile Products Industry (3:1:5). Pr. 242.
Survey of industry methods for communicating design concepts and presenting finished products. Emphasis is on use of media and development of techniques for rendering fabrics and textile product designs. (FA)
251 Principles of Apparel Evaluation (3:3). Pr. 211, 231.
An examination and evaluation of ready-to-wear apparel including terminologies, production techniques and price/quality relationships. (FA)
261 Introduction to Textile Products Merchandising (3:3).
Survey of sewn products business focusing on fashion socio-economics, principles governing fashions- origins and movement, and implications of these factors for merchandisers. Career opportunities investigated. (FA)
312 Textile Product Performance (3:2:3). Pr. 211, CHE 103 or 106, CHE 110.
Study of the properties of textile fibers, yarns, and finished fabrics using standard methods of textile evaluation and basic statistics.
321 Social Psychology of Dress (3:3). Pr. SOC 211 or 232 or PSY 121.
Social and cognitive processes related to the meanings people assign to clothing cues when perceiving one another. Focus on appearance-related stereotypes: age, gender, physical attractiveness, status, and ethnicity.
341 Apparel Design Techniques (3:1:5). Pr. 211, 242, and grade of C or better in CTX 100 or equivalent course.
Development of apparel designs by flat pattern techniques and original design process. (FA)
342 Advanced Applications of Flat Pattern Drafting Techniques (3:2:3). Pr. grade of C or better in CTX 341.
Flat pattern drafting techniques in development of slopers, master patterns, and original designs as well as theory and practical application of pattern grading and fit. (SP)
361 Textile Products Buying and Merchandising I (3:3). Pr. CTX 231, 261, or permission of instructor.
Investigation of the role and responsibilities of buyers and managers in retail operations. Fundamentals of merchandise mathematics and buying. (SP)
362 Visual Merchandising and Promotion (3:3). Pr. 242.
Application of visual merchandising to textile and nontextile products and services, through design principles and physical manipulation. (FA)
372 Survey of Historic Costume (3:3).
Survey of historic costume from prehistory to present, with emphasis on social, economic, and political events as well as various cultures that have influenced modern dress. (FA)
400 Special Problems in Clothing and Textiles (1 to 4).
Individual study. Conference hours to be arranged.
441 Computer-Aided Design for Apparel (3:1:6). Pr. 100, 242, 341.
A survey of apparel design techniques utilizing computers to facilitate the design process. Emphasis is placed on developing original designs, patterns, and markers.
461 Textile Products Industry Analyses (3:3). Pr. 12 hours in CTX; application required.
Analyses of trends and current developments influencing the textile and apparel industry. Examination of process, content, requirements, and options for self-directed learning opportunities in clothing and textiles. (SP)
462 Internship: Textile Products Design and Marketing (3:3). Pr. 18 hours in CTX; overall GPA of 2.2; application required. - May not be taken concurrently with CTX 461.
Campus monitored, structured educational experiences in off-campus textile products industries. Site visits by professor, weekly written assignments, required oral presentations to academic and business professionals. (SU)
463 International Sourcing of Textile Products (3:3). Pr. 231.
Examination of textile products sourcing strategies, business and cultural environments, and financial transactions used in calculating business in the international marketplace. (SP)
481 Contemporary Professional Issues in Textile Products (3:3). Pr. Senior CTX majors.
Study of contemporary issues related to clothing and textiles in their social, economic and political context. Emphasis on understanding cultural differences in the global marketplace. (SP)
482 Special Problems in Textile Products Design or Marketing (1 to 4).
Individual study. Conference hours to be arranged.
493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 379).
For Advanced Undergraduates
and Graduate Students
500 Supervised Professional Experience (1-4:0:3-12).
Internship with selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies in accordance with the major course of study.
513 Textile Products Analysis and Standards (3:3). Pr. 211, 312.
Process of developing and analyzing product standards as they relate to consumers, industry, and international trade. Analysis of products in relation to existing or proposed standards. (Alt SP)
521 Clothing for People with Special Needs (3:3). Pr. SOC 211 or 232, PSY 121, CTX 321 or permission of instructor.
Social-psychological factors that affect the design, manufacture, and distribution of clothing products that enhance physically challenged individuals- quality of life.
530 Economics of the Textile and Apparel Complex (3:3). Pr. ECO 201 or graduate standing or permission of instructor.
Economics and social aspects of production, distribution and utilization of apparel and textiles.
532 International Economics of Textile Products (3:3). Pr. 530 or permission of instructor.
Examines theories, concepts and problems related to international trade of textile products. Studies of the impact of international production and trade of textile products on domestic and foreign economies. (SP)
543 Apparel Design by Draping (3:2:3). Pr. 341.
Principles and methods of apparel design by draping; manipulation of fabric on the three-dimensional body form; emphasis on creative solutions to design problems and the interrelationships between fabric, design, and form. (FA)
545 Experimental Product Design (3:1:5). Pr. 341, 342, 441, 543 or permission of instructor.
The interrelationship of factors involved in creative textile product design for the mass market; use of draping, advanced flat pattern techniques and computer applications, cost analysis, and production methods. (SP)
552 Textile Products Production Management (3:3). Pr. 211, 231.
Overview of management issues in textile product production including raw material selection and evaluation, computer integration, equipment selection, planning production, costing, and quality control Traditional and modular manufacturing systems are analyzed. (SP)
560 Textile Products Marketing (3:3). Pr. 231, MGT 320.
An intensive analysis of marketing principles applied to the textile products industry. (FA)
562 Behavior of Textile Products Consumers (3:3). Pr. 321, MGT 320 or permission of instructor.
Study of environmental, individual, and psychological influences on behavior of consumers in the textile products consumption process. (SP)
572 The Age of Couture (3:3). Pr. 372.
History of clothing and fashion from 1850 to the present, with special emphasis on the major designers and their influence.
582 Problems in Textile Products Design and Marketing (2 to 6).
For Graduate Students Only
612 Textile Processing: Dyeing and Finishing (3:2:3).
614 Analysis of Fibers and Fabrication (3:2:2).
615 Advanced Textiles and Experimental Methods (3:2:2)
622 Social-Psychological Theories Related to Dress (3:3).
642 Advanced Experimental Product Design (3:1:6).
660 International Textile Products Marketing (3:3).
662 Textile Products Consumer Research (3:3).
672 Textile Conservation (3:3).
681 Directed-Individual Study in Clothing and Textiles (1 to 6).
682 Graduate Seminar (1:1).
683 Problems in Textile Products Design (1 to 3).
684 Problems in Textile Products Marketing (1 to 3).
685 Problems in Textiles (1 to 3).
686 Readings in Textile Products Design (1 to 3).
687 Readings in Textile Products Marketing (1 to 3).
688 Readings in Textiles (1 to 3).
689 Seminar in Textile Products Design and Marketing (3:3).
690 Minor Research (2 to 6).
699 Thesis (3 to 6).
799 Dissertation (1 to 12).
800 Graduate Registration (0).