Department of Textile Products Design
School of Human Environmental Sciences
210 Stone Building
Betty L. Feather, Professor and Chair of Department
Professor Kim; Associate Professors Cassill, Grasso; Assistant Professor Vass; Lecturers Gibson, May-Plumlee; Adjunct Associate Professors McEnally, Williamson
The Textile Products Design and Marketing 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 textile products design and marketing 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. All students take supporting courses in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, preferably during their sophomore and junior years. Marketing students can complete sufficient courses (21 hours) in the Bryan School 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, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (46 semester hours)
All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific
AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs
These requirements are retroactive for students who follow the 1991-92 Bulletin and Bulletins thereafter. In addition, TDM 211 and TDM 121 are approved to meet Natural Science (NS) and Non-Western Studies (NW) requirements respectively.
Major and Related Area Requirements
Textile Products Marketing Requirements
Textile Products Design Requirements
Electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree.
Required: minimum of 15 semester hours
Majors in the Bryan School of Business and Economics or in the College of Arts and Sciences may elect a minor in Textile Products Design and Marketing by completing 15 semester hours, one course of which must be at the 500 level. There are two areas in the TDM Department from which a student can develop a minor: Textile Products Marketing or Textile Products Design. Required courses (6 hours) for the minor are TDM 211 and 261; the remaining courses can be selected from the following concentrations provided prerequisites are met:
Textile Products Marketing
Textile Products Design
121 Culture, Human Behavior, and Clothing (3:3).
AULER/CLER: NW, CNW
Interaction of clothing and textiles with the individual and society: sociological and psychological implications for non-western cultures.
211 Textile Science (3:3).
AULER/CLER: NS, CPS
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.
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. (FA)
242 Design Principles Applied to Textile Products (3:3).
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 (3:2:3).
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)
250 Apparel/Textile Product Assembly Processes (3:1:6).
Analysis and assembly of apparel/textile products considering product design specifications, input materials, equipment requirement, quality and cost. Use of industrial equipment to assembly textile products. (SP)
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.
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.
321 Social Psychology of Dress (3:3).
Pr. SOC 101 or 341 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. (SP)
341 Apparel Design Techniques (3:1:6).
Pr. 211, 242, and grade of C or better in TDM 250.
Development of apparel designs by flat pattern techniques and original design process. (FA)
342 Advanced Applications of Flat Pattern Drafting Techniques (3:1:6).
Pr. grade of C or better in TDM 341.
Flat pattern techniques in development of slopers and patterns for women's, men's and children's apparel. Original designs will be executed using an industrial design process and quality production techniques. (SP)
361 Textile Products Buying and Merchandising I (3:3).
Pr. TDM 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 Textile Marketing Communications (3:3).
Examination of textile marketing communications including the study of the marketing and promotional mix of fiber producers, mills, manufacturers, and retailers. Investigation of merchandise presentation with textile products and services. (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 Textile Products Design and Marketing (1 to 4).
Individual study. Conference hours to be arranged.
441 Computer Applications for Textile Products (3:1:6).
Utilizing computer technology to develop textile product lines including design, production specifications, markers, grading and sample products.
461 Pre-internship: Textile Products Industries (3:3).
Pr. 12 hours in TDM; 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 TDM; overall GPA of 2.2; application required.
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).
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 TDM 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).
Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.
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)
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.
543 Apparel Design by Draping (3:1:6).
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)
544 Analysis of Sizing, Grading, and Fit (3:2:3).
Comprehension of basic sizing systems based on body properties of men, women and children. Grading concepts and fit principles relative to specific markets, end uses, aesthetics, and comfort. (FA)
545 Experimental Product Design (3:2:3).
Pr. 342, 441, 543, and 544.
Interrelationship of factors involved in textile product design for the mass market; use of industrial design processes and equipment, cost analysis, and production methods. (SP)
552 Textile Products Production Management (3:3).
Pr. 211, 261.
Overview of management issues in textile product production including raw material, selection and evaluation, computer integration, equipment selection, planning production, costing, and quality control. Several 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. MGT 320 or permission of instructor.
Study of environmental, individual, and psychological influences on behavior of consumers in the textile products consumption process. (SP)
563 Analysis of the Textile Products Industry (3:3).
Pr. MKT 320 or permission of instructor.
Analysis of the textile products industry from raw materials through consumption. Examination of production and marketing of textile products, technological developments, and domestic and global market strategies. (SU)
582 Problems in Textile Products Design and Marketing (2 to 6).
Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.