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HS Textile/Surface Design Course Descriptions

Where do the patterns on products come from? Textile surface designers create designs and patterns on all types of surfaces, from wallpaper to fabric to dinnerware. In these courses, youíll explore a career as a designer, colorist, stylist, studio director, or freelance entrepreneur.


HTS 154 Screenprinting T-Shirts
Learn to create your own screenprinted designs and transfer them from paper to screen to shirt, using basic and experimental screenprinting techniques. You'll conceive a design, prepare a screen, mix pigments, and screenprint on T-shirts in a traditional screen-printing studio environment. Gallery

HTS 173 Designing with Pattern
Students can let their creativity run wild, learning how to create and apply patterns to just about anything! Patterns will be visually mapped to products using Adobe Photoshop to make it look like the finished product actually exists. Students will develop a print collection (plaids, florals, stripes, geometrics, randoms or whatever) and use that art to generate an original product line. Students can design for fashion apparel, accessories, interiors for home or business, consumer products such as skateboards, yoga mats or anything else imaginable. From pattern concept to desired product, students will create a product line that is their own creation. Gallery

HTS 174   Knit Design for Fashion and Textiles   
Create original fashion/textile knit designs using computer aided design software that is at the leading edge of flat knitting technology. Discover and create pointelle and cable patterns, create an original seasonal color palette, and learn how to develop various stripe arrangements. Final creations will then be printed on high-quality printers and can be used on presentation boards with yarn samples to show garment swatches. Students will also learn how to map their knit designs onto their original croquis* using Adobe Photoshop. Gallery

*Note that only original (not traced) croquis may be submitted towards FITís Fashion Design degree program application. It is recommended that students take a selection of the following Fashion Design courses such as HAR016: Creating the Fashion Figure, HAR087: Advanced Fashion Design Art II, or HAR089: Fashion Design Portfolio III to augment the skills learned in this course.

HTS 175   Flowers and Fashion 
This drawing and mixed media course explores the use of flowers in fashion and interiors markets. Students develop floral drawings from life and photographs using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal and gouache. Floral designs from the runway and home markets will be analyzed for color, layout and technique. Projects may be included in portfolios for a variety of FIT majors to satisfy both decorative design and observational drawing techniques.

HTS 176 From Museum Inspiration to Textile Design
Students will hand-paint an original textile collection on paper, inspired by works they discover during a museum visit. Exploring the museum in teams, students will observe and collect personal design ideas based on paintings, objects, textiles and spaces they discover. As they learn about the creative process and using the past to design for the present, students will produce three textile designs for an apparel collection that can be included in an admissions portfolio. Part history class and part scavenger hunt, students will learn how to jump-start an idea to develop one-of-a-kind apparel textiles.

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