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Course Descriptions

LD 101
Accessories Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
For students not majoring in Accessories Design. Introduction to major areas of accessories design. Various types of shoes, handbags, and belts are analyzed in terms of materials, construction, and presentation. Students acquire hands-on techniques in all three phases.

LD 111
Leather and Materials Technology
2.5 credits; 2 Lecture and 1 STUDIO hours per week
Processes in the development of leathers, reptiles, plastics, and other textiles are analyzed. Emphasis is on the function and utilization of each for handbags, footwear, and related accessories.

LD 112
Decorative Leather Techniques
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Studying such ornamentation techniques as trapunto, inlay, welting, pleating, and weaving, students learn how to apply them to leather apparel and accessories design. Basic patternmaking skills used in the construction of handbags, belts, and portfolios are taught.

LD 113
Manipulating Leather: Volume and Texture
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
This course focuses on various decorative techniques to enhance the volume and texture of leather accessories. Students apply increasingly advanced techniques from decorative hand-stitching and embroidery to braiding and painting. Hand-quilting, gathering, ruffles, and patchwork techniques are also covered.

LD 121
Anatomy for Accessories
1.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 1 STUDIO hours per week
Students study the components of the foot, spine and hand to understand the relationship between the anatomical structure and the design of footwear, handbags and gloves. Students learn to create functional and fashionable accessories that are anatomically and ergonomically correct.

LD 133
Footwear Design and Construction I
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisite: LD 121
The basic concepts of footwear design are introduced and the history and types of footwear are discussed. Students develop skills for working with a last and learn patternmaking, sewing, construction, and finishing techniques for closed shoes.

LD 134
Footwear Design and Construction II
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 111, LD 121 and LD 133
Students analyze last styles, leathers, and components in terms of functionality and design. They continue to develop patternmaking skills by designing and making mules and oxfords.

LD 136
Athletic Footwear: The Shoe that Changed Fashion
2 credits
Sneakers have become not only a sport shoe but also a fashion statement. This course focuses on the history of athletic footwear through an understanding of the design and style philosophy of the industry’s leading companies.

LD 143
Handbag Design and Construction I
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: LD 111 and LD 121
The skills to design and produce handbags are taught. Students become familiar with patternmaking techniques, machinery and equipment, and the various styles in handbag design. They learn how to translate original concepts into finished products.

LD 144
Handbag Design and Construction II
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 143
Patternmaking and sample making techniques are developed further as students design and construct frame and box bags.

LD 145
Handbag Reconstruction
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 144
Students learn how to evaluate a handbag to determine if it can be restored. They refurbish a handbag, learning how to reconstruct worn or broken components.

LD 165
Sketching Accessories
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
For one-year Accessories Design students. This accelerated course introduces the various areas of accessory design, including handbags, gloves, shoes, hats, and belts. Students learn to draw and render current materials and textures applicable to today's market.

LD 181
Ergonomics for Athletic Footwear
2 credits
This in-depth study of the ergonomic requirements of footwear for myriad athletic activities focuses on integrating the anatomy and function of the lower extremities with sport-specific design considerations. Students learn technical features and engineering requirements such as cushioning, shock resistance and lateral support.

LD 182
Performance Materials for Athletic Footwear
2 credits
Prerequisite: LD 181
Students learn about the different types of performance materials used in all aspects of athletic footwear construction.

LD 184
Athletic Footwear Sketching
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 182
Students learn to hand sketch the components of performance athletic footwear and integrate sketch development, function, and technology into the footwear design.

LD 185
Athletic Footwear Drafting
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 184
Students draft the components of an athletic shoe using both freehand and CAD. A history of the athletic footwear industry and the integration of technology in athletic footwear are introduced. Students make a model of an outsole design.

LD 227
Introduction to Line Building
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134 and LD 144
Using a specific theme or season, students learn the principles and techniques of line building by designing and producing a collection of accessories. Emphasis is on workmanship, fabrication, and execution of designs.

LD 228
Accessories Computer Design I (formerly MW 255)
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
This course introduces students to Adobe Illustrator which is used as a CAD tool for designing accessories. Auxiliary software includes Adobe Photoshop.

LD 231
Boot Patternmaking and Construction
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134
Students design and construct three different boot types: cowboy, Chelsea, and thigh-high. Boot detailing, advanced patternmaking, grading, and lasting techniques are taught.

LD 242
Advanced Handbag Construction
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 144
Using such techniques as the pillow gusset/bottom and strip construction, students explore new handbag designs. Advanced patternmaking skills are taught. Emphasis is on detailing.

LD 243
Belt Design and Patternmaking
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 111 and LD 121
The exploration of the design of the belt as a fashion and functional accessory is presented. Students acquire the skills needed to make several different kinds of belts.

LD 251
Sport-Specific Accessories
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 171
Students are introduced to the sports accessories market with a focus on millinery, gloves, footwear, and carrying gear. They learn about environmental and safety issues relevant to sports, analyze materials, understand the relationship of biophysics to sport-specific accessories, and explore the necessity of product testing. A new or improved sport accessory is developed.

LD 252
Small Leathergoods for Men
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 143
Learning how to design and construct a variety of small leathergoods, students focus on the patternmaking and sample-making techniques required to produce a billfold, agenda, and travel kit for men.

LD 253
Designing Desk Accessories
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 144
Students design and construct a collection of desk accessories. Emphasis is on researching design ideas, construction techniques, and the marketing information required to sell a collection.

LD 261
Sketching Accessories
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students are introduced to the concept of three-dimensional sketching and how it relates to accessories design. Concentrating on design detail, they learn to sketch the basic shapes in footwear, handbags, personal leather goods, and belts.

LD 262
Technical Spec and Black Line Drawing for Accessories
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn black line graph techniques and develop specification sheets suitable for industry. Students sketch original and existing accessories designs, draw major core silhouettes of shoe lasts, and develop templates.

LD 263
Marker Rendering for Accessories
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 262
Students learn to design accessories such as handbags, shoes, belts, hats, and gloves. They draw and render materials and textures appropriate for today's accessories market. Students become familiar with current trends and utilize research for sources of inspiration.

LD 293
Developing a Successful Portfolio
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 111, LD 121 and LD 165
Working with industry design critics, students learn the fundamentals of assembling a professional portfolio for employment in the accessories industry. Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, they explore marker rendering, theme pages, and print work. Areas of specialization are showcased.

LD 299
Independent Study in Accessories Design
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

LD 331
Athletic Footwear Design
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134
Students learn the aspects of athletic footwear in order to design and construct original products. Emphasis is on the variety of categories including running, basketball, and tennis.

LD 332
Theatrical and Character Footwear
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134
Students design period shoes for the theater by learning about the history of footwear, design, and construction.

LD 333
Non-Traditional Footwear Design and Construction
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134
Students design and execute experimental and non-traditional footwear based upon their prior patternmaking and construction knowledge. Discussion of innovative design ideas is emphasized, as well as the use of unconventional materials and methods to create new concepts in footwear design.

LD 341
Experimental Handbag Techniques
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 144
Innovative, non-traditional handbags are designed and constructed using a variety of classic patternmaking styles. Emphasis is on use of unconventional materials and methods to create new concepts in handbag design.

LD 342
Zippered Handbag Design, Hardware, and Construction
2.5 credits; 5 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 143
Students expand their handbag patternmaking and construction skills by incorporating hardware such as zippers into more contemporary and functional designs. Emphasis is on new sewing and assembly techniques.

LD 431
Athletic Footwear Construction
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 134
Students become familiar with the construction skills specific to athletic footwear by learning the history and evolution of this category. Fashion, style, and function are addressed.

LD 451
Sports-Specific Bags and Carrying Gear
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: LD 144 or LD 341
The types of bags and carrying gear necessary for specific sports activities and technological gear are studied. Students learn how to develop the appropriate patterns and product while focusing on materials, proper fit, and protection of equipment.

LD 471
The Accessories Industry
2 credits
This course provides a general overview of the industry: the history of accessories; import, export, and domestic manufacturing; developing a collection for a specific-target market; and writing a business plan.

LD 491
Accessories Design Senior Project
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 341 and LD 471
Co-requisite: LD 492
This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to select a design project in a specific accessories category. Mastery of research techniques, design construction, and oral presentation is considered.

LD 492
Portfolio Development
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: LD 341 and LD 471
Co-requisite: LD 491
Using elements of their senior projects, students develop portfolios by working with black line sketches and Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Spec sheets, concept pages, and mood boards are included for professional presentation.

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