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Course Descriptions

MW 131
Menswear Flat Patternmaking Design I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: MW 141 and MW 151
Basic principles of drafting patterns on paper and testing them in muslin on three-dimensional forms for men's shirts and pants. Using basic construction techniques, students develop original garment designs in harmony with current trends and design-room practices. Special machine methods and the technical aspects of decorative seam finish and detail are studied.

MW 141
Menswear Construction
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: MW 151 and MW 131
Introduces students to the many processes involved in the construction of first samples. Basic standards of construction are stressed, enabling the student to make finished garments. Classic shirt and trouser problems are studied.

MW 142
Menswear Sewing
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course introduces students to the many processes involved in creating a first sample. Professional standards of construction are emphasized throughout the semester as students cut, layout, and construct a classic menswear shirt.

MW 143
Tailoring I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 142 , or approval of the chairperson
Students learn how to lay out, cut, and sew all of the details associated with the classically tailored trouser. Special emphasis is given to the fly, tailored pockets, and the creation of a handmade waistband curtain. Students also learn to fit the classic trouser on various figure types.

MW 144
Tailoring II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 143
This course introduces students to professional tailoring practices for the menswear suit jacket/blazer. Details specific to the jacket and appropriate finishes for a high-end tailored garment are covered throughout the semester.

MW 151
Menswear Design I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: MW 131 and MW 141
Students design and present menswear shirts, pants, and vests. Research and existing designs inspire original designs.

MW 152
Menswear Design II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 151
Co-requisite: MW 232
Further develops students' design abilities through the creation and presentation of tailored jackets, blazers, and suits. The concept of line development is studied.

MW 221
Digital Art for Menswear
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 251
Co-requisite: MW 252
This course is a comprehensive exploration of advanced menswear design, emphasizing the refinement of the student's rendering, sketching, and digital art abilities. Market segment analysis, collection development, and appropriate design are examined as they apply to the development of portfolio-quality artwork for the menswear market.

MW 231
Menswear Flat Patternmaking Design III
4 credits; 8 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 232 and MW 241
Co-requisite: MW 251
Studies advanced design problems for tailored garments, making use of the master pattern. Original designs are tested in muslin, constructed in fabrics, and analyzed in terms of taste, fabric selection and properties, design principles, fashion interest, and commercial value.

MW 232
Menswear Flat Patternmaking Design II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 131 and MW 141 , or equivalent
Co-requisite: MW 152
Students learn how to develop flat patterns and create a finished jacket using professional standards. The course explores the four iconic prototypes of menswear jackets and traditional tailoring techniques and details. Students also learn to identify and define market trends in specific menswear markets and to present professional oral presentations.

MW 241
Tailoring the Jacket
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 131 and MW 141
Co-requisite: MW 152
This course introduces students to the art of tailoring. Classic details associated with the fully lined tailored jacket are defined and demonstrated as students work toward mastering the components comprising a finely crafted tailored suit jacket.

MW 242
Tailoring III
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 144
This course introduces students to the assembly processes and finishing details necessary to construct and tailor a high-end, fully-lined suit jacket.

MW 251
Menswear Design III
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 152
Co-requisite: MW 231
Students create designs while refining advanced sketching skills. Classifications and collections are utilized throughout the semester.

MW 252
Menswear Design IV
5 credits; 10 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: MW 231 and MW 251
Students design and execute original sportswear collections using international trends, colors, details, and fabrications.

MW 253
Advanced Computer Fashion Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Using CAD software, students create flats, fashion drawings, and storyboards in color and black and white.

MW 254
Computer Design I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
This course introduces students to the use of Adobe Illustrator as it applies to the menswear and accessories design industry. Students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a CAD tool for designing menswear and accessories. Auxiliary software includes Adobe Photoshop.

MW 262
Presentation/Portfolio
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: MW 152
Co-requisite: MW 251
Students learn to design professional collections which are analyzed, segmented, and developed for various markets.

MW 271
Comparative International Apparel
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: AR 101 or FF 112 or LD 144 or MW 152 , or approval of chairperson
Students develop their ability to analyze trends, colors, fabrications, and apparel details in three international fashion centers. Through constructive analyses, critiques, and creative thinking, students present final projects incorporating aspects of comparative cultural aesthetics.

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

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