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Apparel Design B.S.

Design, Housing & Apparel
College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 79 to 90
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Apparel design students learn to design, produce, and market apparel and wearable products by developing the creative thinking and technical expertise to address contemporary issues while using industry technologies, communicating design ideas, and gaining an understanding of the global apparel industry. The program incorporates custom design and industry production approaches and trains designers to create products that effectively address both fashion and function. The program focuses on a research-based design process used by many design industries, and courses incorporate industry-sponsored projects and community service projects. Studio courses closely replicate the professional working methods of apparel designers. In addition to providing a strong liberal arts curriculum, courses offer essential background in costume history, consumer behavior, and social and cultural meanings of apparel. A required internship and mentor experience provides students with professional experience. An annual fashion show presents students' achievements to the professional community. Students enter the program as pre-apparel design majors. To attain full major status, they must complete six required pre-apparel design courses with a grade of at least C-, maintain a 2.50 GPA, and pass a competitive portfolio review. To complete the major, students must take six sequential apparel design studio courses. They are also encouraged to use the liberal education categories to explore multicultural themes and to strengthen knowledge that supports their major coursework. Graduates of the program work in various settings, including product development and quality assurance for large retail companies, product design for small and large manufacturers, protective clothing and wearable technology design, theater and film design, and custom design.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 7 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to the pre-major status is done by a competitive holistic review. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 during pre-major coursework. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of C- or better in the required pre-major courses before going through portfolio review (not just a 2.50 GPA). Once students have achieved major status, they must maintain a GPA of 2.00. Students must pass a portfolio review to be admitted into the degree program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Pre-Apparel Design Courses
Students must demonstrate competence in basic apparel construction skills by successfully completing ADES 1221. Note: Students must be admitted to pre-major status to take most of these courses.
ADES 1221 - Apparel Assembly Fundamentals (3.0 cr)
ADES 2211 - Fashion Illustration and Portfolio Development (4.0 cr)
ADES 2221 - Apparel Design Studio I (4.0 cr)
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (2.0 cr)
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption [CIV] (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
All coursework in the major must be taken A-F (with the exception of the internship).
Communication Course
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
or WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis (4.0 cr)
ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis (3.0 cr)
ADES 2222 - Apparel Design Studio II (4.0 cr)
ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication (3.0 cr)
ADES 3223 - Apparel Design Studio III (4.0 cr)
ADES 3224W - Apparel Design Studio IV [WI] (4.0 cr)
ADES 3225 - Apparel Design Research (1.0 cr)
ADES 3227 - Technical Design Studio (4.0 cr)
ADES 4121 - History of Fashion, 19th to 21st Century (4.0 cr)
ADES 4196 - Internship in Apparel Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
ADES 4215 - Product Development: Softlines (4.0 cr)
ADES 4225 - Apparel Design Studio V (4.0 cr)
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design (1.0 cr)
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising (3.0 cr)
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design (3.0 cr)
or GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop (4.0 cr)
or ADES 3196 - Field Study: National or International (1.0-10.0 cr)
or ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
or PDES 2701 - Creative Design Methods (3.0 cr)
or PDES 2702 - Concept Sketching (3.0 cr)
or PDES 3703 - Product Form and Model Making (4.0 cr)
or PDES 3704 - Computer-Aided Design Methods (3.0 cr)
or PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
or PDES 3715 - Design and Food (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ADES 3224W - Apparel Design Studio IV [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
· RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
 
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ADES 1221 - Apparel Assembly Fundamentals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods/applications of apparel assembly, from micro to macro perspective. prereq: Pre-apparel design major or instr consent
ADES 2211 - Fashion Illustration and Portfolio Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Illustration skills specific to garments/textiles. Traditional media/CAD applications. Critique/analysis of visual communication of apparel design concepts.
ADES 2221 - Apparel Design Studio I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories/methods in designing apparel for various user groups. Relation of two-dimensional pattern shape to three-dimensional body. Introduction to flat-pattern draping. prereq: [DHA 1201 or RM 1201], [1221 or DHA 1221], apparel design premajor
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to visual design. Development of visual design skills. Visual presentation methods. Lectures, design exercises, discussion.
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Color theory, its application in two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes effective use of color by studying traditional color systems, perception, and interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, extensive studio work, and critiques.
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Apparel business. Multiple steps in the process of creating/merchandising apparel, and the ethical positions reflected in decision making at each step.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]
WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01353
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice writing for various professional purposes/audiences, using appropriate styles, tones, and organizational elements. Potential genres include proposals, reports, web content, email, executive summaries, job search portfolios. Attention to workplace collaboration and broader issues of professional literacy.
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of fibers, yarns, textile structures, and finishes. Their effect on performance/appearance of textile products, including apparel, interior, and industrial textiles. prereq: DHA major or pre-major or instr consent
ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physical characteristics of softline products related to function for target market. Class experiences based on methods of analysis, including visual inspection, quality, construction, costing, and fit/sizing. prereq: DHA major or minor or instr consent
ADES 2222 - Apparel Design Studio II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design process in developing apparel for specific user group. Advanced principles/methods of developing patterns for body, including flat pattern, draping, fitting. Computer-aided design tools for illustration, pattern making. prereq: [2221 or DHA 2221] with a grade of at least C-, Apparel Design major, pass portfolio review
ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relation of fashion trends to visual analysis of apparel. Application to design/retail.
ADES 3223 - Apparel Design Studio III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study tailored/non-tailored apparel structures. Experiment with various materials/structures using traditional/innovative methods. Principles of manipulating materials/structures applied to series of garments. prereq: [2222 or DHA 2222] with grade of at least C-, Apparel Design major, pass portfolio review
ADES 3224W - Apparel Design Studio IV (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and theory of functional apparel design. Conduct and apply research in designing apparel for situations requiring thermal or impact protection, accommodation for mobility, or facilitation for bodily function. prereq: apparel design major
ADES 3225 - Apparel Design Research
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Market/visual research to support development of apparel line directed at specific audience. prereq: 3324 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in DHA 3224
ADES 3227 - Technical Design Studio
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Technical development of sewn product for production. Variability in human physical sizes, and grading and fit across a population. In team-based projects, you will develop a sewn product pattern; generate prototypes and technical specifications; source materials; and plan, execute, and evaluate a production run for a sewn product. prereq: 2213, [3223 with grade of C or above]
ADES 4121 - History of Fashion, 19th to 21st Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01785 - ADes 4121/ApSt 5121
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of apparel/appearances in Western cultures, from 18th century to present. Role of gender, race, and class with respect to change in dress within historical moments and social contexts. Research approaches/methods in study/interpretation of dress.
ADES 4196 - Internship in Apparel Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01736 - ADes 4196/Hsg 4196
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required. prereq: Completion of at least one-half of professional sequence, plan submitted and approved in advance by adviser and internship supervisor, written consent of faculty supervisor, instr consent
ADES 4215 - Product Development: Softlines
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product development for apparel and other sewn products. Developing products in a lab studio for effectiveness, reliability, and marketability. Team approach using merchandising/design principles to develop products for specific markets. prereq: 2213 or DHA 2213 or apparel design major or clothing design major or retail merchandising major or instr consent
ADES 4225 - Apparel Design Studio V
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Market research information/implementation. Designing for specific audience, market, user group. Applying market research to design line of apparel. Research of promotional methods for design project. prereq: [[3224 or DHA 3224], [3225 or DHA 3225]] with grade of at least C-, apparel design major
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research career opportunities and organizations related to industry. Set career goals based on skills and interests. Identify job search skills to secure internships, implement transition from college to employment. prereq: Pre-graphic design or graphic design or pre-interior design or interior design or pre-apparel design or apparel design or environmental design or architecture or pre-product design or product design
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of color/form representation in two-dimensional surface applications. Historical use of color and of spatial representation in visual communication.
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of retailing management. Aspects of retailing management in global, multi-channel retail environment. Strategies/tactics to make decisions to operate retail business. Retail management principles covered.
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories/methods that influence the assessment of physical, social, and psychological human factors. Development of user needs with application to designed products that interact with human body. prereq: Grad student or sr or instr consent
GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studio experience in the development and production of surface design. Screen printing, batik, resist dying, shibori, cyanotypes, and dye transfers are included.
ADES 3196 - Field Study: National or International
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Faculty-directed field study in a national or international setting. prereq: instr consent
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
PDES 2701 - Creative Design Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to a variety of creativity and idea generation tools with an emphasis on innovative product concept development. Students apply different toolsets to an ongoing project. Starting with a general theme, students explore problems and concepts, practice using a variety of idea generation tools, and learn methods of evaluating and selecting concepts. Customer needs, benchmarking, and intellectual property.
PDES 2702 - Concept Sketching
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand two-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments and presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas and drawings.
PDES 3703 - Product Form and Model Making
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of 3D design. Applications to visual expression and product design. Model making tools/techniques. Elements of visual communication. Function/form development. Projects, exercises. Individual reviews, group critiques. prereq: 2702 (may be taken concurrently), PDes pre-major or major or minor, or Design minor, or Apparel Design major, or Apparel Design pre-major
PDES 3704 - Computer-Aided Design Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02062
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of how to make well-modeled, properly illuminated, carefully composed digital models of existing/conceptual objects.
PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
PDES 3715 - Design and Food
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Hands-on introduction to principles of creativity/design viewed through lens of food. Experiment/design with food to learn skills related to product design, graphic design, interaction design, designed environments, creativity, critique.
ADES 3224W - Apparel Design Studio IV (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and theory of functional apparel design. Conduct and apply research in designing apparel for situations requiring thermal or impact protection, accommodation for mobility, or facilitation for bodily function. prereq: apparel design major
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01353
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice writing for various professional purposes/audiences, using appropriate styles, tones, and organizational elements. Potential genres include proposals, reports, web content, email, executive summaries, job search portfolios. Attention to workplace collaboration and broader issues of professional literacy.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]