Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the
General Information section of
website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Advanced Wearable Products certificate is a supplemental curriculum intended to provide and deepen interdisciplinary skills and knowledge related to the design, development, and assessment of wearable functional products including wearable technology, functional clothing, and personal protective equipment.
This program is accredited by N/A
via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Required: undergraduate degree in a related discipline.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the
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Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Coursework (12 credits)
Select at least 12 credits, in consultation with the director of graduate studies, from the following list. DES 5901 can be taken as a stand-alone course; however, if DES 5902 is chosen, it must be taken concurrently with DES 5901.
Exploration of the theories and methods that influence the assessment of physical, cognitive, social, and
psychological human factors, and the analysis of user needs with application to designed products and
systems that interact with a human user or the human body.
This course is an introductory overview to the theories and concepts of Human Factors and their
application through the methods of User-Centered Design. Typically, the class is comprised of students
from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Course material is explored through readings,
lectures, discussions, case studies, and course projects.
APST 5224 - Functional Clothing Design
This class uses an engineering design process to analyze and meet the functional needs of specific user groups. We will be designing clothing that protects users from environmental conditions, and that facilitates and/or expands body function and movement. Physical principles of clothing and human anatomy are explored. A theoretical understanding of human anatomy and movement is applied through advanced patterning techniques for a variety of body types, work environments, and activities. Class projects are often conducted with an outside partner. Project work focuses on developing skills in collecting, synthesizing (in written and visual form) and using evidence to inform the design of a solution to a user-centered problem. Written documentation, developmental prototypes, and final design solutions are produced and evaluated.
DES 8151 - Product Development: Theory and Practice
Spring Odd Year
Product development theories/methods as applied in many design fields. Emphasizes retail setting. Seminar format discussion, case studies, observation/critique of hands-on industry product development project.
ADES 4196 - Internship in Apparel Design
ADes 4196/IGDes 4196/Hsg 4196/
S-N or Aud
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
DES 5188 - Anthropometrics, Sizing & Fit
Periodic Fall & Spring
Comprehensive attention to ergonomics and anthropometric variance across populations is crucial to the advancement of wearable products and apparel. This course will examine the relationship between body size, body shape, product design, sizing systems, and fit. Students will examine existing sizing systems and develop new sizing systems using anthropometric data, body scan technology, and OptiTex 3D patternmaking software. A special focus will be given to examining innovative tools that encourage the merging of anthropometrics and design throughout the design process. This class is suitable for students across a variety of disciplines.
DES 5901 - Principles of Wearable Technology
A-F or Aud
Exploration of technologies, theories, and best practices for designing and developing systems incorporating wearable technology. This lecture-based class will introduce students to the physical principles that underlie many wearable technology subsystems, will discuss design approaches that conscientiously consider user experience and wearability in systems design.
This course is an introductory course that focuses on wearable technology concepts blending User-Centered Design with Engineering Systems development. It is intended to be approachable for students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. Course material is explored through readings, lectures, discussions, and course projects. Optional laboratory course (DES.5902) provides hands-on opportunities to put these principles into practice.
DES 5902 - Wearable Technology Laboratory Practicum
A-F or Aud
Laboratory session to develop skills in building and testing wearable technology systems. The student must be enrolled concurrently with DES 5901 (Principles of Wearable Technology). Students will be provided opportunities for hands-on prototyping to gain a practical appreciation for the challenges related to wearable systems development.
Course material is explored through laboratory sessions and course projects.