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Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design (TMD)

Chairperson: Professor Welters

103 Textile Products (3)

Product knowledge in design, manufacturing, and merchandising within the textile complex. Emphasis on domestic and international issues. Survey of careers in business, industry, government, and research. (Lec. 3)

113 Color Science (3)

The science of color: light and its interaction with objects and color vision. Color explained, mixed, measured, described, and reproduced (paints, dyes, photography, TV). Color in the natural world. (Lec. 3) (N)

222 Apparel Production (3)

Analysis of apparel construction and production; current industrial and technological developments. Discussion of sizing and quality standards with emphasis on identification of fabrics, garment styles, findings, and trims. (Lec. 3) Pre: 103.

224 Culture, Dress, and Appearance (3)

Analysis of social, psychological, and cultural factors in the creation, maintenance, and use of human appearance. Focus on dress and appearance as a communication system from cross-cultural and international perspectives. (Lec. 3) (FC) or (S) [D]

226 Interior Design I (3)

Physical, social, psychological, economic, and aesthetic aspects required of interiors for single and multiple dwellings; interactive functions of residential and commercial spaces; elements and principles of design. (Lec. 3) Pre: ART 101 or 207 or ARH 120 or 251 or 252.

232 Fashion Retailing (3)

A comprehensive study of fashion retailing as an operating system. Examination of the strategies and the organizational structure that support the fashion retail system. (Lec. 3/Online)

240 Development of Contemporary Fashion (3)

History of contemporary fashion from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Influence of designers, buyers, consumers, and technology on fashion in the marketplace. (Lec. 3) Pre: 103 and sophomore standing.

303 Textile Science (3)

The primary textile industry: fiber to finished fabric. Textile fibers and their properties; yarns, fabric construction, dyeing, finishing, and printing. (Lec. 3) Pre: TM or TMD majors admitted to the College of Human Science and Services with junior standing and credit in CHM 105. TMD 313 must be taken concurrently.

313 Textile Science Laboratory (1)

Laboratory exercises in fiber identification, fabric analysis, and fabric performance testing, dyeing, and finishing. (Lab. 2) Students must be admitted to the degree-granting college (HSS) as TMD or TM majors, and concurrently enrolled in 303.

325 Apparel I (4)

Principles of garment production as related to construction, fit, performance, quality, and cost. Construction techniques, sizing, material evaluation, and assembly management. Quality analysis and introduction to computer-aided design. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: 103 and 226.

326 Interior Design II (3)

Application and implementation of design concepts to interior spaces; elevations, sections, materials selection, isometrics and perspectives, presentation boards. Introduction to computer-aided design (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: TMD 103 and 226.

327 Apparel Design (3)

Design principles as applied to contemporary clothing with emphasis on various age groups and special populations. Laboratory experiences concentrate on the creative process and development of illustrative techniques. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: ART 101 or 207 or ARH 120 or 251 or 252 and TMD 222 or 325.

332 Fashion Merchandise Buying (3)

The theory of fashion merchandising and its application to basic retailing procedures, the responsibility of the buyer, and procedures used to determine consumer demand, merchandise selection, and pricing. (Lec. 3) Pre: 103, 224, and 232.

335 Apparel II (3)

Application of flat pattern design. Special emphasis on sloper development and pattern drafting. Creative laboratory processes from design to finished product. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 325 or permission of instructor.

342 Fashion Study Tour (1)

Students spend two weeks overseas during intersession studying the apparel and/or interior furnishings market in London and Paris. Lectures and tours by designers, manufacturers, and retailers. Students may register once in apparel and once in interior furnishings. Travel costs are extra. (Practicum) Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor.

345 CAD Apparel Design (3)

Application of flat pattern design using computer-aided design techniques as related to sloper development, sizing, and pattern manipulation. Creative laboratory processes from design to finished product. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 335 or permission of instructor.

346 Computer-Aided Textile and Apparel Design (3)

Development and production of textile and apparel designs and patterns using selected computer software packages. Implications for use in the apparel industry. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4) Pre: 327 or permission of instructor.

355 Draping for Apparel (3)

Application of draping techniques for apparel pattern making and design. Includes sloper development and draping in fashion fabric. Creative laboratory processes from design to finished product. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 335 or permission of instructor.

358 Weaving (3)

Introduction to hand weaving including on-loom and off-loom techniques. Designing, drafting, warping, and finishing of various types of weaves. Students complete samplers and projects. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4)

361, 362 Special Problems (1-4 each)

Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work. (Independent Study) Pre: approval of application by instructor and chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

402 Seminar in Textiles and Clothing (1-2)

Recent developments in manufacturing, marketing, and retailing of textile products. Discussion of fashion issues and impact on consumer. Lectures by speakers from business, industry, and government. (Lec. 1-2) Pre: junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

403 Textile Performance (3)

Analysis of textiles using test methods and standards adopted by government, industry, and buyers to insure consumer satisfaction. Interpretation of test data in relation to consumer expectations and performance claims. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 103 and 303 or permission of instructor.

413 Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles (3)

Study of chemical and physical interactions of dyes and finishes with textile fiber/fabric systems. Evaluation of application techniques. Detection and evaluation of problems resulting from dyeing and finishing. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 303 or permission of instructor.

424 Fashion Theory and Analysis (3)

Principles, theories, and recent investigations of the fashion process are presented to develop analytical skills for evaluating consumer behavior, as related to clothing and adornment. Application to contemporary trends. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior or graduate standing.

426 Historic and Contemporary Furniture (3)

Review of major historical styles of furniture and their influence on contemporary furniture design. Materials, styles, and construction of contemporary furniture. In-depth study of upholstery fabrics. (Lec. 3) Pre: 103, 226.

427 Portfolios and Presentations (3)

Students create design portfolios using traditional media and digital techniques. Development of original ideas in sketches and technical flats. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 327 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

432 Fashion Merchandising Operations Control (3)

Analysis of determinants of fashion merchandising profitability below gross margin; expense analysis, classification, allocating expense center accounting, and key operating ratios. Emphasis upon modification and control of selling cost ratios. (Lec. 3) Pre: 232 and 332.

433 Textile Markets (3)

Study of social, economic, and political issues that affect the development, production, and marketing of textile products. Study of the textile needs of the apparel, home furnishings, industrial, and medical industries. (Lec. 3) Pre: 303 and ECN 201 and 202.

440 Historic Textiles (3)

Chronological study of textiles, emphasizing socioeconomic, religious, and political influences. Contribution of designers, inventors, trade groups, and industrialists. (Lec. 3) Pre: 303 and 313 or permission of instructor.

441 History of Western Dress (3)

Study of western dress from earliest civilizations to early 20th century and factors that affect design, production, and use; material culture analysis of a pre-20th century garment or accessory. (Lec. 3) Pre: 303 and 313 or permission of instructor.

442 Fashion Promotion (3)

Emphasis on understanding and applying the principles of fashion retailing communication. Evaluation and application of effective promotional activities such as visual merchandising and fashion shows to trade and retail levels of fashion merchandising. (Lec. 3) Pre: 232 and 332 or permission of instructor.

452 Consumer Behavior in Fashion Retailing (3)

Use by fashion retailing management of explanatory and predictive models of consumer behavior relating to fashion merchandising in establishing retail policy and strategy. (Lec. 3) Pre: 232 and 332 or permission of instructor.

461, 462 Internship (1-6)

Structured internship in textiles, apparel, or interior design supervised by a faculty advisor. Juniors and seniors work in business, industry, or other agencies under supervision of qualified personnel. (Minimum of 45 hours per semester per credit) May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Pre: completion of 60 credits, minimum GPA of 2.00, and permission of instructor and chairperson. Not for graduate credit.

500 Ethnic Dress and Textiles (3)

Survey of regional styles of dress and textiles from all areas of the world, excluding fashionable dress. Influence of social, economic, technological, and aesthetic factors. (Lec. 3) Pre: 224 or equivalent, 440, 441 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

503 Topics in Textile Science (3)

Advanced study in a particular area of textile science. One topic will be studied from a list that includes dyeing, finishing, printing, polymer and fiber chemistry, dyestuff chemistry, and color science. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: graduate standing, 303 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. May be repeated up to three times with different topics.

510 Research Methods in Textiles (3)

Application of research methodology to the study of textiles and clothing. Approach is multidisciplinary in that experimental, social science, and historic methods are covered. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

513 Detergency (3)

Study of composition and function of surfactants and additives in laundry detergents for home, industrial, and institutional applications; effect of fabric, water, and soil on cleaning; evaluation of laundry products. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: graduate standing, 303 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

518 Introduction to Textile Conservation (3)

Survey of methods used to analyze, clean, repair, store, and exhibit historic textiles and apparel. Laboratory experience in conservation practices. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: a textile science course and historic textiles or costume course, or permission of instructor.

524 Cultural Aspects of Dress (3)

Seminar in social, psychological, and cultural aspects of dress. Symbolic interaction and other dress-relevant theories concerning individual motivation and group interaction. (Seminar) Pre: 224 or permission of instructor.

528 Cleaning Historic Textiles (1)

Application of aqueous and solvent cleaning treatments used by textile conservators on historic and ethnographic textiles and apparel. (Lab. 2) Pre: 518 and concurrent enrollment in 513, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

530 Historic Textile Internship (2-4)

Supervised internship designed to introduce the student to management of textile and costume collections in a museum or historical society setting. Individually designed to suit student needs: conservation, education, and research. (Practicum) Pre: 510, 518, graduate standing in textiles, fashion merchandising, and design, or permission of chairperson.

538 Repair and Stabilization (3)

Study of repair and stabilization practices used by textile conservators; evaluation of materials and techniques for treating damaged objects. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 518, experience in textile conservation, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

540 Special Problems in Textiles and Clothing (3)

Supervised independent study in specific areas of textiles and clothing. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated once.

548 Exhibition and Storage of Historic Textiles (3)

Study of how light, temperature, humidity, and stress affect textiles and apparel; review of exhibition and storage techniques and materials; preparation of an exhibition for the Textile Gallery. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 518, experience in textile conservation and exhibition, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

558 Topics in Textile Conservation (1-3)

Investigation of textile conservation theory and methodology. Some topics will include laboratory assignments. (Lec. 1-3) Pre: 518 or experience in textile conservation, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with different topic.

568 Special Problems in Textile Conservation (1-3)

Supervised independent studies on specific textile conservation projects or research. (Independent Study) Pre: 518 or experience in textile conservation, and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

570 Topics in Historic Textiles or Costume (3)

Advanced study in a particular area of historic textiles or costume using artifactual and documentary primary sources. Use of historic textile and costume collection. (Lec. 3) Pre: 440, 441 or equivalent. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

580 Curatorship (3)

Supervised experience planning and mounting an exhibition in URI Textile Gallery. Student identifies a theme, selects artifacts, writes proposal, prepares objects, writes labels and promotional materials, and helps install exhibit. (Practicum) Pre: 518 and permission of instructor, 548 recommended.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.


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