Baylor University
Family & Consumer Sciences
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences


Apparel Merchandising Course Descriptions

1104 Professional Perspectives

Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences as a field of study, historic development, interdisciplinary nature, integrative perspectives; formulation of individual plans for education and career; overview of professional opportunities within business, education, research, and service agencies. (1-0)

1241 Apparel Aesthetics

Prerequisite(s): For apparel merchandising and apparel design majors.

Study of the aesthetic elements and principles of apparel design and visual merchandising, including value, color, light, line, shape, mass, texture, space, complexity, order, and the Gestalt theory as it relates to design.

1300 Fashion Theory and Consumer Behavior

Contemporary apparel consumption behavior and its economic impact in view of social and psychological fashion theories.

1311 Apparel Technical Design and Product Development

Creative design studio introducing professional construction techniques, product development, and techniques of sketching and creating ready-to-wear garments. (1-4) (Fee)

1321 Apparel Creative Design and Product Development

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1311, and credit with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment in FCS 1241.

Apparel creative design and decoration, including fabric manipulation, felting and machine and hand embellishment techniques.

1391 Introduction to the Apparel Industry

Comprehensive overview of the apparel industry, including trend research, design, product development, merchandising, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, retail management, and career opportunities.

2301 Contemporary and Couture Tailoring

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1321.

Couture and ready-to-wear techniques used in apparel production; principles of pattern alteration, fit tailoring, and construction with wool fabrics.

2310 Textile Science

Prerequisite(s): CHE 1405.

The structure and performance of fabrics; examination of fibers, yarns, fabrication finishes and the processes used to enhance the aesthetics and functional aspects of the fabrics. (2-2) (Fee)

2311 Fashion Illustration

Prerequisite(s): ART 1310 and a minimum grade of C in FCS 1231.

Fashion and technical sketching techniques using a variety of media.(1-4) (Fee)

2371 Apparel Quality Analysis

Study of factors which affect the wholesale cost, specification buying, and merchandise selection category. (3-0)

2373 Apparel Design I

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1231, 1311, and 2301.

Apparel design using the principles of fl at pattern and draping, with emphasis on the design,

fit, alteration and construction of fashionable wearing apparel. (2-3)(Fee)

3360 Apparel Design Technology I

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1231 and 2311.

Use of apparel software and technology to create color stories, fashion sketches, fabric designs, construction details in multiple languages, merchandising materials, digital portfolio, and product data management specifications.

3361 Apparel Merchandising Technology I

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in FCS 2311.

Use of software to conceptualize fashion designs and create industry-standard merchandising materials and presentations.

3364 History of Dress

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1231, 2310, and 2311.

The history of dress from ancient times through the twentieth century, examining dress in the context of social, economic, and artistic development of Western culture. (3-0)

3373 Apparel Design II

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1311 and 2373.

Creative designing; integrating and contrasting the theories of advanced flat pattern and draping technique in the production of ready-to-wear using a variety of fabrics for specific markets. (1-4) (Fee)

3391 Apparel Financial Control

Prerequisite(s): MIS 1305 with a minimum grade of C and ACC 2301 or ACC 2303.

Fundamental principles of merchandising: theory and quantitative analysis of inventory, planning, pricing, and control for the profi table management of retail environments. (3-0)

3393 Visual Merchandising and Promotion

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 1241.

Study of display elements and techniques, visual merchandising, special event strategies,

public relations, and internet promotions.(3-0)

4132 Apparel Industry Field Study

Prerequisite(s): Three semester hours of clothing or textiles.

Field study of the textile and apparel industry. May be repeated once.

4232 Apparel Industry Field Study

Prerequisite(s): Three semester hours of clothing or textiles.

Study and research of selected designers, retailers, or manufacturing firms. May be repeated once.

4310 Textiles and Apparel in a Global Economy

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3391, ECO 1305 or consent of instructor.

A study of global textile and apparel industries including the effects and involvement of the global market on the production and merchandising of U.S. textiles and apparel. (3-0)

4312 Textile Testing and Analysis

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 2310; and CHE 1405.

Standards, specifications and principles of testing applied to textile products. Theory and analysis of aesthetic, durability, comfort and functional performance of textiles. Application of research principles in testing and analysis of textile products (2-4) (Fee)

4360 Apparel Design Technology II

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3373 or concurrent enrollment.

Use of software for pattern design, fabric design, and WebPDM to create apparel patterns and digitally designed, printed fabrics. (0-6) (Fee)

4371 Advanced Collection Development

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3373.

Research, planning, and development of a cohesive apparel collection for a target market incorporating industry standards and techniques.

4391 Merchandise Buying and Assortment Planning

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in FCS 3391.

Retail buying including assortment planning, inventory control, and the use of social media.

4392 Apparel Merchandising Internship

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3391 and 3393.

Field experience in apparel retailing, sales, management, buying, visual display and promotion, and distribution. Required campus seminars and a required minimum of 240 hours.

4393 Case Studies in Apparel and Retailing

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3391 and senior standing or approval of instructor.

Analysis of current events and topical issues in apparel merchandising. Applied problem- solving through case studies related to apparel sourcing, retailing, and other merchandising functions.

4394 Apparel Design Internship

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 2373, 3360, and 3373.

Supervised professional field experience with an approved apparel firm designed to integrate academic learning with professional practice. Required campus seminars and a minimum of 240 hours field experience.

4396 Fashion Trend Analysis and Forecasting

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 2310.

Analysis of demographics, psychographics, geodemographics, and popular culture on consumption patterns of consumers.

4V93 Special Studies in Family and Consumer Sciences 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; or consent of instructor.

Current issues in family and consumer sciences will be examined through seminars, special topics, practicums and individual research experiences. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six semester hours.