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Fashion and Textile Technology, B.S.

About the Program

The fashion and textile technology department at Buffalo State is the only baccalaureate department in Western New York that offers a variety of career preparation options for the multifaceted, global fashion industry. Faculty expertise, continuous updating of technology-based curriculum, and industry partnerships contribute to the strength of the program. Class sizes are small, allowing individual attention. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular programmatic activities and regional and national competitions. Students have achieved top honors in national apparel and textile design competitions. Internships are available in the Buffalo area as well as nationally and internationally. Affiliations with industry and professional organizations include the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), which has endorsed the department; the Costume Society of America (CSA); the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA); and the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA).

The fashion and textile technology department is designed to prepare students for employment in the apparel, textile, and fashion industries. Employment opportunities exist in textiles, retail management, CAD design for textiles and apparel, apparel production, product development, textile testing/quality control, home furnishings, and government agencies. Examples of available positions include technicians in testing labs to set safety and performance standards, CAD (print, weave, knit, technical, or fashion graphic) apparel designers, trend and design specialists, private label costing and sourcing, CAM production, stylists, colorists, entrepreneurs, fashion/visual merchandisers, merchandiser representatives, fashion journalists, logistics specialists, U.S. customs agents, and theater costuming.

Graduates have been employed by most major apparel and textile companies, including, but not limited to: Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, Fisher-Price, New Era, Eastman Machine Co., AccuMED Technologies Inc., GAP and GAP Kids, Lord & Taylor, Bureau Veritas testing labs, Limited, Oxford Industries, Swavelle/Mill Creek, Tony Walker & Co., Tobin Home Fashions, Tommy Hilfiger, Graco Home Fashions International, Park B. Smith, Appollo Patio Furniture Design, Target, Dillards, and Victoria’s Secret.

Department Information

The curriculum for the fashion and textile technology department is divided into two parts: the required 21 credit hours of core coursework; and one or more specialized concentrations: fashion merchandising, apparel design, apparel product development, or fashion/textile design. Individuals who have extensive work experience in the fashion field are encouraged to explore earning college credit by course challenge or experiential learning.

Fashion and textile technology majors may spend their senior year studying a specialty topic at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City in a "three-one" program, earning a B.S. from Buffalo State and an associate’s degree from FIT. North Carolina State University and other institutions have exchange programs. Study abroad opportunities are available in several countries.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students may apply for departmental scholarships every spring. Financial assistance through the college is also available. Buffalo State is one of a select group of institutions whose students compete for the annual YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund which offers competitive $5,000 scholarships to approximately 125 students nationally every year.

About the Fashion and Textile Technology Department

303 Technology Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3478
Fax: (716) 878-4399
http://fashion.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credits 33-39

Fashion and Textile Technology Major Requirements (51 credit hours)
Required Core Courses (21 credit hours)
FTT 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY 3
FTT 206 INTRODUCTION TO TEXTILES 3
FTT 208 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGIES 3
FTT 306 TEXTILE EVALUATION 3
FTT 310 SEWN PRODUCTS INDUSTRY 3
FTT 358 FASHION FORECASTING AND CONSUMER ISSUES 3
FTT 450 ISSUES IN FASHION AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY 3

Concentration Courses (30 credit hours)
Select one concentration from below: 30
Fashion Merchandising Concentration
Apparel Design Concentration
Apparel Product Development Concentration
Fashion/Textile Design Technologies Concentration

Recommended All College Electives
DES 101 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL I
DES 102 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL II 3
DES 307 COLOR THEORY 3
FTT 109 FUNDAMENTALS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION
FTT 150 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION MERCHANDISING
FTT 200 INTRODUCTION TO HAND KNITTING
FTT 304 SURFACE PATTERN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 308 FASHION CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 329 DESIGNING KNIT APPAREL 3
FTT 348 HISTORY OF COSTUME
FTT 349 HISTORY OF TEXTILES
FTT 355 RESEARCH IN FASHION MERCHANDISING 3
FTT 359 VISUAL MERCHANDISING
FTT 410 ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 3
FTT 412 CAD: APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 413 CAD: WEAVE FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 452 FASHION SHOW PRODUCTION

All College Electives
30-36 credit hours 30-36

Total Credit Hours 120
1 Course is strongly recommended.
2 A minor in design is strongly recommended.
3 Courses that may have additional prerequisites.

Fashion Merchandising Concentration
BUS 320 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
FTT 150 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION MERCHANDISING
FTT 250 FASHION BUYING AND MERCHANDISING PRINCIPLES
FTT 350 FASHION MERCHANDISING APPLICATIONS
FTT 455 ISSUES IN MERCHANDISING AND FASHION RETAILING
FTT 475 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FASHION MERCHANDISING AND MARKETING
FTT 488 INTERNSHIP/FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-6)

Select three from the following:
BUS 325 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
BUS 212 INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING
BUS 360 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
COM 215 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION
FTT 109 FUNDAMENTALS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION 1
FTT 308 FASHION CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 355 RESEARCH IN FASHION MERCHANDISING
FTT 359 VISUAL MERCHANDISING
FTT 410 ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Apparel Design Concentration
FTT 109 FUNDAMENTALS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION
FTT 224 PATTERN DRAFTING AND GRADING FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 303 FASHION ILLUSTRATION/DRAWING I
FTT 324 INDUSTRIAL APPAREL ASSEMBLY
FTT 326 TRADITIONAL/COMPUTER FLAT PATTERN
FTT 327 COMPUTER PATTERNMAKING
FTT 328 APPAREL DESIGN III: DRAPING
FTT 451 SENIOR PROJECT
or FTT 488 INTERNSHIP/FIELD EXPERIENCE

Select two from the following:
FTT 304 SURFACE PATTERN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 308 FASHION CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 329 DESIGNING KNIT APPAREL
FTT 410 ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
FTT 412 CAD: APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 413 CAD: WEAVE FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 461 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FASHION PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Apparel Product Development Concentration
FTT 109 FUNDAMENTALS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION
FTT 224 PATTERN DRAFTING AND GRADING FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 324 INDUSTRIAL APPAREL ASSEMBLY
FTT 326 TRADITIONAL/COMPUTER FLAT PATTERN
FTT 327 COMPUTER PATTERNMAKING
FTT 410 ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Select one from the following:
FTT 451 SENIOR PROJECT
FTT 488 INTERNSHIP/FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-6)
FTT 461 SENIOR SEMINAR IN FASHION PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Select three from the following:
FTT 304 SURFACE PATTERN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 308 FASHION CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 329 DESIGNING KNIT APPAREL 3
FTT 412 CAD: APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 413 CAD: WEAVE FOR INDUSTRY

Fashion/Textile Design Technologies Concentration
DES 242 FIBERS I
FTT 303 FASHION ILLUSTRATION/DRAWING I
or FAR 101 DRAWING I
FTT 304 SURFACE PATTERN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 308 FASHION CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 412 CAD: APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN FOR INDUSTRY
FTT 413 CAD: WEAVE FOR INDUSTRY

Select one from the following:
FTT 451 SENIOR PROJECT
FTT 488 INTERNSHIP/FIELD EXPERIENCE (1-6)
FTT 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)

Select one from the following:
FTT 348 HISTORY OF COSTUME
FTT 349 HISTORY OF TEXTILES
THA 332 PERIOD STYLES FOR THE THEATER

Select two from the following:
AED 100 ESSENTIALS OF VISUAL ARTS
DES 307 COLOR THEORY 3
DES 342 FIBERS II 3
FAR 210 INTRODUCTORY PAINTING 3
FTT 150 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION MERCHANDISING
FTT 200 INTRODUCTION TO HAND KNITTING
FTT 410 ADVANCED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 3

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