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Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

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Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

amdt.wsu.edu
Johnson Annex, C 30
509-335-1233

Department Chair and Professor, V. McCracken; Professor, L. Bradley; Associate Professors, T. Chi, C. Salusso; Assistant Professors, D. Christel, G. Hwang, H. Liu, J. Son; Instructors, P. Brown-Hayes, A. Hughes.

Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles offers Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, and also participates in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.

As the largest and most comprehensive 4-year apparel and textiles program that offers a full Apparel Design program and an in-depth Merchandising program in Washington, we offer students all of the tools necessary to succeed in the fashion, textiles and apparel industry. We have state of the art classroom and laboratory equipment, fully equipped apparel design studios, a program and curriculum aligned with industry, and nationally and internationally recognized faculty who challenge students to understand all the aspects of the discipline. Students in the AMDT department graduate with a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the apparel and textile industry across the supply chain. The curriculum options are designed to teach students to:

•  Recognize the global world that we live in today by understanding dynamic and diverse political, socio-cultural, and economic systems and how they impact human behavior and industry processes in a global economy.

•  Increase knowledge of the Industry by applying industry relevant decision making and creative processes in the selection, production and placement of goods and services that meet consumer needs in the textile, apparel & retail complex using industry best practices.

•  Utilize technology by applying knowledge and skills regarding current technology to retrieve, analyze and disseminate information, and develop solutions relevant to the textile, apparel, and retail complex.

•  Improve verbal, visual, and written communication skills by demonstrating the ability to effectively communicate ideas verbally, visually and in writing as team members and/or leaders within a professional environment.

•  Think analytically and critically by demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills to recognize problems, collect, analyze, synthesize information, develop, evaluate and implement solutions.

•  Develop an understanding of sustainable practices by understanding environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially supportive sustainable practices in the textile, apparel and retail complex.

Students majoring in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles can choose an emphasis in apparel design or merchandising. Each option includes the program's core courses, as well as option requirements and electives. Students can individualize their expertise by exploring minors and supporting work in business administration, communication, and fine arts.

An internship is a valuable way to gain experience and contacts in the industry.  Having an internship makes students much more competitive when they graduate and many internships lead to job opportunities after graduation.  There are thousands of companies in the U.S. and abroad that offer internships in the textile and apparel field. Internship exposures help students gain work experience, better their understanding of the industry, and determine what career path is best for them.

Normally the applicant for graduate study should have an undergraduate major in apparel, merchandising, design, or textiles. However, candidates with a good record in related fields (such as business, economics, marketing, psychology, sociology, and etc.) may be well prepared for certain areas of advanced study. All graduate students must show competency in their area of study (through an undergraduate degree or industry experience) in order to earn their degree.  Please refer to WSU Graduate catalog and web site at http://www.gradschool.wsu.edu.

Student Learning Outcomes

The goal of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles is to provide high-quality education that prepares graduates for success in the fashion, retails, textiles and apparel industry. State of the art classroom equipment, fully equipped apparel design studios, a program and curriculum aligned with industry, and nationally and internationally recognized faculty, give the students in WSU’s AMDT program a learning advantage.

You may find all Student Learning outcomes at: 

http://amdt.wsu.edu/undergraduate/outcomes  




Schedules of Studies

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.


Apparel Design (120 Hours)

Apparel design focuses on the interaction between design and merchandising and offers depth in apparel design. Students typically complete a minor in Fine Art and/or Business Administration.

Students wishing to certify in apparel merchandising, and textiles must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Students must receive a C or better grade in all AMDT courses and MKTG 360. A course may only be repeated once. Courses required in these programs cannot be taken on a pass, fail basis. To maintain certification, a 2.50 cumulative GPA is required each semester. Independent study and internship courses (AMDT 490, 495, 498) will not be included in GPA calculations. Students dropping below a 2.50 GPA will be de-certified and can reapply when their GPA is 2.50 or above. Students interested in the apparel design option are accepted through a portfolio review process. Applications are available in the main office and need to be submitted during the spring semester of the second year. Transfer student who have completed two years of college may submit an application during the summer prior to the first semester of attendance at WSU for consideration.
First Year
First TermHours
AMDT 1083
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended 3 or 4
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermHours
AMDT 2083
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Electives3
Second Year
First TermHours
AMDT 2104
AMDT 2113
AMDT 2203
Electives5
Second TermHours
AMDT 2123
AMDT 3683
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI]3
Electives3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
AMDT 3104
AMDT 3113
AMDT 3143
AMDT 4881
AMDT Elective23
Second TermHours
AMDT 3123
AMDT 420 [M]3
AMDT 4923
MKTG 3603
Electives3
Third TermHours
AMDT 490 33
Fourth Year
First TermHours
AMDT 3183
AMDT 4113
AMDT 417 [DIVR]3
AMDT Electives23
Electives3
Second TermHours
AMDT 4123
AMDT 413 [CAPS] [M]3
AMDT Electives 23
Electives3

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Science [BSCI] and one Physical Science [PSCI] course, including one lab course, or 8 credits of [SCI] designated courses. (SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI], which is offered Spring semester.)
2Approved AMDT Electives include any AMDT course not used to fulfill major requirements or as approved by advisor.
3AMDT 490 typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Merchandising (120 Hours)

Merchandising includes courses designed to allow students to develop competence in the planning, buying, and selling of merchandise in either manufacturing or retail organizations. Curriculum includes a focus on marketing. Students often pursue one of the minors in Business.

Students wishing to certify in apparel merchandising, and textiles must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Students must receive a C or better grade in all AMDT courses, MKTG 360, and the business industry elective. A course may only be repeated once. Courses required in these programs cannot be taken on a pass, fail basis.
First Year
First TermHours
AMDT 1083
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101[SCI]13 or 4
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] recommended3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermHours
AMDT 2083
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Electives3
Second Year
First TermHours
AMDT 2104
ECONS 101 [SSCI]3
Electives6
Second TermHours
ACCTG 2303
AMDT 2123
Electives9
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
AMDT 3073
AMDT 3183
AMDT 4881
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
AMDT Electives23
Second TermHours
AMDT 3143
AMDT 420 [M]3
AMDT 4403
Business Industry Elective33
AMDT Electives23
Third TermHours
AMDT 4903
Fourth Year
First TermHours
AMDT 417 [DIVR]3
MKTG 3603
AMDT Electives23
Electives6
Second TermHours
AMDT 413 [CAPS] [M]3
AMDT 4303
AMDT 4503
300-400-level Electives6

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Science [BSCI] and one Physical Science [PSCI] course, including one lab course, or 8 credits of [SCI] designated courses. (SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI], which is offered Spring semester.)
2AMDT Electives include any AMDT course not used to fulfill major requirements.
3Business Industry Elective: B LAW 210; ECONS 321, 326, 352, 430; MGMT 301, 315; MIS 250; PHIL 360; WOMEN ST 320 [M].


Courses

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Apparel, Merchandising, Design, And Textiles (AMDT)

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105 Introductory College Seminar in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles 1 Course Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AMDT 108. Concepts of shared responsibility in planning and actual completion of AMDT undergraduate study. Typically offered Fall.

108 Introduction to Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles 3 An introduction to apparel, textiles, merchandising and design with an emphasis on an examination of industry structures and careers. Typically offered Fall.

210 [SCI] Textiles 4 (3-3) Examination of basic textile components including fibers, yarns, structure, coloration, and finishes relative to performance standards and expectations for intended use. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

211 Apparel Assembly 3 (0-6) Problem solving approach to apparel and textile product assembly with emphasis on product development process. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

212 Apparel Product Development 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210. Examination and evaluation of ready-to-wear apparel as it applies to the retail industry; explores concepts and principles of apparel production and terminology in the apparel industry. Typically offered Spring.

220 Historic Costumes and Textiles 3 Global survey of dress and textiles from prehistory to mid-1800s. Typically offered Fall.

221 Historic Costume II 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210 or concurrent enrollment. Overview of apparel design, designers and social history in the 20th century. Typically offered Spring.

221 (Effective through Fall 2017) [M] Historic Costume II 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210 or concurrent enrollment. Overview of apparel design, designers and social history in the 20th century. Typically offered Spring.

230 Creating Visual Advertising in Fashion 3 Hands-on opportunity to visualize and execute cross-sector visual advertising campaigns within the commercial, editorial, and lifestyle world of fashion in advertising. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

250 Principles of Merchandising 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 108. Concepts and functions of merchandising in apparel and textiles industries; cost, pricing, and profit; marketing and retailing strategies. Typically offered Fall.

268 (368) Communicating Creative Concepts in Fashion 3 (0-6) Illustration and rendering used for fashion and costume design; drawing fashion figures and apparel; studies or composition for fashion presentation, advertising, and portfolio. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

307 Consumer Behavior in Fashion 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 314. Concepts and theories from social sciences to consumer behavior research related to fashion and apparel marketing. Typically offered Spring.

308 (208) Visual Merchandising and Promotion 3 (2-2) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 250; AMDT 268. Examination of fashion promotion components of visual display and store layout; application of principles and elements of design and concept development. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

310 Advanced Apparel Assembly 4 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 211; certified in Apparel Design. Advanced assembly techniques for a range of textiles and multi-layer garments; emphasis of high-quality execution on final products. Typically offered Fall.

311 Apparel Flat Patterning and Design 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 211. Flat pattern techniques for apparel patternmaking; development and creation of original design. Typically offered Fall.

311 (Effective through Fall 2017) Apparel Flat Patterning and Design 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 211; certified major in Apparel Design. Flat pattern techniques for apparel patternmaking; development and creation of original design. Typically offered Fall.

312 Apparel Draping, Fitting, and Design 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 311; certified major in Apparel Design. Exploration of draping and flat pattern techniques; fitting techniques emphasized; development and creation of original design. Typically offered Spring.

314 Fashion Forecasting 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210; AMDT 221; AMDT 250; AMDT 268. Developing forecasting expertise needed to work in merchandising environment; examined through influences on acceptance and rejection of apparel/textile products; analysis of the forces such as socio-cultural indicators, past and present trends that influence existing trends, and the role of fashion forecasting theory and technique method in determining future trends in fashion and related industries. Typically offered Fall.

314 (Effective through Summer 2017) Fashion Forecasting 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210; AMDT 221; AMDT 250; AMDT 368. Developing forecasting expertise needed to work in merchandising environment; examined through influences on acceptance and rejection of apparel/textile products; analysis of the forces such as socio-cultural indicators, past and present trends that influence existing trends, and the role of fashion forecasting theory and technique method in determining future trends in fashion and related industries. Typically offered Fall.

315 [M] Textile Product Analysis 3 (2-2) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 210. Analysis of textile product characteristics including fiber, structure, finish, apparel product properties, garment performance, and overall quality assessment and assurance. Typically offered Spring.

318 Merchandise Buying and Planning 3 (2-2) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 250; MATH [QUAN]; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles. In-depth study of apparel buying and planning, application of buying and planning principles, problem solving skill development. Typically offered Fall.

408 [ARTS] Visual Analysis and Aesthetics 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. In-depth analysis of the visual interaction among apparel, accessories and the body; identifying effective visual communication. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

409 Technical Apparel Design 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 312; AMDT 492; certified major in Apparel Design. Advanced understanding of technical applications in apparel production, development, and construction related to modern manufacturing. Credit not granted for both AMDT 409 and 509. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

411 Advanced Apparel Design 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 312; AMDT 492; senior standing; certified major in Apparel Design. Integrated application of apparel design, patternmaking principles with assembly processes to demonstrate capacity to develop and create high quality original designs. Typically offered Fall.

412 Apparel Design Collection 3 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 411; certified major in Apparel Design. Problem-solving creation and presentation of two and three-dimensional high quality original apparel and designs. Typically offered Spring.

413 [CAPS] Global Sourcing 3 Course Prerequisite: ADMT 307; ADMT 318; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles; junior standing. Knowledge, skills, and effective solutions for textile and apparel sourcing in a global context. Typically offered Spring.

413 (Effective through Fall 2017) [CAPS] [M] Global Sourcing 3 Course Prerequisite: ADMT 307; ADMT 318; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles; junior standing. Knowledge, skills, and effective solutions for textile and apparel sourcing in a global context. Typically offered Spring.

414 Creativity: Development of Consumer Products 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles. Processes and techniques to stimulate creativity from a multidisciplinary approach for the development of new consumer products. Typically offered Spring.

417 [DIVR] Multicultural Perspectives on the Body and Dress 3 Course Prerequisite: 6 credits [S], [K], or [SSCI]; junior standing. Engagement in multidisciplinary approaches that explore the social importance of the body, gender and dress. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

419 Regional Experience in Apparel/Textiles Field V 1-3 Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major. Field trips to experience the textile and apparel industry from the perspective of professionals within a wide range of careers. Additional cost associated with class. See department for details.

422 [DIVR] Fat Studies 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of weight based oppression as a social justice issue with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability. (Crosslisted course offered as AMDT 422, WOMEN ST 422). Typically offered Summer Session.

429 National Experience in Apparel/Textiles Field V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles. Field trip to experience national culture integrated with the field of textiles and apparel in industry centers in the US. Additional cost associated with class. See department for details. Typically offered Spring and Summer.

430 Soft Goods Supply Chain Management 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 318; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles. Stages and functional areas of soft goods supply chain management. Typically offered Spring.

439 International Experience in Apparel/Textiles Field V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major. Field trip to experience international culture integrated with the field of textiles and apparel in industry centers worldwide. Additional cost associated with class. See department for details. Typically offered Summer Session.

440 Organizational Leadership 3 (2-2) Application of organizational leadership principles using experiential learning models for skill transfer to industry. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

450 [M] Strategy Planning and Decision Making 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 307; AMDT 318; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles. Examination and synthesis of advanced merchandising theory; strategic planning, decision-making and the role of technology in the textile and apparel industry. Typically offered Spring.

460 [M] Costume Museum Management 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills and techniques for handling textiles and apparel artifacts in museums. Typically offered Fall and Spring.

488 Internship Preparation 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 2 hours. Orientation and practical information for students in preparation for an internship. Typically offered Fall.

490 Cooperative Education Internship V 1-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: AMDT 488. Experience with business, industry or government unit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

492 Computer Applications in Apparel, Textile, and Design 3 (1-4) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 268; certified major in Apparel Design. Computer-aided design techniques in fashion graphics; portfolio development and presentation. Typically offered Spring.

492 (Effective through Summer 2017) Computer Applications in Apparel, Textile, and Design 3 (1-4) Course Prerequisite: AMDT 368; certified major in Apparel Design. Computer-aided design techniques in fashion graphics; portfolio development and presentation. Typically offered Spring.

495 Instructional Practicum V 1-4 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 4 hours. Course Prerequisite: By interview only. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

496 Special Event Production V 1 (0-2) to 3 (0-6) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: AMDT 208 or 211; certified major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles; by permission of instructor. Producing, exhibiting, and promoting product lines/special events or apparel, textiles and illustrations exhibits. Typically offered Spring.

498 Special Topics V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Current issues, trends, and merchandising strategies in apparel and textiles. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

508 Environmental and Social Issues in the Apparel Industry 3 Exploration of current environmental and social issues in the global apparel industry. Typically offered Fall.

509 Technical Apparel Design 3 (0-6) Advanced understanding of technical applications in apparel production, development, and construction related to modern manufacturing. Credit not granted for both AMDT 409 and 509. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

512 Apparel Design Graduate Studio 3 Course Prerequisite: AMDT 508. Integration of consumer demand target market research with the development, application, and testing of prototype products for specific end uses.

515 Textile Product Development and Innovation 3 Apply knowledge of textile component and emerging materials/techniques to innovative textile product development. Recommended preparation: AMDT 210. Typically offered Even Years - Spring.

517 Theory and Methods of Culture, Gender and Dress 3 Exploration of appearance issues, theory, and research from the perspective of social science, feminist theory, postmodern and poststructural discourses. Typically offered Spring.

518 Apparel Merchandising Analysis 3 Analysis of marketing and retailing strategies, trends and technological developments in relation to business and consumer aspects within a global context. Typically offered Spring.

519 Research Methods 3 Analysis and understanding of research methods, exploration of thesis topic as applicable to the fields of apparel, merchandising, design and textiles. Typically offered Fall.

520 Aesthetic Analysis of Fashion Design 3 In-depth analysis of apparel fashion design provided through exploration of aesthetic and human perception theories within a socio-historic context. Typically offered Fall.

596 Advanced Instructional Practicum 3 Information and direction for graduate student teaching assistants seeking professional development in classroom teaching. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

596 (Effective through Spring 2017) Advanced Instructional Practicum 3 Information and direction for graduate student teaching assistants seeking professional development in classroom teaching. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

598 Topics in Apparel and Textiles V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 8 hours. Current topics in apparel and textile theory and research. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

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