2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Fashion Design
Degree Plan: Pattern Design AAS

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(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

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  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.


The pattern designer converts the fashion sketch or original garment into an industrial paper pattern used in the mass production of clothing. Drafting is the skill of developing a flat pattern with measurements. Draping is the skill of developing a pattern by placing cloth over a dress form. Upon completion of the program, the student enters a women's wear or children's wear manufacturing company as an assistant in the pattern department. Students must complete all FSHN and FSHD courses with a "C" or better to be awarded this degree.

The Fashion design student is provided a program curriculum of study related to the fashion industry. Fashion classes along with the general core education courses enables the student to enter a specialized track of either Apparel Design or Pattern Design in the second year of studies. Upon completion of the 32-semester hour core, students should select one of two specialties: Apparel Design or Pattern Design.


SEMESTERS I AND II (Program Core Curriculum)


FSHD 1324 Ready-to-Wear Construction 3
FSHN 1313 Basic Color Theory and Application 3
FSHD 1311 Fashion History 3
+FSHN 1417 Pattern Drafting I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I 3


FSHN 1325 Basic Women's Tailoring 3
FSHD 1322 Fashion Sketching 3
++FSHN 1418 Pattern Drafting II 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


FSHN 1301 Textiles 3
FSHN 1123 Introduction to Mass Production 1
FSHD 2305 Computer Aided Apparel Design 3
+++FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting 4
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation OR 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3


FSHN 1393 Special Topics Clothing/Apparel and Textile Studies 3
FSHN 2370 Technical Product Development 3
FSHN 1315 Draping 3
FSHD 2241 Pattern Grading 2
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 1418 Pattern Drafting II.
++Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting.
+++Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 2370 Technical Product Development.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.

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