Basic principles and elements of design, including color theory, are introduced, reviewed and applied throughout the four-year program. Two- and three-dimensional work, as well as color principles and their application, are studied and utilized in freshman studio projects. By the completion of the sophomore year, students have developed the ability to render garments and fabrics on croquis. Students refine and individualize their abilities for visual organization, color utilization, sketching/drawing and design process in the upper level design studio courses. Progressing from the modification of commercial patterns to development of unique patterns through the flat pattern and draping methods, students take projects from original concepts to finished products.

During the first three years, students take courses that provide opportunities for constant interaction between faculty and students. To be successful, students need a strong grounding in merchandise management, marketing, information systems, human resources management, accounting and economics. During their senior year, students will complete an internship with a regional or national retailer, manufacturer or buying office. Typical internship sites include New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Birmingham.

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The Clothing and Textiles (AT) major offers two concentrations: Fashion Retail and Apparel Design.

Students in both AT concentrations must take:

  • 21 hours of common courses
  • 39 hours of coursework for apparel design or 42 or 43  hours of coursework for fashion retailing

Apparel and Textiles provides career preparation for students interested in merchandising, management, design and production careers in retailing and/or the textile and apparel industry. Apparel and Textiles is also appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing a wide variety of entrepreneurial opportunities in fashion retailing, textiles and/or apparel.

Required courses for all AT majors

More InformationHours
CTD 102Applied Design3
CTD 261Textiles3
CTD 281Fundamentals of the Fashion Industry3
CTD 447Text Apparl Intnat Trade3
CTD 448 or History Of Costume3
CTD 415 History Textile Design
EC 110Principles of Microeconomics3
MKT 300Marketing3
Total Hours21

Apparel Design Concentration for CT Majors

The concentration in apparel design is planned for students interested in preparing for design, production and management careers in the textile and apparel industry. Students may enhance their career preparation by choosing coursework from such areas as art, business and communication, and by completing an internship in textile/apparel production or design. Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design was awarded in 2008.

All students interested in transferring into the apparel design concentration at The University of Alabama should contact the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design one year prior to enrollment, if possible, to verify transfer credits and plan for a required portfolio review.

Transcripts, student work, project assignments and course syllabi are required at the time of the portfolio review. CTD 241 Apparel Construction is a prerequisite for CTD 245 Apparel Production, which is offered spring semester only. CTD 245 Apparel Production, CTD 349 Compt-Aid Apparel Design, CTD 350 Flat Pattern Design, CTD 351 Apparel Des Thru Drpng and CTD 450 Advanced Apparel Design are not offered in summer school and must be completed in that sequence. Each student will be assigned an academic adviser who will help develop the plan of study.

Hours
ART 110Drawing I3
CTD 141Intro to Apparel Design3
CTD 217Fashion Illustration3
CTD 241Apparel Construction3
CTD 245Apparel Production3
CTD 319Textile Design3
CTD 320Visual Merchandising3
CTD 349Compt-Aid Apparel Design3
CTD 350Flat Pattern Design3
CTD 351Apparel Des Thru Drpng3
CTD 446Cult Dynam Apparel Text3
CTD 450Advanced Apparel Design3
CTD 461Quality Control for Textiles3
Art history (FA)6
Total Hours45

Fashion Merchandising/Retail for AT Majors

The fashion retailing internship is an approved work experience completed during the entire fall semester of the student’s senior year. The internship must be a full-time experience, with the student working an average of 40 hours per week. Students will not be required to come to campus that semester. In addition to the internship, students are required to be concurrently enrolled in a special online section of HES 310 Issues Human Envir Sciences.   

Hours
CTD 231Sewn Products Analysis3
CTD 320Visual Merchandising3
CTD 381Fashion Retailing Seminar1
CTD 387Fashion Marketing3
CTD 446Cult Dynam Apparel Text3
CTD 461Quality Control for Textiles3
CTD 481Fashion Merchandising II3
CTD 485Intern Fashion Retailing6
MGT 300 or Organizational Theory & Behavior3
HES 430 Managing in a High Performance Organization
MKT 321 or Retail Management3
MKT 376 Services Marketing
Select one of the following:3
Consumer Behavior
Personal Selling
Promotional Management
Managing Innovation
EC 111Principles of Macroeconomics3
CS 285Microcomputer Appl II3
Select one of the following:3
Consumer Communications
Applied Digital Tools
Advanced Digital Tools
Spreadsheets in Fin. Decisions
Statistical Data Analysis
Total Hours43

Students are able to both manually and digitally create an original line for a specific target market, articulate the design philosophy underlying the line, execute the pattern work and prepare the technical flats and specification package for the line items. They are prepared, as a result, to meet the demands of an entry level position as an assistant designer or assistant technical designer or positions in fashion publishing or apparel manufacturing.

Diverse career opportunities exist for fashion retailing graduates. Some graduates pursue traditional careers in corporate and regional buying and sales, merchandise management, human resource management, store management, product development, wholesale sales,and fashion coordination. Other graduates pursue non-traditional career opportunities in public relations, entrepreneurial enterprises and as sales representatives outside the apparel industry.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Graduates of the Apparel Design program find jobs in every sector of the fashion industry. Many develop clothing lines and pursue businesses of their own, while others find positions assisting established designers and working in the corporate end of fashion.

Recent graduates have accepted jobs with wholesale apparel companies, buying offices, fashion magazines and retail stores.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Graduate of the program, Anthony Williams, who appeared on the seventh season of "Project Runway," is now in development for a TV show about fashion. Anthony’s design from the show was worn by Heidi Klum on the cover of Marie Claire. He also designed the inaugural gown for Alabama’s First Lady, Mrs. Diane Bentley. Clothing and Textiles graduate Lauren Leonard presented her “Leona” collection during Nashville Fashion Week March 29-April 2, 2011. Graduates Brent Johnson and Mary Catherine Moody’s AMAN STOVALL luxury line was also shown. Graduate Michael Spoors began his career designing children’s clothes and is now a vice president at Hanes.

Experienced alumni from our program have included the founder of Gurwitch Products, which manufactures Laura Mercier cosmetics, the president of Karen Kane, the president of Sigrid Olsen – a division of Liz Claiborne and the assistant manager of the Manhattan Coach flagship store in New York.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center

Sample Curriculum for the Clothing and Textiles Major with an Apparel Design Concentration

FreshmanHours
ART 1103
CTD 1413
CTD 1023
CTD 2413
EN 1013
EN 102 or 1033
HES 1003
History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)6
Mathematics (MA)3
 30
SophomoreHours
CTD 2173
CTD 2453
CTD 3193
CTD 2813
Art history (FA)6
EC 1103
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA)6
Natural science (N)4
Sophomore portfolio review 
 31
JuniorHours
CTD 320 or 4463
CTD 3493
CTD 3503
CTD 3513
CTD 448 or 4153
CTD 4613
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL)6-8
Writing course (W)3
Junior portfolio review 
 27-29
SeniorHours
CTD 4473
CTD 4503
HES 3103
MKT 3003
Electives11-13
History (H) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Natural science (N)4
Senior portfolio review 
 30-32
Total Hours: 118-122
1

Each student must take either a 6-hour sequence in history or a 6-hour sequence in literature.

2

Each student who completes a 6-hour history sequence must take a 3-hour literature course.

Sample Curriculum for the Clothing and Textiles Major with a Fashion Retailing Concentration

FreshmanHours
CTD 1023
CTD 2613
CTD 2813
EN 1013
EN 102 or 1033
HES 1003
CS 2853
History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)6
Humanities (HU) or fine arts (FA)6
Mathematics (MA)3
 36
SophomoreHours
CTD 2313
EC 1103
Accounting3-4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA)3
CSM 4413
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Natural science (N)4
 22-23
JuniorHours
CTD 320 or 4463
CTD 3811
CTD 4473
CTD 4613
CTD 4813
MGT 300 or HES 4303
MKT 3003
MKT 321 or 3763
Select one of the following:3
MKT 3133
MKT 3373
MKT 4103
 34
SeniorHours
CTD 4153
CTD 4463
CTD 4859
HES 3103
Select one of the following:3
Electives1-4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA)3
Natural science (N)4
Writing course (W)3
 32-35
Total Hours: 124-128
1

Each student must take either a 6-hour sequence in history or a 6-hour sequence in literature.

2

Each student who completes a 6-hour history sequence must take a 3-hour literature course.

3

A four-hour accounting course is required for the general business minor.