Most of the seats in these courses are reserved for students in the Fashion Design program. Other students may take these courses if they meet the prerequisites and there is space.
English Language Requirements
Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.
FD 1133 credits
Fashion Drawing I
An introduction to the basic anatomy of the human body is an essential foundation to fashion drawing. Students will gain understanding of the structure, balance, and movement of the female form and how it is incorporated into fashion images. Emphasis is placed on visual awareness and its relationship to perspective and proportion. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques which constitute fashion illustration and technical drawing of garments for the apparel industry.
Students will develop drawing skills using a variety of media and improve their powers of observation. Live models will be introduced at appropriate times.
FD 1143 credits
Fashion Drawing II
Prerequisite(s): FD 113
While further developing students' ability to draw the fashion figure, this course will cover the use of colour and mixed media to render the total fashion image. Composition and graphic layout techniques are explored. In addition to drawing for ladies, men's and children's proportions are explored.
FD 1153 credits
Computer Applications for Fashion
Prerequisite(s): FD 113 or permission of instructor
This course will introduce students to software applications typically used by designers in the fashion industry. Students will learn to integrate manual and digital drawing skills to create fashion illustrations, print designs, flat sketches, and digital presentation boards. Students will become adept at using the toolbox options and other fundamental functions of industry standard software applications. Note: Students who have taken FD114 may not take FD 115 for further credit.
FD 1633 credits
Fundamentals of Fashion Design
Corequisite(s): FD 180 or permission of instructor
This is an introductory creative design class, which examines the basic elements and principles of fashion design. Acquisition of fashion terminology will help students to identify various elements of garments, from basic silhouettes to prints and patterns. Emphasis will be placed on the influence and roles that colour and texture play throughout apparel design. Students will explore the nature of fashion design problems and how to communicate solutions visually and verbally in a supportive team environment.
FD 1643 credits
Business of Fashion
Prerequisite(s): FD 163
Corequisite(s): FD 182 and FD 192
As an overview of the fashion industry, this course is directed toward the commercial and professional elements of fashion. Students will acquire awareness of the apparel industry and its workings in local and global contexts. Through research and design of products, students will expand critical thinking skills and understand the role of the designer in the business of fashion. An understanding of the relationship between design, production and marketing will be acquired through the development of presentations and visual promotional materials.
FD 1713 credits
Textile science is the study of the structure, characteristics, and performance of fabrics. Understanding textile composition and production provides the knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding fabric suitability and performance limitations.
This course provides a broad overview of the composition, production, and utilization of fabrics. Topics include the examination of natural and synthetic fibres, manufacturing of yarns, and the processes of structuring yarns into fabrics. Knowledge will be gained in relation to dyestuffs, printing, and fabric finishes. Fibre content, care, and labelling laws are covered in detail.
FD 1723 credits
Students gain an understanding of the versatility of knit fabrics in the marketplace and gain awareness of how knitted fabrics are produced. Hands-on experience with the domestic knitting machine allows for experimentation with patterns, textures, colours, and yarns to produce fashion fabrics suitable for the current market. Creativity of design is emphasized. A child's sweater and one outfit will be taken to completion. Basic knitwear patterns are developed using computer applications.
FD 1743 credits
Weaving Fashion Fabrics
This course will allow students to develop a basic understanding of threading and weaving techniques on a multi-shaft loom. Students will create a resource book of mounted samples through experimenting with a variety of structures and fibres. A length of fashion fabric (or shawl) will be researched, designed, drafted, and woven. Computer-aided design and weaving programs will be introduced.
FD 1804 credits
Pattern Drafting & Construction
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Fashion Design diploma or permission of the department head
Corequisite(s): FD 163 or permission of instructor
In this introduction to industrial garment assembly practices and pattern drafting, students will sew a variety of samples and draft basic projects using industrial methods. A combination of lecture and lab sessions will enable students to understand how various construction techniques are used in production. Students will learn how to safely and efficiently operate industrial equipment. Students will also learn to develop basic pattern blocks and manipulate these drafts to create various design styles. Standard and personal measurements will be used and the importance of proper garment fit will be emphasized.
Note: Students who have previously completed FD 181 or FD 191 may not take FD 180 for further credit.
FD 1823 credits
Garment Construction II
Prerequisite(s): FD 181
Corequisite(s): FD 164 and FD 192
Students enrolled in this course will learn and understand how various construction techniques are performed and used in the production of well-made garments. Quality assessment methods will be explored through the establishment of relevant criteria in relation to garment type, performance expectations, and cost. This is a continuation of FD 181, involving more complex construction applications and projects involving special fabrics and embellishment details. A shirt, dress, and child's outfit will be constructed in full size. Students will develop a resource book of related construction samples, for future reference.
FD 1923 credits
Pattern Drafting II
Prerequisite(s): FD 191
Corequisite(s): FD 164 and FD 182
Students enrolled in this course will learn and understand how to draft patterns for shirts, sleeves, collars, and dresses using standard and personal measurements. Pattern alterations and fitting techniques will be analyzed to develop custom-fitting garments. Children's pattern blocks will be manipulated to review pattern-making techniques and to develop styled patterns. Students will develop a resource book of pattern drafts and manipulations in half and full scale.
FD 1933 credits
History of Fashion
Today's fashion industry continues to be influenced by history. This introductory course is designed to provide an historical framework, define concepts, and present basic knowledge essential to understanding the present fashion industry. The development of fashion from ancient to modern times is examined, with emphasis placed on 20th century fashions and the current Canadian fashion industry.
FD 2633 credits
Apparel Design and Illustration I
Prerequisite(s): FD 164
Corequisite(s): FD 281 and FD 283
Students enrolled in this course will learn how to use established fashion art techniques to design, develop, and communicate ideas towards both the manufacturing and marketing sectors of the apparel industry. Students will learn how to develop manufacturer's lines and examine inspiration sources, fabric selection, design groupings, and customer expectations. Projects covered will include suits for a select market, lingerie, and swimwear.
FD 2643 credits
Apparel Design and Illustration II
Prerequisite(s): FD 263
Corequisite(s): FD 282 and FD 284
A continuation of FD 263, with emphasis on market research and the preparation of a portfolio of design inspirations, ideas, illustrations, and photographs to be used at employment interviews. Students will design apparel which meets the functional needs of specific markets and develop a manufacturer's "line" of apparel for the market of their choice. Concept boards, illustrations, and technical drawings are integral components.
FD 2653 credits
Computer Applications for Apparel
Prerequisite(s): FD 263, FD 281, and FD 283
This course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to handle technological changes as they occur in the apparel industry. Students will gain understanding and competence utilizing apparel-specific CAD programs and technology. Students will have the opportunity to incorporate and demonstrate competence using the skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired through the Fashion Design program during a work practicum in the apparel industry. The practicum consists of 40 hours (one week) onsite, at a business operating in the apparel field.
FD 2713 credits
Surface Design I
Prerequisite(s): FD 171
Students will learn how to apply design elements and principles to embellish and decorate the surface of fabrics. Experimentation with pigment paints and dyes on natural and synthetic fabrics is encouraged. Techniques which create 3-dimensional effects for fabric surface embellishments are researched and explored. Students develop a collection of resource samples and produce fabric surface designed fabrics and embellished apparel.
FD 2723 credits
Surface Design II
Prerequisite(s): FD 271
A continuation of FD 271, covering more advanced surface design techniques and colour experiments through direct application of dyestuffs and paints, printing, immersion dyeing with fibre- reactive dyes; heat transfer printing with disperse dyes, and screen printing with temporary and permanent screens, including stencilling and direct emulsion. Shibori resist techniques of pole wrapping and clamping, along with bound and stitched methods of altering fabric surfaces will be explored.
FD 2813 credits
Advanced Construction I
Prerequisite(s): FD 182 and FD 192
Corequisite(s): FD 263 and FD 283
This course explores advanced garment assembly methods and fabric handling techniques. Students will experiment with a variety of fabrics, support materials, stabilizers and construction methods to develop a resource book of samples. Full-scale projects include a soft-tailored lined jacket, a bustier, and a swimsuit. Appropriate finishing techniques and industrial applications will be incorporated throughout garment construction. Proper fit principles will be stressed. Students will be encouraged to coordinate the jacket project with a designed skirt or pant.
FD 2823 credits
Advanced Construction II
Prerequisite(s): FD 281
Corequisite(s): FD 264 and FD 284
Students will learn industrial construction and finishing techniques and apply this knowledge to the production of a lined coat and jumpsuit. Emphasis will be placed on the development process, construction sequencing, and production states required in the manufacturing of a line as designed in FD 264. A minimum of two complete "line" outfits will be produced. Students will be expected to research appropriate construction methods prior to garment development.
FD 2833 credits
Advanced Pattern Drafting I
Prerequisite(s): FD 164, FD 182, and FD 192
Corequisite(s): FD 263 and FD 281
Students enrolled in this course will learn more advanced pattern-drafting skills and gain knowledge of apparel industry standards. Students will test patterns using muslin garments to confirm fit and proportion. Neatness, accuracy, and correct fit will be stressed. Full-scale pattern drafts will include fitted jackets, underwire bodices and swimsuits. Students will refine drafts to develop pattern blocks, add seam allowances, and apply appropriate marking and labels. Design interpretation testing will occur periodically throughout the semester.
FD 2843 credits
Advanced Pattern Drafting II
Prerequisite(s): FD 283
Corequisite(s): FD 264 and FD 281
Students will continue to develop pattern drafting and manipulation skills along with garment fitting techniques. Building upon concepts acquired in FD 283, students will draft and fit the coat block, then perform manipulations to produce the stylized pattern. The jumpsuit project incorporates performance features with fit and ease of movement. Two complete outfits selected from the line designed by the student in FD 264 will be drafted to reflect the ability to convert design sketches into flat patterns. The importance of neatness, accuracy, and correct fit will continue to be stressed.
FD 2903 credits
Drafting Technology for Fashion
Prerequisite(s): FD 180, FD 182, FD 192
Corequisite(s): FD 281 and FD 283
In this course students learn computer aided design for pattern making and understand its creative potential. Students will learn how to transfer pattern drafts to a computer with industry standard software. Through hands-on experience they will gain knowledge of the system’s capabilities to digitize and modify designs, manage files, and plot patterns. The capabilities of 3D prototypes and their application will be discussed.
FD 2913 credits
Prerequisite(s): FD 192 or instructor's permission
The practical study of three-dimensional draping techniques provides the ability to drape fabric on the dress form to create garments. Students acquire a sense of proportion, and a feel for texture and fabric drapability while handling fabric in relation to the design and fit on the dress form. The principles of draping may be used to develop various types of fit to reflect fashion silhouettes and enhance garment style. An overview of draping principles in relation to millinery will also be explored. Students will produce a garment with accompanying headpiece.
FD 2923 credits
Pattern Grading and Production Processes
Prerequisite(s): FD 192 or instructor's permission
Students enrolled in this course will gain knowledge and experience in the development of production patterns and the grading of fit-approved patterns to produce accurate size ranges suitable for use in the apparel industry. Students will generate production patterns; comprehend, develop, and created grade charts; identify split and nested grades, and produce size sets. Manual and machine grading methods will be demonstrated and practised. Grade principles are presented in relation to a variety of production processes, and the computerization of grading within the apparel industry is explored. Students will work independently and/or collaboratively throughout the semester.
FD 2963 credits
Independent Studies -- Surface Design
Prerequisite(s): FD 272 or instructor's permission
Students will further explore surface design concepts and techniques in relation to apparel. Independent research and experimentation with a variety of fabric embellishment processes is emphasized. Individual focus and major projects will be determined after consultation with the instructor.
FD 2973 credits
Independent Studies -- Machine Knitting
Prerequisite(s): FD 172 or instructor's permission
A continuation of FD 172. Students will learn advanced techniques and more complex operation of the domestic knitting machine by utilizing the ribber bed, lace carriage, and racking arm. Students will develop a resource book of samples and are encouraged to research knit applications and methods while experimenting with a variety of yarns. Knit contour and computer generated knitting patterns will be used to develop garments. After consultation with the instructor, students will plan, design, and produce a machine knit outfit.
FD 2983 credits
Independent Studies -- Weaving
Prerequisite(s): FD 174 or instructor's permission
This course will reinforce the principles and techniques of threading and weaving on a four-shaft loom. Students will gain a more complex understanding of specific woven structures. Fabric lengths will be designed, drafted, and woven for the construction into garments after consultation with the instructor. Computer- aided design and weaving programs will be utilized for the generation of advanced fabric drafts.
FD 3404 credits
Fashion in Art / Fashion as Art
Prerequisite(s): AH 101 or AH 102
What we wear, drape and attach to our bodies is a visible, physical and symbolic signifier of our place in society, history and culture. This course explores questions of fashion as art, as design, as mass culture and as high art. While considering fashion and clothing as cultural phenomena and a means of communication, it explores the production of visual arts and the design of clothes as interconnected creative processes.
Note: Students with AH 340 cannot take FD 340 for further credit.
FD 3414 credits
Addressing Clothing Piece by Piece
Prerequisite(s): FD 193 and one of AH 101, or AH 102
This course explores the ways according to which the society "covers" and leaves the body "uncovered," thereby conditioning our individual and corporeal identities through such signs and symbols. Clothes are society's ways of showing where we belong in the order of things, our role and position in the social pageantry. This course recognizes that dress has "emblematic" dimensions beyond mere functionality. By analyzing various pieces of garment in their historically fashioned contexts we focus on the social and cultural significance of dress as marker uncovering our ambitions and inhibitions.
Note: Students with AH 341 cannot take FD 341.
FD 3603 credits
Professional Development and Practices
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, including 15 Fashion Design credits.
This course introduces the principles of building a fashion business with emphasis on industry-specific practices. After mastering business correspondence, students are given the many skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry or related careers. Students will be given the opportunity to apply their organizational and promotional skills to fashion-related events through group projects that mimic the environments found in the fashion industry. The skills and knowledge gained by students from the Fashion Program will be used in an apparel industry practicum. The practicum is 40 hours (one week) onsite at an apparel business.
Last updated: April 11, 2008