Fashion Design 305

DSNF 305: Junior Studio II

Prerequisites: DSN 340, DSNF 300, DSNF 320, and DSNF 350

Credit Hours: (3) Six hours studio

The purpose of this course is to engage in 2-D and 3-D discovery-driven design processes that satisfy specific aesthetic and functional goals related to the use of non-traditional materials, sustainability, advanced apparel design techniques, and designing for competition.


Detailed Description of Course

The student will explore advanced draping and flat pattern techniques, understructure development and integration into garment, paths to sustainability and design resolution, use of traditional and non-traditional materials.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Functional/aesthetic requirements and garment design processes are applied to studio exercises and projects. Alternative solutions are generated through 2-D and 3-D exercises. Experiential design processes are emphasized to enhance conceptual thinking, creativity, technique, and to support problem solving, discovery, and invention.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate:


Knowledge of:

1. Critical thinking from the two-dimensional to three-dimensional form.

2. Sustainability issues of apparel design production, use, and disposal.

3. Fabric, findings, and trims selection to realize design vision.

4. Design realization from concept to finished product via experiential processes.

5. Human factors related to garment structure, function, and aesthetics.


Understanding of:

6. Body interaction with garment structure, function, fit, and aesthetics.

7. Design process documentation, justification, and implementation.

8. Self-directed design problem solving.

9. Garment style identification and communication.

10. Apparel development to address specific aesthetic utilitarian goals and production.

11. Effective time and project management.


Comprehension of:

12. Basic and intermediate garment construction techniques

13. Presentation format functional and aesthetic drivers


Assessment Measures  

Studio assignments, exercises and critiques will assess the students’ knowledge of the human form and garment fit and their ability to apply the problem solving process. Written and oral critiques, preliminary design ideas, craftsmanship and concept development comprise an integral part of the evaluation criteria for all projects.


Other Course Information 

Outcomes may include:

• Style library – geometric and artificial silhouettes, non-traditional materials, and sustainability concepts (6, 9)

• Half-scale Geometric silhouette explorations (1, 5, 8, 10)

• Full-scale non-traditional materials ensemble (includes half-scale explorations and mock-up) (team) (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)*

• Fashion apparel line concept board and line presentation board (team) (2, 3, 8, 10, 13)*

• Final Garment – boned bustier foundation in fashion fabric with design process diagram, documentation, and presentation board (includes half scale exploration of gowns draped onto bodice understructure) (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

• Juried design submission forms completed (non-traditional materials and final garment) (1, 4, 7, 9, 13)

 *for team projects –effective contributions to team efforts and outputs


Review and Approval

June 4, 2012