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Academic Catalog 2016-2017
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 16, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Fashion Design

  
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    EDFD101 Culture, Dress and Identity 3 cr.


    This course will examine the relationship between culture, dress and identity. We will look broadly across the world at how dress and adornment are extensions of one’s culture and identity and compare and contrast this to our own. We will explore the significance of dress through rituals, ceremonies and rites of passages as well as through a social and political lens. We will also examine the effects of globalization on dress, what this means in our contemporary world, and how this is leading us into the future.

    Lecture/Seminar
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD202 History of Textiles 3 cr.


    This History of Textiles course will survey the fascinating development of textiles around the globe, from ancient to modern times, familiarizing students with specific styles, techniques, and constructions. Students will learn to identify motifs and patterns, as well as explore the cultural and historical milieu in which these textiles were created and used. Particular attention will be placed on understanding the role of textiles in clothing design.

    Lecture/Seminar
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD207 Fashion History II 3 cr.


    In the second half of Fashion History, this course explores the glamorous fashions of the Rococo period. Magnificent architecture, artworks, and portraits painted by English and French artists set the tone for the early part of the course. Rigid garments are a reflection of the social structure and class system that will come undone with the rise of the French Revolution. “The Age of Napoleon” (or French Empire as it is more typically known) will be depicted in all of its contrived glory by Jacques Louis David in paintings elevating the newly formed French court in 1804. This course will also cover the rise of the new middle class, the elongated and romantic span of the Victorian era (1837-1901), and the development of machinery to speed up textile production, mechanical looms, and the sewing machine. The changes in masculine and feminine roles will also play a part in the reaction to fashion for the people who lived in those times. Paris, as the new center of fashion with the development of the French Couture and the designer salon, will be examined from the 1850’s to the 1960’s. Art, culture, music, and the “Silver Screen” will provide a backdrop for the direction of fashion throughout the twentieth century.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD208 Digital Tools/Fashion Design 3 cr.


    An introduction to the creative, technical and research skills needed in designing apparel. Projects develop sketching techniques and use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for design and execution of presentation boards.

     

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
    Spring
  
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    EDFD216 Digital Tools for Textiles 3cr


    Students use advanced industry applications in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for creating printed fabric  presentation boards. Students develop knowledge of scanning, color reduction, creating and putting into repeat, original textile designs.

    Prerequisites: Completion of Studio Foundation Year

    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD220 Fashion Illustration I 3 cr.


    An introduction to the methods of Illustration for the fashion designer. Basic anatomy and analysis of the idealized fashion female and male figures will be emphasized through demonstrations and in-class exercises. Students will illustrate color fashion plates with apparel details, fashion silhouettes, and textile rendering using magic marker and watercolor. Basic layout skills, critique and editing processes are critical foundation teachings. Flat sketch, technical drawing skills are taught.

    Prerequisites: Must complete foundation requirements.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD221 Fashion Illustration II 3cr


    An advanced course in hand rendering fashion illustrations for the fashion designer.  The fashion figures will be manipulated in multi-figure fashion spreads for collection and portfolio building.  Demonstrations by instructor will cover layout and composition variables incorporating interactive movement of both the figure and the clothing.  Anatomy studies, drawing from the live model, exaggeration of the garment silhouette, volume and creative style will be emphasized along with advanced textile rendering and detailed flat sketching.  Directional information will be presented for use of computer-aided multi-media layouts using both hand and computer-aided fashion rendering.

    Prerequisites: EDFD220

    Department Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD255 Creative Fashion Design I 3 cr.


    Communication of original ideas using geometric principles in design as well as master block pattern structure. Students learn fundamental draping and development. Basic garment construction and the experience in translating creative designs into 3D form. Work in fabric and non-textiles.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD256 Pattern Drafting and Construction I 3 cr.


    An introduction to the principles and procedures in the development and use of the flat pattern. The course introduces basic master block patterns with design changes.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD257 Pattern Drafting and Construction II 3 cr.


    Development of master block patterns to include dress and pant with additional design options. Introduction to machine stitching for basic garment construction.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD260 Fashion Industry Production/Gerber 3 cr.


    Designing for mass-production using CAD - Gerber garment technology. Production methods of design and pattern/marker making utilizing the Accumark Silhouette System.

    Prerequisites: EDFD256

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDFD303 Paris to Antwerp: Crossing the Fashion Spectrum 3 cr.


    This course will examine both the historical heritage of couture design as found through the textiles, techniques and craftsmanship of the designers, as well as a contemporary view of the globalization of fashion and where designers are heading in the future. We will examine how old world techniques continue to shape and work within the technological advancements of the present day. Students will examine how Antwerp has surfaced as a leading innovative force in fashion and what this means in the larger global context. All of this will be accomplished through lectures and coursework throughout the semester and will culminate with a two week travel program to Antwerp and Paris. Students will complete a final project based on their research, exploration and travel experiences.

    Travel
    All College Elective
  
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    EDFD306 Product Development 3cr


    Students study the fashion industry and breakdown the product development process into practical steps to learn to produce a clothing line. Students are introduced to research, creating and presenting a product line along with a brand strategy for target consumer.

    Prerequisites: EDFD255

    Department Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD309 Digital Photography for Designers 3cr.


    The goal of this course is for you to learn the language and tools of digital photography and the
    principles of Fashion Photography. We will be studying the fundamental principles of
    taking, processing and manipulating photographs. We study the differences between photographic
    prints and the use of photographs on screen (size, resolution and printing).

    A major emphasis will be to explore subjects in depth, make the “familiar strange” and treat
    subjects in a series that allows you to develop your ideas in depth.”

    Basic knowledge of photoshop and camera function required.

    Spring Only

  
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    EDFD313 Soft Goods Design 3cr.


    This course explores the intersection of industrial design and fashion design to enhance
    the overall product-consumer experience. This will spark the creation of products that feel
    natural, function intuitively, and resonate with the targeted consumer. The course will explore
    technology by surveying smart textiles, data collecting sensors and product communication
    techniques based on current and future trends like ‘wearables’.
       
    The course will start with a Design Brief and directed research to understand the user in
    the context of the topic, develop user empathy and identify problems/opportunities as well as
    market challenges for a specific industry sector. Low-fidelity prototyping and sketching will be
    used to communicate final solutions.

    The goal of this course is to collaborate between the two disciplines through the understanding of
    the design process and the utilization of team strategies. Specific expertise will be brought in
    based on the semester’s Design Brief.

    Prerequisites: EDFD257

    Spring Only

  
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    EDFD353 Pattern Drafting and Construction III 3 cr.


    A course in advanced pattern drafting and grading techniques that emphasize tailored silhouettes. Students create original patterns as a means to experiment with advanced tailoring.

    Prerequisites: EDFD257

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD354 Creative Fashion Design II 3 cr.


    Intermediate level fashion design. Students develop more intricate designs into finished projects. Emphasis is on personal interpretation of projects in ready-to-wear categories that include swimwear, sportswear and outerwear.

    Prerequisites: EDFD255, EDFD275

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD355 Creative Fashion Design III 3 cr.


    Students develop more intricate designs into finished projects. Emphasis is on personal interpretation of projects in couture design that include lingerie, bridal, eveningwear and theatrical costume.

    Prerequisites: EDFD354

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD359 Tailoring 3 cr.


    Advanced construction techniques are used to develop knowledge of structure, shape, and tailoring to fit and style. Traditional methods of tailoring are utilized to create permanent shaping. Advanced principles of cut, seaming, hand-detailed construction and steam pressing help to develop a foundation to experiment with silhouettes.

    Prerequisites: EDFD353

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD392 FD Course Assistantship


  
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    EDFD398 FD Internship


  
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    EDFD399 FD Independent Study


  
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    EDFD450 Degree Project I 3 cr.


    Students research and design a collection presenting a theme-oriented portfolio of finished work. Individual guidance in executing boards for original design ideas based on sources of inspiration that may include important artists, ancient cultures, historical eras, scientific resources or a specialized related technical design area. (two semesters)

    Prerequisites: EDFD355, EDFD306, EDFD359

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD451 Degree Project II 3 cr.


    Student research project - part II. Students present a theme-oriented formal collection of finished work based on their research. Sources of inspiration may include important artists, ancient cultures, historical eras, scientific resources, or a specialized related technical design area.

    Prerequisites: EDFD450

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDFD455 Creative Fashion Design IV 3 cr.


    Students are encouraged to seek their personal direction in fashion design in order to develop their full potential while reaching professional standards in portfolio presentation. Students work on a collection of ensembles that represent advanced techniques in fashion design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD306, EDFD355, EDFD359

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDFD457 Specialized Fashion Study 3 cr.


    An introduction to related fashion specialties of millinery, gloves, footwear, handbags, fur, leather, and cosmetics. Topics include origins, methods of production and finishing, construction, terminology and quality identification. Assignments include millinery and glove design.

    Prerequisites: EDFD355

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDFD458 Couture Techniques 3 cr.


    Techniques and design details such as trapunto, couching, and quilting. Technical elements of the couture will include embroidery, pleating and advanced seam finishes.

    Prerequisites: EDFD359

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
 


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