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Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design

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Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design offers two academic majors:

  • Interior Design (INTD)
  • Apparel and Textiles (AT)

The Clothing and Textiles (AT) major offers two concentrations:

  • Fashion Retail
  • Apparel Design

Students in both AT concentrations must take:

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

Apparel and Textiles Major (AT)

307 Doster Hall

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

Hours
CTD 102Applied Design3
CTD 261Textiles3
CTD 281Fashion Retailing I3
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, 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.

Required Courses for Apparel Design Concentration

Hours
ART 110Drawing I3
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 461Qual Contr Textile Prod3
Art history (FA)6
Total Hours42

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

Freshman Year

ART 110Drawing I3
CTD 102Applied Design3
CTD 241Apparel Construction3
CTD 261Textiles3
EN 101English Composition3
EN 102 or English Composition3
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci3
History¹ (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)6
Mathematics (MA)3
Total Hours30

 

Sophomore Year

CTD 217Fashion Illustration3
CTD 245Apparel Production3
CTD 319Textile Design3
CTD 281Fashion Retailing I3
Art history (FA)6
EC 110Principles of Microeconomics3
Humanities2 (HU) and fine arts (FA)6
Natural science (N)4
Sophomore portfolio review
Total Hours31

 

Junior Year

Junior Year
CTD 320 or Visual Merchandising3
CTD 446 Cult Dynam Apparel Text
CTD 349Compt-Aid Apparel Design3
CTD 350Flat Pattern Design3
CTD 351Apparel Des Thru Drpng3
CTD 448 or History Of Costume3
CTD 415 History Textile Design
CTD 461Qual Contr Textile Prod3
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL)6-8
Writing course (W)3
Junior portfolio review
Total Hours27-29

 

Senior Year

CTD 447Text Apparl Intnat Trade3
CTD 450Advanced Apparel Design3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
MKT 300Marketing3
Electives11-13
History (H) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Natural science (N)4
Senior portfolio review
Total Hours30-32

 

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.

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.   

Required Courses for Fashion Retailing Concentration

Hours
CTD 231Sewn Products Analysis (*)3
CTD 320Visual Merchandising (*)3
CTD 381Fashion Retailing Seminar (*)3
CTD 387Fashion Marketing (*)3
CTD 446Cult Dynam Apparel Text3
CTD 461Qual Contr Textile Prod (*)3
CTD 481Fashion Retailing II (*)3
CTD 485Intern Fashion Retailing6
MGT 300Organizational Theory & Behavior (or HES 430)3
MKT 321Retail Management (or MKT 376)3
Select one of the following:3
Consumer Behavior or or
Personal Selling
Promotional Management
Managing Innovation
EC 111Principles of Macroeconomics3
CS 285Microcomputer Appl II3
Select one of the following:3
Consumer Communications or or or
Microcomp Appl Con Serv
Digital Tools
Spreadsheets in Fin. Decisions
Statistical Data Analysis
Total Hours45

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

Freshman Year

CTD 102Applied Design3
CTD 261Textiles3
CTD 281Fashion Retailing I3
EN 101English Composition3
EN 102 or English Composition3
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci3
CS 285Microcomputer Appl II3
Humanities2 (HU) or fine arts (FA)6
History¹ (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)6
Mathematics (MA)3
Total Hours36

 

Sophomore Year

CTD 231Sewn Products Analysis3
EC 110Principles of Microeconomics3
Accounting³3-4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA)3
CSM 441Consumer Communications (or CSM 445, 447, 458, or ST 260)3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Natural science (N)4
Total Hours22-23

 

Junior Year

CTD 320Visual Merchandising3
CTD 381Fashion Retailing Seminar3
CTD 447Text Apparl Intnat Trade3
CTD 461Qual Contr Textile Prod3
CTD 481Fashion Retailing II3
MGT 300Organizational Theory & Behavior (or HES 430)3
MKT 300Marketing3
MKT 321Retail Management (or MKT 376)3
Select one of the following:3
Consumer Behavior
Personal Selling
Managing Innovation
Total Hours27

 

Senior Year

CTD 415History Textile Design (or CTD 448 History of Costume)3
CTD 446Cult Dynam Apparel Text3
CTD 485Intern Fashion Retailing6
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
Select one of the following:3
Electives1-4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA)3
Natural science (N)4
Writing course (W)3
Total Hours29-32

 

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.

Interior Design Major (INTD)

The program in interior design prepares students for professional careers in residential and nonresidential interior design. Career opportunities include employment with interior design studios, interior design divisions of architectural firms, retail establishments, corporate design departments, as well as independent business ownership. The coursework prepares students to become entry level professionals qualified to sit for the NCIDQ and become registered interior designers. The interior design program received six-year accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in 2010. Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) was awarded in 2008.

Transfers

All students interested in transferring into the interior design program at The University of Alabama should contact the Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design at least 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 121 Intro Interior Design is a prerequisite for CTD 225 Residnt Des/Graphic Comm, the first official studio class, which is offered fall semesters only. TRANSFER STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE CREDIT FOR CTD 121 Intro Interior Design (or the equivalent) ARE URGED TO COMPLETE THE COURSE DURING SUMMER SCHOOL IN ORDER TO TAKE  CTD 225 Residnt Des/Graphic Comm the first fall semester of enrollment.

Course Sequencing

As well as CTD 225 Residnt Des/Graphic Comm, CTD 226 Nonresidential Design, CTD 325 Design For Special Populations, CTD 326 Design For Hospitality Interio, CTD 425 Advanced Residential Design and CTD 426 Advanced Nonresidential Design are not offered in summer school and must be taken in the above sequence. Studio/Lab courses are open only to interior design majors. Each student will be assigned an academic adviser who will help develop a plan of study.

Required Courses

Hours
ART 110Drawing I3
ART 1313D Design3
CTD 102Applied Design3
CTD 121Intro Interior Design3
Select two Studio Arts from below or faculty approved Studio Art:6
Introduction to Rendering (Interim Only)
Comp Appl for Interior Design (C)
I. D. New York Study Tour
Textile Design
Portfolio Development
Language of Design (Italy Trip)
Global Influences on Design (Italy Trip)
Advanced Computer Applications in Design (C)
CTD 221Matl Source Int Design3
CTD 225Residnt Des/Graphic Comm3
CTD 226Nonresidential Design3
CTD 250Construction Procedures for Interior Design3
CTD 261Textiles3
CTD 321History of Interiors I (History of Interiors I)3
CTD 325Design For Special Populations3
CTD 326Design For Hospitality Interio3
CTD 328Prof Proced Interior Des3
CTD 330Autocad for Interior Design3
CTD 371Lighting For Interiors3
CTD 422History Of Interiors II (W)3
CTD 425Advanced Residential Design4
CTD 426Advanced Nonresidential Design4
Art History 6
Total Hours68

Sample Curriculum for the Interior Design Major

Freshman Year

CTD 102Applied Design3
CS 102Microcomputer Applications3
CTD 121Intro Interior Design3
CTD 221Matl Source Int Design3
EN 101English Composition3
EN 102 or English Composition3
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci3
MATH 110Finite Mathematics3
History¹ (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
LIT, HU, or FA3
Total Hours30

 

Sophomore Year

Hours
CTD 225Residnt Des/Graphic Comm3
CTD 226Nonresidential Design3
CTD 330Autocad for Interior Design3
DR 250Construction Materials & Proc3
ARH 252Survey Of Art I3
ARH 253Survey Of Art II3
CTD 261Textiles3
Natural Science 8
HY 101Western Civ To 1648 (or Social and Behavioral Science)3
Total Hours32

 

Junior Year

CTD 325Design For Special Populations3
CTD 326Design For Hospitality Interio3
CTD 328Prof Proced Interior Des3
CTD 371Lighting For Interiors3
CTD 321History of Interiors I3
CTD 323Interior Design Internship Sem 31
ART 110Drawing I3
ART 1313D Design3
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL)3
History¹ (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)6
Total Hours31

 

Summer

CTD 423Intern Interior Design 33
Total Hours3

 

 

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

Not required for completion of major. Interior design majors who plan to enroll in CTD 423 Intern Interior Design in the summer must register for CTD 323 Interior Design Internship Sem the preceding spring semester.

 

Courses

CTD 102. Applied Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Basic concepts in organization and evaluation of design, and its contribution to the enrichment of living. Usually offered in summer school. Two lectures, one laboratory.

CTD 121. Intro Interior Design. 0,3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to the functional and aesthetic requirements of lifespaces, with emphasis on user needs and the home environment. Usually offered in summer school. Two laboratories, one lecture.

CTD 141. Intro to Apparel Design. 3 sem. hrs.

An introduction to the business of fashion with focus on the apparel designer's role. Open to apparel design majors only.
Prerequisite(s): None.

CTD 215. Introduction to Rendering. 3 sem. hrs.

An introduction to achromatic and contemporary color graphics media used in sketching, rendering and design drawings, with emphasis on schematics used in problem solving and rapid rendering techniques for interior delineation.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 121.

CTD 216. Beginning Weaving. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of original design in loom weaving techniques; dressing the loom; drafting designs; and weaving and finishing procedures. Offered irregularly. Two laboratories.

CTD 217. Fashion Illustration. 3 sem. hrs.

Emphasis is on the development of the fashion figure, design details, fabric rendering, flats, customer profile analysis, and collection development. In addition, students using advanced computer design software, create original digital design layouts of their work. Two lectures, one laboratory.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 102 and ART 110.

CTD 221. Matl Source Int Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of manufacturers' products for residential and nonresidential interior design; construction materials, finishes, furniture and furnishings. Offered in the fall semester.

CTD 225. Residnt Des/Graphic Comm. 3 sem. hrs.

Fundamentals of residential interior design with emphasis on presentation graphics. Exploration of programming, universal access, and lighting for the residential environment. Offered in the fall semester. Two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 121 or Permission of Instructor
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CTD 121.

CTD 226. Nonresidential Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Fundamentals of nonresidential interior design with emphasis on presentation graphics. Exploration of programming, spatial organization, and codes and standards for the business environment. Offered in the spring semester. Two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 225.

CTD 231. Sewn Products Analysis. 3 sem. hrs.

Structural analysis of textile products for apparel and household use. Focus on products, standards, specifications, and relationships among performance, quality, and price.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 261.

CTD 241. Apparel Construction. 3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to apparel producer-retailer relationships. Emphasis on quality control and time management in meeting apparel specifications through application of apparel construction, fitting, and pattern alteration principles. Two laboratories.

CTD 245. Apparel Production. 3 sem. hrs.

Team approach to apparel product development including market research, design concepts, garment specification writing, sourcing, costing, production, quality control, and promotional materials. Offered in the spring semester. Two laboratories.

CTD 250. Construction Procedures for Interior Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Building construction for interior designers with emphasis on architectural procedures and systems including electrical, plumbing, lightning, acoustical, and thermal control. Includes introduction to Revit software.

CTD 255. Comp Appl for Interior Design. 3 sem. hrs.

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of computer software applications and project documentation commonly used in interior design. Software introduced includes: Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, and 3D Studio Max. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 226 CS 102.

CTD 261. Textiles. 3 sem. hrs.

Characteristics of the textile industry, fibers, yarns, fabric construction, and finishes. Selection, care, and performance characteristics.

CTD 281. Fashion Retailing I. 3 sem. hrs.

Organization, promotion methods, and interrelationship of the textiles, apparel, and retailing industries. Includes consumer demand and diffusion of fashion. Offered in the fall semester.

CTD 300. New York Study Tour. 3 sem. hrs.

CTD 301. I. D. New York Study Tour. 3 sem. hrs.

CTD 312. Advanced Computer Applications. 3 sem. hrs.

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of computer software applications and project documentation commonly used in interior design. The skills are presented in a format that emphasizes use of the computer as a creative tool. Computer Software used in class: Photoshop and Revit. Extensive use of the computer is a condition for passing the class.

CTD 319. Textile Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Using the latest computerized design systems, students create original designs, repeats, colorways, and coordinates targeting specific markets. Emphasis is on the creative use of advanced software, awareness of industry trends and the development of an original portfolio of digitally produced designs.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 102.

CTD 320. Visual Merchandising. 0,3 sem. hrs.

Introduces contemporary display techniques, equipment, and materials for designing three-dimensional product presentations within the retail environment. Using advanced computer software, students create and execute original visual programs and storewide promotions. Two lectures, one laboratory.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 102.

CTD 321. History of Interiors I. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the furnishings, interior treatments, and lifespaces characteristic of selected styles from antiquity to the present. Offered in the Fall semester
Prerequisite(s): CTD 226.

CTD 323. Interior Design Internship Sem. 1 sem. hr.

Exploration of internship possibilities and requirements, development of job-search skills and internship placement.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 226.

CTD 325. Design For Special Populations. 0,3 sem. hrs.

Design of interior environments for persons with special needs such as health care, rehabilitation, education, and congregate-care interiors. Cabinet and millwork design. Offered in the fall semester. One lecture, two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 226.

CTD 326. Design For Hospitality Interio. 3 sem. hrs.

Planning and design of interior spaces; project management; design and specification of interior architectural materials and furnishings. Offered in the spring semester. One lecture, two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 325.

CTD 328. Prof Proced Interior Des. 3 sem. hrs.

Philosophy and organization of professional practice; studio management, contracts, budgets, specifications, and professional organizations. Offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 325.

CTD 330. Autocad for Interior Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Principles, terminology, command sequencing and execution, and equipment use for computer-aided design applications within the field of interior design. Review of basic commands with emphasis on intermediate and advanced applications.
Prerequisite(s): CS 102.

CTD 335. Interior Design Media. 3 sem. hrs.

Emphasis is on developing rendering techniques and improving some portfolio pieces as time allows. Freehand perspective methods will be demonstrated, practiced, and applied.

CTD 340. Portfolio Development. 3 sem. hrs.

Dedicated to the study and completion of a student portfolio.

CTD 341. Italian Fashion. 3 sem. hrs.

Students travel to italy to research and experience the influence of culture on the fashion industry.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 281.

CTD 349. Compt-Aid Apparel Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Application of computer technology to fashion illustration, apparel design, marker making, pattern making, and pattern grading. Offered in the spring semester. Two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 350.

CTD 350. Flat Pattern Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Principles and procedures governing development and use of master patterns. Application of flat pattern principles to the execution of original designs. Offered in the fall semester. Two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 245.

CTD 351. Apparel Des Thru Drpng. 3 sem. hrs.

Techniques of draping on a dress form are applied in the execution of original designs. Offered in the spring semester. Two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 350.

CTD 353. Language of Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
Prerequisite(s): EN 101 and EN 102; or EN 103 and CTD 121.

CTD 355. Global Influences on Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): CTD 121.

CTD 371. Lighting For Interiors. 0,3 sem. hrs.

Integration of the theory, techniques, and art of lighting design; principles, terminology, and equipment used in light distribution systems in the interior environment. Two lectures, one laboratory.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 226 and CTD 250.

CTD 381. Fashion Retailing Seminar. 3 sem. hrs.

Focus on professional development and profit analysis. Exploration of internship possibilities and requirements, development of job-search skills, and internship placement. Enrollment open to students applying for fashion retailing internships. Offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CTD 481.

CTD 387. Fashion Marketing. 3 sem. hrs.

It is the purpose of the this course to provide retailing and fashion design students with a marketing course that focuses on the fashion industry. Course Description - Apply the four Ps of the marketing concept - Price, Product, Promotion and Place - to the fashion industry, including branding, promotion, internaional marketing, and consumer behavior as related to the fashion industry.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 281.

CTD 415. History Textile Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the history of textiles emphasizing the influence of cultural factors. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. Offered in the spring semester.

CTD 422. History Of Interiors II. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of research methods and design theories utilizing historical knowledge from CTD 321. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. Offered in the spring semester.

CTD 423. Intern Interior Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Experience in interior design or related business under supervision of advisor and the business management. Offered during the summer session.

CTD 425. Advanced Residential Design. 0,4 sem. hrs.

Problems in design of the home environment; individual and group problem solving. Emphasis is on historic preservation principles and practices for interior designers. Offered in the fall semester. One lecture, two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 326.

CTD 426. Advanced Nonresidential Design. 4 sem. hrs.

Problems in design of business and professional interiors; construction drawings using computer-assisted design; individual and group problem solving. Requires senior thesis. Offered in the spring semester. One lecture, two laboratories.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 425.

CTD 427. Advanced Computer Applications in Design. 3 sem. hrs.

This course will provide students with an overview of computer software applications and project documentation commonly used in design. The course will provide an overview and introduction to Revit and 3d studio max. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
Prerequisite(s): CS 102 and CTD 250.

CTD 446. Cult Dynam Apparel Text. 3 sem. hrs.

Impact of cultural dynamics on apparel and textile production and marketing. Offered in the spring semester.

CTD 447. Text Apparl Intnat Trade. 3 sem. hrs.

Study of the evolution of the textile industry and its products, emphasizing multinational characteristics and contemporary issues. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
Prerequisite(s): EC 110 or EC 111; and CTD 281.

CTD 448. History Of Costume. 3 sem. hrs.

Costume development from prehistoric to modern times. Study of cultural forces in relation to the evolution of costume. Offered in the fall semester.

CTD 450. Advanced Apparel Design. 3 sem. hrs.

Synthesis and application of design theories; procedures and processes used in the apparel industry. Development of portfolio of original design work is required. Two laboratories. Offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 350 and CTD 351.

CTD 455. Text Apparel Prod/Design. 1-6 sem. hr.

The course will provide students with an overview of computer software applications and project documentation commonly used in design. The Course will provide an overview and introduction to Revit and 3d studio max. The Skills are presented in a format that emphasizes use of the computer as a creative tool. Students will develop a mastery of the programs in subsequent courses. Extensive use of the computer is a condition for passing this course. While extensive use of the computer is required, this course is not approved as a C designated core course.

CTD 461. Qual Contr Textile Prod. 3 sem. hrs.

Use of standard laboratory test methods and computerized statistical data analysis to evaluate the quality of textile products. Block course. Offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 261.

CTD 481. Fashion Retailing II. 3 sem. hrs.

Merchandise planning and control; techniques of merchandising, including unit and dollar assortment planning, inventory control, and procurement. Block course. Offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CTD 381.

CTD 485. Intern Fashion Retailing. 6 sem. hrs.

To participate, students must make application to the department by the first day of classes during the spring semester of the junior year. A grade point average of 2.50 or higher is required for the professional courses specified under "Fashion Retailing Concentration for AT Majors" in this catalog. The course involves supervised work experience in a business related to the major field of study.
Prerequisite(s): CTD 381.

CTD 498. Directed Indiv Studies. 1-6 sem. hr.

Independent Study.

CTD 499. Directed Indiv Studies. 1-6 sem. hr.