Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Fashion Design and Merchandising

Newcome, Beth Anne

Coordinator of Applied Design / Fashion Design and Merchandising
Professor/Senior Level: Applied Design
304-367-4298
308 Pierpont Center
Veterans Square Campus, Fairmont
Beth Ann Newcome
Program Purpose: 

Fashion Design and Merchandising is a comprehensive Applied Design program combining the study of design, textiles, clothing concepts and business. This program includes the study of apparel design and construction; historical costume as design inspiration; the business of fashion retailing; visual merchandising; and computer based design for manufactured apparel. Students participate in research and display of vintage apparel to illustrate how cultural, social and economic influences impact clothing choices and fashions.

The program is designed to provide both classroom and studio work with practical work experience in area businesses. The learning experience goes beyond the classroom and includes fashion show production, fashion events, community service projects, field trips, and a historical clothing project with the Historic Costume Collections, an extensive collection of authentic apparel from north central West Virginia, 1840-1990.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply knowledge of design theory and the elements and principles of design through organizing, manipulating, and solving design problems related to their field
  • Identify historical periods, materials, components, and products that impact current trends and issues
  • Communicate and justify, through written and oral presentation and portfolio development, the details, inspiration, problems, solutions, and the vision of their design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business practices, work ethic, professionalism, and consumer marketing principles as related to the products and services of their field
Opportunities: 

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue entry-level careers in the fashion design business. Such careers include those of apparel buyer at the retail and wholesale level; fashion department and fashion boutique managers; visual fashion merchandisers (including window displays); bridal consultants; and independent apparel shop owners. In addition to strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await Fashion graduates; typical starting annual salaries range from $24,000 - 32,000.

Upon completion of this degree a graduate has the option to transfer to West Virginia University, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design for an additional 2 years to complete a bachelor degree in the Design Studies Program. All Pierpont credits transfer directly into the program for a seamless transition into a bachelor degree. The offering of an interdisciplinary design major by West Virginia University is unique in the state and within the University.  Design Studies brings together positive aspects of the studio-based design majors and the multi-disciplinary studies major to provide a design-focused program that is flexible and student-centered.  Acceptance into the program is noncompetitive.  Employment in design-related occupations is expected to continue to grow.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

APPD 1151

Design Concepts
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108. ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
Must obtain a "C" or better in all English courses.
 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
42 CHs

APPD 1100

Basic Skills for Fashion Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1101

Principles of Clothing Construction
3
CH(s)

APPD 1102

Apparel Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1103

Clothing & Culture
3
CH(s)

APPD 1115

Introduction to the Fashion Industry
3
CH(s)

APPD 1116

History of Contemporary Fashion
3
CH(s)

APPD 1131

History of 20th Century Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2202

Advanced Apparel Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

APPD 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 2220

Fashion Accessories
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)

BUSN 1102

Introduction to Business
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
3 CHs

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Required Elective (Select one)
APPD   2200 Design Thinking   3
ENTR   1100 Intro to Entrepreneurship AND  2
ENTR  1101 Business Opportunities Analysis 1
EVMG 1103 Wedding Planning    3
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

APPD 1100

Basic Skills for Fashion Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1115

Introduction to the Fashion Industry
3
CH(s)

APPD 1151

Design Concepts
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 71 or higher on English portion  of COMPASS; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

Spring Semester

APPD 1102

Apparel Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 1103

Clothing & Culture
3
CH(s)

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108. ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1104. Must obtain a "C" or better in ENGL 1108 or ENGL 1109 to graduate.

Summer Semester

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs

APPD 2295 Prerequisite(s): APPD 1115
Students have the option of taking the Applied Design Practicum in the summer.

Fall Semester

APPD 1101

Principles of Clothing Construction
3
CH(s)

APPD 1116

History of Contemporary Fashion
3
CH(s)

APPD 2220

Fashion Accessories
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
3
CH(s)

BUSN 1102

Introduction to Business
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
APPD 2295 Prerequisite(s): APPD 1115
 
 
Spring Semester

APPD 1131

History of 20th Century Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2202

Advanced Apparel Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Required Elective (Select one)
APPD   2200 Design Thinking    3
ENTR   1100 Intro to Entrepreneurship AND  2
ENTR   1101 Business Opportunities Analysis 1
EVMG  1103  Wedding Planning     3

 

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