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TS 171
Hi-Tech Textiles for Apparel and Accessories
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111 or TS 132 or equivalent, or approval of chairperson
This course takes an analytical approach to advanced textile design applications, focusing on specialized outerwear and high-performance apparel and accessories.

TS 301
Advanced Textiles for Technical Design
2.5 credits; 2 Lecture and 1 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111 or TS 132 or TT 171 or similar course in Textile Fundamentals
Through readings and lab work, students learn to recognize and differentiate textiles according to structure and style. Course emphasizes commercial methods and applications that enhance textile appearance and performance. Students study issues and requirements related to textile structural design, coloration, function, and expectations.

TS 015
Textiles for Production Management Laboratory
1.5 credits; 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Co-requisite: TS 115
For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Provides laboratory study in conjunction with the textile principles learned in TS 115. Physical, chemical, and optical procedures are used to evaluate the properties of a wide range of fabrics.

TS 111
Fundamentals of Textiles
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
General study of textile materials with an emphasis on the factors that produce successful fabrics in the marketplace, including fibers, yarns, construction, color, and finish. Characteristics of a wide range of market fabrics are examined.

TS 115
Textiles for Production Management
3 credits
Co-requisite: TS 015
For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Study of textile materials with emphasis on factors of concern to the manufacturer of apparel, including fiber types, construction, and finishes.

TS 116
Knit Design Principles and Technology
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
In this introductory course, students learn to identify, analyze, design, and document weft-knitted fabrics. The class covers the relationships between knit fabric structures and the technology used to create them. Students create original designs on industrial machinery and on computer patterning workstations.

TS 122
Textile Principles for Interior Design
1.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 1 LABORATORY hours per week
For Interior Design students. Study of textile materials with emphasis on fabrics used by interior designers. Fiber content, yarn type, construction, coloration, and finish are examined.

TS 132
Introduction to Textiles for Fashion Designers
3 credits
For Fashion Design students. An introduction to the concepts of sourcing textile materials and related products, both from the domestic and international perspectives. Emphasis is placed on identifying and evaluating the characteristics of textile materials, such as sewing yarns, fabrics, and interlinings designed for women's apparel. Comprehension of textile trade terminology is also stressed.

TS 215
The History of Textile Trade and Technology
2 credits
This course surveys historical events and developments that have shaped today's textile industry. Aspects of the textile trade from the Bronze Age through the early 21st century are introduced and the evolution of industrial textile technologies addressed

TS 236
Strip Knitting Design Technology
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 132
Co-requisite: TS 237
For Fashion Design students. Students learn the scope and limitations of the various types of industrial equipment required in the production of strip knit garments. Includes studies in fabric analysis and methods to graphically represent garments and fabric creations for translation by technicians into machine language.

TS 237
Designing Fabric Structures for Strip Knit Garments
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 132
Co-requisite: TS 236
For Fashion Design students. Students learn the fundamentals of strip knitting structures and design. Emphasis is on developing the ability to express creativity through the medium of knitting machinery. Students develop and produce their own fabrics on industrial sampling strip knit machinery.

TS 261
Introduction to Weft Knitting Principles
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 132
Co-requisites: FF 352
For Fashion Design (knitwear track) BFA students. An introduction to the technical principles of weft knit structures, covering the relationships between stitch formation, fabric construction, yarn selection, and knitting machinery. Emphasis is placed on the creative and practical application of weft-knitted structures.

TS 263
Weft Knitting Technology
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111
For Menswear students. Covers a wide range of knit fabric structures used in the menswear fashion industry. Students work with hand knitting and industrial machinery to create designs and to relate these designs to the knitting principles involved.

TS 313
International Textile Product Development
3 credits
Prerequisite: TS 111 or TS 132 or TS 015 and TS 115 or TS 122 or approval of chairperson
This course consists of field studies in the Italian textile regions of Biella, Florence, and Como. Students learn the ways in which high-quality fabrics are designed, produced, and marketed globally for use in apparel.

TS 331
Introduction to Knitting Principles
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 132
Students learn to identify, analyze, and design various weft knitted fabrics. Provides an understanding of the relationship between fabric structure, yarn type, stitch formation, and machine type. Students design and produce original fabric on hand or power machines.

TS 341
Survey of Textile Printing Technology
2.5 credits; 2 Lecture and 1 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111 or equivalent
Survey of the rudiments of commercial textile printing to establish a basic common communications link between designer/stylist and production. Students use their own original design concepts for case-study lessons in feasibility.

TS 361
Knit Fabrics and Machines
4 credits; 2 Lecture and 4 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111 or approval of chairperson
For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. The principles of weft and warp knit fabric structure and production are discussed. Topics include the relationship between fabric structure and machine capability, fabric analysis and development, costing, quality control, and production control. Students work on hand knitting machines to reinforce principles covered in lectures.

TS 366
Experimentations with Weft Knitting Structures and Machinery
2 credits; 4 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 431
Co-requisite: FD 497
For Fashion Design (knitwear track) BFA students. This course summarizes the complex relationship between weft-knit structures and the machinery that produces them. Emphasis is placed on functional and aesthetic concerns in full-fashioned garment construction. Students are encouraged to experiment with creative combinations of advanced techniques, expanding their range of expertise.

TS 367
Knit Fabrics and Machinery
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 111 or TS 015/115 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson
For Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries students. Students analyze, identify, and document a range of knit fabric structures using industry-standard techniques and communication practices. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between fabric structures, machine capabilities, costing, sourcing, and quality control. Students knit basic weft structures on industrial hand machines and program fabrics on computer patterning workstations.

TS 431
Advanced Concepts in Weft Knitting
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: FD 354 and TS 261
Students are presented with advanced concepts in weft knit structures and introduced to the principles of designing for computerized industrial power machinery. Students design and knit complex fabrics on industrial machinery for garments designed in FD 451. Students maintain a swatch book of all fabrics analyzed and designed in this course.

TT 038
Product Development and Marketing Applications: Weft Knits Laboratory
2 credits; 4 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite: TT 338
Students design and develop weft knitted fabrics based on market applications using industry specifications, communications techniques, and styling practices.

TT 055
Total Quality Management for Textile Products Laboratory
1.5 credits; 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite: TT 455
This lab experience accompanies TT455 and applies the concepts addressed in this course. Fabric testing is completed utilizing methodologies approved by relevant national associations and addresses why failures occur and how they can be corrected.

TT 161
Sweater Knitting Technology I
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 116 or TS 367 or TT 335 or approval of chairperson
Principles of design and development of fashioned and full-fashioned knit garments, and capabilities and limitations of flat knitting machines. Students analyze samples, design and lay out samples for various types of flat knitting equipment, and knit fabrics on the laboratory knitting machines.

TT 173
Computer Applications for Textile Development
2 credits; 4 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Develop introductory Macintosh computer skills applicable in the textiles industry, including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, statistics, and databases, as well as weaving and knitting technology.

TT 174
Comparative Fabric Structures
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: TS 111, or TS 015 and TS 115, or TS 122 or TS 132 TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Within the context of potential end use, students are taught how to compare, categorize, and describe major textile structures. The course presents an overview of principles that define structural design and demonstrates how designs can be modified through styling. Emphasis is on identifying and evaluating cost/benefit factors and designing for utilitarian performance properties.

TT 235
Computer-Assisted Knit Design
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TT 161 or approval of instructor
Presents principles of computer programming needed for producing sweater strip designs. A hands-on approach is used so that students may experience the entry of knitting data into a computerized pattern preparation system, and use the computer output for knitting their designs on computer-controlled knitting equipment. Includes various structures such as two- and three-color jacquard, pointelles, racked designs, and links jacquards.

TT 247
Applied Color Technology and Textile Styling
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171, or approval of chairperson and SC 032/332
The visual and physical interaction of colors relative to commercial textile design and style structures is considered as are cost, performance, and marketing. Course includes discussion and use of specialized computer software for all phases of color development and shade matching.

TT 299
Independent Study in Textile Development and Marketing
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Business & Technology

TT 301
Textile Applications
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Students study textile-based consumer goods from a raw materials perspective. Product design concepts are identified in terms of functional utility, aesthetic requirements, and target price points. Design data are used to determine fiber, yarn, fabric structure, and finishing systems best suited to developing successful products.

TT 313
Textile Fibers
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Studies the role of textile fibers in the design, styling, and marketing of textile products. Aesthetics, performance, and cost/price relationships are emphasized.

TT 325
Product Development and Market Applications: Wovens I
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171
Students learn to identify and analyze standard woven fabrics and the yarns used to weave them. Standard industry procedures and textile production software are used to construct woven fabric simulations suitable for industrial production. Emphasis is on the application of woven structures in current markets.

TT 326
Product Development and Market Applications: Wovens II
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TT 325
Advanced principles of woven textile development for dobby and jacquard production. This course builds on knowledge gained in TS 325 to analyze complex color and structure in woven fabrics. Students use professional CAD software and electronic Dobby looms in class for woven samples and color simulations.

TT 335
Product Development and Market Applications: Knits I
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171
Students learn basic technical principles of weft- and warp-knit structures: the relationships between stitch formation, fabric construction, yarn selection and knitting machinery. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of knitted structures in current markets.

TT 336
Product Development and Market Applications: Knits II
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TT 335
This course focuses on advanced technical principles of weft- and warp-knit structures. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied, and emphasis is placed on the practical application of knitted structures in current markets. Students develop and program advanced textured weft structures on industrial CAD workstations.

TT 338
Product Development and Marketing Applications: Weft Knit
2 credits
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite: TT 038
Through analysis techniques and market research, students identify the physical and aesthetic characteristics of weft-knitted fabrics. Design parameters that affect aesthetics, performance, and cost are studied.

TT 342
Dyeing and Color Technology
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Studies the enhancement of textile products through the application of color. Primary emphasis is on commercial textile dyeing and its relationship to fashion colors, application procedures, quality, and marketing principles.

TT 343
Textile Coloration: Principles and Processes
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson
This course emphasizes methods for preparation of fabrics prior to coloration, coloration auxiliaries, dye classification and sourcing, coloration theory, coloration of natural and manufactured textiles, modern coloration processes and equipment, color formulation, measurement and matching, and sustainable textile coloration. The laboratory portion of this course reinforces concepts discussed in lectures.

TT 446

Textile Finishing Technology
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Presents the aesthetic and functional values of textile finishing. Finishing methods and their feasibility with respect to appearance, performance expectations, quality, and effect on hand are covered. Emphasis is placed on finish practicality, quality, and longevity.

TT 455
Total Quality Management for Textile Products
1 credit
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or approval of chairperson
Co-requisite: TT 055
This course examines the processes required in implementing a TQM plan in a global environment. It addresses the major factors relating to customer satisfaction, including fit and functionality, and the ways in which quality managers interact within the TQM process.

TT 471
Technology and Marketing of Printed Textiles
2 credits
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Students study the marketing practices as well as the technical considerations of commercially accepted print processes and products. Color palettes, design repeat limitations, and marketing strategies for end-use applications in the apparel and home furnishings industries are emphasized.

TT 472
Hi-Tech Textiles
2 credits
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Examines the marketing of hi-tech fabrics. Product applications, major suppliers, technological trends, distribution channels, and industry/government standards are studied. Product development is discussed.

TT 473
Textiles for Home Furnishings Markets
2 credits
Prerequisites: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
Presents the marketing strategies employed in the development of textile products for the home. Separates the production of home furnishings textiles into distinct market segments, highlighting the critical factors in each.

TT 474
Textiles: Domestic and International Markets
3 credits
Prerequisite: TS 015/115 or TS 111 or TS 122 or TS 132 or TT 171 or approval of chairperson
The American textile complex is examined as an interactive player in a global network of suppliers, production centers, and distribution markets. Primary emphasis is on a study of the international market forces that affect both domestic and off-shore textile product development.

TT 475
Textile Marketing
3 credits
Studies the textile industry and how its various products are marketed. Case studies involving both fiber producers and textile mills are analyzed. Students examine both the domestic and international textile marketplaces.

TT 476
Textile Project Development
3 credits
Prerequisites: TT 342 and TT 477
Provides students with a realistic view of the production of a commercially marketable fabric line. Understanding of artistic inspiration, timing, manufacturing, and costing decisions are necessary for successful completion of the final project.

TT 477
Textile Converting and Costing
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: TT 326 and TT 336 approval of chairperson
Studies the principles and practices in purchasing yarn and greige goods for conversion to fashion fabrics. Domestic and global sourcing systems as well as costing procedures are examined.

TT 478
Presentation and e-Portfolio
1 credit; 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: TT 326 and TT 336 or approval of chairperson
Students are exposed to various techniques for developing digital assets and assembling them into an electronic portfolio. Emphasis is placed on organization, critical thinking, and presentation skills. For their final project, students produce and present an e-portfolio that showcases their textile development and marketing skills.

TT 499
Independent Study in Textile Development and Marketing
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Business & Technology

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