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SXQ 100 Technical Design from Product Analysis to Fit Approval
(Formerly called SXP 305 Technical Design from Product Analysis to Fit Approval)
Learn how to fix sample problems prior to line production for ultimate customer satisfaction with your label. Begin by learning the steps in the fit approval process including sample measuring, construction, and workmanship, as well as comfort and range of motion. Formulating corrections and fixing problems is stressed. Experience the role of the technical designer in examining visual appearance, utilizing patternmaking and grading know-how. Program emphasizes using proper language to communicate changes to develop a superior garment.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president technical design, New York & Company; formerly with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters.

SXQ 315 Real-World Technical Design Studio and Workshop*
(Formerly called SXP 315 Real World Technical Design Studio and Workshop)
Prerequisite: SXQ 100 (formerly called SXP 305) or equivalent work experience
Learn how to document fit and construction problems by actually viewing a variety of garments on a live fit model, including how to communicate properly to the contracted factories. Each session includes one hour of research with a new garment (skirt, knit top, woven top, woven dress, dress slacks, suit jacket, and jeans), followed by guided documentation of all the fit and finish issues identified. Learn advanced skills, including identifying problems with garment balance and symmetry for factories to make necessary corrections. Workshop includes creating a tech pack with fit corrections, measurements, and construction comments for each session’s garment, worthy of your resume portfolio.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president technical design, New York & Company; formerly with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters; Dale Noelle Weil, owner, TRUE Model Management, specializing in professional fit models for the garment industry.

SXQ 600 Intro to Technical Design for Apparel Development
(Formerly called SXP 600 Fundamentals of Technical Design for Apparel Development)
If you're a professional in apparel development, your success depends on correct communications to factories for sell-through garments that fit and satisfy the customer. Learn how to perfect your hands-on technical skills, such as what to look for when measuring, constructing, fitting, and determining quality standards and expectations for garments. Gain practical experience in the use of succinct industry terms, technical sketches/photos, and the recording of accurate specifications that clearly communicate your garment details. Learn how to make tech packs and ask for prototypes with heightened accuracy so you can reduce costs and lead time. 

Instructor: Eileen Karp, assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; creative designer, and apparel technical design director.

Denotes course has prerequisite(s). This means that specific classes must be completed prior to enrolling in this course. If you have not completed these courses with a passing grade, please wait to register as your registration will be cancelled. Please see course descriptions for more information.