Apparel & Interior Merchandising
Apparel & Interior Merchandising Courses
AIM 100. Fashion Study Tour 3
The Fashion Study Tour will introduce students to various aspects of the apparel and interior industry: topics include design, market centers, manufacturing centers, wholesaling, retailing, visual merchandising, textiles, interiors, historic design centers and cultural centers of current prominence; pre-trip and post-trip assignments include directed readings, special projects, and seminar evaluations.
AIM 111. Introduction to Apparel and Interiors 3
An introduction to the topical areas of the field, application of aesthetic concepts that are central to fashion, apparel, and interiors; development of an original research question in chosen topical area; use of appropriate electronic resources.
AIM 125. Decorative and Wearable Arts 3
Application of design principles and individual creativity in developing skills which are appropriate in the creation of decorative and wearable arts. Meets Arts Experience requirement in General Education.
AIM 211. Fashion Designers 3
A study of contemporary designers, haute couture, and the evolution of fashion; analysis of current fashion trends as influenced by historical designs.
AIM 230. The Interior Environment 3
Introduction to planning and organizing interior spaces; selection of materials and furnishings according to aesthetics, economics, and projected use; use of Auto CAD in the design process.
AIM 240. Interiors in Retrospect 4
A study of period furniture, architectural heritage, decorative accessories, and interior ornamentation; emphasis on American and European designs; visits to sites relevant to subject matter.
AIM 261. Internship 1–3
An initial outside-the-classroom experience enabling students to explore new areas or to supplement regular courses. Department approval required.
AIM 311. Apparel Analysis and Evaluation 3
Application of experimental construction techniques; analysis of apparel in relation to fabric selection, cost, quality, and end use resulting in original qualitative research; extensive use of Illustrator software to add to fashion library for design applications. Prerequisite: AIM 111, 334 or permission of instructor.
AIM 322. Markets and Visual Merchandising 3
Introduction to resources and contacts in apparel and interior markets through visits to regional marts, showrooms, wholesale and retail outlets, and manufacturing facilities. Introduction to basic visual merchandising techniques and the creation of artistic displays. Presenting design concepts in three-dimensional forms, analysis of visual presentation techniques, and development of merchandise presentation skills.
AIM 327. Special Topics 2–4
Options for students to study, according to their interests, a variety of topics not covered in regular courses. To be announced by the department.
AIM 330. Environmental Design Applications 4
Integration and expansion of concepts from introductory courses as applied to interior spaces; introduction to architectural drafting techniques; extensive use of Auto CAD in the design process. Prerequisite: AIM 230 or permission of instructor.
AIM 332. Apparel Design Applications 4
Integration and expansion of concepts from introductory courses as applied to apparel design; creative interpretation of design through the medium of flat pattern and computer techniques using Illustrator and Photoshop software. Prerequisite: AIM 311 or permission of instructor.
AIM 334. Textile Fundamentals 3
Textile fibers, yarns, and fabrication methods; finishing, dyeing, and printing techniques as related to end-use properties; fabric analysis with consideration of social and ethical issues surrounding textile production processes. Prerequisite: AIM 111 or permission of instructor.
AIM 337. The Fashion Industry 4
Theory and practices of fashion merchandising resulting in special projects and a major show production; fashion analysis, organizational structures and marketing techniques; a case study approach to business management practices. Introduction to Illustrator to begin developing merchandising portfolio. Prerequisites: AIM 111, BA 100.
AIM 434. Textiles for Apparel and Interiors 4
Exploration of the relationship between textiles and the development of apparel and interior designs, marketing and merchandising; special projects resulting in quantitative research; fabric dyeing and manipulation techniques; extensive use of Illustrator software; field trips relevant to subject matter. Prerequisite: AIM 334.
AIM 457, 458. Directed Readings 1–4 Each
Independent readings directed by members of the department faculty. Offered each semester.
AIM 459. Professional Seminar 3
A course for juniors or seniors that provides a structure which enables students to assess and develop their readiness to make a living and make a life. Required semester prior to internship for AIM majors. Prerequisite: AIM 322.
AIM 460. Independent Study 2–6
An upper-level student-selected and faculty-approved project. Includes independent investigation, readings, application, and/or research in a professional area of interest.
AIM 463. Fashion and Interior Merchandising Internship 6-12
A continuous experience in an approved business or service environment. Prerequisites: AIM 459.
AIM 470. Portfolio Development 3
The course will focus on branding strategies, targeting portfolios to maximize skill sets, and portfolio presentation. Students create a professional portfolio directed to the merchandising, marketing, and product development segments of the Fashion and Interiors industry. Prerequisites: AIM 463 or permission of instructor). Offered spring semester. (Meets the capstone requirement in General Education)