All students seeking a degree in Fashion Design are required to take FMGT 1301 Computer Literacy. This course, which fulfills the UIW Computer Literacy core requirement, is an introduction to basic computer concepts, terminology, processes, procedures and applications. Hands-on training with file management techniques, Internet and e-mail software, online library software, word-processing software, presentation software, spreadsheet software, and graphics manipulation software with an emphasis in design and retail industry applications. Specifically, the course will utilize the following software: Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Additionally, students will have a more in-depth exposure to Adobe products in FADS 4340 Computer Illustration, and FMGT 4382 Portfolio. These courses will utilize Adobe Illustrator and InDesign and students will learn how to electronically create original garment designs and to produce visually interesting and professional portfolios for future interviews.
In FADS 2331 Flat Pattern, students will be introduced to Accumark, the patternmaking software designed by Gerber Technology. The information gained during that introductory course will be expanded upon in FADS 4332 Patternmaking Methods.
Originally purchased in 2004, and upgraded in 2011, the Gerber equipment in our lab is state-of-the-art. Gerber is the industry leader in automated and computerized apparel design and production systems.
Students learn to input patterns with the 4 x 6 foot digitizer, manipulate patterns in the pattern design software, create grade rules to make different sizes, make markers for cutting layers, and output patterns, graded nests, and markers to the 72” Infinity Plotter. Especially exciting is the fact that students will be able to present their original works during interviews to prospective employers whose companies use this exact system.
In FMGT 4132 CAD for Fashion Design, students will receive training in the use of CAD Computer system in fabric design and illustration.