Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Interior Design

Beach, Rachel

Coordinator of Interior Design
Instructor of Applied Design
304-367-4367
316C Wallman Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 
The Fashion Merchandising concentration 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; and an emphasis in visual merchandising. 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 may include 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: 

Upon graduation, the Applied Design student will be able to...

  • Apply knowledge of design theory in conjunction with the elements and principles of design through organizing, manipulating, and solving design problems related to the field. 
  • Identify historical periods, materials, components, and products that impact current trends and issues.
  • Communicate and justify, through written, oral and visual presentation and portfolio development, the details, inspiration, problems, solutions, and the vision of the design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business practices, work ethic, professionalism, and consumer marketing principles as related to the products and services of the field
Opportunities: 
Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue entry-level careers in the fashion design business.
 
Such careers include those of apparel buyers 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 entry-level annual salaries range from $27,000 -35,000, with salaries opportunities rising with years experience.
Program Total Credit Hours: 
62 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Human Communications
3
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: 
45 CHs

APPD 1131

History of 20th Century Design
3
CH(s)

APPD 2200

Design Thinking
3
CH(s)

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

Applied Design Practicum
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 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 2220

Fashion Accessories
3
CH(s)

BUSN 1102

Introduction to Business
3
CH(s)

MKTG 2204

Principles of Marketing
3
CH(s)
 
 

Required Elective (Select One)

APPD 1131 History of 20th Century Design 3
APPD 2200 Design Thinking 3
BUSN 1102 Introduction to Business 3
AutoCAD Certificate Option
DRFT 2205 Solid Modeling (PR)     3
DRFT 2235 Technical Drafting (PR)  3
 
DRFT 2205 AND DRFT 2235 Prerequisite(s): DRFT 2200
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

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)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

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

APPD 2210

Textiles
3
CH(s)

APPD 2217

Visual Merchandising
3
CH(s)

APPD 1102

Apparel Design
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

BUSN 1102

Introduction to Business
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

 

 

Fall Semester

APPD 1101

Principles of Clothing Construction
3
CH(s)

APPD 2220

Fashion Accessories
3
CH(s)

MKTG 2204

Principles of Marketing
3
CH(s)

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

APPD 1103

Clothing & Culture
3
CH(s)

APPD 2200

Design Thinking
3
CH(s)

APPD 2235

Design in Social Media
3
CH(s)

APPD 2995

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