Dan Lattimore, Ph.D., Dean
Room 404, Manning Hall
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
MRCH 4920-29. Special Topics in Merchandising (1-3). Lectures and conferences covering selected areas of current interest. See online class listings for topics. May be repeated; credit applicable to degree is limited.

MRCH 2000 - Visual Imaging Fashion & Merch (3)
Students learn the fundamental specific to fashion and merchandising using relevant software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They develop original designs through research. Trends, design journals, various presentation formats and design markets are explored.

MRCH 2004 - Tech Skills for Merchandising (3)
(CSED). Students interested in housing, home furnishing, and related areas focus on varied program of technical skills involving 2-point perspective sketches and drafting freehand and with computer. Spring only.

MRCH 2005 - Intro to Fashion Industry (3)
(CSED). Introduction to the types of enterprises, activities, operations, interrelationships, and practices in fashion industry; emphasis on merchandising terminology and techniques.

MRCH 2010 - Textiles (3)
Application of research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to identify and analyze textile industry trends, historical events and developments, and practices that support the merchandising of textiles and end products to consumers.

MRCH 2106 - 3D Visual Merchandising (3)
(CSED). Theory and practice in visual merchandising (display); including retail interior planning, window display techniques, display creation, planning promotions, and determining budgets.

MRCH 2200 - Fashion Sketch/Illustration (3)
Proportions and techniques for sketching the nine-head figure, perfection of fashion figure poses, accurate illustration of garments, and the development of the student's own sketching style. Render using coloered pencil, markers, pen and computer.

MRCH 3000 - Color and Basic Design Studies (3)
Introduction to the elements and principles upon which designs are structured. Concepts include line, shape, value, composition, space, texture, and color theory and their application to the industry of fashion and visual merchandising. Course projects focus on the digital manipulation of photo imagery and the development of fabric prints and graphics with emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Students critque aspects of a visual representation by anlyzing the components of design and the use of color by the designer.

MRCH 3050 - Costume History (3)

MRCH 3075 - Basic Indust Sew/Construction (3)
Basic concepts of garment construction. Overview of the industrial equipment, processes of measuring, cutting, sewing, and sequence of assembly. Through the completion of samples and the construction of basic garments, students apply fundamental garment construction skills utilizing industrial equipment.

MRCH 3100 - Pattern Drafting I (3)
Flat pattern techniques in accordnace with garment trade practices. Emphasis will be on the manipulation of patterns for more complex designs. Student develop an understanding of how to use the basic block in constructing muslin samples.

MRCH 3104 - Housing and Related Arts (3)
(CSED). Elements and principles of design applied to selection of housing and related home furnishings.

MRCH 3204 - Residential Kitchen Planning (3)
(CSED). (Same as ART 3204). Design aspects of residential kitchens and their relationship to housing; basic kitchen planning principles based on NKBA guidelines, trends in socio-economic, multi-cultural, universal design; selection, use, care of appliances. PREREQUISITE: MRCH 3104, or permission of instructor. Spring only.

MRCH 3206 - Merch Systems and Applications (3)
(CSED). Analysis of formulas used to plan and control the flow of merchandise through the use of both computer and manual systems. PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory completion of the General Education mathematics requirements. ACCT 2010 is recommended.

MRCH 3215 - Textile Applications (3)
(CSED). Application of research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills to identify and analyze textile industry trends, historical events and developments, and practices that support the merchandising of textiles and end products to consumers. PREREQUISITE: sophomore status, MRCH 2005, or permission of instructor.

MRCH 3216 - Merchandising Perspectives (3)
(CSED). Application of research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to identify and analyze merchandising strategies, auxiliary resources, industry leaders and designers, and historical periods of costume. PREREQUISITE: sophomore status and MRCH 2005.

MRCH 3217 - Readings/Merchandising (3)
(Was CSED 4217). In-depth reading or research in area of specialization. PREREQUISITE: junior or senior merchandising students only, and permission of instructor.

MRCH 3300 - Draping Techniques (3)
Introduces students to basic draping techniques and industry procedures. Introduction to understanding propotion, fit, and balance in a 3-dimensional design.

MRCH 3400 - Computer Fash. Draw/Design (3)
Development of technical sketches and illustrations utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Hands-on experience in drawing of flat technical sketch and creating accurate garment detail.

MRCH 3450 - Computer Patternmaking (3)
Introction to the fundamental of pattern drafting techniques using Gerber Technology. Reinforce skills developed in previous manual pattern drafting classes and apply knowledge to producing patterns using the computer. Additional pattern drafting techniques are explored. Students also produce markers.

MRCH 3600 - Consum Engage in Digital Era (3)

MRCH 3650 - Merchandise Buying (3)
Study of stock control and managing open-to-buys which provides a practicum in buying and utilizing computer spreadsheets for data analysis.

MRCH 4000 - Advanced Sewing Techniques (3)
Students study advanced construction techniques applied to more structured garments building on skills from basic industry sewing and construction techniques.

MRCH 4204 - Furnishing Prblms/Presentatns (3)
(CSED). Critical thinking and problem solving related to planning, coordinating, and purchasing of home furnishings. Two lecture hours, one lab hour per week. PREREQUISITE: MRCH 3104. Fall only.

MRCH 4205 - Behavioral Sci Aspects Clothng (3)
(CSED). Interdisciplinary study of clothing and appearance; concepts, methodologies, and applications of behavioral science to clothing. PREREQUISITE: Junior standing. Fall only.

MRCH 4300 - Family Resource Management (3)
(CSED). Investigates values, goals, and human and material resources necessary for individuals and families to make informed management decisions throughout the life span. Spring only.

MRCH 4304 - Trends Housing Home Furnishing (3)
(CSED). Major trends and influences on contemporary residential furnishings as these affect home furnishings merchandising. Fall only.

MRCH 4400 - Pattern Drafting II (3)
Advancement of apparel design skills through two-dimensional fashion pattern manipluation and creation. Students focus on conceptual design through patternmaking and documentation of the design process. Emphasis will be on the manipulation of patterns for more complex designs. Students study advanced patternmaking and construction techniques including stretch fabric block for garment creation emphasizing comprehensive use of acquired pattern making skills as well as advanced techniques.

MRCH 4405 - Textiles (3)
(CSED). Selection, use, and care of textiles related to properties of fibers, yarn structures, fabric construction, and finishes Morphology and chemistry of fibers, finishes, dyes, fabric maintenance, and procedure involved in fiber, yarn, and fabric identification. Junior standing required to register for course. PREREQUISITE: junior standing, or permission of instructor.

MRCH 4500 - Advanced Computer Patternmakng (3)
Focus on the advanced use of Computer Aided Design in patternmaking. Students will utilize industry software and hardware to engineer patterns from original designs in a laboratory setting. Work will be inititated for presentation in the final portfolio of student work.

MRCH 4550 - Design and Fit Analysis (3)
Foundation for defining fit by applying techniques for accurately fitting garments on a body. Students will demonstrate understanding by translating changes back to a flat pattern.

MRCH 4560 - Trend Analysis/Styling Concept (3)
Study of trends, trend forecasting, demographics and social issues that effect the fashion industry. Introduction to the field of fashion styling and its relationship to the fashion industry. Through completion of location and studio projects, students develop basic requirements to produce contemporary fasion imagery. Students gain experience in how to source clothing and accessories necessary for styling and creative direction.

MRCH 4575 - Sourcing and Technical Design (3)
Student execute creative and complex fasion flats utilizing digital tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel. Working from actual samples, they learn industry standards to digitally illustrate flat measurements and develop detailed callouts with related information.

MRCH 4600 - Senior Collection Development (3)
(CSED). Concentrated study of factors influencing the transitional process from career academics to career implementation. PREREQUISITE: Students enrolling in this course must have completed all courses required for the degree including the merchandising concentration, minor, general education, and elective requirements. COREQUISITE: UNIV 4110, 4995. (F, Sp only)

MRCH 4900 - Study Tour/FCS (1-3)
On-the-scene knowledge about specific academic areas of specialization within Consumer Science and Education. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor. Maximum of 6 credit hours for degree program.

MRCH 4920 - Fashion Sketching Illustration (3)
This course will explore the proportions and techniques for sketching the nine-head figure and emphasizes the perfection of fashion figure poses.