Textile Courses and Classes Overview

Textile classes can compliment many areas of study, including fashion design, merchandising and apparel technology. Read on to discover some typical coursework for students who want to learn more about textiles.

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Essential Information

Textile courses are available in associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in fashion design, merchandising, textiles and apparel technology. In these classes, students learn about textile production, modern textiles, dyeing processes and textile marketing. Students work hands-on with various tools, equipment and fabrics.

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Continue reading for an overview of textile courses and classes.

Apparel Production

This course focuses on current trends in apparel construction. Students learn how companies size clothing and set standards for fabric quality. Additional clothing accessories, such as lace, buttons, zippers and pockets are discussed, with emphasis placed on current trends. Students learn how these additional items and quality influence price.

Nonwoven Fabrics

In this course, students learn the advantages and disadvantages of producing fabrics from natural fibers. Students and professors discuss why some textiles are produced in this fashion and how they can be used. They also discuss the economic rationale behind the use of nonwoven fabrics. In the lab portion of the course, students have the opportunity to work with the same tools used in the production of nonwoven textiles.

Survey of Fashion Textiles

Students in this course examine the fabrics and materials used in clothing. They study trends in the industry, as well as the popular colors and fabrics used in the past. Students also explore fabric patterns, including animal prints, dyes and polka dots. Current use of popular fabrics is also covered.

The Fashion Consumer

This textile course examines what consumers look for when buying clothing and fabrics. By observing popular trends in advertising, on television and in stores, students learn what's selling and why. They also learn how the media influences fashion. Through an examination of fashion theories and research, students stay on top of developing trends and learn how to predict future trends.

Color Science

In this hands-on textile course, students dye fabrics and find out which ones hold color, which ones don't, and how to achieve desired colors. They also prepare fabrics for production and experiment with patterns, colors and prints on multiple fabrics.

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