Fashion and Textile Technology, B.S.

About the Program

The fashion and textile technology program at Buffalo State is the only baccalaureate program in Western New York that offers a variety of career preparation options for the multifaceted, global fashion industry. Faculty expertise, continuous updating of technology-based curriculum, and industry partnerships contribute to the strength of the program. Class sizes are small, allowing individual attention. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular programmatic activities and regional and national competitions. Students have achieved top honors in national apparel (Bobbin Show) and textile design [Computer Integrated Textile Design Association (CITDA)] competitions. Internships are available in the Buffalo area and elsewhere in the United States. Affiliations with industry and professional organizations include the American Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA), which has endorsed the program; the American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATC); the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA); and the International Textiles Apparel Textile Association (ITAA).

The fashion and textile technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the apparel, textile, and fashion industries. Employment opportunities exist in textiles, retail management, CAD design for textiles and apparel, apparel production, product development, textile testing/quality control, home furnishing, and government agencies. Examples of available positions include technicians in testing labs to set safety and performance standards, CAD (print, weave, knit, technical, or fashion graphic) apparel designers, trend and design specialists, private label costing and sourcing, CAM production, stylists, colorists, entrepreneurs, fashion/visual merchandisers, merchandiser representatives, fashion journalists, logistics specialists, U.S. customs agents, and theater costuming.

Graduates have been employed by most major apparel and textile companies, including, but not limited to, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, Fisher-Price, New Era, Eastman Machine Co., AccuMED Technologies Inc., GAP and GAP Kids, Hartmarx, Lord & Taylor, Bureau Veritas testing labs, Limited, Oxford Industries, Swavelle/Mill Creek, Tony Walker & Co., Tobin Home Fashions, Toppers, Tommy Hilfiger, Graco Home Fashions International, Park B. Smith, Appollo Patio Furniture Design, Target, Dillards, and Victoria’s Secret.

Program Information: The curriculum for the fashion and textile technology program is divided into two parts: the required 21 credit hours of core coursework; and one or more specialized concentrations: fashion merchandising, apparel design, product development, or fashion/textile design. Individuals who have extensive work experience in the fashion field are encouraged to explore earning college credit by course challenge or experiential learning.

Fashion and textile technology majors may spend a year studying their specialty at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City in a “three-one” program, earning a B.S. from Buffalo State and an associate’s degree from FIT. North Carolina State University and other institutions have exchange programs. Study abroad opportunities are available in several countries.

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Students may apply for departmental scholarships. Financial assistance through the college is also available. The American Apparel and Footwear Association endorses the program and offers $5,000 in scholarships for majors every year.

Admissions Requirements

Career Information

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Fashion Technology 51 cr

A. Required Core Courses (21 cr)
FTT 110 Survey of Fashion/Textile Industry
FTT 206 Introduction to Textiles
FTT 208 Introduction to Fashion Technologies
FTT 306 Textile Evaluation
FTT 310 Sewn Products Industry
FTT 358 Fashion Forecasting and Consumer Issues
FTT 450 Issues in Fashion/Textile Industry

B. Concentration Courses (30 cr)
Select one concentration:

Fashion Merchandising Concentration
BUS 320 Principles of Marketing
FTT 150 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising
FTT 250 Fashion Buying and Merchandising Principles
FTT 350 Fashion Merchandising Applications
FTT 455 Issues in Merchandising and Fashion Retailing
FTT 488 Internship

Select four courses from the following:
BUS 212 Introduction to Accounting
BUS 325 Human Resource Management
BUS 360 Principles of Management
COM 215 Introduction to Visual Communication
FTT 109** Fundamentals of Apparel Construction
FTT 308 Fashion CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 355 Research in Fashion Merchandising
FTT 410 Advanced Product Development

Apparel Design Concentration1
FTT 109 Fundamentals of Apparel Construction
FTT 224 Pattern Drafting and Grading For Industry
FTT/THA 303 Fashion Illustration
FTT 324 Industrial Apparel Assembly
FTT 326 Apparel Design I: Flat Pattern
FTT 327 Apparel Design II: Computerized Flat Pattern
FTT 328 Apparel Design III: Draping
FTT 451 or 488 Senior Project or Internship
Select two courses from the following:
FTT 300 Knit Technology 1
FTT 304 Pattern Development for Industry
FTT 308 Fashion CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 329* Designing Knit Apparel
FTT 400 Knit Technology II: Commercial Software
FTT 410 Advanced Product Development
FTT 411 CAM: Apparel Manufacturing Software Systems
FTT 412 CAD: Apparel/Textile Design for Industry
FTT 413 CAD Weave for Industry

Product Development Concentration
FTT 109 Fundamentals of Apparel Construction
FTT 224 Pattern Drafting and Grading for Industry
FTT 300 Knit Technology I
FTT 324 Industrial Apparel Assembly
FTT 326 Apparel Design I: Flat Pattern
FTT 410 Advanced Product Development
FTT 411 CAM: Apparel Manufacturing Software Systems
FTT 451 or 488 Senior Project or Internship
Select two courses from the following:
FTT 304 Pattern Development for Industry
FTT 308 Fashion CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 327 Apparel Design II: Computerized Pattern Making
FTT 329* Designing Knit Apparel
FTT 400* Knit Technology II: Computerized Software
FTT 412 CAD: Apparel/Textile Design for Industry
FTT 413 CAD Weave for Industry
TEC 200 Total Quality Management

Fashion/Textile Design Technologies Concentration1
DES 242 Fibers I
FTT 303 or FAR 101 Fashion Illustration or Drawing I
FTT 304 Pattern Development for Industry
FTT 308 Fashion CAD (Computer Aided Design)
FTT 412 CAD: Apparel/Textile Design for Industry
FTT 413 CAD Weave for Industry
FTT 451 or 488 Senior Project or Internship
Select one course from the following:
DES 215 Design History
FTT 348 History of Costume
FTT 349 History of Textiles
THA 332 Period Styles
Select two courses from the following:
AED 100 Essentials of Visual Arts
DES 307* Color Theory
DES 342* Fibers II
FAR 210* Introduction to Painting
FTT 150 Introduction to Merchandising
FTT 200 Introduction to Hand Knitting
FTT 300 Knit Technology I
FTT 400* Knit Technology II: Commercial Software
FTT 410* Advanced Product Development

C. Recommended Electives
DES 101 Introduction to Design: Two Dimensional I
DES 102* Introduction to Design: Two Dimensional II
DES 307* Color Theory
FTT 109 Fundamentals of Apparel Construction
FTT 150 Introduction to Merchandising
FTT 200 Introduction to Hand Knitting
FTT 300 Knit Technology I/F S
FTT 304 Pattern Development for Industry
FTT 309 Technical Fashion Drawing
FTT 348 History of Costume
FTT 349 History of Textiles
FTT 355* Research in Fashion Merchandising
FTT 400* Knit Technology II: Commercial Software
FTT 410* Advanced Product Development
FTT 412 CAD: Apparel/Textile Design for Industry
FTT 413 CAD Weave for Industry
FTT 452 Fashion Show Production
TEC 200 Total Quality Management

*Courses that may have additional prerequisites.
** Course is strongly recommended.
1 A minor in design is strongly recommended.

All College Electives 6–33 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr