Class Policies

Course Description:
This course encompasses the design process from inspiration through production.  It also covers the apparel production process as practiced in the apparel industry.

Course Rationale:
The process of design is a difficult thing to learn.  But by learning how to work through the process step by step and by understanding how the many factors of production affect the products we design, the process begins to make more sense.  That is the purpose of this course.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn how inspiration and research affect design
  • To learn how to keep a design journal
  • To learn about the production process
  • To gain an understanding of how garment type and market affect production techniques
  • To produce self-designed garments

List of Topics

  • Design Process
  • Production Process
  • Production Techniques
  • Material Choices

Course Requirements/Learning Outcomes:

To Learn and Demonstrate

  • Ability to create a design journal
  • Ability to create 3 garments from inspiration through actualization
  • Ability to design viable garment lines
  • An understanding of production methods and production paperwork
  • Ability to compete in multi-school design competitions

Assessment Methods:
The course requirements will be assessed by:
Projects, assignments, classroom activities, and continuous interaction with the students.

Disability Statement: 
Disability Accommodations
The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – Subpart E and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities.

For more information, contact the Student Disability Services Office:

Director, Moisés Torrescano
Academic Counselor, Cynthia Pino
Location Administration Building – Room 105
Phone (210) 829-3997
Fax (210) 829-6078


In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the mission of this University, the fashion department has accepted as its charger for the 2006-2007 academic year, the pursuit of the value of respect; personal, departmental and universal.
We intend to implement this value by
                  -Treating each other with courtesy
                  -Attempting to recognize the divine in each one of us
                  -Recognizing the dignity of each individual

The Incarnate Word of God teaches us to treat ourselves, our peers, our superiors, and our community with thoughtful consideration.  Thoughtfulness in our words and actions can do much to create a positive and successful learning environment.

NB:  The following rules are in addition to the University of the Incarnate Word Student Code of Conduct published in the student handbook, available in the Student Activities Office.


Students are to respect the rights of others by treating faculty and classmates with respect.  They are to respect the property of others and to use departmental supplies and equipment carefully.

In addition, please

  • No food or drink in the sewing or computer labs
  • No portable music devices during class without the expressed consent of the teacher
  • No sleeping in class
  • Students should refrain from any unnecessary disruptive talking during class (faculty encourage an open environment in which everyone has the right to express their own opinions and ideas).  However, everyone should be able to do so without having to talk over any of their peers in order to be heard
  • No cell phones, pagers, PDA phones in classrooms (turn them off)
  • No portable video game systems during class
  • No laptops unless they are part of the on-going lesson
  • No working on unrelated topics in class
  • No walking in front of the teacher while they are teaching
  • Only enrolled students may be in the classroom during class
  • No late work
  • Departmental supplies are for in-class work

My additional policies:

    • No leaving the classroom during lecture except in the case of emergency.  It is just considered impolite to walk out while someone is lecturing or presenting, plus you are likely to miss vital information.

The highest standards of academic honesty are expected in the course.  Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, counterfeit work, falsification of academic records, unauthorized reuse of work, theft, collusion.  See the student handbook for definitions and procedures for investigations of claims of academic dishonesty.

Forms of Academic Dishonesty (including but not limited to):

  • Cheating on tests, examinations or other class or laboratory work
  • Involvement in plagiarism (appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work offered for credit)
  • Counterfeit work, including turning in as one’s own, work which was created, researched or produced by someone else
  • Falsification of Academic Records- knowingly and improperly changing grades on transcripts, grade sheets, electronic data sheets, class reports, projects, or other academically related documents
  • Unauthorized reuse of work- turning in of the same work to more than one class without the consent of the instructors involved
  • Theft- unauthorized use or circulation of tests or answer sheets specifically prepared for a given course and as yet not used or publicly released by the instructor of the course, or theft of completed tests
  • Collusion- involvement in collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing course work)
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the code of academic integrity

Course Policies:
Please read the assignments before coming to class.  The reading assignments, lecture discussions and projects are intended to complement each other.  This course, as with most fashion courses, is extremely rigorous, and if you are current with your reading you will get more out of your class time.  Ask questions.  Chances are if you are confused, so are others.  At times you all will be confused, so maintain your sense of humor.

The syllabus presents the anticipated schedule, however the time schedule is not written in stone.  Although I expect to keep to the dates in general, I like to allow some flexibility.  The raising of questions during class time is welcomed and encouraged.  If I don’t have the answer to your question I will try to obtain it within a reasonable period of time.  I hope that each of you will share your experiences and knowledge with the class.  If any instructions or assignments are not clear, please ask me about them so that I can clarify any potential problems for all students in the course.

Performance Level:
To obtain an “A” in this course, the student must maintain accuracy as well as a high level of creativity in all of their illustrations.  In addition, every project is to be on time, and all policies, including the absence policy must be adhered to.  Only the highest level students will receive an “A”.  Simply being present and turning in assignments does not “entitle” one to an “A”. Nor does it “entitle” one to any other passing grade.  Only absolute excellence in work and a terrific attitude as well as other  factors earns one an “A”.  Even just to receive a passing grade will requires a lot of hard work and diligence to meet the requirements of the course and the assignments.  A passing grade does not mean that the project was merely completed, but that it was also deemed acceptable by the instructor and met ALL of the guidelines.

Student Evaluation:
Students will be evaluated on their ability to meet the course objectives based on their fulfillment of the class projects and assignments.
90% or higher           =A
80%-89%                   =B
70%-79%                   =C
60%-69%                   =D
Less than 60%         =F

You must have a C or better to proceed to the next level in the fashion degree plan.


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