Class Policies


Overview of the Course

Course Description:
Illustration techniques for the rendering of fashion figures, clothing, fabrics, and flats using various mediums and surfaces and beginning portfolio development. Cannot be repeated for credit. Undergraduate course required for BFA in Fashion Design.
Prerequisites: FMGT 1111, 2341, and FMGT 1310 or FMGT 1332 or FMGT 1432 or FMGT 1121, and FMGT 1305 or FMGT 2381

Course Rationale:
Students must be able to accurately represent and communicate garment details, fabric type, fit, and embellishment through illustration.  Illustration is the most commonly used form of communication in the fashion industry.  It helps to clarify the designer’s idea as well as production information and it eliminates language barriers.  It is also necessary when developing a professional portfolio to aid in obtaining a job.

Course Objectives/Assessments:

Objective Assessment
Apply fashion figure proportions to a variety of poses Croquis Figure Project
Evaluate the proportion and balance of figures Croquis Figure Project
Demonstrate ability to utilize art mediums Fabric project
Design original fashion lines for a portfolio Mini design line and Final Project
Implement construction knowledge in drawing technical drawing Flats Project and Final Project
Develop a fashion portfolio Final project

List of Topics

  • The Fashion Figure
  • Technical Drawing
  • Balance and Movement
  • Use of Art Mediums
  • Fabric Representation and Rendering
  • Development of Personal Style
  • Portfolio Development

Participation, Punctuality and Attendance

Please review the Official UIW Attendance Policy for Main Campus and Extended Academic Programs posted on Blackboard. Additionally, the policies below are enforce by the class instructor.

Special Note:
As the fashion industry is one of the most competitive career areas in the U.S., it is essential to develop professional habits and strong work ethics early in order to significantly increase your chances of success.  Among these habits are attendance, punctuality, honesty, integrity, completing all work entirely and on time, respect for others and enthusiasm for your work.  As such, many of the course policies reflect these and are set to engrain these habits into your way of life as early as possible, making you a much more employable person.

Attendance Policy for Studio Classes:
Attendance and participant in this class is mandatory.  In addition to maintaining the appropriate average in any class, ATTENDANCE WILL AFFECT THE FINAL GRADE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: 

As this class meets only twice a week, students are allowed 2 absences from this course during the semester. Each additional absence will result in the loss of 10% from your final course average.  (Department Policy).

Absences and Tardies:
An Attendance Sheet will be located at the front of the classroom.  After the official beginning of class the sheet will be marked and all subsequent signatures will be considered tardy.  It is YOUR responsibility to sign in – not the instructor’s.   Students that are in class, but did not sign in are still considered absent.

Three tardies equal one absence. If a student misses more than 15 minutes of class they are considered ABSENT regardless of whether it is at the beginning, during or at the end of class. If you leave within the last 15 minutes, but before you are dismissed, you are tardy.

ALL absences count regardless of being excused or unexcused.  However, an excused absence will allow you to make up missed work, whereas an unexcused absence does not.  An excused absence is defined as a verified illness, family emergency, religious observance, or University-sponsored event.  A doctor’s note is required for an illness to be excused.  Notice of funeral or some other form of official documentation is needed for family emergencies.  ALL UNDOCUMENTED ABSENCES are unexcused.

All excused absences must be accompanied by proper documentation within ONE WEEK of the student’s return from his or her absence.  If documentation is not provided within one week, the absence will count as unexcused.

Officially Approved Trips:
The University of the Incarnate Word Catalog states that the person responsible for a student missing class due to a trip should notify the instructors of the departure and return schedule in advance of the trip.  The student may not be penalized and is responsible for the material missed.  (p.66).  Remember: This still counts as an absence.  It just means you are allowed to make up your work within the pre-arranged amount of time.

Religious Observances:
Please review the Official UIW Policy for Class Absences for Religious Observances posted on Blackboard. Additionally, a student who is absent for the observance of a religious holy day will be allowed to complete the  assignment scheduled for that day within one week of  the absence.  Prior notification to the instructor is requested.  Remember: This still counts as an absence, however, students are allowed to make up work within the pre-arranged amount of time.  

TARDIES are worth 1/3 of an absence.  Every tardy counts.  Once you have exceeded the allotted 2 absences or equivalent of 2 absences, each tardy will be worth 3.33 percent of the final course grade (1/3 of a letter grade).


So, according to this, here are some scenarios:
Absence examples:
2 absences, no tardies = no points off (still within the allotted amount).

No absences, 6 tardies = 2 absences, no points off (still within the allotted amount).

2 absences, 1 tardy = 3.33 points off (over the allotted amount by 1 tardy).

3 absences, no tardies = 10 points off (over by 1 absences, DROP 1 LETTER GRADE).

2 absences, 3 tardies = 10 points off (DROP 1 LETTER GRADE).

3 absences, 1 tardy =  13.33points off (over by 1 absence, 1 tardy).

5 absences, no tardies = 30 points off (FAIL CLASS REGARDLESS OF PROJECT AND ASSIGNMENT GRADES).


Anyone who completes the semester without any absences OR tardies of any sort will be bumped 1/3 a grade letter on the Overall Course Grade. In other words, your grade will go from C to C+ or B- to B or B+ to A-, etc. D+ will go to C since there is no C-. Only an A cannot be bumped because there is no A+.

Class Participation:  Participation in all classes is expected and required.  All work is expected to be turned in on time.

Class Syllabus Statement regarding Disability and Title IX

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, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title III of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities. To qualify for services, the student must provide Student Disability Services with the appropriate documentation of his or her disability at the time services and/or accommodations are requested.
Pregnancy Accommodations:
Under the Department of Education’s (DOE) regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions.
To request reasonable accommodations for disability, temporary disability (e.g., injury, surgery) or pregnancy, please contact:

Student Disability Services
4301 Broadway CPO 295
Administration Building – Suite 51
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-3997
(210) 829-6329

Title IX Information
Unlawful discrimination has no place at the University of the Incarnate Word. It violates the University’s core values, including its commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion, and will not be tolerated. The University of the Incarnate Word prohibits sexual misconduct, that can include: (1) sex and gender based discrimination; (2) sexual and sex and gender based harassment (including a hostile environment based on sex or gender); (3) sexual assault; (4) sexual exploitation; (5) stalking; and (6) relationship violence (including dating and domestic violence). For more information, or to report an incident, please visit



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.

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 FMGT labs. Drinks must be fully closed. Food must be consumed outside the classrooms, including during lab hours and between classes. Wet spots and grease RUIN PROJECTS.
  • 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
  • Silence cell phones in classrooms
  • No using or active laptops or mobile devices unless they are part of the on-going lesson (means NO TEXTING)
  • No working on unrelated topics in class
  • No walking in front of the teacher while they are teaching
  • Only students enrolled in the class may be in the classroom during class
  • No late work
  • Departmental supplies are for class work ONLY (this includes brown paper)
  • 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 no more than 1 excused absence. 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.


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