Assignment Policies

Student Evaluation:
Students will be evaluated on their ability to meet the course objectives based on their fulfillment of the class projects and assignments.

Grades follow the official UIW grade scale:


Descriptive Grade

Numeric Grade

Grade Points


Excellent Scholarship




Excellent Scholarship




Good Scholarship




Good Scholarship




Good Scholarship




Satisfactory Scholarship




Satisfactory Scholarship




Poor Scholarship




Poor Scholarship




Poor Scholarship





Less than 60



Incomplete work – only assigned in emergency cases – like hospitalization.   


None assigned; converts to an F after expiration date or deadline of six months

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

Assignments and Projects:
All assignments and projects are due at the beginning of class on the dates given. No assignments or projects will be accepted after the beginning of class on the assigned date.

There will be a sign-in sheet for each assignment and projects.  These are used to record receipt of the assignment as well as the date and time of the receipt.   This is a separate page from the attendance sheet.  This is for your protection as well as the instructor’s.  It is your responsibility to sign your assignment in.

Late Assignments:
Absolutely NO late assignments or projects will be accepted except from those who have an excused absence (excluding University-approved absences). Those with University-approved absences must turn in their projects BEFORE the absence unless other arrangements are made prior to the absence. Any other work that is not turned in on time or early will not be accepted and therefore will be recorded as a zero (0) in the gradebook.

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 and accuracy all of their work.  In addition, every project is to be on time, and no more than 2 excused absences.  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 require 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.

Means of Evaluation:


Flats     10%
Collection illustrations 5%
Line Collection Description 2%
Music 2%
Re-submission of pattern #1 3%
Re-submission of sample #1 3%
Patterns 2-6 for collection (5@ 6% each) 30%
Samples 2-6 for collection (5@ 7% each) 35%
Final Look #1 10%
Total   100%



FINAL Illustrations (7 @ .5% ea)                   3.5%
FINAL Flats (7 sets @ .5% ea)                     3.5%
Looks 2 though 6        (5 @ 10% ea)            50%    
Garment Descriptions (finalized)                   3.5%
FINAL Line sheets with flats                         6%
Cost Sheets                                                7%
Portfolio and resumes                                  12%
Final Project                                                14.5% 
                  Total                                        100%

Grading of Garments

  • All patterns and samples must have linings, necessary facings, interfacing, closures, hems, and any other items listed as requirements for particular garments.  If any are missing, they will be considered incomplete and graded accordingly.  Incomplete garments will not receive a passing grade.  
  • All patterns and sample garments must be the measurements that you are provided.  If any garment does not meet those measurements, they will automatically be graded accordingly.
  • All paper patterns must be turned in on a pattern hook. All patterns must be transferred to paper and trued. No fabric patterns will be accepted. Any small patterns must be placed in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag OR large mailing envelope with your name, and look number on it.  All garments must have hanger loops and be turned in on hangers.
  • Garments that do not receive a grade equivalent to 80% or higher will not be included in judging or the fashion show.

Line Collection Requirements:

1.  Developing a Line:

  • Develop a refined line of 6-7 ensembles from the garment categories below.  These looks were juried by faculty upon completion of Advanced Design.  Remember that future judging of garments is based on four major components:  Construction, Creativity, Marketability, and Salability.  Your potential collection line must include all of these.
      • 6-7 of these looks will be constructed in Sr. Collection I and II according to the Class Meeting Schedule. The stages of a) pattern and muslin, b) sample, and c) finished look are all separate grades for each ensemble.
      • Identify the title of your collection line.
      • Describe your collection line to include source of inspiration, target market, price points, and season. 

 2.  Create Flat Illustrations.  (7 total; Draw one per page, front and back on 8 ½ x 11 paper according to format in Advanced Design).

3.  Create Fashion Illustrations. (7 total; Draw one per page on 8 ½ x 11 cardstock paper).

4.  Select music:  Must be a minimum of 20bpm, however, faster is preferred.  The music must make sense with your line and have no foul language.  If the first choice is not approved, you will need to find another song.

5.  Select Garment Category from below:

Construction/finishing techniques must be market/garment appropriate.
A.  Evening/formal wear
B.  Coats (outerwear)
C.  Sportswear (separates:  casual or designer)
D.  Career/daywear
E.  After five (semi-formal)
F.  Avante guard
G.  Day dresses

6.  Required Components for Each Category:

  • Fabric must match the price point
  • The correct stitch and stitch length
  • The correct machine needle and size of needle
  • The correct machine type
  • All garments must have hanger loops

7. Deadlines:  Prior to enrolling in Sr. Collection all students were advised about the amount of time needed to complete each and all garments.

  • It is extremely important that each student meet all deadlines. 
  • If 3 deadlines are missed the student will fail the class.
  • Garments that are not totally complete (meaning all hems, closures, and embellishments finished) will not be eligible for judging and will receive a -0- 
  • Garments that do not meet deadlines or are incomplete will not be returned until after the Cutting Edge Fashion Show.  The only excuse for missing a deadline is the student is legitimately ill, in the hospital, or there is a death in the immediate family.  Documentation is required. 

 8. Class expectations: 

  •  At least 50% of the garment construction must be done in class.  This is a combination of  construction and finishing.  (Does not include cutting the pattern).
  • Any garment not worked on in class will not be accepted and will receive a 0.
  • Construction requirement does not include cutting out pattern pieces or serging pattern pieces.  Garments that do not receive a grade equivalent to 80% or higher will not be included in judging or the fashion show. 
  • If a student is not passing the class with an overall grade of a 75% or better, they will not be allowed to participate in the Cutting Edge Fashion Show. 
  • Garments receiving low scores (equivalent to a 74% or lower) by the judges and/or deemed unacceptable for any reason by the Fashion Management Faculty or the Dean of School of Media and Design will not be included in the show.

9. Additional information:  The Cutting Edge Fashion Show and Senior Collection II are mutually exclusive of each other.  Judging scores will not influence the grade in Senior Collection II.  Inclusion in the Cutting Edge Fashion is a reward for excellent construction, time management, and hard work.  It is a privilege to be selected to show work at this event and should be treated as such.  

  • Purchase garment bags to protect garments while transported to and from class and to and from the fashion show location.
  • Embellishments that cannot be attached once the look is complete must be done during initial construction.
  • All accessories must be received by the date and time specificed and must be in Ziploc bags with your name and look number.

All projects and assignments must be original.  They cannot be re-used from another class.

There will be a sign-in sheet for each assignment and projects.  These are used to record receipt of the assignment as well as the date and time of the receipt.   This is a separate page from the attendance sheet.  This is for your protection as well as the instructor’s.  It is your responsibility to sign your assignment in.


 You will need to work on this outside of class time.   Plan your time accordingly.  If this means you need to start earlier, then do so. 

4350/60 Syllabus