Design, Merchandising and Textiles

Interior Design
Fashion Merchandising
Courses of Instruction

(DEMT) Available as a B.S. degree with two major options:
Interior Design
Fashion Merchandising

Accreditations. The Interior Design Program is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.

Affiliations. Students who demonstrate high scholarship are eligible for membership in the Beta Zeta chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society. The department sponsors the Texas Christian University Interior Design Association, a pre-professional organization. Opportunities are available for students to affiliate with student sections of professional organizations including: The American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, Illuminating Engineering Society and Fashion Group International.

Requirements for a B.S. degree or Minor from the department. All courses in the Department of Design, Merchandising and Textiles applied toward any major in the department and any minor in the department must be taken on the letter grade system. Department majors may take courses in their minor on the Pass/No Credit basis if it is not a minor offered by the department.

Minimum Grade Required: To graduate with a Fashion Merchandising or an Interior Design major, students must obtain a "C" or better in all major courses.

Summer Study Programs. The New York Study Program provides a study of the textile, apparel and merchandising industries and the significance of New York City as an international business center. The course is available for 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit.

The department participates in the TCU at Scotland program, an interdisciplinary program that focuses upon the Scottish Enlightenment. The course is available for 3 hours undergraduate credit satisfying the History of Interiors requirement.

Costume History in Paris and London focuses on the study of costume in museums, textile, apparel and merchandising firms in major European fashion centers. The course is available for 3 to 7 semester hours of undergraduate credit including DEMT 30233, 40233, and 40970.

Honors Program. Departmental Honors are available. See DEMT 30003, 40003.

Career Development. For students interested in Interior Design, a review process involving portfolios, grades and aptitude tests is required to clarify their programmatic and career development.

Major: Interior Design

This program prepares the student for a career as a professional interior designer. It educates the student in creativity, design process, technical skills and theory in order to successfully enter the profession. The FIDER accredited program prepares students for the opportunity to complete the necessary steps to obtain state licensing and NCIDQ certification. A formal portfolio review is initiated during DEMT 20443, Interior Design I. Acceptance by the Interior Design faculty is necessary for continuation in the program. Major Requirements: DEMT 10423, 10413, 10453, 20403, 20413, 20433, 20443, 30073, 30091, 30413, 30423, 30453, 30473, 30483, 30493, 40433, 40453, 40464, 40474, 40493. Related Requirement: ART 10063. Electives to total 124 semester hours.

Requirements for a Minor in Lighting for Visual Presentation. DEMT 10453, 20283, 40053, THEA 30503 and 40543, and one of the three following courses: DEMT 10413, PSYC 30423-Perception, THEA 40553.

Requirements for interior design majors minoring in Lighting
: DEMT 20283, 40053, 40970, THEA 30503, 40543, and PSYC 30423 or THEA 40553.

Requirements for Fashion Merchandising Majors minoring in Lighting
: DEMT 10453, 40053, 40970, THEA 30503, 40543 and PSYC 30423 or THEA 40553.

Transfer Policy. Transfer students must present a current transcript and a portfolio, photographs, or slides of their work for evaluation by the department at least one week prior to registration or at a time of advisement in order to determine the appropriate levels of competency.

Senior Show Policy. All interior design majors are required to participate in a group exhibition of student work during their senior year. One exhibition will be held during each spring semester. Students expecting to graduate in May will participate during their final semester. Students whose graduation is expected to be delayed until the following December will participate during the preceding May exhibition.

Retention of Student Work Policy. The Department of Design, Merchandising & Textiles reserves the right to photograph, display, and exhibit student work in order that a continuing "body" of work will be available. This policy applies during the completion of the student's undergraduate degree program and for a period of two years following graduation.

Major: Fashion Merchandising

This program involves all activities related to the development, buying, and selling of merchandise. This major is for the student planning a career in retail buying, product development, management, wholesale or retail sales, public relations, event planning or visual merchandising. A supervised internship is required during the senior year. Major requirements: DEMT 10243, 20253, 20273 or 30273, 20283, 30073, 30091, 30233, 30263, 30283, 40013, 40213, 40223, 40233, 40243, 40263, 40286. Minor requirement: General Business, Journalism, Speech, Art, Radio-Television-Firm, Foreign Language, or other approved minor. Other: University Curriculum Requirements and electives to total 124 semester hours.

Requirements for a Minor in Merchandising and Textiles. A minor consists of 18 hours in including 10243, 20253, 20283 or 40263, and 40213, and 6 other hours approved by the chair of the department.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

30003 HONORS TUTORIAL. Prerequisite: Departmental major and enrollment in the Honors Program. An examination of a significant issue affecting design, merchandising and/or textiles. The student and faculty directing the study determine the specific topic and presentation format (oral, written, graphic, model, garment prototype, computer simulation).

DEMT 30003 is the first of two courses required for departmental honors. Arrangements for this directed study must be made the semester prior to enrollment in the course.

30073 CAD FOR APPAREL AND INTERIORS. Prerequisites: DEMT 20283 or 30413, or permission of the instructor. Two 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour lab per week. Overview and application of AutoCAD and specialized computer software as they relate to design in the apparel and interior industries.

30091 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. Prerequisites: Majors and minors only, junior standing. Permission of instructor required for minors. A study in careers, requisite to completion of a directed internship. Particular emphasis on self assessment paralleled to career research, employment resources, and skills in career development, i.e., resume writing, interviews, leadership concepts and effective communication and advancement skills.

40003 SENIOR HONORS PROJECT. Prerequisite: Departmental major, enrollment in the Honors Program and completion of DEMT 30003. The execution of a project or paper reflecting creative investigation or research. Supervision by a three-member faculty committee is required. DEMT 40003 must be completed prior to the student's final semester of undergraduate work. May be based on subject matter explored in DEMT 30003.

40013 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN DESIGN, MERCHANDISING AND TEXTILES. Prerequisites: DEMT 10243 and minimum junior standing or permission of instructor. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the opportunities, risks and management problems involved in establishing and operating new enterprises specifically related to Design, Merchandising & Textiles.

40053 LIGHTING FOR VISUAL PRESENTATION. Prerequisites: DEMT 10453, 20283 and THEA 30503 or permission of instructor. The interrelationship between lighting and merchandising with specific concentration on lighting merchandise as three dimensional form, the use of color in merchandising, and the practical applications of lighting as a merchandising tool. Exploration of the impact that interior design, fashion merchandising, and theater have on the way merchandise is illuminated and displayed.

40093 NEW YORK STUDY PROGRAM. One-week study tour of New York City's textile, apparel and merchandising industries accompanied by two weeks of on-campus study. 40970 SPECIAL PROBLEMS. Hours to be arranged. Special problems requiring independent research and study within a related area, or field experience in design, merchandising and/or textiles. (1-6 semester hours).

Interior Courses:

10413 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS I. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Declared major in Interior Design; pre-major or permission. A design introduction to the traditions and resources of space, form, light and color perception. The elements and principles of design will be used to create two-dimensional representations with freehand sketching, lettering and mechanical drawing.

10423 INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN. An introduction to interior design including the study of cultural, technological and economic influences upon the profession. Topics of study include fundamental design vocabulary and concepts, the historical evolution of interior design and the role of interior design upon the built environment.

10453 LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS. Two one-hour lectures, one two-hour lab per week. A series of lectures and laboratory experiments through which students will develop both technical and aesthetic understanding of lighting and space. Special emphasis will be on the mechanics of light, types of lighting and the electrical systems that support lighting.

20403 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS II. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 10413, 10423, and 20413 or concurrent. A continuation of Design Fundamentals I to include color theory and the practice of rendering spaces in color and light. Techniques include pencils and markers.

20413 INTERIOR DESIGN CONCEPTS. Prerequisites: DEMT 10423 or concurrent. A studio course exploring the theories and applications of the design of interiors of 2000 square feet or less. Focus is on developing the problem-solving process, which encourages creativity, depth of exploration and solutions with substance and aesthetic beauty. Graphic, written and verbal communication formats are used to express all stages of the design thinking process sequence from concept to final conclusions.

20433 INTERIOR DESIGN ILLUSTRATION. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 20403. Shade and shadows. Interior illustration techniques using plans, elevations and perspectives illustrated in marker, line, tone and color.

20443 INTERIOR DESIGN I. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 10423, 20403, 20413. Development of a functional approach to interior design stressing physiological and psychological design considerations through small-scale commercial projects. Introductory specifications and lighting. Grid one- and two-point design perspectives.

30413 INTERIOR DESIGN II. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 20433 and 20443 with a grade of "C" or higher in the latter. Residential interior space/form problem comprehension and solution with concern for aesthetics, utility and life-styles. Rooms are studied independently as well as relative to each other. Specification, lighting and budget. Mixed illustration techniques.

30423 ARCHITECTURAL COMPONENTS. Six lecture/studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 20443. A study of architectural factors affecting interiors: structural systems, methods of construction, HVAC and electrical systems, cabinet detailing and related building codes.

30433 RENDERING TECHNIQUES. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 20433. Advanced rendering techniques in timed sketches in graphite pencil and marker as well as refined renderings in colored markers and prismacolor pencil. Includes the illustration of human figures in interior spaces.

30453 INTERIOR COMPONENTS. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 20413. Selection and specification of interior materials and finishes for various design situations. Includes textile characteristics of interior materials, decision making criteria and estimating processes and preparation of finish schedules and specification documents.

30473 HISTORY OF INTERIORS I. Prerequisites: DEMT 10423 or permission. History of the style of architecture, interiors, furnishings and decorative arts from the Stone Age to 1900 A.D. The designs of architects, furniture designers and interior designers are examined within the context of social history and cultural influences.

30483 HISTORY OF INTERIORS II. Prerequisite: DEMT 30473 or permission. History of the styles of architecture, interiors, furnishings, and decorative arts after 1900 A.D. Includes the influence of technology, industrialization, and various modern movements. The designs of architects and interior designers are examined within the context of social history and cultural influences.

30493 INTERIOR DESIGN III. Six seminar/studio hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 10453, 30413 with a grade of "C" or higher, DEMT 30473. Development of an aesthetically and functionally based process for the design of commercial interiors. Emphasis on space planning, furniture selection and layout and programming. Includes interior design theory, research and communication of design solutions, design for the physically limited (including the American Disabilities Act) and flammability issues.

40433 SPECIAL PURPOSE DESIGN. Six lecture/studio hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 40453 and 40464 with a grade of "C" or higher. The design of interiors to serve special purposes or populations. Included will be one project entered in a national student competition.

40453 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES. Six lecture/field trip hours per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 40493. Business practices, management and professional procedures for the interior designer. An examination of the design profession within an economic framework.

40464 INTERIOR DESIGN IV. Six studio hours and two seminar hours per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 30423, 30493 with a grade of "C" or higher, DEMT 30453, 30483. Advanced problems in contemporary environments as relevant expressions of technological and cultural change. Includes advanced application of various research methodologies to document design solutions.

40474 INTERIOR DESIGN V. Six studio hours and two seminars per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 40464 with a grade of "C" or higher. Large-scale design of specialty space with emphasis on program interpretation, space planning, FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment), themed environment and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Course work may be in conjunction with a professional architectural design firm project and firm professionals.

40493 INTERIOR DESIGN INTERNSHIP. Seminar and work experience hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: DEMT 30091 and 30493. Supervised apprenticeship with a professional interior designer or architectural firm. On-the-job experience in an interior design or architectural firm. Students must attend preparatory seminars prior to beginning the internship experience.

Merchandising and Textile Courses:

10243 MERCHANDISING PRINCIPLES. A survey of the fashion industry and the dynamics of fashion theory and principles.

20253 TEXTILE FUNDAMENTALS. Analysis of fibers, yarns, fabrication structures and processing including fabric dyeing, printing and finishing; physical, optical and chemical testing; textile labeling and legislation; and care of textile products.

20273 CLOTHING CONSTRUCTION. Two 1-hour lectures, two 2-hour laboratories per week. Pattern alteration and fitting techniques; basic clothing construction techniques.

20283 PROMOTION PRINCIPLES. Prerequisites: DEMT 10243 or permission of instructor. An analysis of non-personal selling including advertising, visual merchandising, publicity, special events and fashion shows. 30203 TAILORING. Two 1-hour lectures, two 2-hour laboratories per week. Prerequisites: DEMT 20253 and 20273 or permission of instructor. Application and comparison of traditional tailoring and couture techniques to contemporary methods.

30213 FASHION DESIGN: DRAFTING. One hour lecture, two 2-hour laboratories per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 20273 or permission of instructor. A study of the theories of pattern making, including drafting of original slopers, grading of pattern sizes and design through the flat pattern method.

30223 FASHION DESIGN: DRAPING. One hour lecture, two 2-hour laboratories per week. Prerequisite: DEMT 20273, 30213 or permission of instructor. Creative experiences in fashion design through the draping of muslin slopers and original apparel designs on commercial forms.

30233 CLOTHING IN SOCIETY. Prerequisite: ENGL 20803 and junior status. An exploration of the sociological, economical, psychological and cultural aspects of apparel and dress.

30263 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. Prerequisite DEMT 20253. The creative process of product development including market research, aesthetic properties and design components, manufacturing processes, quality and cost analysis

30273 FASHION ILLUSTRATION. Prerequisites: DEMT 20263 or permission of instructor. Use of illustration for merchandise development and promotion. Prior drawing experience recommended.

30283 PRINCIPLES OF TEXTILE TESTING AND ANALYSIS. Prerequisites: DEMT 20253 or 30263, junior or senior classification or permission of instructor. Two 1-hour lectures, two-2 hour laboratories per week. Emphasis is on testing and analyzing the performance of textile products using industry methods and specifications.

40213 HISTORY OF COSTUME. Prerequisite: DEMT 30233 or permission of instructor. The study of the interrelationship of costume with the social, cultural, political and economic environment through the 18th century.

40223 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY DRESS. Prerequisite: DEMT 30233 or permission of instructor. The study of the interrelationship of costume with the social, cultural, political and economic environment from the 19th century to the present.

40233 MERCHANDISING SALES. Demonstration and sales techniques with emphasis on current trends of motivating and influencing fashion consumers.

40243 INTERNATIONAL TRADE OF TEXTILES AND APPAREL. Prerequisites: ECON 10223 or 10233, DEMT 10243 and 20253 or permission of instructor. A study of the economic principles involved in the production, marketing and distribution of textiles and apparel in relation to the global market.

40263 MERCHANDISING: BUYING. Prerequisite: DEMT 10243 and UCR math. An analysis of fashion buying. Emphasis on applied mathematical operations to planning and control procedures in various types of retail organizations, buying techniques and merchandise selection.

40286 FASHION INTERNSHIP. Prerequisites: DEMT 30091, 40213, 40233, 40243 and senior classification; and major. Minors must obtain permission from instructor. Supervised full-time work experience in a fashion related establishment. Weekly logs and assigned papers will be required.