Fall 2017

  1. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

    Permission of Instructor Required and GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Register by completing the Collaborative Study Registration Form available on the Registrar's website.

  2. History Of Dress

    This class examines fashion in Europe and America from the eighteenth century to the present, covering the industrial revolution through the development of couture and postmodern fashion. It analyzes clothing as a social and cultural artifact, central to the construction of group and individual identity. Lectures and readings explore the production, consumption, use and meanings of dress, and will be supplemented by visits to the RISD museum. Course work will be comprised of group and independent research, written papers, and oral presentations.

    Major requirement; Apparel Design sophomores

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability.

  3. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  4. ISP Non-major Elective

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  5. Junior Tailoring Studio

    Students focus on tailoring techniques and the design of tailored apparel. Drafting and classic tailoring techniques are taught and students explore shape and structure through experimentation on the form and creative pattern making. During this process, students use these technical skills to design and execute a jacket and companion piece.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $400.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  6. Junior/design/draw/cad

    During the Fall semester, Junior students focus on form and proportion as they explore the structural possibilities inherent in the art of tailoring. Students design multiple collections, examining the properties of cohesiveness and conceptual expansion. Exploration in modes of designing and examining varied design challenges allows for varying perspectives and creative responses.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Professional Internship

    This internship will provide apparel students an opportunity to experience the apparel industry for five weeks of professional practice. Most placements will be in New York and Massachusetts. First preference will be given to seniors, then juniors with proven ability. At the completion of the work experience, interns are required to writie a report about their experience and sponsors are required to complete a student evaluation. Interested students should contact the Apparel Design Department Head early fall semester to insure finding sufficient positions. Student can earn a maximum of 6 internship credits.

    Permission of instructor required

    Estimated cost of living expenses: $2,000.00

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  8. Senior Collection Development

    During three integrated studios, students learn professional collections from concept to presentation. Portfolio assignments are aimed at strengthening students' established styles and experimentation in new areas. Studios build on their draping, drafting and construction skills through individual instruction as they complete a collection for final presentation to the visiting critics. During studio, students explore varied means of presentation and capturing of their process.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $1,000.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Sophomore Design/draw

    The design component introduces research methods and conceptual skills, to be used with the medium of fabric. The drawing class focuses on the development of fashion croquis, drawing from the model, technical flats and presentation plates to effectively communicate the visual language of their design intentions. Students develop research methods and learn the importance of concepts, color and fabric stories.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  10. Sophomore Intro To Apparel Studio

    This introductory course lays the foundation for the design process through draping, pattern drafting and construction. Students make basic patterns and proceed with variations to develop pattern making skills and design concepts. Weekly textile seminars introduce students to fibers and yarns, fabric types, properties and uses.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

Wintersession 2018

  1. Dressed Bodies: Basic Apparel Techniques For Non-majors

    Dressed bodies, is a course conceived to expose students from external departments across RISD campus to a variety of making practices stemming from traditional apparel design practices. Students are expected to bring their current skill set and their apparel related curiosity with the aims of developing a personal project or enhancing apparel related skills. Clothing development, brand, soft-goods development, principles for creating 3 dimensional works around the body from 2 dimensional sketches and patterns as well as basic sewing skills will be covered throughout the body of this course. Principles learned here may be applied to a variety of fine arts processes as well as product design. Students will be encouraged to develop a better understanding of materials and construction techniques while exploring deeper relationships between 2D shape and 3D form. This dynamic, technical and creative class; supports students further understanding of sewing construction and how it directly relates to- and impacts any creative or technical project, ultimately broadening the students understanding of both material properties and essential technical components of fabric construction.

    *Components of this class are seminar and self-directed.

  2. Professional Internship

    This internship will provide apparel students an opportunity to experience the apparel industry for five weeks of professional practice. Most placements will be in New York and Massachusetts. First preference will be given to seniors, then juniors with proven ability. At the completion of the work experience, interns are required to writie a report about their experience and sponsors are required to complete a student evaluation. Interested students should contact the Apparel Design Department Head early fall semester to insure finding sufficient positions. Student can earn a maximum of 6 internship credits.

    Permission of instructor required

    Estimated cost of living expenses: $2,000.00

    ***Off-Campus Study***

Spring 2018

  1. Junior Cut & Sew Studio

    Students concentrate on designing with 'cut and sew' knit fabric. Through draping with knit fabrics on the form, students learn to utilize the inherent properties of knits. Instruction in 'cut and sew' construction is combined with pattern making techniques, enabling students to execute their concepts as finished garments.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  2. Junior Machine Knitwear Studio

    This course is an introduction to the creative and technical possibilities of the knitting machine. Through the development of knit swatches, the course will cover the following essentials of sweater knit design including graphing, calculating gauge and tension, shaping of a knit body, exploration of a diverse range of knit stitches, professional finishing of a knit garment, and how to select the best yarn to execute your final garment. Students will also develop unique trims and finishes to enhance their designs.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Must also register for: APPAR 3130/3132

  3. Junior/design/draw/cad

    In Design/Drawing II, Junior students focus on designing for knitwear, experimenting three dimensionally as they explore the unique properties of knit fabrics. Color, texture, yarn and stitch variations are examined as students also design using the diverse properties of machine knitwear. Student build on self expression and visual communication to place their creative voices firmly at the center of their design.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  4. Professional Internship

    This internship will provide apparel students an opportunity to experience the apparel industry for five weeks of professional practice. Most placements will be in New York and Massachusetts. First preference will be given to seniors, then juniors with proven ability. At the completion of the work experience, interns are required to writie a report about their experience and sponsors are required to complete a student evaluation. Interested students should contact the Apparel Design Department Head early fall semester to insure finding sufficient positions. Student can earn a maximum of 6 internship credits.

    Permission of instructor required

    Estimated cost of living expenses: $2,000.00

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  5. Senior Apparel Collection

    This senior level course focuses on the design of unique interpretation of apparel design. The senior collections are a culmination of their skills and an exploration of their design vision. Originality, problem solving, and an organized design process are defined as essential elements of a successful degree project collection. Seniors refine and build their portfolios. Projects are aimed at enabling students to express a diverse but cohesive design vision.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $1,000.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  6. Sophomore Apparel Studio

    Building on basic techniques taught first semester, students proceed to more complex cuts for bodices, sleeves, skirts and pants through techniques of draping, drafting and construction. One finished garment is required

    Estimated Materials Cost: $125.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Sophomore Design/draw

    The design course builds on design process skills from the first semester through assignments that focus on research and its application, conceptual development, and team dynamics. Varied facets of apparel design are explored through lectures, museum research, classroom discussion, and creative exploration. The drawing component of the class focuses on print and texture rendering, drawing the fashion figure, layout design, and use of varied rendering media.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

    Major requirement; Apparel Design majors only

    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  8. Topics In Fashion Theory

    "Topics in Fashion Theory" complements the design history survey, "History of Dress." ("History of Dress" is not a prerequisite). The seminar will introduce students to theoretical debates in fashion theory, responding to scholars who define fashion as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. Taking a global perspective, and drawing on scholarship in a range of disciplines, including sociology, cultural studies, gender studies and queer theory, we will explore clothing's role in marking and subverting those aspects of identity linked to gender and sexuality, and examine the interaction between personal, national and transnational identities. Topics include unisex and androgynous clothing; cross-dressing; queer fashionability; and cross-cultural borrowing and appropriation. The class integrates reading and reading responses with visual analysis of clothing and fashion across the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Four short written projects will assess and analyze debates encountered in class discussion and readings.

    Open to sophomore and above

Departments

Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles