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Sample Syllabi

I have developed the following course outlines to explore the intersection of creativity and theory in sustainable/ethical design. These courses may be adapted for Masters level or Undergraduate level students. The first course, FSN 998 is an exploration in theoretical concepts surrounding sustainable issues, from materials, to care, to consumer impact. The second course, FFD 999, is a studio course for design students that focuses on applying innovative design techniques as a means to explore sustainable concepts.

Course descriptions and syllabi are linked below.

FSN 998 - Sustainable Fashion Systems I

 

Course Description

In order to create truly sustainable fashion products, designers must be aware of the processes that occur at every level of the supply chain, from product conception to disposal.  They must then negotiate the best solutions for their product, taking all known possibilities into account. This is a fashion design course that combines sustainable fashion theory with practice.  Using scholarly books and journals, trade publications, and guest lecture presentations, the course will review and critique key sustainable practices, developments and ideas in the fashion industry. Participation in class discussion is mandatory.  The goal of this course is to increase student awareness and emphasize the value and necessity of sustainable design in fashion, as well as providing knowledge on current sustainable materials, innovations, technologies and practitioners.

 

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyze the current ecological, ethical, and economic challenges in the fashion industry.

  2. Evaluate transparency in the fashion system and apply transparent practice in their own design efforts to educate the consumer.

 

Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.

 

GPA Weight: 1.00

Course Count: 1.00

FFD 999 - Sustainable Fashion Systems II – Negotiating Future Design 

 

Course Description

In order to create truly sustainable fashion products, designers must be aware of the processes that occur at every level of the supply chain, from product conception to disposal.  They must then negotiate the best solutions for their product, taking all known possibilities into account. This fashion course applies the theory from prerequisite course FFD 998 into practice. Students will participate in a studio-based exploration of innovative design practices that support a sustainable agenda.  Participation in class discussion and studio practice is mandatory.  The goal of this course is to expose students to alternative ways of approaching the design process and inspire them to consider how the fashion system can be revolutionized for the future.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate how design can be used as a tool to explore alternative solutions to challenges in the fashion industry.

  2. Evaluate transparency in the fashion system and apply transparent practice in their own design efforts to educate the consumer.

  3. Use innovative design processes as a way to reduce fabric waste and extend garment function, value, and life.

 

Weekly Contact: Studio: 3 hrs.

 

GPA Weight: 1.00

Course Count: 1.00