BAT Apparel Textiles Technology

Professional readiness for the global fashion/apparel, ready-to-wear industry

The Apparel Textile Technology degree provides professional readiness through university-level academics for the global fashion/apparel, ready-to-wear industry. Students discover the methods, materials and systems used in product development, production and sourcing of apparel items by reviewing current technologies and applications. They will also learn major engineering principles - costing, production rating, and global sourcing combined with management courses giving the graduate an excellent conceptual basis to enter the industry.

Apparel Textiles Technology


  • The curriculum focuses on concept, design, product development, apparel marketing, international sourcing, and merchandising while providing related courses in management and industrial engineering. Students are prepared for a fast-paced apparel career through a technology based curriculum combining the advantage of both the classroom and the laboratory. It is important that students enroll in the required course, Introduction to Statistics (STAT 1107), as part of their general education curriculum.

    ATT 1150: The History of Fashion
    This course explores the history of fashion, designers and businesses from past to present and how understanding the fashion past influences future trends. Historical roles of dress in western civilization along with the cultural, social, and physical evolution are explored.

    ACCT 2100: Introduction to Financial Accounting
    An introduction to the language of business. Focuses on financial statements and their use in decision-making.
    Designed for business and non-business majors.

    ATT 1200: Apparel Design Graphics
    This course covers the fundamentals of vector drawing using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn software tools and techniques including drawing tools, path editing, shape manipulation, blending, shading, object layering, technical flats, illustrations, and design and reproduction considerations. Application and principles of computer graphics will be taught and used to create successful projects.

    ATT 1300: International Sourcing
    Survey of international sourcing strategies including the decision making process, transportation, domestic production, Asia/Europe/Americas operations, foreign investment, foreign purchase, turn time, competitive advantage, communications, full package production capabilities, cultural priorities, political influence, international regulations and alliances, costs, quality, and technology.

    ATT 1400: Principles of Merchandising
    Merchandising functions are discussed that include developing strategies to have the right merchandise, at the right price, at the right time, in the right amount and at the right locations to meet target customer needs. This course will explore apparel and consumer product strategies and methods used in planning inventory. Issues in wholesaling, retailing, advertising, and promotion will be included.

    TCOM 2010: Technical Writing
    The course is an introduction to organization, style, and mechanics of technical writing. It includes practice in writing such typical documents as technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, and recommendation reports. Emphasis is placed on incorporating rhetorical theory into planning, organizing, and writing reports; designing visual aids; and editing. Among other assignments, at least one complete technical report is required.

  • ATT 1000: Orientation
    Provides ATT students an overall introduction to the apparel industry, career opportunities in the field and the ATT curriculum.

    ATT 2301: Apparel Computer-Aided Technical Design I
    The use of industry standard computer systems to determine the product information for apparel and consumer textile products including source materials, processing and assembly options, pattern development, sizing theory, garment fit and product development. Students will develop a complete set of flat patterns and alternate designs utilizing manual and computer software methods through applied project work. Principles of material utilization, pattern engineering, quality, and final design will be emphasized.

    ATT 3100: Fashion Merchandising
    Application of merchandising principles as they relate to buying, problem-solving, retail math and visual presentation using standard industry practices and software. Students will learn how style, color and presentation are major ingredients to successful merchandising producing customer excitement and demand.

    ATT 3505: Fabric Formation and Design
    This course provides the student with the understanding of how fabrics are constructed and the fundamentals of fabric design through application software used in industry today.

    ATT 3600: Apparel Analysis and Product Development
    This course discusses the steps involved in apparel product development from concept through delivery will be covered from the perspective of the manufacturer and the retailer. Product creation, design, marketing, merchandising, sourcing and distribution are discussed along with a study of stitch formation and seam application.

    ATT 3602: Apparel Computer-Aided Technical Design II
    Manual and computerized pattern grading theory are demonstrated and practiced by students utilizing industry standard digitizing, grading, and marker making systems. Principles and methods used in the preparation, planning, and cutting of fabrics and materials in apparel/textile products are presented including preparatory processes related to fabric cutting. Also presented are basic principles and computer methods of calculating, designing, and making pattern markers for apparel/textile products including yardage, cost estimation, and garment and fabric specifications through applied project work. Laboratory work includes developing cost and quality factors and the operation of equipment for inspecting, marking, shading, fabric defects, spreading, cutting and ply numbering. A systematic appraisal of the factors governing economical fabric use, including: in-depth study of the relationship of pattern make-up to fabric consumption; the impact of width variation to total consumption; and the relationship of all fabric defects to total utilization is presented.

    ATT 3800: Fashion Forecasting, Data Analysis & Consumer Trends
    Explore the techniques used in industry today including computer software programs to assist with consumer-driven fashion forecasting. Students will examine how to identify, track, and analyze trends in apparel and consumer products consumption. Both long-range and short-range forecasting strategies will be used for market analysis. Consumer trend research activities involve collection of information from multiple sources on a continual basis for the consumer style selection, color selection, and the fabric and trim market.

    ATT 4444: Quality Assurance for Textiles and Apparel
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the quality aspects fabric and apparel. Quality assurance areas are examined such as materials testing, sampling, sewability and preparing product specifications.

    ATT 4670: Apparel/Textile Business Practices
    Evaluation of the comprehensive factors that determine sound business practices for an apparel enterprise. The course explores the targets markets, a business plan, garment costing, product lifecycle, quality assurance and marketing.

    ATT 4750: Advanced Design and Product Development
    Students will examine the fashion industry design techniques through the use of technology in both 2D and 3D applications. The course surveys product development software and presentation methods used in industry today.

    ATT 4840: Textile/Apparel Senior Project
    This course is designed to provide the student with integrated knowledge from previous courses. Studentse are required to use their skills in forecasting, design, merchandising, sourcing and marketing along with the financial aspects of establishing a fictitious company. A formal written report and oral presentation will be evaluated by faculty and industry representatives.

    MKTG 3100: Principles of Marketing
    An introduction to the principles of marketing. This course examines the term, “marketing,” in a broad sense to include all those activities of individuals or organizations which encourage and facilitate exchanges of values. This includes many activities such as research, physical distribution, product planning, pricing and promotional activities. These concepts are examined as they apply to marketing of goods and services, in profit and nonprofit sectors, in both domestic and global markets.

  • Choose 15 credit hours from the courses below, 8 of which must be upper-level courses. See your advisor to determine which courses would best suit your needs.

    IET 2449: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    This course offers an analysis of decision making in the current logistics environment and the tools needed for finding solutions to problems relating to purchasing, inventory, transportation, and warehouse management.

    ATT 3150: Visual Merchandising
    This course examines the history, visual tools, application, and theory of display techniques used in developing successful visual apparel merchandising. Students learn how to use visual merchandising to entice customers to buy and thereby increase sales.

    ATT 3250: Math Applications in Merchandising
    Students learn the appropriate math applications for planning, controlling and interpreting the merchandising functions. An understanding of sales planning, merchandising factors, assortments, gross margin and their impact on the financial success of an organization are explored.

    ATT 3398: ATT Internship
    This course is a structured experience in a supervised setting with an industry partner that is related to the apparel, fashion or textile industry. The goal is for students to attain more practical experience while using their acquired academic skills.

    MGT 4190: International Management
    This course deals with the basic managerial functions in an international enterprise. It explores the theoretical and practical aspects of managing international business operations, and deals with multi-cultural and global issues of managing the business expansion beyond the domestic market. It portrays the difficulties of managing enterprises that cross national borders and have to deal with cultural diversity, and diversity in socio-political and economic systems.

    MGT 4001: Managing Organizations
    Where, what, and how do managers manage? This course introduces students to the “world of a manager” and provides a framework for management majors. Starting with the big picture, students learn about the various external factors that impact organizations, structure, and culture. Internal factors including leadership, teaming, problem-solving
    and managing communications are also addressed.

    BLAW 2200: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
    Covers torts, contracts, government regulation of business and the legal system. Also addresses ethical issues arising in business internal and external relationships.

    MGT 4002: Managing People
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the quality aspects fabric and apparel. Quality assurance areas are examined such as materials testing, sampling, sewability and preparing product specifications.

    MGT 3600: Introduction to International Business
    An introduction to the global business environment, this course examines the discrete and interactive effects of the geographic, historical, sociocultural, political/legal, economic and technological forces that shape international commercial activity and its consequences.

    MGT 3100: Management and Behavioral Sciences
    This course introduces students to the field of management, focusing on basic principles and concepts applicable to all types of organizations. The evolution of functional and behavioral aspects of management and organization theory are presented in the context of political, societal, regulatory, ethical, global, technological and demographic environmental