About the Apparel Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Bachelor’s Program
This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for entry-level positions in the apparel industry or for continued study in graduate schools. The curriculum emphasizes creativity, technical skills, knowledge of textiles, apparel product management, custom design for individual consumers, and design for mass production. The department also offers the accelerated bachelor to master’s degree program. Please see department website for more information. Students participate in extracurricular activities that provide additional learning opportunities, including Hi-Tech Fashion Group, fashion tours of major fashion centers, two yearly design competitions, a Senior Fashion Exhibit, and a runway show.
Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.
Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.
Communication literacy (CL) in the Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Manufacturing is evidenced by competence in design skills (e.g. draping, flat patterns), competitive design, mastery design communication skills (e.g. portfolio), and professional practice communication. The faculty members endorse a sequential approach to the CL plan with each course building on skills acquired in previous courses. The students begin their CL plan during the junior year. This positions them to be able to visualize and articulate their competitive design ideas to the profession. The CL sequence concludes with ADM 4498 , the senior capstone studio where students apply design techniques, implement design strategies, and present a design collection. Courses in the Communication Literacy Plan are ADM 3314 , ADM 4307 , ADM 4310 , ADM 4350 , and ADM 4498 .
Laptop Computer Requirement. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop computer. Minimum specifications can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/dod/computer.php.
Sophomore Portfolio Review. At the end of the third semester, sophomores submit a portfolio with representative work from specific studio courses (ADM 1303 , ADM 1304 , ADM 2308 , and ADM 2310 ). A consensus of opinion by the faculty is required for determining recommendations for the student. Prior to being admitted to ADM 3308 or ADM 3303 , students who received “conditional” evaluations must have met the recommended conditions identified by the reviewers.
Senior Portfolio Review. During the fall semester of the senior year, students are required to present a portfolio to be reviewed by a jury of apparel design professionals. If a “conditional evaluation” is received, the recommendations of the jury must be met prior to graduation.
Program Policies. A minimum grade of C is required in all art and ADM courses, as well as any course accepted as a substitution for art or ADM core or elective courses. In addition, students must be registered in ADM 4000 or ADM 4310 to enter the Fashion Group International design competitions in the junior or senior years. One design competition must be entered during the junior or senior years to meet program requirements.
Student Projects Policy. The Department of Design reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce design projects submitted by students. Work submitted for a grade is the property of the department and remains such until it is returned to the student.