BUF 4700 Course Description
Welcome to Contemporary Issues in the Fashion Industry! This is a senior-level seminar course, and I look forward to working with all of you as you prepare to enter the industry as professionals. In this course, students investigate a specialized topic or topics related to the fashion industry. Research, discussion, and weekly readings culminate in a final paper and presentation.
Fall 2020 Course Objectives
Themes vary each semester for this course. This semester, the objective of the course is to examine current practices in the apparel industry in the areas listed below, divided into three modules of instruction. The course culminates in a final module during which students will develop their original ideas based on research in these areas:
- Module 1: Fair Trade and Sustainability Global practices in the industry
- Module 2: Sustainable Alternatives Biosynthetic materials being developed in conjunction with efforts to thwart climate change
- Module 3: Technology in Fashion Smart textiles that redefine functionality of garments
- Module 4: Design, Market and Pitch a product or collection grounded in one of these emerging areas of the fashion industry