DCP160 - Design and Textiles

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Subject Title
Design and Textiles

Subject Description
Fashion design and textiles are synonymous in the perfect garment. This subject covers an aesthetic appreciation of fabrics as related to designing garments. Fibers and fabrics are studied so that the student learns to understand fabric behaviour and correctly select fabric suitable to end use and care.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Fashion Certificate Program or one credit towards the Garment Construction Recognition of Achievement.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of fabric composition and origin.

2. Select fabric appropriate for a garment based on fiber content.

3. Specify suitable care methods for various fabrics.

3. Select appropriate fabrics according to garment design and purpose.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Students should consult the Program Information Package each semester to ensure they have
current information regarding program requirements. Packages are available from the Continuing Education Office. 

Topic Outline

  • The nature and care of natural fibers and synthetic fibers
  • The fiber content of fabrics
  • The technology of fibers and fabrics used in the Canadian market place
  • Choice of fabrics related to garment design
  • Matching fabric choice to suitability of end use & care
  • Interpretation of labeling

Mode of Instruction
 Lecture, demonstration, research, practical exercises and projects. 

Prescribed Texts
No textbook required.

Reference Material
Title: Textiles: Basics
Author: Sarah Kadolph 
ISBN: 9780132620826
Publisher: Pearson Education

Required Supplies
3 Ring Binder

* Notebooks, ruled cards for keeping fabric bibliography, sketch pads, HB pencils, felt tip pens (various colours), coloured pencils, inks, scissors, staples, 12" ruler, and a binder to be used for assignments.

* These will be discussed during first class.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

2 Projects (2 x 15%)
Lab and Fabric Assessment 20%
In-Class group Work 30%
Final Examination  20% 
Total   100% 

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more
than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade. 

Approved by: Lisa Somers