Undergraduate Programs
BA in Fashion Design

The local market is in need of competent fashion designers who are able to translate their unique ideas and imagination into actual items of clothing. With AUST affiliation agreement with Politecnico di Milano, the Fashion Design program currently provides young talents not only with the opportunity to combine advanced design concepts with current technology but to pursue their higher education in this field in Lebanon. A well-rounded fashion designer graduate will be able to integrate creativity with the practical needs of the consumer to fulfill the latter’s desire on several levels. The students will hold positions as designers, pattern makers and other related careers. Students can start their program at AUST and have the choice to either graduate from Lebanon or from Italy.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (107 credits)
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 200 Computer Literacy ENG 000
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 200
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology ENG 001
3
MAT 260 Geometry For Arts ENG 001
3
FREE ELECTIVES (3 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ENG 200 Writing Skills ENG 001
3
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ART 200 Theories Of Art ENG 200
3
ART 260 Painting I DES 201
3
DES 210 Design Studio I ENG 001
3
DES 221 Design Studio II DES 210
3
DRA 201 Drawing I ENG 001
3
PHO 215 Photography I ENG 200
3
FASHION DESIGN MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (48 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
FDP 201 Mereology DES 210
3
FDP 202 Fashion Foundation DES 210 & DRA 201
3
FDP 205 Fashion Drawing DRA 201
3
FDP 210 Fashion Design Process FDP 205
3
FDP 216 Figure Drawing FDP 205
3
FDP 220 Fashion Branding FDP 224
3
FDP 224 History of Fashion ART 200
3
FDP 245 Pattern-Making I FDP 205
3
FDP 301 Textiles and Materials FDP 201
3
FDP 321 Fashion Digital Illustration FDP 215
3
FDP 330 Fashion Culture FDP 224
3
FDP 345 Pattern-Making II FDP 245
3
FDP 365 Internship FDP 345
1
FDP 375 Introduction to Business of Fashion FDP 220
3
FDP 380 Fashion Embellishment FDP 215
3
FDP 498 Senior Project Proposal FDP 350 OR FDP 410
2
FDP 499 Senior Project FDP 498
4
FDP499L Senior Project Lab NONE
1
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (3 credits)
To be selected from courses of numbers 300 and above offered by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
FASHION MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
FDP 251 Fashion Marketing Strategies FDP 220
3
FDP 260 Fashion Management Principles FDP 220
3
FDP 302 Fashion Brand and Management FDP 220
3
FDP 410 Fashion Project Management FDP 375
3
FDP 451 Fashion Marketing FDP 330
3
FASHION PROCESS EMPHASIS (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
FDP 250 Fashion Design Studio I FDP 210
4
FDP 340 Fashion Draping FDP 235
3
FDP 350 Fashion Design Studio II FDP 301
4
FDP 450 Fashion Design Studio III FDP 350
4
FDP250L Fashion Design Studio I lab CO. FDP 250
1
FDP350L Fashion Design Studio II lab CO. FDP 350
1
FDP450L Fashion Design Studio III lab CO. FDP 450
1
Course Descriptions
CSI 200
Computer Literacy
This course is an introductory Non-Technical survey of Computer Systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include introduction to the Hardware components of a computer system, input and output devices, storage devices, communications and connectivity, Internet, security, information systems and deep exposition to software applications such as text editors, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: ENG 001
MAT 260
Geometry For Arts
This course covers the fundamentals of geometry. Contents include geometry in space, perspective drawing, sketching techniques, and geometrical applications in graphic and interior design.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ENG 200
Writing Skills
This course covers the major components of effective communication in English. Students practice paragraph and essay writing and go over the main grammar rules. In addition, they are expected to participate in oral debates and presentations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
ART 200
Theories Of Art
This is a theory course that introduces students to art definitions and concepts and to the major aesthetic theories known throughout history. The elements and principles of design of each of the major fields of art are addressed in this course, mainly: the visual arts, graphic design, sculpture, architecture, and the arts and crafts in order to teach students to evaluate and analyze art masterpieces critically and intelligently.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
ART 260
Painting I
This course that introduces students to the basic principles and techniques used in painting through the use of various art media. Subjects suggested are still life compositions, landscapes, portraits, and figure forms in a classical, realistic, expressive and creative approach.
Prerequisite: DES 201
DES 210
Design Studio I
The course is the first course in Foundation studies that introduces the principles and elements of design in a two-dimensional format coupled with color theory. Each practical step applied is a conceptual, technological and manual process that enables the student to cohesively start and finish a project.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
DES 221
Design Studio II
This is the second course in Foundation Studies that applies the principles and elements of design in a three-dimensional format. In this course students explore a variety of techniques with mixed media as they develop conceptual and manual skills.
Prerequisite: DES 210
DRA 201
Drawing I
A studio course in which students are expected to learn how to draw, shade, and sketch (using the six different types of line sketching). Line, Form, Composition, perspective, value and proportions are considered. Subjects include: still life compositions, landscape, natural forms, interiors and exteriors. Students are introduced to the use of various art media and techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
PHO 215
Photography I
This course is an intensive study of black and white photography as an essential tool for communication arts. The course covers both the theory and practice of both camera and darkroom. Students explore the principles and techniques of developing, printing, and camera mechanism. Students also explore photography as a basic form of visual communication, and learn about the parallelism between still photography and both cinema and video.
Prerequisite: ENG 200
FDP 201
Mereology
Textile and tactile science is the study of the structure, characteristics and performance of natural and man-made fibers. This course addresses the aesthetics; care serviceability, durability and comfort of wearable textiles to equip the students with the basic know-how of fabric selection for fashion and product styling. Tactile development and the drape of materials and their appropriate uses will be an emphasis.
Prerequisite: DES 210
FDP 202
Fashion Foundation
An introductory Lab course that introduces the students to sewing techniques and details and prepares them to execute hands-on pattern construction. This is a technical course that introduces students to the basic handling of machines and needed materials in Fashion execution and sewing.
Prerequisite: DES 210 & DRA 201
FDP 205
Fashion Drawing
Combines the study of manual and computerized technical drawing skills, fashion drawing, costume rendering, fabric and textile rendering in various mediums.
Prerequisite: DRA 201
FDP 210
Fashion Design Process
A 2-D design course offered to develop creative conceptualization and apparel design skills. Students will hone their basic sense with an emphasis on design principles/theory and their application.
Prerequisite: FDP 205
FDP 216
Figure Drawing
It is a studio course that emphasizes the anatomy of the human body for fashion Illustration. The course concentrates on the advanced illustration of body movements and postures; it also presents students with an in depth study of garment drawing.
Prerequisite: FDP 205
FDP 220
Fashion Branding
This course requires students to apply the principles and visual elements of design and problem-solving methods, generating concepts of design through a sequence of projects emphasizing branding, corporate and visual identities.
Prerequisite: FDP 224
FDP 224
History of Fashion
In this course, the major cultural developments and styles that have shaped fashion design until our contemporary days are given.
Prerequisite: ART 200
FDP 245
Pattern-Making I
Students will learn to develop basic pattern blocks and to manipulate those blocks to create various design styles. Styles details will include bodice, skirts, neck treatments, sleeves, collars, etc.
Prerequisite: FDP 205
FDP 301
Textiles and Materials
Advanced textile and tactile science is the study of the structure, characteristics and performance of natural and man-made fibers. This course investigates the structure, properties, technologies of manufacturing and the applications of the main fabrics for apparels and furniture design.
Prerequisite: FDP 201
FDP 321
Fashion Digital Illustration

This course introduces students to the digital fashion illustration that is required for final presentations.
The use and practice on different adobe collection software will be the essence of this course.
Students will translate all their manual illustrations to computer generated images.

Prerequisite: FDP 215
FDP 330
Fashion Culture
This course aims at the description of the main social mechanism on which fashion is grounded. Dynamic of fashion consumption, production, social basis of consumers' choices and tastes will be discussed among other contemporary social patterns.
Prerequisite: FDP 224
FDP 345
Pattern-Making II
Advanced learning developing pattern blocks and manipulating them to create various design styles. Students will go through both theoretical and practical approach to pattern making, giving them the most important elements of the production field.
Prerequisite: FDP 245
FDP 365
Internship
Students are required to do a minimum of 160 hours of In practicum fashion training. Exemption can be negotiated if a student is already within the industry. Students need to submit proof of Portfolio and a letter from the employer.
Prerequisite: FDP 345
FDP 375
Introduction to Business of Fashion
This course analyses current market offerings and develops systems for market research. Students will investigate, compare and contrast garment resources and samples.
Prerequisite: FDP 220
FDP 380
Fashion Embellishment
This course is a comprehensive survey of fashion fabric and their methods. Students will be exposed to the entire range of surface finishing. They will learn decorative details through various techniques such as beading, crocheting, knitting etc.
Prerequisite: FDP 215
FDP 498
Senior Project Proposal
This course prepares the students for their senior project where they would gather information and research their final fashion outcome to become professional designers.
Prerequisite: FDP 350 OR FDP 410
FDP 499
Senior Project
This is the final fashion design course that portrays a summary of all the subject matters covered throughout their previous years. A presentation of the senior collection will be done in front of a jury.
Prerequisite: FDP 498
FDP499L
Senior Project Lab
This is a technical course that complements the Senior Project course. Students will apply and execute all the required fashion garments assigned for their end of year fashion show collection.
Prerequisite: NONE
FDP 251
Fashion Marketing Strategies
It is an introductory course into the field of Marketing and the operation of marketing systems. It focuses on topics such as marketing environment, market regulation, strategies, targeting, product-mix, labeling, branding, packaging, pricing, distribution and promotional programs.
Prerequisite: FDP 220
FDP 260
Fashion Management Principles
This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the field of Management; the historical approaches which influence today's management; the management functions that include planning, organizing, leading and controlling; and, contemporary management theories, practices and the role of managers in modern organizations. Real life cases are analyzed to acquaint students with the critical thinking approach.
Prerequisite: FDP 220
FDP 302
Fashion Brand and Management
This course aims to increase students' understanding of the important issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating brand strategies. The focal point of this course is the concept of "brand equity" that gives the company a higher value represented by an intangible asset. Participants in the course learn the most important brand positioning strategies, creating brand awareness, knowledge, recognition, and loyalty, in addition to the best choice of various brand elements needed for exponentially rising brand equity.
Prerequisite: FDP 220
FDP 410
Fashion Project Management
Students are introduced to the contemporary and professional significance given to project management in today's enterprises. Topics covered include project planning, scheduling and control in the spirit to deliver good, fast and cheap projects. Tools used include Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), networking, human resource leveling, and cost analysis techniques. Case studies will be reviewed.
Prerequisite: FDP 375
FDP 451
Fashion Marketing
This course provides the student with a comprehensive view of retailing and an application of marketing concepts in a practical retail environment. Participants end up analyzing current multi-channel retail strategies among bricks- and -mortar and click- and -modem firms. Retailing is changing today, and students will learn how to recognize, adjust, and plan with the changes, without moving away from the business' core competencies. The topics that will be explored revolve around the development of a retail strategies, target market selection, demographic analysis, human resources issues, and assortment management I addition to other retail marketing activities.
Prerequisite: FDP 330
FDP 250
Fashion Design Studio I
Theoretical Part: This course will teach students how to come up with a design concept and develop it into product and product system.Practical Part: Development of design ability, ergonomics and structural dimension through design training. Physical, psychological and perceptive needs of user are studied.
Prerequisite: FDP 210
FDP 340
Fashion Draping
The study of fashion draping techniques. This 3D pattern-making method requires students to drape fabric on a mannequin to create garment designs. Draping trains the eye to access and correct proportion and garment fit.
Prerequisite: FDP 235
FDP 350
Fashion Design Studio II
Theoretical part: This course will teach students how to come up with a design concept and develop it into product and product system. Practical Part: Development of design ability, ergonomics and structural dimension through design training. Physical, psychological and perceptive needs of user are studied
Prerequisite: FDP 301
FDP 450
Fashion Design Studio III
Theoretical part: This course will teach students how to come up with a design concept and develop it into product and product system.Practical Part: Development of design ability, ergonomics and structural dimension through design training. Physical, psychological and perceptive needs of user are studied.
Prerequisite: FDP 350
FDP250L
Fashion Design Studio I lab

This Lab course is a technical course that complements Fashion Studio I course.
Students will apply and execute all the required fashion garments assigned in the studio, from pattern base to finishing.

Prerequisite: CO. FDP 250
FDP350L
Fashion Design Studio II lab

This Lab course is a technical course that complements the Fashion Studio II course.
Students will apply and execute all the required fashion garments assigned in the Studio from pattern base to finishing.

Prerequisite: CO. FDP 350
FDP450L
Fashion Design Studio III lab

This Lab course is a technical course that complements the Fashion Studio III course.
Students will apply and execute all the required fashion garments assigned in the studio, from pattern base to finishing.

Prerequisite: CO. FDP 450

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