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State University of New York College at Buffalo: Fashion and Textile Technology Department

BUFFALO, NEW YORK (USA) — The fashion and textile technology program at Buffalo State University is the only baccalaureate program in Western New York (State) that offers a variety of career preparation options for the multifaceted, global fashion industry. Buffalo State University offers four concentration areas including Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Design, Apparel Product Development, and Textile Design.

The mission of the Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) Department is to educate emerging professionals to develop creativity, leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness to meet challenges in today's fashion business through teaching, research, and experiential learning programs. FTT graduates value sustainable and ethical choices, appreciate cultural diversity, and are also well versed in the complexities of the technological environment.

The fashion and textile technology program prepares students to work in the fashion industry in textile and fashion design, CAD/CAM product development, and fashion retailing and merchandising.

The department uses industrial machinery, an updated textile lab, and the latest computer software (off-the-shelf and industry-specific) to train our students for current industry positions. Our students are challenged to think critically. We implement many industry related projects in our classes and partner with industry to bring a "real life" aspect to our curriculum. Recent updates to the curriculum have focused on the addition of topics in sustainable issues,

The Fashion and Textile Technology department CAD/CAM facilities are an integral part of the curriculum and include Adobe Creative Suite, Optitex (PDS, Mark, Grade, Digitize, Modulate, 3D Runway suite), NedGraphics Fashion and Print Studio (Design and Repeat, Color Reduction & Cleaning, Easy Coloring, Easy Weave, Easy Knit Storyboard & Cataloging, Easy Map, Easy Knit with Cable Stitch Library), SmartDraw, CLO3D, Artlandia SymmetryWorks, and a Mutoh Digital Fabric Printer.

Students work on industrial equipment sewing machines and practice their skills on over 50 dress forms ranging from Misses' sizes 2–26 and men's sizes 38–44. There is also a separate knit lab with industrial overlock machines, 2 industrial coverstitch machines, and a professional embroidery machine.

The department also houses an updated textile lab used primarily by students in the textile evaluation course, allowing them to use testing equipment in a manner similar to a commercial testing laboratory. Class projects follow testing standards set by AATCC and ASTM.

The textile lab has the following equipment: heat oven, twist tester, spectrophotometer, abrasion testers, Mullen burst tester, flammability tester, crocking/perspiration testers, constant humidity room, wear/spray testers, lightbox, tear/strength testers. The research lab holds an NX-16 Body scanner which is networked to computers in the classrooms.

Annual programmatic assessment of student learning demonstrates that students have appropriate knowledge, skills, and competencies in their chosen discipline.

Course Updates

FTT 208 Fashion Technologies

Introduction to and multi-disciplinary hands-on experience with a variety of software programs used in the fashion industry. This core course has been updated to include the most recent off-the-shelf software used in the textile/apparel industry and introduces fashion design for different target markets. This update addresses the change and advancements in technology in the industry.

FTT 310 Sewn Product Industry

This course provides an overview of the organizational and governmental regulations of fashion business selection of raw materials; designing and pattern development; sizing and evaluation of fit; manufacturing process, quality specifications and the relationship between cost and quality. This revision-updated course content is based on the department's goals. The revision reflects current industry practices in the apparel manufacturing segment of the fashion industry.

FTT 358 Fashion Forecasting

A study of national and international designers; consumer segmentation and adoption process; analysis of current trends in apparel in order to forecast for specific markets; storyboard presentation. Hands-on experience with off-the-shelf software programs used in the fashion industry for concept/trend board development and forecasting presentation. Required for all students. This revision-updated course content is based on the department's goals. The revision reflects current industry practices in trend analysis and fashion forecasting. The current course revision will eliminate consumer research content as this is covered in other core courses. Hence, a new course title is given as Fashion Forecasting.

FTT 365 Fashion Digital Retailing

The scope and status of fashion digital retailing; advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional retailing; digital retailing infrastructure; strategies used by small and large apparel brands and retailers; digital marketing concepts and practices; ethical, social and political issues; and key trends in fashion digital retailing. Course addition was required to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills in the area of fashion digital retailing. In recent years digital retailing platforms have become an integral part of doing business in the fashion industry. Learning outcomes include knowledge of digital retailing, building a digital retail space, online marketing, and social ethical and political issues.

FTT 450 Global Issues in Fashion/Textile Industry

This course provides an overview of global issues facing the textile and apparel industry; differing methods of organization and their inherent structural characteristics; domestic and global perspectives of the industry related to textile and apparel firms. Contemporary issues in the textile and apparel industry will be discussed including governmental controls, global trade policies, sustainability, and labor issues. Writing, critical thinking, and information management skills are employed in this course. Offered annually every fall and spring semester. Given the changing nature of this industry, it is important to update the curriculum to match the current direction of our discipline and better align the learning outcomes for this course with the department's goals. Additional learning outcomes include sustainability issues including the environment, human rights, fair trade, consumption, and disposal.


Lynn M. Boorady, Ph.D.
Professor, Fashion & Textile Technology
TECH 303, 1300 Elmwood Avenue
SUNY - Buffalo State
Buffalo, NY 14222
Office: 716/878-5716




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