Associate of Arts in Pattern Design


Introduction

Beverly Hills Design Institute offers a specialized degree in Pattern Design. As fashion is inspired by the unlimited creativity and high fashion design techniques of Haute Couture, so should fashion design education.

The Associate of Arts Degree in Pattern Design program prepares students to use detailed body measurements to draft master flat patterns utilized in today’s production operations. Techniques to be used in the program include French couture tailoring and French couture draping.  Students will perform a series of exercises and applications that include measuring, cutting, sewing, fitting, styling, and more advanced construction techniques utilized in garment production. Emphasis is placed on impeccable fit for any body shape, a refined eye for silhouette, and practical body proportions. Manual drafting and fashion show production will be stressed.  Graduates possess immediately operational highly sophisticated skills that are equivalent to an Assistant to Head Pattern Grader, Pattern Maker, and Spec and Fit Technician positions.

Beverly Hills Design Institute understands that highly specialized techniques bring successful design careers when design identities, impeccable fit production techniques, and unlimited creativity are nourished into a unique brand. In an intimate setting, we guarantee the upmost attention to you as a highly valuable designer.

Objectives

The Associate of Arts Degree in Pattern Design program offers qualified students preparation for careers in the field of Pattern Design as patternmakers of apparel and accessories.  The Associate of Arts Degree in Pattern Design brings elegant and highly efficient production techniques to the design table.  Students will develop:

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Foster creativity
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computer Literacy
  • Fashion Industry-specific technical expertise
  • Career focus
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A global perspective

Graduation Requirements

  • A total of 96 quarter credit hour program of study, including 24 general education quarter credit hours, which should be completed within the normal program length of 8 quarters within 2.66 academic years of study, and no more than 12 quarters within 4 academic years for a full time student.
  • A passing grade in all courses and a minimum cumulated grade point average of C (2.0) upon completion of the program.

Curriculum

Prerequisite: None

Fundamental to an artist’s education and training is the ability to observe and to develop the skill of translating observations into visual expression. Students will develop their power of observation and strengthen their ability to think and express themselves visually on paper.  They will acquire techniques for working from the human figure, forms in nature, landscapes, interior spaces and still-life setups. Traditional and nontraditional materials are used throughout to investigate line, value, form, proportion and composition.  Emphasis is on developing a basic understanding of and familiarity with perspective as a means of organizing space and defining a point of view.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

“Business Realities” is an interdisciplinary social science course that concentrates on the transition each graduate encounters as they transform from a student to a business professional. The class emphasizes freelance issues such as self-marketing, pricing, copyright law, starting a business and financial considerations. The class also includes resume, portfolio preparation, job interviewing, salary negotiation and other important job search skills.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This general survey course traces the differences and evolution of clothing in the Western World from pre-historic man to the Late Middle Ages (c1500). The nature and purposes of dress and some of the specific social, ideological, political, economic, geographic and technological factors that influence it are discussed. Various period elements and key styles are described and used as a springboard for today’s fashion ideas. The cut and construction of men’s and women’s garments are analyzed using Powerpoint presentations of slides of paintings, drawings, sculpture and historic costume, as well discussion and some 3-dimensional models.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This general survey course traces the differences and evolution of clothing from the Renaissance to the middle of the 19th century, including a brief introduction to Asian and Indian clothing and influences. The course discusses some of the specific social, ideological, political, economic, geographic and technological factors that influenced the development of fashion. Various period elements, key styles and pattern lay outs are described and used as inspiration for today’s fashion ideas. The cut and construction of men’s and women’s garments are analyzed using slides of paintings, drawings, sculpture and historic costume, as well as 3-dimensional models provided from time to time.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This general survey course traces the differences and evolution of clothing from the mid 19th century to the present era. The course discusses some of the specific social, ideological, political, economic, geographic and technological factors that influenced the development of fashion. Various period elements, key styles and pattern lay outs are described and used as inspiration for today’s fashion ideas. The cut and construction of men’s and women’s garments are analyzed using slides of paintings, drawings, sculpture and historic costume, as well as 3-dimensional models provided from time to time.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction to the apparel industry. Students will learn how the industry operates with regard to the creation, production and marketing of apparel.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 1011 or PATT 1021

Students will create a personalized portfolio and presentation binder to be able to collect their best work and a mini collection developed during their studies at the Associates level.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will gain a better understanding and develop the techniques required to create the necessary design components that are directly involved in the design of fashion garments. They will discover the many materials, processes and technologies used in the industry today as well as their historic origins. Upon completion of this class the student will be able to clarify and employ appropriate terminology in working with other designers and manufacturers, as well as taking their original artwork from concept to creation.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course is an introduction to the apparel industry, consisting of creation, production, and marketing apparel.  Students will gain knowledge of the synergy between pattern design and fashion design, with emphasis on terms and methods of the industry.  Students will work as a team to experience the inception of ideas to delivery of finished goods.  Sample-room practices will be incorporated.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

From Tokyo to New York, French is the recognized language of marketing couture. For any designer who wishes to convey his or her high level of knowledge and sophistication of haute couture and market his or her product effectively, its is imperative to have a basic grasp of French. With an emphasis on the vocabulary of the apparel, accessories and couture industry, this course will introduce the students to the basic structure of reading, writing and speaking French.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This class introduces students to a variety of dressmaker and couture detail construction techniques for clothing, which details will be found in high-end fashion, custom, couture, prêt-a-porter, and beyond. Some processes use the sewing machine, and some use hand-sewing. Emphasis will be placed on single needle sewing machine proficiency and refining pressing skills.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 1001

This class continues from the processes and techniques learned in PATT I00I. Students will continue to learn a variety of detailed construction techniques for clothing which details are found in high-end fashion, custom, couture, prêt-a-porter, and beyond. Some processes use the sewing machine, and some use hand-sewing. Students will review a variety of machine feet and functions, fabric manipulation techniques, decorative hand stitching, use of lace trim, piping, hand appliqué, and more.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Introduces principles of pattern design through the manipulation of fabric draping directly on the dress form. The focus is on the relationship between two and three-dimensional shapes, precise measurements taken from the fabric on the dress form, and the transformation of design concepts into working patterns.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 1011

Students understand dynamic and advanced three-dimensional draping techniques with an emphasis on designer’s creative expression. This course incorporates different elements of fabric selection and construction, including various styling structures and finishing.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Basic understanding of fundamental flat pattern making, detailed body measurements adapted to building skirt blocks on dotted paper. Each human body is unique. Thus, students will learn the theory of body form and the mastery of fitting different human bodies through the scientific application of measuring techniques. Class includes use of the master pattern skirt block to learn variations of styling skirts; including pleated, pegged, gored, wrap, circled, etc. through closing/opening darts, adding fullness, and dividing. Course recommended for fashion design students.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Contour Pattern Design is an intermediate construction course, focusing on advanced use of the master pattern to create structures, including the torso body, princess body, and midriff body styling for industry size 8. Student will also learn the fundamentals of dart manipulation. Before study of dart manipulation students must go through fitting and creating the three basic body pattern master blocks on manila paper.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to basic sewing techniques with the ultimate goal of producing sample pieces. Importance of development of skills with industrial power sewing machine is emphasized. Students will also complete sewing of the basic skirt and variations of the skirt.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This class is an intermediate sewing construction course, focusing on advanced use of the master pattern to create sewn structures, including princess body, torso body and midriff body styling for industry size 8. Because the Torso Body pattern is so complex to draft and finalize, construction of the Torso Body will continue in this class. More advanced sewing techniques and garment production are introduced, aimed at the fashion industry. Emphasis is placed on torso and midriff bodies fitting processes and the function of garment construction which are critical to the development of skills. Students will also learn the basics of sewing different darts and curved seams.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 1021

Students will learn BHDI’s uniquely revised basic sleeve (easy to sew in bodice with a smooth cap), using the master pattern to learn variations of styling sleeves; including tailor, bishop, raglan, lantern, cowl, and more. In this course, the student will also work with pattern development that involves more advanced work. Style and fittings will be incorporated, as well as more advanced construction techniques utilized in garment production.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course provides a foundation in flat pattern making for collars and necklines and allows for variations such as mandarin, shirt collar, peter-pan, different types of built-up neck lines (dart manipulation or added fullness), raised neck line, variations of cowl neck, and more.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will learn BHDI’s unique style of basic pants with only two darts in the back and a variety of pant styles such as pull-on pant, pant with different leg widths, baggy pant, pleated cowl-draped pant and more. Student will study pant derivatives, from Shorty-short to Capri pant. Through peer critiques, students will have access to different perspectives and adapt the input into their own unique style of pattern designs.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will learn how to sew BHDI’s uniquely revised basic sleeve and learn to sew variations of sleeve styles, including tailor, bishop, raglan, and more. In this course, the student will also work with sewing developments that involves more advanced work.  Emphasis on hands-on sewing techniques of sleeve varieties and different type of fabrication from finest to heavy fabric.  We will also work with intensive prints, lace, and more. This course will also introduce how to do hand stitches.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course provides a foundation of sewing variations of collars such as mandarin, shirt collar, peter-pan, different types of built-up neck lines (dart manipulation or added fullness), raised neck line, variation of cowl neck, and more. Emphasis is on variations in fabric materials and weight for developing sewing techniques.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will learn more advanced sewing techniques for BHDI’s unique style of various pant styles, using a variety of fabric weights and types. Through peer critiques, during sewing construction, students will have access to different perspectives and adapt the input into their own unique style of sewing construction.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: Any Pattern Course

Class defines use of computerized tools for pattern making. By the end of the 22 class meetings of level I and II, students will be able to make patterns on computer as easily as making patterns on the table manually. The course includes on use of a CD-ROM Tutorial to assist the student get through exercises to speed up the knowledge and use of the computerized tools. The class requires completion of 13 styles tutored on the CD-Rom and completion of a collection of a 12 piece line using 3 fabrics.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 2061

Focus of this class is to learn the Production Cycle of a Collection of Styles from Creation, to choosing various Graded/Sizing choices. After this the making of the Marker is the middle exercise to achieve a Fabric Yield/Consumption to arrive at a Cost of the Styles in the Collection. The Styles will also have available the Made-to-Measure function to make One size per Individual person.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

A course designed to develop the student’s ability to fit garments properly to a live model by identifying and examine the different types of managerial models used among apparel companies.

1 UNIT: 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Working with a fashion designer and a self-prepared fit model, the student completes two finished garments of a mini collection. Family members are invited to luncheon followed by the Fashion Show.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Applies only Associate of Arts and advised by a Professional Advisory Board Member and an Executive Member of BHDI, the student will work with a fashion designer as a co-partner to perfect the debut collection, including accessories to present a complete fashion collection.

4 CREDITS: 22 LECTURE HOURS / 44 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students are introduced to the basic properties of textiles in a comprehensive and non-technical style. Focus is placed on the identification of woven and non-woven fabrics, natural and synthetic fibers and new developments in sustainable and recycled textile products. The course includes hands-on analysis of fabric swatches and the creation of a personalized swatch book created by the student. Students also gain practical experience in dye processes, burn testing and the suitability of fabrics for the design process. It is hoped that this information will enable students to gain an appreciation of the beauty and practical applications of a wide range of textiles.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Application of design principles to the embellishment of garments and accessories with emphasis on techniques, creation of original designs, and fashion trends. Embellishment includes embroidery, silks screening, crystal and nail head, appliqué, etc. Techniques are developed through hands-on experimentation, as well as finishes and hand-printing or computer processing.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

The Human Structure & Function course is a multidisciplinary approach that fully integrates the disciplines of Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, Chronobiology and Evolution of the human body, and its organ systems.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

A course in public speaking featuring narrative, persuasive, informational problem-solving and extemporaneous speeches presented to the class. The emphasis is on organization and use of supporting detail, clarity of content, and professional presentation techniques. This includes the quality of confidence, facility or delivery, and adeptness in using visual aids.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

The course is aimed to introduce concepts and tools of basic economic analysis at both micro and macro levels.  It will provide instruction in the nature and function of product markets (supply and demand), economic decision making, types of economic systems, national income accounting, economic growth, recession and inflation, and fiscal and monetary policies.  Additionally, the course will incorporate principles of business practices.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Fundamental course in expository writing.  The course is designed to help students improve their writing processes, to improve students’ critical thinking skills, to increase the organizational effectiveness of students’ writing, and to develop students’ awareness of the importance of context in writing.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course takes students through the formation, construction, development, evolution, and survival of civilizations across the globe up to 1500 ACE.  The course will begin with a discussion of “pre-History” and then provide vignettes looking at imperative moments in world history, events that introduced: ideas, culture, religions, foods, styles, and languages from one region to the next.  The class will introduce students to Empires, Kingdoms, populations, and migrants that have influenced the course of history.  Students completing this course will gain a better appreciation for the development of global connectedness, the influence of imperial and cultural expansionism, and processes paving the way for European expansion into the “New World.”

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to satisfy the mathematics requirement for students in non-science fields. Course content includes units on sets, logic, numeration and mathematical systems, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, statistics, basic algebra, basic geometry and elements of number theory.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Principles of human behavior; physiological foundations, influence of heredity and environment; sense-perception, attention, capacities and abilities; learning; emotion and motivation; special emphasis on personality development and adjustment. Special emphasis on states of consciousness: language, memory, learning and their relationship to the arts. Introduction to the theories of Freud and Jung; Behavioral and Humanist Psychology.  This course uses critical thinking to explore the basic principles of psychology and how they relate to human behavior in everyday life. Students will understand personality development, learning, consciousness, motivation, physical development, psychological health and the self in a social context.  Students will be able to apply this insight to themselves and the fashion industry.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course relies on a variety of sociological perspectives to examine the role of culture in everyday life, with a particular emphasis on the organization of the mass media industry, the relationship between cultural consumption and social status, and the social and cultural constructions of beauty. Specific course topics will include socialization, culture, inequality, race and ethnic relations, gender, global economy and urbanization.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS