Textile Design


Students are supported and encouraged to take internships and gain as much real-world experience while studying at Thomas Jefferson University. Below is a typical course sequence for a textile design undergraduate student. For specific scheduling information please contact the program director.

FIRST YEAR (33-34 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Pathways Seminar
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication 
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education or Service Learning (1 credit)

DEC Core

  • Process: Integrative Design Process

Major Courses

  • Design Essentials (Fall)
  • Drawing Essentials (Fall)
  • Survey of the Textile Industry (Fall)
  • Drawing: Materials and Methods
  • Knitting Technology I (Spring)
  • History of Western Art I

SECOND YEAR (31 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Ethics
  • Global Diversity
  • Writing Seminar II: Multimedia Communication

DEC Core

  • Science (Select one DECSYS)
  • Framework: Business Models 

Major Courses

  • Weave Technology I
  • Weave Design Studio I
  • Knit Design Studio I 
  • Textile Design Research 
  • Introduction to Digital Imaging 

THIRD YEAR (32-33 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • American Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Global Issues

DEC Methods

  • Integrative Seminar: Ethnographic Research Methods

Major Courses

  • Advanced Weft Knitting (Spring only)  OR Knit Technology II
  • Jacquard OR Weave Technology II
  • Print Design Studio I 
  • Printing Practices OR Textile Printing Technology (Fall only)
  • Science: General Chemistry 
  • Color, Dyeing & Finishing (Lecture and Lab, 4 credits)

FOURTH YEAR (33-35 credits)

Hallmarks Core 

  • Capstone Folio Workshop

Major Courses

  • History of Wester Art II
  • History of Textiles and Costumes
  • Textile Materials
  • Textile Design Capstone
  • Seminar: Textile and Apparel Industry Issues
  • [2] Textile Design Designated Elective (Fall and Spring, 6 credits)
  • [2] Free Electives (6 credits)

TOTAL: 129-133 credits

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