Course Syllabus



Students will gain an overall understanding of the fashion industry including fashion history, fashion designers, the movement of fashion, principles and elements of design, merchandizing, and possible career paths. 


Two credits.

Course Purpose

Students will explore the world of fashion and develop fundamental skills to work in the fashion industry.



No prerequisites.

Required Resources

You are not required to purchase a textbook for this class.

However, you will need a number of common household items to complete assignments. These include the following:

  1. Week 03 Burn Lab
    • A small swatch of four different fabrics
    • Tweezers (or pliers) 
    • A lighter or small candle
    • A metal pan or pie plate (or another non-flammable surface)
  2. W04 Weaving
    • Six sheets of paper in two colors (white is fine for one color)
  3. W06 Color, Tints, Tones, Shades
    • Inexpensive watercolor set or acrylic paints
      • You will use only red, yellow, blue, black, and white paint
    • Paint brush
  4. W12 Design a Line
    • Several sheets of unlined white paper (copy paper is fine)

Technology Requirements


Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

Students will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify fashion designers and their impact on the history and evolution of fashion.
  2. Identify fashion industry-standard terminology.
  3. Create a professional line collection using the elements and principles of design.
  4. Analyze textile properties.
  5. Explore career options in the fashion industry.
  6. Create a merchandising plan for a new line of clothing.
  7. Display their work in a professional apparel portfolio.

Major Assignments

When you have completed FCS 208, you will have compiled a Fashion Career Kit that will help you as you continue your path toward a career in fashion, or in future study.

The table below is intended to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course learning outcomes (CLO).

Major Assignments
Major Assignment Description CLO#
W02 Fashion Collection: Design Details

From collars to necklines to sleeves, fashion design details are the parts that create the design. Collect and organize photos showing a variety of clothing details.

W03 Career Kit: Textile Reference Guide (Part 1)

Start a textile reference guide as you learn about fibers and yarns. Examine care labels and discuss fabric care mishaps, and test textiles by burning small swatches.

W04 Career Kit: Textile Reference Guide (Part 2) How can you tell one textile from another if you don't have a fabric care label? Continue building a textile reference guide as you learn about textile finishes and weaves. 4
W05 Fashion Collection: Design Elements Illustrate the design elements: line, shape, and texture. 1, 3
W06: Career Kit: Color Wheel and Tints, Tones, Shades Paint a color wheel and paint a chart to demonstrate how tints, tones, and shades are created. 3
W08 Career Kit: Digital Portfolio Submit a link to your digital portfolio with links to course artifacts. 7
W10 Assignment: Fashion History Report Any career in the fashion industry assumes some knowledge of fashion history. Work with a group to create a fashion history presentation that spans an assigned decade. 1
W11 Career Kit: Fashion Industry Career Research  Fashion designer, textile artist, photographer, illustrator, makeup artist, fashion writer: these are just some of the possible career paths in the fashion industry. Evaluate your interests and skills, select a career path, and explore a fashion industry career. Identify professional associations and trade publications. 5
W12 Career Kit: Design a Line Design a fashion line using your knowledge of textiles, color, and the principles and elements of design. 3
W13 Career Kit: Fashion Merchandising Develop a merchandising plan to retail your clothing line. 6
W14 Career Kit: Digital Portfolio Submit your final digital portfolio link with links to course artifacts. 7

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Weekly Patterns
Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Study Study articles, presentations, and/or watch assigned videos
Midweek Teach One Another Discussion Some weeks require you to discuss topics with your classmates. Other weeks may require you to teach a topic to a friend/family member.
Midweek Prove Quiz Take a short quiz over the materials studied
End of Week Prove Assignment Some weeks have a small assignment that will help you prepare your weekly key assessment. These will include such activities as painting a color wheel, weaving, burning fabric, and conducting research.
End of Week Ponder and Prove Key Assessment: Project, Guide, Fashion Collection Most weeks have a key assessment which requires you to apply what you have learned. You might be required to be creative as you respond to interview questions or use design principles to sketch apparel. You may need to collect examples of design or conduct fashion history research. Each assessment is an important component in your Fashion Career Kit.

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*If you are not in the Mountain Time Zone, these due dates will be adjusted to your time zone if you have updated your Canvas Profile and set your time zone. Once this is done, you may use the Calendar and your To-Do list to see the exact due dates and times for your location.

Learning Model

As in all BYU-Idaho courses, this course will utilize the Learning Model. Students will prepare by reading all course and study materials in a timely manner and as directed. Teaching one another will occur as students participate in collaborative activities and discussion boards. And students will engage in pondering and proving what they learned by completing key assessments.

All students and instructors are called upon to do their best to fully understand and implement the principles and processes of the BYU-Idaho learning model, as outlined below.


Every week you will prepare by studying course resources. You will take a quiz during Weeks 01–08. 

Teach One Another

Teach One Another activities will be completed in the form of class discussions or as you teach a friend. Additionally, assigned teams will work together to create a fashion history presentation and share it with the class.

Ponder and Prove

You will be asked to make many thoughtful choices in this course as you design clothing or choose a career path to explore. At the end of most weeks, you will have an assignment that asks you demonstrate your knowledge of the week's topics or find solutions to real-life situations. 



Some students mistakenly assume that online courses are easier because work can be done at the student's convenience. This assumption is false. FCS 208 requires the same commitment from students as a face-to-face course, and some things may be a little harder to accomplish online.

Students are expected to spend an average of six hours per week on this course (three hours per credit hour for this two-credit hour course). Though online, this course is not an independent study course. You will be expected to interact with classmates regularly and submit your assignments according to published due dates.

Group Work

There is one major group project. Students will work in teams of 2–3 to prepare a fashion history presentation. 

You will also be assigned larger groups for discussions.


Quizzes are open book, timed, and close on the due date. You will have two chances to take each quiz. There are no makeup quizzes!

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. Late work will be deducted 15% per day. After seven days there will be 0 credit for any submitted work. Late projects will be accepted for full credit only with prior approval.

No late work is accepted the last week of the semester.

Points for group work cannot be made up once the group has met because the purpose of those assignments is to meet together. 


You are allowed to take each quiz twice. 

Extra Credit

Extra credit is not an option of this course. 

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

Technical Support

If you need technical assistance, use the I-Learn "Help" button located on the left side of your screen to contact the appropriate support center (either BYU-Idaho Help or BYU-Pathway Help). 

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Services Office at 1-208-496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Accessibility Services Office.

This course requires synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Accessibility Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at 1-208-496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
    • Student with Disabilities
    • Complaints and Grievances
    • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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