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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Cultural Aspects of Clothing
Course: TEC105

First Term: 2019 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Psychological, aesthetic, and economic factors applied to the systematic study of dress and adornment in relationship to world cultures and the global fashion industry.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain how people express themselves through the use of clothing. (I)
2. Describe how clothing communicates cultural values. (I)
3. Identify reasons why people wear clothing. (I)
4. Explain the global source and function of fashion in relation to cultures. (I)
5. Classify the interrelationship of physical appearance, environment, and dress and adornment.(II)
6. Illustrate principles and elements of design in dress and adornment. (III)
7. Explain how the use of materials in clothing selection and personal adornment is related to body image and psychological health. (III)
8. Evaluate the global and individual aesthetic ideals for appearance. (III)
9. Appraise and predict modern global dress and adornment with future technology and social influences. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Psychological and Sociological Influences of Dress and Adornment
   A. Personal identity
   B. Group identity
   C. Reasons for wearing clothing
      1. Protection
      2. Modesty
      3. Status
      4. Extension of self
      5. Decoration
   D. Clothing as a communicator of culture
      1. Religion
      2. Status
      3. Sex
      4. Politics
      5. Economics
      6. Aesthetics
   E. Fashion as a cultural value
      1. Beauty
      2. Fashion theories
II. Physical Appearance, Environment, and Dress
   A. Your body
      1. Image
      2. Type
      3. Posture
      4. Communication
   B. Environmental Influences
      1. Geographical influences
      2. Technological advances
      3. Sustainability education
III. Design Applied Dress and Adornment
   A. Principles of design
      1. Applied and structural
      2. Balance, proportion, emphasis, rhythm, unity
   B. Elements of design
      1. Form
      2. Shape
      3. Space
      4. Line
   C. Color
      1. Color terminology
      2. Fashion and color
      3. Cultural meaning of color
      4. Personal coloring
      5. Prang color system
   D. Texture
      1. Characteristics of texture
      2. Influences of texture
      3. Harmony of texture
   E. Fabric design
      1. Geometric
      2. Abstract
      3. Stylized
      4. Naturalistic
IV. Global Dress and Future Influences
   A. Global fashion and social influences
      1. Style-tribes
      2. Global fashion communities
         a. Cosplay
         b. Renaissance fairs
   B. Aesthetic technology and global fashion
      1. Textiles
      2. Electronic technology
      3. Sustainability
   C. Future global style-tribes, technology, and social influences

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 28, 2015

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