Most of the courses in Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM) have a laboratory or activity session where students complete projects that demonstrate their understanding of course principles and concepts. Students show their creativity, problem-solving, analytical and reasoning skills in a wide variety of course topics. This diversity of hands-on experience gives graduates the equivalent of almost two years of work experience.
Students will work with various software applications to learn product design, pattern-making, tech packages, 3-D body scanning, business information systems and more. This includes Tukatech, Adobe Creative Suite, Optitex – 3-D, AIMS manufacturing resource planning system, and a retail point-of-sale and retail data management system.
Students work in the labs with the diverse technologies used in today’s apparel production and distribution sector. In our 3,000 square foot apparel production lab we have a full range of industrial sewing equipment, from companies such as Brother, Juki and Singer. We also have an Eton computer-controlled Unit Production System.
In the textile and garment testing lab we have a comprehensive set of equipment for testing fibers, yarns, fabrics and garments. These include a tensile tester for measuring the strength and extensibility of fibers and textiles; a spectrophotometer for accurately measuring and communicating fabric color, a critical issue in a global industry; a flammability tester; and a Laundrometer for wash testing fabrics and garments.
Our body scanning lab includes a TC2 3D body scanner with avatar development software by TC2 and Optitex. Here students can scan themselves, create an avatar and then test for fit a garment they have created using one of our CAD pattern-making suites (PAD, Tukatech and Optitex). We are also collaborating with an off campus consortium, VMS, and colleagues in the Cal Poly Pomona Computer Science department to develop single camera body scanning technologies that will one day appear on your smart phone, tablet, or home computer.
The BLDG45 boutique (our retail laboratory) includes a retail point-of sale-system, with card reader, bar code scanner, and computer that automates purchases over the Internet and communicates with the Apparelscapes warehouse inventory management system.
We are grateful to software and equipment vendors for their generous support. Their contribution to the AMM program provides additional learning opportunities for our students. See our list of recent donors.