Undergraduate Textiles Courses

The College of Textiles at NC State offers two undergraduate-level certificate programs for those desiring to increase their knowledge of textiles through a structured study program. Students may also choose to enroll in a class-by-class basis. For detailed information about the fee schedule for undergraduate courses, visit NC State’s Undergraduate Online and Distance Education tuition rates page. The current estimated cost per credit hour for 2015-2016 (North Carolina residents) is $226.01. To learn more about registering for courses, visit our Apply page.

Online Undergraduate Courses

This list is not comprehensive; additional online courses are available. To view the most up-to-date course listing, please visit the Registration & Records website. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment. Not all courses listed in the NC State Course Catalog can be provided through TOP. For more information, click each course to read a full description.

FTM 217 – The Textile Industry

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Study of the structure and organization of the integrated textile complex and its strategic functions. Critical stages involved in the manufacture of textile and apparel products. Fundamental aspects of cost management and finance as related to the integrated Textile Complex. One Saturday attendance during the semester is required.


FTM 400- Major Fashion Designers (Additional Breadth)

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Study of fashion designers from the 1850s to the present. Emphasis will be placed on historical and cultural events that have influenced the work of fashion designers and trends that have emerged.


PCC 101 – Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry

  • Credit hours: 2
  • Description: Introduction of topics related to Polymer and Color Chemistry, e.g. fiber and fiber forming polymers, polymerization methods, into to color assessment methods, various chemistry disciplines, molecular interactions, periodic table, acids, bases, solutions, into to and examples of textile coloration and textile finishing techniques.


PCC 401 – Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society (Interdisciplinary Perspectives)

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Study the positive and negative impacts of industry on our environment and society; how pollution is controlled and safety maximized. Focus on occupational, environmental, and societal impact of key industries, including controversial and unsolved industrial-environmental issues.


T 200 – Introduction to Textiles

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Survey of textiles including technical and economic history of the industry; physical and chemical processes involved in producing textile products from raw materials; unique aesthetic, physical and chemical properties of textiles and how these properties are determined by raw materials and production processes; and influence of properties of textile materials on their utilization and performance. Restricted to non-degree students only.


TMS 211 – Introduction to Fiber Science

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Properties of fibers related to type and chemical structure. Fiber classification and identification. Reaction to moisture, stress-strain properties, and methods of measuring physical properties. Relationship between polymer structure, fiber properties and utilization.


TT 105 – Introduction to Textile Technology

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Introduction to Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management. Structures and production methods for fabrics, yarn, and fibers. Introduction to the nature of polymers and the characteristics of polymers which make them useful for producing fibersthat are practically and aesthetically desirable. Design of end products as well as fundamental economic and supply chain issues.


TT 221 – Yarn Production & Properties I

  • Credit hours: 2
  • Description: The techniques available for manufacturing yarns from staple fibers. A review of yarn numbering and fiber properties. The principles involved in opening, cleaning, blending, drafting, twisting and winding. Short and long staple spinning systems including a review of opening and cleaning lines, carding, draw frames, roving frames and different spinning machines. Filament yarn processing.


TT 252 – Formation and Structure of Textile Fabrics

  • Credit hours: 4
  • Prerequisites: TT 221
  • Description: Fundamentals of the conversion of fibers and yarns into woven, knitted, and nonwoven fabrics, and fabrics’ conversion systems. Introduction to woven, knitted and nonwoven fabric design structure. Structure, property, and performance relations of textile fabrics. Testing and evaluation of textile structures.


FTM 220 – Principles of Retailing and Supply Chain Management in Textiles

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Description: Introduction to theories and principles in fashion and textiles retailing and supply chain management including: the framework of textile retailing, textile retail strategies, textile supply chains and investigation of the strategic planning process. Emphasis placed on conducting an environmental scan, identifying and targeting the consumer, analyzing the trade area, site selection and textile product merchandise planning.


TT 305 – Introduction to Nonwoven Products and Processes

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: TMS 211
  • Description: Fiber web/nonwoven fabrics produced directly from fibers or their precursors. Physical and chemical nature of local bonding and fiber entanglement. Viable processes for producing these fabrics. Economic justification for process and production. Product/process interaction. Plant visits whenever possible.


TT 331 – Performance Evaluation of Textile Materials

  • Credit hours: 4
  • Prerequisites: TMS 211 and TT 221
  • Description: Standards, principles and effects of test conditions in measuring basic physical and mechanical properties of textile materials. Design of test and interpretation of test results in relation to end-use performance, product development, process control, research and development and other requirements.


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