Retail (RTL) Courses

RTL1015 Introduction to Retail and Fashion

This course is an overview of the retail and fashion industries. Students explore historical influences on contemporary industries as well as the process of developing and producing apparel products and retailing consumer goods. Types of retailers and retail channels are emphasized as are industry research methods. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL2008 The Textiles Industry

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the textiles industry. Students explore fibers, yarns, fabrics, dyes, prints and finishes. Emphasis is on factors that affect the hand, appearance and performance of textiles and textile products. The manufacturing of yarns and fabrics (woven, knitted and nonwoven) are examined in order to evaluate appropriate end uses.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005 or RTL1015. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL2050 Fashion Promotion

The course explores the principles of fashion promotion as they relate to planning, selling and marketing fashion merchandise to consumers. Students explore the nature of the contemporary fashion promotion industry, and its use of integrated marketing communications to inform consumers of trends and styles. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

RTL2122 Retail and Fashion Lab

This course is a career exploration of a variety of merchandising functions. Part of this course takes place in a laboratory setting with students completing hands-on assignments resembling merchandise management activities. Students conduct market analysis, trend research, buying, and visual merchandising under the supervision of faculty with industry expertise. This course includes industry field visits. Students are encouraged to examine personal and professional goals as they visit with local industry hosts and alumni. Students develop professional skills and network with industry speakers as they discover many retail and fashion career paths.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1015, sophomore status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4 Semester Credits

RTL3010 Merchandise Buying

This course provides the student with principles of merchandising buying. Students review the environmental factors that influence the behavior of consumers and the techniques for predicting merchandise cycles. This course outlines the merchandising activities and marketing trends of those industries involved with producing and selling goods in the marketplace. Students examine the merchandising activities and decisions expected of a buyer at the retail level. Buying activities are compared for a variety of retail settings.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1015. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

RTL3030 Cases in Fashion and Retail

This course analyzes and compares fashion and retail merchandise and management techniques used in specialty store, department store, chain store and mass merchandising operations. A case study approach is used in evaluating merchandise and management decisions in a variety of cases involving issues, types of operations and levels of management.
Prerequisite(s): RTL2063, junior status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
3 Semester Credits

RTL3065 Forecasting

This course provides an overview of the field of fashion forecasting. Students learn to research, identify and evaluate trends in themes, colors, textiles and styles, as well as their impact on the textile and apparel industries. They explore garment components in order to better recognize fashion trends and develop fashion forecasts based on consumer, aesthetic and market research.
Prerequisite(s): RTL2122. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL3075 Textile Design for Apparel and Home Furnishings

This hands-on course is an introduction to basic textile design techniques used by designers and manufacturers. Topics include the aesthetic and performance characteristics of fibers, yarns, weaves and knits, as well as motif development and pattern design. Methods of design incorporate dyeing, printing, surface manipulation, and embellishments. The development and ethical issues of the textile industry are also explored. Students develop an appreciation for the historic and cultural value relevant to each method and create collections of textile samples for both apparel and home.
Prerequisite(s): RTL2008. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL3212 Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of sustainability in the fashion industry. Students are exposed to the core issues and challenges of sustainable apparel. Focus is on the management of processes involved with raw materials, textile production, apparel design, manufacturing, selling and disposal in order to produce a positive impact on society. Concepts of the fashion supply chain and its sustainability (environmental, economic and ethical) are examined. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL3240 Retail Math

This course teaches the concepts, practices and procedures for math utilized in merchandising. Students use calculations and interpretations of figures needed to allocate merchandise investments, control of sales, and control inventory (including planning and pricing) to be profitable in retail environments. The course approaches retail management from the standpoint of the retail businessperson and is intended to serve as a tool for the student of merchandising management.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1015. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL3350 Visual Merchandising

This course aids students in the development of skills necessary to the creation of strategic and innovative visual merchandising. Emphasis is on the importance of color and composition, types of displays, fixtures, and brand image. Other topics include the use of mannequins, mannequin alternatives, signage and floor plans, as well as display space conceptualization and implementation.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005 or RTL1015. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL4050 Strategic Planning in the Fashion Industry

This senior-level capstone course integrates theory and real-world situations. Using research, data collection and analysis, students evaluate, formulate and implement business strategies for the fashion and retail industries. This course examines the momentum of omni-channel retailing as brick and mortar, e-commerce, and social commerce create seamless shopping experiences. Students research financial, merchandising, and competitive data from fashion and retail organizations and determine advanced merchandising strategies.
Prerequisite(s): RTL3030 or RTL3065, senior status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6010 Concepts and Theories in Fashion Merchandising

This course explores and analyzes the role and purpose of theories and concepts, focusing on those applicable to fashion and merchandising research. Based on the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of fashion and merchandising, various fields are examined including verbal and nonverbal communication, consumer behavior, marketing and technology. Using appropriate research methods, students design original research based on theoretical or conceptual frameworks.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6030 Ethics in the Fashion Industry

This course analyzes ethics and moral principles as they relate to laws, policies, and practical issues in the global fashion industry. The emphasis of this course is on the application and evaluation of scholarly articles, case studies, and real-life ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. Students recognize and critique ethical problems linked to the design, production, retailing, and consumption of apparel.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6040 Sustainability in the Apparel and Retail Industry

This course covers current apparel and retail sustainability theories, research and methodologies. Emphasis is on the evaluation and discussion of current sustainability literature and sustainable practices of apparel, textiles and related products and services. Students assess the viability of emerging international apparel manufacturing countries in terms of environmental sustainability.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6050 Merchandising Management in the 21st Century

This course examines past and present theoretical perspectives and research with respect to changes in merchandise management and current retailing practices. Many aspects of merchandise management and retailing are examined and analyzed including historical settings, current global and business environments, digital technology and management. Students assess and critique a range of management practices, working in individual, dyadic and group settings.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits