Florida Tech to Begin Textiles Minor ; Introductory Course Offered Fall 2011

  Aided by the extensive resources of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on campus, students at Florida Institute of Technology may choose to minor in textiles starting fall 2012. A student must complete 20 credit hours for the new minor.

Five required courses, for 11 credit hours, will include Fundamentals of Color 1 and 2, Introduction to Textiles, Survey of the Textile Industry and Introduction to Textile Conservation. For an additional nine credits, students may choose the Business Track, Conservation Track or Textile Arts track, each offering three courses.

This fall Florida Tech will present the first of these courses, Introduction to Textiles, taught by Lesa Lorusso, interior designer. The course, TEX1001, will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:15 in P133 auditorium in the Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus. The course is open to community members at the special non-credit tuition rate of $325. For course and registration information, call or email the Department of Humanities and Communication at (321) 674-8082 or humevent@fit.edu.

Lorusso is a Florida licensed interior designer and instructor. She owns and operates LNL Designs, an interior design firm, and currently teaches Textiles, Historic Preservation and Advanced AutoCAD at Brevard Community College (BCC). She has also taught AutoCAD and interior design courses at Wellesley College and the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, Mass. She is a member of the Florida Tech Friends of Textiles and a faculty adviser to the BCC Interior Design Club.

For more information about the textiles minor, contact Dr. Robert Taylor, Head, Department of Humanities and Communication, rotaylor@fit.edu.

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