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Textile Fundamentals


Undergraduate Certificate | Textile Fundamentals

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

A structured study program of undergraduate-level courses designed to increase knowledge of textiles. The certificate is available to students who are not currently in a degree program.

The College of Textiles at NC State offers a certificate program for those desiring to increase their knowledge of textiles through a structured study program. Textile employees with busy schedules can continue their education to enhance their careers. Online access provides for the flexibility of viewing courses in the office, on the production floor, at home or on the road. A certificate signed by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate program.


The Undergraduate Certificate in Textile Fundamentals application form and an official transcript of college level studies are required. Applicants must satisfy course prerequisite requirements for college-level physics, calculus and chemistry to be considered for the program. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. To be considered, an original transcript must be submitted with your application for documentation of prerequisite courses. Students will receive a letter of approval upon acceptance to the program.


The certificate requires 15 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from three to five semester to complete.


The online undergraduate certificate in textiles is attractive to a rapidly changing industry and to audiences outside of “traditional textiles”.

Required courses - 9 hours

T 200 - Introduction to Textiles

Units: 3

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. Not open to students required to take TT 105; open to transfer students

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

PCC 203 - Introduction to Polymer Chemistry

Units: 3

Organic reaction principles necessary to understand the preparation, properties and chemistry of polymers. Synthesis, applications and behavior of common classes of polymers with emphasis on those materials used in the textile industry. The chemistry and structure of natural and man-made fibers.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

FTM 217 - The Textile Industry

Units: 3

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.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Summer Term 2

Additional courses - at least 6 hours

PCC 301 - Technology of Dyeing and Finishing

Units: 3

Basic principles and procedures for the preparation, dyeing, printing, and finishing of natural and man-made fibers. The chemical nature of dyes and fastness properties and the chemical nature of finishes used to impart specific end-use properties.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term

TT 221 - Yarn Production and Properties I

Units: 2

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.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

TT 252 - Formation and Structure of Textile Fabrics

Units: 4

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.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 2 2016 Fall Term

To be awarded the certificate, a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required. None of the required 15 hours may be taken for S/U or “credit only”. No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed for the certificate.

Tuition Level: Undergraduate

Cost per Credit Hour: $231.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $3,478.20

Cost per Credit Hour: $647.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $9,718.20

Approximate cost per semester: $2,086.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 15, 2017
SpringJanuary 5, 2017
SummerMay 15, 2017

Dr. Pamela Banks-Lee

Associate Professor