The mission of the apparel design and merchandising department is to provide students with an environment in which they can develop and nurture creativity, gain aesthetic, intellectual, and professional competence in both the knowledge and skills of the apparel field and cultivate a humanistic and ethical understanding of apparel as a business and as an art form.
The apparel program offers major and minor programs in apparel design and apparel merchandising. It is advisable for interested freshman to consult with an advisor in the department prior to registration.
Apparel graduates can pursue an array of careers in the fashion and retail industries and with leading museums. Possible apparel career positions range from developing and manufacturing specific fashion items to promotion, publicity or sales at either the wholesale or retail levels.
Careers in the apparel design field include:
- Textile designer
- Market analyst
- Product developer
- Quality control inspector or manager
- Sales representative
- Fashion designer
- Sample maker
- Pattern maker
- Pattern grader