Curriculum and Course Plan

The Fashion Design and Retailing Department prepares students as ethical and responsible leaders in the fashion design and retailing industry. We have two concentrations: 

  • Apparel Design
  • Merchandising

The Apparel Design Concentration prepares you for an exciting career in fashion design, technical design, patternmaking, personal styling, product coordination, product development, and research and development.  Through our courses students explore creative and technical aspects of the apparel design process and acquire skills in areas such as advanced apparel construction techniques, computerized design programs, flat pattern design, draping, fashion illustration, global production, costume history, textile properties, specification writing and portfolio development.  Internships are available.  For a complete listing of required courses and a 4 year course plan click on Apparel Design Curriculum.

The Merchandising Concentration prepares you for an exciting career in corporate strategy planning, retail analysis, retail/wholesale buying, retail management, international product sourcing, and visual merchandising.  Through our courses students gain an understanding of retail operations from an industry perspective and acquire skills in areas such as business plan development, buying office functions, consumer behavior, fashion promotion, global production systems, costume history, international cultures, market research and trend forecasting.  An internship is required for the Merchandising Concentration. For a complete listing of required courses and a 4 year course plan click on Merchandising Curriculum.

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