Iowa State University: Merchandising/ Creative Design/ Technical Design/ Product Development/ Production and Sourcing Management
Ames, Iowa
Apparel, Educational Studies, & Hospitality Department

Iowa State’s apparel, merchandising, and design program consolidates several aspects of fashion design and related fields in order to give students a comprehensive understanding of the industry. Students are required to take breadth courses in dress and diversity, textiles, computer applications, aesthetics, merchandising, manufacturing, global issues, and internship. Fashion majors can participate in a number of field study programs in NY, LA, Chicago, or Mexico. Design majors have the opportunity to combine the fashion program’s integrative core curriculum with a concentrated area of study.

What fashion related programs and degrees does Iowa State University offer?
As of 2011, Iowa State University offers the following degrees:
B.S. Merchandising option
B.S. Creative Design option
B.S. Technical Design option
B.S. Product Development option
B.S. Production and Sourcing Management

What’s the school’s contact information?
Iowa State University
Apparel, Education Studies, & Hospitality Department
31 MacKay Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1121
Phone: 515-294-7474

Type of school? Public

How much is tuition?
Tuition (Resident): $6,102
(non-resident): $17,668
Room & Board: $6,600-$11,456

What is the typical student profile?
Iowa State University total undergraduate students: 22,521
Fashion program students: 240

What are the requirements to enter program?
Program requires acceptance to Iowa State University.

How long does it take to complete program?
It usually takes four years to complete a B.S. degree, two years to complete a M.S. degree and two or more years to complete a Ph D program.

How many faculty members does Iowa State University’s Merchandising/ Creative Design/Technical Design/ Product Development/ Production and Sourcing Management program have?
Faculty members: 8

What career placement services does Iowa State University provide?
Internships are required of majors during their Sophomore, Junior, and/or Senior year. All internships must be taken on a graded basis and are supervised by faculty. Usually, interns are placed at major national retail chains. Students in the textiles and clothing program have the opportunity to enrich their learning through the department’s partnership with international institutions at London College of Fashion, Paris American Academy, Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy, and Lorenzo de Medici in Florence. Majors can enroll in either summer-long or semester-long study abroad programs, with a field trip option to Mexico.

All data is as of 2011.