Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University: Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising.
DeKalb, IL
School of Family, Consumer, & Nutrition Sciences

The textiles, apparel and merchandising curriculum at Northern Illinois University strives to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for careers in fashion merchandising in the apparel textile field. Students are given a firm understanding of textiles and apparel as well as socioeconomic factors and business skills involved in product merchandising.

University of Hawaii

University of Hawaii: Apparel Product Design & Merchandising.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Department of Apparel Product Design & Merchandising

University of Hawaii’s fashion program strives to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to be competitive in the apparel and fashion job market. Apparel design and merchandising majors are encouraged to understand how social, economic, and political factors impact the apparel and fashion industry. Fashion students will also become more aware of dress and appearance’s role within a larger societal framework, which includes individual behavior, social and economic trade, and different cultural contexts. A main goal of the department of apparel product design and merchandising is to assist students in developing critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills.

University of Georgia

University of Georgia: Fashion Merchandising/Global Soft Goods Emphasis/ Furnishings and Interiors.
Athens, Georgia
Department of Textiles, Merchandising, & Interiors

The fashion program at University of Georgia offers a diverse curriculum that takes a comprehensive approach to fashion merchandising and interior design, including residential kitchen and bath design. Students pursuing the merchandising program with a global soft goods emphasis are trained in global sourcing, logistics, and production. Fashion majors have the opportunity to take courses that challenge them to create historic apparel and assist in the production of textile exhibits on and off campus.

Iowa State University

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.

International Academy of Design and Technology—Schaumburg

International Academy of Design and Technology—Schaumburg: Fashion Design.
Schaumburg, Illinois
Fashion Design Department

In addition to training students in the basics of design and construction, the fashion department at International Academy of Design and Technology—Shaumburg provides individuals with the opportunity to gain a broader education by taking courses in business, complex design and construction with specialty fabrics, manufacturing, quality assurance, entrepreneurship, and original design collections. Fashion majors gain marketable experience in computer-generated design, computer generated pattern drafting, and product data management using up to date software programs. Students may combine several courses of study to create a customized curriculum that best suits their interests.

International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago

International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago: Fashion Design/ Merchandising Management.
Chicago, Illinois
Fashion Design Department

The fashion design and merchandising management program at International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago takes a comprehensive approach to design and management, giving students the opportunity to work on original projects incorporating all stages of design or management, from conceptualization, sketching, pattern making, draping construction, to consumer analysis. Merchandising management majors receive a general business education with a focus on fashion merchandising that prepares them for work in merchandising,management, or as entrepreneurs.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University: Apparel Design/ Apparel Merchandising.
Normal, Illinois
Family and Consumer Sciences

The apparel design and merchandising curriculum at Illinois State University prepares students for professional work in several sectors of the global textile, apparel, and merchandising fields, including fashion trend analysis, production development, promotion, distribution, wholesale, and retail. Fashion majors may broaden their understanding of apparel, design, and merchandising by attending fashion tours internationally in Florence, London, and Paris or off-campus in the US in New York and Los Angeles.

Dominican University

Dominican University: Apparel Design/ Fashion Development/ Surface Design/ Dress and Textile Studies/ Apparel Merchandising.
River Forest, Illinois
Family and Consumer Sciences Department

A main goal of the apparel and merchandising department is to assist students in cultivating creative thinking skills while giving them the opportunity to learn about aesthetics and theoretical aspects of fashion and apparel. The fashion program strives to instill a sense of ethics and humanism in students to prepare them to be conscientious professionals in the fashion work force. Dominican University offers a wide selection of courses to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the fashion field.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago: Fashion Design/ Fashion Retail Management.
Chicago, Illinois
Fashion Studies & Fashion Retail Management

The fashion design and fashion retail management programs at Columbia College Chicago incorporate several aspects of the fashion field, including fashion photography, fashion journalism, fashion entrepreneurship, fashion design, and fashion retail management. Fashion majors gain a liberal arts education in a flexible environment that supports student collaboration and learning being experience.

College of DuPage

College of DuPage: Fashion Design/ Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Department of Fashion Merchandising & Design

The College of DuPage fashion program is teaches students essential skills in fashion design, merchandising, and entrepreneurship. The department of fashion merchandising and design offers individuals a space where they can develop creativity, learn about aesthetics, and understand theoretical aspects of fashion design. Students cultivate these skills by taking classes across a variety of subjects, including clothing construction, pattern making, draping, tailoring, and CAD. Fashion majors gain an understanding of the impact and breadth of fashion through classes dealing with design principles, fashion illustration, motivation, marketing and merchandising, history of costume, and principles of textiles.

West Virginia University

West Virginia University: Fashion Design & Merchandising, Fashion Design/Merchandising
Morgantown, West Virginia
Division of Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program at West Virginia University focuses on providing students with a broad-based education in fashion design and merchandising. Students leave the program prepared for careers in areas such as apparel design, social-psychology of dress, textile design, historic costume and textiles, and business. Students choose between the Fashion Design Track and the Merchandising Track.

Washington State University

Washington State University: Apparel, Merchandising & Textiles, Apparel
Pullman, Washington
Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, & Textiles

The Apparel, Merchandising & Textiles program at Washington State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry from concept to consumer. Students learn about all aspects of this interdisciplinary field, including design, marketing, supply-chain management, consumer behavior, textile chemistry, and product development. Coursework provides opportunities for experiential based learning and problem solving strategies addressing global issues in the industry.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University: Apparel, Housing, & Resource Management
Blacksburg, Virginia
Department of Apparel, Housing, & Resource Management

The Apparel Product Development & Merchandising Management program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University combines a solid liberal arts education with the knowledge and skills required for careers such as fashion coordinators, buyers, fashion forecasters, merchandise managers, and visual managers. Students learn about all aspects of production, development, merchandising, and distribution of apparel and other fashion products.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Richmond, Virginia
Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Virginia Commonwealth University provides students with the skills to succeed in the fashion industry. Students develop a global perspective and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve fashion merchandising problems. The curriculum is project and simulation driven to allow for hands-on experience that addresses contemporary issues discussed by critics and clients.

University of Wisconsin Stout

University of Wisconsin – Stout: Apparel Design & Development
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Department of Apparel Design & Development

The Apparel Design & Development program at University of Wisconsin – Stout prepares students with the skills and knowledge they need for careers in the fast-paced apparel industry. Students learn from knowledgeable faculty and use up-to-date laboratories to develop their skills and gain experience. The program offers three concentrations: Apparel Design, Apparel Development, and Apparel Product Management.

University of North Texas

University of North Texas: Merchandising, Home Furnishings/Merchandising,
E-Merchandising, Merchandising/Business
Denton, Texas
School of Merchandising & Hospitality Management

The Merchandising program at University of North Texas combines leadership, education, and research experiences to create a dynamic program that uses both classroom instruction and hands-on experience to incorporate all aspects of the merchandising industry. Students learn about merchandising strategies in regards to the distribution, evaluation, development, and use of fashion products in the global market. The program has a foundation of five concepts: merchandising foundations, merchandising applications, industry analysis, consumer segmentation, and product evaluations.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach: Fashion Retail Management
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Department of Fashion & Retail Management

The Fashion Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach focuses on interpersonal skills, marketing, and management to prepare students for careers in the retail industry. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills through a market-driven curriculum that combines coursework with technological applications. Graduates leave the program with a strong academic and professional foundation to prepare them for success.

Pierpont Community & Technical College

Pierpont Community & Technical College: Fashion Design
Fairmont, West Virginia
School of Human Services

The Fashion Design program at Pierpont Community & Technical College prepares students for careers in design, marketing and sales, or visual merchandising in various design businesses and retailers. Students have the opportunity to put classroom theory and knowledge to use in a practicum at a local retail store, where they gain on-the-job experience in sales and marketing. Internships and student-run fashion shows provide further opportunities to gain professional experience.

Mount Mary College

Mount Mary College: Apparel Product Development, Creative Design, Technical Design, Merchandise Management
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fashion Department

The Fashion program at Mount Mary College focuses on developing students abilities to create functional and innovative solutions to the problems and challenges of design, manufacturing, and merchandising. Students use state-of-the-art technology and equipment in real-world situations to gain working experience and knowledge of the industry. Students may choose between the Creative Design or Technical Design concentration in the Apparel Product Development major, or choose the Merchandise Management major.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College: Fashion Marketing, Fashion Track/Retail Management Track
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Department of Marketing

The Fashion Marketing program at Milwaukee Area Technical College prepares students for careers in boutiques, stores, and specialty shops. Fashion courses focus on the creative aspects of selling apparel products, while retail management courses focus on the financial and managerial aspects of retail. Students leave the program with the skills and knowledge to begin careers as sales representatives, visual merchandisers, buyers, and store managers.

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