Marymount University

Marymount University: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Arlington, Virginia
Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design program at Marymount University prepares students for entry-level careers in the industry as assistant designers in product development and manufacturing firms. The Fashion Merchandising program provides the skills needed for fields such as product development, writing and media, visual merchandising, buying, management, and international trade. Required internships and study abroad provide opportunities for networking and professional development.

Madison College

Madison College: Fashion Marketing
Madison, Wisconsin
Fashion Marketing

The Fashion Marketing program at Madison College prepares students for careers in wholesale, retail, manufacturing, and other fashion marketing fields. Coursework combines instruction on marketing activities and business with fashion products and practices. Study tours, guest lecturers, and internships allow students to explore career opportunities and gain valuable work experience.

Central Washington University

Central Washington University: Fashion Merchandising
Ellensburg, Washington
Family & Consumer Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising program at Central Washington University focuses on providing students with the skills and knowledge required to evaluate retail needs, spot industry trends, and analyze market and consumer behavior. Students gain professional experience through internships, industry field trips, guest speakers, and attendance at trade shows. Students may choose a minor in Apparel Design.

University of Houston

University of Houston: Consumer Science & Merchandising
Houston, Texas
Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences

The Consumer Science & Merchandising program at University of Houston focuses on consumer-oriented business practices in customer service, merchandising, retailing, sales, and technology entrepreneurship. Students then learn to integrate this knowledge with technology-based consumer practices. Students may choose to specialize in Technology Entrepreneurship, Consumer Science and Merchandising, Training and Development, e-Tailing, or Professional Studies.

The Art Institute of Dallas

The Art Institute of Dallas: Fashion Design
Dallas, Texas
Fashion Design Department

The Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of Dallas focuses on providing students with a thorough understanding of apparel production and manufacturing including flat pattern drafting, sewing, draping, and drawing and illustration techniques. Students learn to develop their creative ideas from concept to complete products and collections. Students use Computer Aided Design to learn pattern drafting and grading and textile design. The program also includes instruction in business practices, client relations, and industry procedures to prepare students for the real experience of the industry.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University: Apparel Design & Manufacturing
Lubbock, Texas
College of Human Science, Department of Design

The Apparel Design & Manufacturing program at Texas Tech University provides students with a variety of skills to prepare them to enter the fashion world. Students learn to create, design, and produce apparel from start to finish. Students also receive instruction in how to research and apply trends and in designing and producing costumes for the theatre. Professional development is possible through a required internship and study abroad opportunities.

Texas State University San Marcos

Texas State University: Fashion Merchandising
San Marcos, Texas
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising program at Texas State University focuses on providing the skills students need for successful careers in the industry. Students learn about the merchandising, promotion, and production of apparel and fashion services. Internships with wholesalers, retailers, and fashion communication firms along with study abroad opportunities and student organizations provide ample opportunities for students to network and develop their professional communication skills and contacts.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University: Fashion Merchandising
Fort Worth, Texas
Department of Design, Merchandising & Textiles

The Fashion Merchandising program at Texas Christian University prepares students for careers in the industry with hands-on instruction in all parts of the supply chain. Students develop skills in fibers and fabrics, product compatibility, computer aided design, product development, buying, quality control, and apparel production, selection, and coordination. The program teaches professionally relevant skills in the development, buying, and selling of merchandise to prepare students for success in the industry.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University: Human Ecology, Merchandising &
Design/Housing & Design
Cookeville, Tennessee
School of Human Ecology

The Human Ecology program at Tennessee Technological University prepares students for a career in the industry by combining a broad curriculum of topics relating to the profession of merchandising and a general education background. Study tours, market trips, student organizations, and a required practicum in the sophomore year provide opportunities for students to develop their professional skills and contacts.

Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University: Fashion Merchandising
Nacogdoches, Texas
School of Human Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising program at Stephen F. Austin State University provides students with strong product knowledge to prepare them for careers in retailing, wholesaling, or manufacturing apparel and accessories. The program features a low instructor/student ratio and hands-on projects based on industry standards. Students leave the program with an appreciation for lifelong learning and development, research, and service.

Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University: Fashion Merchandising
Huntsville, Texas
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising program at Sam Houston State University combines business operations management with a solid basis in apparel knowledge. Students learn to work collaboratively as part of a product development team as they create a trend board and collection board, then work on the patternmaking process of an apparel item from that collection. Fashion majors are required to complete a four-course business core to better prepare them for careers in the industry.

International Academy of Design & Technology

International Academy of Design & Technology – San Antonio, Fashion Design
and Merchandising
San Antonio, Texas
Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design & Merchandising program at International Academy of
Design & Technology – San Antonio focuses on preparing students for positions
in merchandising, retail, and fashion. Students learn clothing construction,
draping, apparel design, pattern drafting, and market and trend research. The
interdisciplinary program also includes instruction in merchandise displays,
business management, and publicity and promotion.

Houston Community College

Houston Community College: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Houston, Texas
Lifestyle Arts & Design Careers Division

The Fashion program at Houston Community College focuses on preparing students for careers in the fashion industry. Experienced, professional faculty make instruction and coursework directly relevant to the real world of fashion. Internships in top companies and study tours to New York and around the world provide opportunities for professional experience and development. The program’s nationally accredited courses are transferable to four-year schools.

El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College: Fashion Technology, Fashion Merchandising/Fashion Design/Fashion Illustration/Industrial Patternmaking
El Paso, Texas
Department of Fashion Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion Design
New York, New York
Department of Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion Design program focuses on exposing students to the demands and practices that they will face in their careers in the fashion world.  Students learn how to create a garment from design to the finished product, while studying draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques.  The program includes traditional liberal arts courses, providing students with critical thinking and communication skills as well as the technical skills needed for success in the fashion industry.

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University: Fashion Design, Textile Design
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department of Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program at Philadelphia University provides instruction on all aspects of fashion design and construction, with a special focus on textile materials and design.  Students gain hands-on experience using professional, state-of-the-art equipment for production and design.  Courses of instruction include Fashion Design Problem Solving, Collection Development, and History of Textiles and Costumes.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

 The fashion program at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is designed as an intensive course of study that aims to provide students with a curriculum that is both concentrated and fulfilling. Primarily, the goal of the fashion program is to train students for careers in the fashion and entertainment industry, visual arts, and interior design.

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach: Family & Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising & Design/ Textiles & Clothing
Long Beach, California
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The fashion merchandising and design program at California State University, Long Beach holds a fashion show each spring showcasing over two hundred student designs. To provide students with an opportunity to learn about the fashion industry outside of the classroom, the fashion merchandising and design program offers fashion tours of New York in January and a tour of Europe during the summer.

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento: Family and Consumer Sciences Apparel Marketing and Design.
Sacramento, California
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The apparel marketing and design program at California State University, Sacramento equips students with the knowledge and skills they need for careers in the multifaceted field of apparel and design. Students will be trained to qualify for work in design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and consumer behavior. The fashion design and marketing curriculum is structured to give students both a historical and up-to-date understanding of how existing apparel and textile resources can be used to meet consumer needs, including varying body shapes, spending power, desires, and sociological contexts.

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco: Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion Design
San Francisco, California
Fashion Department

The fashion department at City College of San Francisco offers a variety of credit and non-credit courses in fashion merchandising and design to prepare students for entry into a university fashion program, to assist individuals seeking professional development, and to provide fulfilling classes for individuals with a personal interest in fashion and design. Students have the opportunity to gain real world experience by participating in professional projects in the fashion industry, which allows them to use state of the art technology and become valuable assets in the workforce. A primary goal of the fashion program is to develop students’ skills in communication, problem solving, and teamwork, and to provide them with the theoretical and technical background they need to be successful in today’s fashion industry.

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