Albright College

Albright College: Fashion, Design/Merchandising/Costume Design/Design & Merchandising
Reading, Pennsylvania
Fashion Department

The Fashion program at Albright College seeks to develop students into good citizens who are successful in their field.  Because the program is located within a liberal arts college, students graduate with the critical thinking skills and adaptability that are crucial in our changing times.  Students can choose the Design, Merchandising, Costume Design, or Design & Merchandising track with their Fashion major.

Drexel University

Drexel University: Fashion Design, Design & Merchandising, Product Design
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department of Fashion & Design & Merchandising

Drexel University’s Fashion Design program combines a six-month Co-op experience with instruction in conceptual design, presentation skills, CAD, and manufacturing procedures.  The program covers all areas of fashion design with small studio classes that simulate the professional world.  The Design & Merchandising program provides instruction in product design, fashion merchandising and creation, marketing, promotion, and distribution.  The Product Design program is a multidisciplinary program with a focus on commercialization, green design, and sustainability.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University: Management & Marketing
Johnson City, Tennessee
Department of Management & Marketing

The Management & Marketing program at Tennessee State University prepares students for a variety of careers in the fast-paced retail industry with an emphasis on product knowledge, merchandising expertise, and creativity.  Students learn problem solving, decision making, communication skills, and how to set goals and work with others as they develop skills in planning, developing, and presenting product lines in a professional environment.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Fashion Merchandising
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Fashion Merchandising Program, Human Development, & Environmental Studies

The Fashion Merchandising program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania focuses on preparing students for the changing and competitive world of fashion.  The curriculum combines fashion and business in topics such as quality control in production, global issues, textiles, and aesthetics.  Students leave the program prepared for careers in distribution, production, design, quality control, merchandising, and promotion.  Students can choose a Business Administration minor or a concentration in Marketing or Small Business Management.

International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville

International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville: Fashion Design & Merchandising
Nashville, Tennessee
Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design & Merchandising program at International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville prepares students for careers in the industry with classes that provide hands-on instruction.  Students learn the process of making a garment from beginning to end, starting with designing and developing patterns, then selecting fabrics and creating sample garments, and finally moving the products to manufacturing and distribution.  Internships, study abroad, and student organizations provide opportunities for professional development.

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University: Textiles, Merchandising, & Design, Apparel Design/Fashion Merchandising
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Department of Human Sciences

The Textiles, Merchandising, & Design program at Middle Tennessee State University combines academic classroom instruction with hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in the industry.  Students graduate with a real sense of the industry and professional requirements. Students may choose to concentrate in either Apparel Design or Fashion Merchandising.  Job placement, internships, and study abroad provide further opportunities for professional growth.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University: Apparel Design, Interior Design & Housing Studies, Merchandising Management, Design & Human Environment
Corvallis, Oregon
Department of Design & Human Environment

The Design & Human Environment program at Oregon State University focuses on developing students’ creativity, technical skill, evidence-based knowledge, and socially responsible ethics.  The program aims to create professionals who can approach design and merchandising processes with an innovative and solution-driven state of mind, leading to market and user acceptance of socially and ethically responsible practices.

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University: Fashion Industry, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fashion Industry Management

The Fashion Industry program at Philadelphia University combines textile and apparel courses with instruction in all aspects of business, including finance, economics, and management.  Students learn how a garment is designed and manufactured from choosing the fiber to the finished product while gaining experience in the use of related computer programs in the process. 

The Art Institute of Philadelphia

The Art Institute of Philadelphia: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department of Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of Philadelphia focuses on providing students with a well-rounded education in fashion to develop knowledge and skills in business, design, fashion, technology, and marketing.  Fashion Design students balance creative development with technical skills.  Fashion Marketing students focus on computer technology, advanced-level business, and sales marketing.  Students leave the program with the skills to succeed in various entry level positions in the industry.

The Art Institute of Portland

The Art Institute of Portland: Apparel Design, Accessory Design, Fashion Marketing
Portland, Oregon
Department of Apparel Design

The Art Institute of Portland’s Apparel Design program focuses on providing students with marketable skills for the workplace, including how to develop and showcase their own collections.  The bachelor’s degree program in all three majors also offers instruction in business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and presentation to prepare students for careers in the industry.  Students leave the program with the background necessary to seek entry-level jobs in positions like fashion designer, apparel developer, design assistant, merchandiser, or buyer.

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma: Fashion Marketing
Edmond, Oklahoma
Human Environmental Sciences

The Fashion Marketing program at University of Central Oklahoma focuses on leadership, global competency, and service to others while emphasizing active engagement in learning and scholarly and creative pursuits.  Students earn a B.S. in Fashion Marketing with a minor in business to provide them with useful skills to succeed as leaders in the industry.  Proximity to a large metropolitan area provides opportunities for business connections, internships, and job placement.

University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Textile Marketing
Kingston, Rhode Island
Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

The Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design program at University of Rhode Island features a broad curriculum that exposes students to all facets of the textile and fashion industries.  Coursework combines textile knowledge with instruction in design and merchandising to prepare students for careers in the industry.  Internships and study abroad opportunities are available for students to gain real-world experience in fashion.

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina: Retailing, Emphasis in Retail Management/Emphasis in Fashion Merchandising
Columbia, South Carolina
Department of Retailing

The Retailing program at University of South Carolina is unique because it is the only department that only offers retailing, and because of this, it has a more equal gender balance than other fashion programs.  Internships, study abroad, and student organizations provide opportunities for students to develop their professional communication skills and contacts.  Students can choose a concentration in Retail Management or Fashion Merchandising. 

Trenholm State Technical College

Trenholm State Technical College: Apparel & Designs Special Training Certificate1, 2, & 3.
Montgomery, Alabama
Department of Apparel & Designs

The Apparel and Designs curriculum at Trenholm State is structured to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to produce safe and proficient services and quality products in the apparel field. Emphasis is placed on interior design in order to improve the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. In the program, students learn how to tailor and design apparel, identify and work with different types of textiles and analyze body figure types for design considerations. The program also focuses on implementing effective merchandising strategies and applying professional work ethics for careers in the Apparel and Designs Field or related fields. 

Collins College

Collins College: Fashion Design & Merchandising.
Phoenix, Arizona
Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising

The Fashion Design & Merchandising program at Collins College gives students a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry and stresses the importance of learning both the design side and business side of fashion. Students who successfully complete the fashion program will have a clear understanding of the entire industry, which makes them more valuable assets in the workplace.

Harding University

Harding University: Fashion Merchandising/ Interiors Merchandising.
Searcy, Arkansas
Family and Consumer Sciences Department

The fashion merchandising/interiors merchandising programs at Harding University are structured to give Christian students the skills and knowledge they need to take leadership roles in the merchandising industry. Graduates are trained to provide effective design service at their place of work, while helping companies achieve their merchandising objectives and goals. The fashion department uses the latest teaching methods in conjunction with hands on experience to create the most effective learning environment possible in fashion and interiors merchandising.

The Art Institute of Tucson

The Art Institute of Tucson: Fashion Design/ Fashion Marketing.
Tucson, Arizona
Departments of Fashion Design & Fashion Marketing

Students in the Fashion Design program will develop a strong foundation in fashion design by learning about the different elements the field encompasses, including the theoretical and practical applications of tailoring, draping, pattern drafting, sewing, construction, fashion illustration techniques, and other aspects of creative design. Mastery of these skills is aided and augmented by computer design programs, which provide students with knowledge about computerized fashion design systems. Students studying Fashion Marketing will cultivate a deep understanding of different aspects of apparel marketing including fashion history, fashion cycles, industry advertising, and textiles.

University of Alabama

University of Alabama: Apparel and Textiles Apparel Design/ Fashion Retailing.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design

The Apparel and Design program at the University of Alabama prepares students for entry-level work in the fields of apparel and textiles, including design, production, and management. The curriculum teaches the traditional body of knowledge through studio classes as well as art and design history courses. University of Alabama’s fashion retailing program is tailored for individuals interested in fashion merchandising and management in the retail industry.  Students with a focus in international retailing have the option of taking additional coursework to complete a general business minor.

Auburn University

Auburn University: Apparel Merchandising, Design & Production Management Apparel Merchandising Option/Product Design & Production Management Option.
Auburn, Alabama
Department of Consumer Affairs

Auburn’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Product Management curriculum is a comprehensive study of the apparel supply chain. The program emphasizes the consumer-driven textile, apparel and retail industries from textiles to design and production all the way to sourcing and merchandising. All students must participate in a 10-week professional internship which may be based in the U.S. or overseas. Students who major in AMDP may choose to specialize in one of two options: Apparel Merchandising or Production Management. The department's vision is to prepare students to become practitioners that are professionally competent, globally aware, and socially engaged.  Many students earn an International Minor in Human Sciences, or minors in Business, Sustainability, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies, or foreign languages.

Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College: Fashion Merchandising & Design Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion Design/ Retailing.
Mesa, Arizona
Fashion Merchandising & Design Department

The Fashion Merchandising & Design department at Mesa Community College incorporates all students who have the desire to become professionals in the fashion industry. One of the main objectives of the merchandising and design curriculum is to provide students a clear picture of current trends in the fashion industry. To help achieve this goal, Mesa Community College offers students the opportunity to network with faculty members who have years of experience in fashion and design. The department’s teaching philosophy emphasizes the value of learning by experience, which sends out students to participate in the fashion industry in their community.

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