Texas has brought more to fashion than Western jeans and cowboy boots. Where would U.S. fans of haute couture and mainstream designers be without Neiman Marcus? Since opening in Dallas in 1907, the store has expanded across the United States and has always been associated with top fashion. And, more recently, the state has seen its native son Tom Ford go on to top design and creative positions at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

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.

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.

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

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