Apparel Design & Product Development

The Apparel Design & Product Development curriculum develops students into professionals that will be successful in both the domestic and international marketplace. Fashion design is the development of apparel, textile and consumer products that meet the needs of specific consumer markets. Students develop an understanding of these needs through the study of consumer behavior, demographics and psychographics. Apparel Design courses are both creative and high technical. Courses include:

  • Fashion Illustration
  • Costume History and Design
  • Textiles
  • Introduction to Fashion Industry
  • Apparel Design
As part of the degree, students complete an internship. Past students have interned in New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and other locations. Students also earn credit through study tours that take place each summer, alternating between a European and North American destination. Alumni find jobs as fashion designers, wholesale buyers and textile designers.

Each spring, students apply concepts learned in the classroom to plan the departmental fashion show. Students oversee the public relations, ticket sales, commentary, programs, and training of models. Student designers provide the garments for the show.

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