The Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the design process and fashion. Fashion students explore the various stages of apparel design, from concept to creation, including market and trend research, fashion illustration, technical drawing, pattern drafting, apparel construction, and textiles. Program participants are prepared to meet the high level of standards set by the fashion and textile industries.
- To develop creative, information seeking, and analytical students with an ability to understand and provide solutions for current and future consumer and industry needs and issues, such as sustainability related to merchandising, textiles, apparel design, and related areas
- To enable students to apply theories related to aesthetics, design, cultural, social, psychological, and political aspects of dress, fashion, and textiles to industry and societal concerns
- To provide students with the education and learning experiences that will prepare them for entry level positions, as well as inspire, motivate, and give students the tools needed to progress through their careers
- To provide students with an understanding of the international industries’ processes and the supply chains used in developing, producing, and marketing textile and apparel products
- To prepare students for graduate studies in merchandising, textiles, apparel, and/or related areas