Family and Consumer SciencesTextiles and Apparel
Textiles and Apparel program of study offers a concentration in Fashion
Merchandising and Apparel Design. The curriculum focuses on principles
of design, management, science, technology, and consumer behavior.
Diversity and an interdisciplinary approach to learning expose students
to current trends and technologies used in designing, evaluating, and
merchandising products. Additionally, students benefit from close
interactions with the faculty and industry through internships, field
trips, juried design competitions, apparel and furniture markets, trade
shows, service learning projects and other extracurricular experiences.
Fashion Inc is a pre-professional student organization in the Textiles and Apparel area. Membership is open to non-Textiles and Apparel majors throughout the campus who are also interested in the fashion industry. Fashion Inc sponsors an annual design competition fashion show. Members plan and implement an event where junior and senior level students create a collection of garments that are presented to the public after the garments have been judged by industry professionals to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. This organization also helps students develop better interpersonal relationships and build leadership skills.
Sew Uniquee is the apparel alteration lab that is operated by Textiles and Apparel majors and others students that take classes in the area. The students perform common garment alterations and repairs. Patrons make a nominal donation which is used to replenish notions, supplies, and equipment.
A major in Textiles and Apparel prepares student to pursue careers in textile design, product development, fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, retail sales, advertising, consumer relations, fashion buying, patternmaking, fashion illustration, and many more.