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Fashion, Dress & Merchandising

Student pinning fabric to sew Learn how products and services are produced, distributed and promoted to customers through the Fashion Dress and Merchandising Program. With the ability to tailor the program by choosing an emphasis in either fashion design or fashion merchandising, students are well-prepared to begin a variety of fashion industry careers.

Fast Facts

Study abroad

Explore and embrace Italian design during a signature four-week summer study abroad program, Disegno Italia.

Basics of business

With business courses built into the curriculum, you’ll become a savvy professional ready to work in a variety of retail settings.

Practical skills

From patternmaking to draping and sewing, you’ll learn practical and technical skills to take a design from concept to finished garment.

 

Careers

  • Visual merchandising
  • Fashion promotion
  • Retail buying and sales management
  • Brand development and management
  • Sales management
  • Designer

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Fashion Design Emphasis

Fall Spring
WVUE 191 – First Year Seminar
FDM 130 – Design Concepts of Dress
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric
FDM 140 – Intro. to Textiles
FDM 110 – Intro. to Fashion Business
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
MATH 126A – College Algebra
ARHS 160 or 101 – Survey of Art History or Landmarks of World Art
ARHS 101 or 120 – Landmarks of World Art or Survey of Art History


Fashion Merchandising Emphasis

Fall Spring
WVUE 191 – First Year Seminar
FDM 130 – Design Concepts of Dress
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric
FDM 140 – Intro. to Textiles
FDM 110 – Intro. to Fashion Business
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
MATH 126A – College Algebra
ARHS 160 or 101 – Survey of Art History or Landmarks of World Art
SOCA 101 – Intro. to Sociology
GEF 5

For full suggested course schedule, class descriptions and more information on General Education Foundations (GEF) see the course catalog.