BS in Apparel Design and Merchandising
The Apparel Design and Merchandising program focuses on both apparel and textiles with emphasis on both design and merchandising. Students experience excellent instruction, stimulating and challenging lab experiences and additional guest speakers and projects through the Appalachian Apparel Association, our student organization.
Students especially enjoy and learn from field study trips to the New York City fashion district and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. Contacts developed through such experiences open opportunities for internships as well as permanent employment.
Common career positions include apparel or textile design, production, buying and selling merchandise, distribution of merchandise to the consumer, fashion coordination, fashion promotion, fashion editing, consumer affairs, and related activities to carry out these functions. Skills in public relations, business management, design and aesthetic appreciation are essential
If you would like to see our student designs, consider visiting us for the fashion Showcase, produced the last weekend of each spring semester.
Minor in Apparel Design and Merchandising
To earn a minor, students must complete 18 semester hours of coursework. If you have any questions, make an appointment to see a Apparel & Textiles Faculty member.
National and International Trips
Apparel design and merchandising students at the Calvin Klein flagship store in New York City. A university sponsored trip to New York is a fall tradition for ADM majors. In the fall 2012, students visited Calvin Klein, RJM Group (showroom specializing in accessories by up-and-coming designers), Bibhu Mohapatra's design studio (Michelle Obama has worn his designs) and Harper's Bazaar. Additionally, trip events included the Broadway show "The Lion King", the Broadway Backstage Classroom and a cruise around the island of Manhattan.