Apparel Design and Merchandising

BS in Apparel Design and Merchandising

ADM Program FashionThe 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 Fashion Group, 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 17-18 semester hours (sh) of coursework listed below. If you have any questions, make an appointment to see a Apparel & Textiles Faculty member.

CourseTitleHours
ADM 1000Apparel and Consumer Behavior3 sh
ADM 2000Consumer Textiles3 sh
Plus 4 of the following courses (12 sh):
ADM 1001Apparel Construction3 sh
ADM 2011Flat Pattern Design3 sh
ADM 2050CAD for Apparel Design and Merchandising3 sh 
ADM 3002Apparel Design and Production3 sh 
ADM 3003Fashion Merchandising3 sh 
ADM 3010History of Apparel3 sh 
ADM 4000Textiles Merchandising: Apparel and Furnishings3 sh 
ADM 4002Merchandising Dsiplay and Promotion3 sh 
ADM 4003Fashion Buying and Merchandising3 sh 
  18 sh total

National and International Trips

Apparel Design and Merchandising students, NYC 2012Apparel 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.