Textile and Apparel Design, commonly referred to as Fashion Design, relates the physical properties of textiles to our human need for functional and fashionable clothing and home accessories. This option combines the art of design, the science of chemistry and the perspective of history in a rich, challenging learning environment that prepares you for dynamic careers at the creative forefront of the textile industry.
Textile and apparel designers must possess an acute visual sensibility informed by the leading aesthetic, social and technical forces of our time. In the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, you will be offered a challenging and concentrated foundation in:
- drawing and design fundamentals
- pattern making
- fabric analysis
- and in the development of textile and fashion concepts and products, including their fabrication and presentation
Design coursework is complemented by supporting courses in product development, merchandising, textile science, and in the historical, cultural and psychological aspects of textiles and dress. This inclusive preparation provides you with background necessary to enter a diverse array of careers in textile and apparel-related business, in design, product development, promotion, public relations, licensing management, pattern making, and freelance studio work related to the textile and apparel professions.
Our graduates work with organizations such as Tracy Rees, NYC; The Buckle; Karman, Inc.; Artful Dodger; Lyric Culture; Nicole Miller Co.; Martha Stewart Living Co.; American Apparel; Mudd Jeans; Hydraulic Jeans; The Pajamagram Company; Daryl K; Fashion Overseas Bureau; Joe Fresh; Tiffany & Co.