Design and Merchandising (B.S.)

Curricula in this area provide a liberal education as well as the opportunity for a professional concentration in the fields of apparel design and fashion merchandising.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements and all departmental and area requirements as indicated below. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in each required course in the major in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. 

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Design and Merchandising must complete a minimum of fifteen credits in Natural Science courses. Science courses can be taken in the following subjects areas: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Nutrition and Food Science, or Psychology. This course selection should be done in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
AFA 2410Textiles3
AFA 2420Fashion Design: Basic Construction3
AFA 3400Clothing and Culture3
AFA 3460Introduction to Merchandising3
AFA 5430History of Costume3
AFA 5997Seminar3
Total Credits18

Apparel Design Concentration

Successful completion of this concentration enables students interested in creative aspects of clothing to develop competencies needed for careers in apparel design and related fields. Possible careers include designing, product development, and other related fields of the apparel industry.

Core Requirements
AFA 3410Textile Performance Analysis3
AFA 4430Fashion Illustration3
AFA 5422Fashion Design: Flat Pattern3
AFA 5442Fashion Design: Draping3
AFA 5452Fashion Design: Tailoring3
Cognate Requirements
ACO 1200Surface Studio3
or ACO 1230 Space Studio
AFI 2650Beginning Weaving3
AFI 2660Introduction to Fabric Printing and Dyeing3
ADR 1050Drawing I3
Six credit hours of art electives (ACR, ADA, ADR, AFI, AME, APA, APR, APH, ASL)6
Total Credits33

Fashion Merchandising Concentration

This concentration develops understanding and practical skills related to the planning, buying and selling of fashion merchandise. Students gain insights into the various aspects of the apparel industries including marketing, sales, styling, publicity, advertising, visual presentation, fashion coordination, and merchandising. Possible careers include positions in management, buying, and fashion promotion and sales.

Core Requirements
AFA 3470Merchandise Information3
AFA 5460Merchandising II3
AFA 5470Visual Merchandising: Display3
AFA 5490Economics of Merchandising3
AFA 5992Supervised Field Experience3
Cognate Requirements
MKT 2300Marketing Management3
MKT 5700Retail Management3
9 credit hours of Business electives from the following areas: Accounting (ACC); Business Administration (BA); Finance (FIN); Global Supply Chain (GSC); Marketing (MKT); Management (MAN)9
Total Credits30