Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
ISU is the place to be for textiles and clothing. Our students, faculty, and staff are on the cutting edge of education in this industry. Here are some of reasons hundreds of students choose the ISU Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program:
As an Apparel, Merchandising, and Design student, you will build a comprehensive base of knowledge about the textiles and apparel industry, including merchandising and marketing strategies, product development, and production processes. You’ll further define your career path by choosing from either the design or merchandising programs.
The design program focuses on the jobs and skills necessary to bring an apparel product to life. Within the design program, you will choose one of four concentration areas:
If you like to sketch out your ideas, doodle new designs, and envision a garment before it’s made, the creative design option may be for you. A background in textiles, patternmaking, illustration, and aesthetics will give you the skills to create new looks and designs.
In the technical design option, you’ll build an understanding of industry assembly methods and quality assurance standards, such as differences in fabric coloration, performance, cost, and quality. Your skills will increase the quality in apparel products and the methods in which they’re made.
Students in the product development option work to meet both the needs of consumers and designers. You’ll learn about trends and business demands and have the knowledge to plan, create, and present apparel products to fill niches within the market.
Production and sourcing management
If buttons come from Russia, and fabric comes from Indonesia, what does that mean for a consumer in the United States? Students studying production and sourcing management explore the latest technology and methods used to assemble garments in mass quantities from around the world. You’ll learn the fundamentals of production, including sourcing materials, timing deliveries, and managing cost.
If the role marketing plays in the apparel industry interests you, then the merchandising program may be right for you. Students in this option applying marketing strategies and entrepreneurial practices when buying, displaying, promoting, and selling products.
For current and recent class syllabus examples go to the Class Websites page for Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management.
The minor Apparel, Merchandising, and Design can be earned by taking (16 -17 credits):
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design study abroad programs
The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program offers:
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Semester-long study abroad programs
Eligible AESHM students can participate in an honors program that is administered by both Iowa State University and the College of Human Sciences.
The following stories feature some of the advanced equipment and outstanding facilities used by Apparel, Merchandising, and Design students and faculty:
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The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Program offers the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science degrees, and Master of Science non-thesis degrees, as well as minor work for students with majors in other departments.
Program emphases for graduate study and research in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design include:
More information on the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design major:
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