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:
Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
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, pattern making, 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.
The minor Apparel, Merchandising, and Design can be earned by taking (16 -17 credits):
Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the apparel, merchandising, and design program.
The transition to life at Iowa State University can be overwhelming at times. The freshman and transfer learning communities within AESHM provide new students with a core group of peers in similar classes. Learn more about these learning communities:
Clubs and Organizations
Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design study abroad programs
The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program offers:
If you are looking for an international experience tailored to your major, contact your adviser to discuss what program fits best with your academic plan.
Study abroad opportunities
There are study abroad programs in a number of countries, and a visit to the International Programs Office can provide information for each.
An Apparel, Merchandising, and Design degree can lead to these types of careers:
Product development/sourcing specialist
Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:
Internships are available with corporate headquarters of retailers, design firms of all sites, stores, e-commerce agencies, showrooms, costumers, stylist, public relations firms, magazines, catalog companies, fair trade firms, forecasting firms, and shopping centers. For more information, visit our careers and internship page.
Past internship experiences
View previous apparel, merchandising, and design student internship experiences in Career Connections.
Facilities and Technologies
The following news stories feature some of the advanced equipment and outstanding facilities used by Apparel, Merchandising, and Design students and faculty:
Learn more about the technology and facilities we use:
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