Department of Consumer & Design Sciences

Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production Management

Emerging global issues, rapidly advancing technologies, and multi-cultural consumer behaviors impact success in the fast-paced, dynamic fashion industry. Career success requires understanding the fashion industry from beginning to end.

CADS Apparel faculty prepare graduates for a variety of fashion-related careers in the global supply chain. Creativity, innovation, critical thinking, technical competency, and communication effectiveness are valued skill sets. With the integrated core of apparel-related courses, coupled with the focus on the merchandising or design and production management, students will be prepared to work effectively as a team member in a variety of fashion-related settings.

Our apparel programs provide a well-rounded knowledge base to foster success in both merchandising and design- related careers. The AMDP program offers two undergraduate options -- Apparel Merchandising (APME) and Apparel Design and Production Management (APDP) – as well as Master’s and PhD level opportunities.

Read more about what makes the CADS Apparel program the right choice for your education.

Apperal Merchandising Design and Production

Apparel Merchandising program ranked #18 nationally and #1 in the South in 2023 by Apparel Design ranked #17 nationally and #1 in the South.

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