Fashion Design & Merchandising majors may follow one of two tracks, Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising.
Retail opportunities generally begin with an executive training program and may lead to positions in management, buying, allocating, planning, fashion promotion, personnel, or visual merchandising. Placement may be found with department stores, specialty stores, mass merchandisers, discount operations, and with small and large chain organizations. Opportunities in the apparel field include designer, sample coordinator, showroom salesperson, and merchandiser. Opportunities in the textile field include sales representative, color analyst, promoter, educational director and textile designer. Our students have been successful in gaining admission for advanced work in areas such as historic costume and textiles, social-psychology of dress, apparel design, textile design, and business. With additional study at the graduate level, students may secure positions with fiber and fabric producers, museums which exhibit and preserve textiles and apparel, and with colleges and universities. The opportunities are many and the employment possibilities varied.