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Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design

The technical, management, scientific, and creative skills necessary to bring clothing to millions of consumers in America are developed in this field of study, which explores the process of taking raw materials and bringing finished products to consumers through research and development, styling and design, production, and marketing. The program of study provides a broad liberal education with a focus on the diverse careers in textiles, apparel production, and fashion industries. Students receive specialized training in computerized sketching, pattern making, draping design, pattern grading, marker making, computer aided design, fashion show production and visual merchandising. Instruction includes field experiences, internships, and study tours to the Atlanta and New York fashion markets.

General Information
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department Website School of Human Ecology
Degree(s) Offered Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design
Possible Employment Settings
  • Commercial art and reproduction firms
  • Entertainment industry
  • Specialty stores/boutiques
  • Manufacturing and distribution firms
  • Advertising agencies
  • Pattern companies
  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Design houses/studios
  • Retail stores
  • Import/export firms
  • Wholesalers
  • Textile and apparel manufacturers
  • Fashion consulting firms
  • Marketing research firms
  • Sales promotion firms
  • Wholesale Showrooms
Occupational Opportunities
  • Sales Representative
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Personal Shopper
  • Store Management
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator /Sketcher
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Costume Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Stylist
  • Textile Artist
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • District/Regional Manager
  • Floor Supervisor
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Retail Sales Coordinator
  • Display Coordinator
  • Marketing Representative
  • Bridal Consultant
  • Advertising Representative
  • Fashion Writer
  • Market Research Trainee
  • Mall Management and Marketing
  • Catalog Merchandiser
  • Store Planner
  • Accessory Coordinator
  • Fashion Photographer
Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
National Retail Federation Fashion Menagerie Student Fashion Organization and FM Magazine
Fashion Group International American Society of Interior Designers
International Textile and Apparel Association Student Affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences GSU-FACS
Costume Society of America Georgia Southern Student Chapter National Retail Federation DIMES
Handweavers Guild of America
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Surface Design Association
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 8/25/2020