Students majoring in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising gain through knowledge in the business aspects of the fashion industry. We nurture tomorrow’s fashion leaders and develop broad-based professionals who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. Award winning professors with vast industry experience are committed to fostering student’s personal goals and allow students to immerse themselves in chosen interest areas to learn, understand and apply new knowledge to the many facets of the apparel industry.
Buyer, Merchandiser, Fashion Trend Analyst, Product Development, Merchandise Planner, Entrepreneur, Product/Brand/Licensing Manager, Sales Rep, Visual Communications, Fashion Stylist, Fashion PR, Retail Manager, Quality Assurance, Fashion Event Coordinator
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EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Small class sizes with rigorous learning experiences supplemented with industry field trips to fashion capitals and internships assures students are industry ready. Students can partially define their individual curriculum through elective courses. Study abroad opportunities in London, Milan, Paris, an more are highly encouraged. Course credit directly transfers to CWU into the ATM major.
Courses are focused on creativity and innovation within the fashion industry context. Students apply newly acquired knowledge to professional level projects and industry case studies and graduate with a comprehensive portfolio. Students take 79 credits in the ATM major.
Besides extensive coursework in apparel and textiles, students study accounting, promotions & advertising, applied research, leadership and computing.
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A minor in Apparel Design is administered jointly by the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program and Theatre Arts department. It is designed to enable students with career interests in this field to gain experience in the competency areas expected of apparel designers. This minor allows the student to learn to apply the basic principles of design and creativity in developing apparel. Students will study the application of artistic and creative design elements, selection, and use of fabrics and textiles, and the techniques for transforming design concepts into garments in order to create a final saleable product for a target market.
To be admitted as a major to the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising major the following process is required: There are no courses prerequisites for admission to the ATM major.
• Meet with a program advisor
• Complete the FCS Major Application Form (see link above)
• Freshmen are encouraged to apply however all students must hold a 2.3 cumulative GPA upon attaining Sophomore standing (45 credits)
• Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising applicants please complete this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Apparel_Entry_Assessment
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