We emphasize creativity, innovation, and sustainability.

Turn your obsession with fashion into an successful career in apparel, textiles, and merchandising.

About ATM

Learn about design, production, marketing, and management in the apparel industry. CWU ATM graduates go on to achieve great things such as launching their own fashion lines, managing brands, working in product development or as a buyer, and shaping the future of sustainable fashion. We're confident that you will do something impactful with your future career and truly shine in the fashion industry.

About Us

Mission Statement for Apparel & Textiles Department.

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More Information about the Annual Fashion Show.

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Student Work

Read about Student Work at Central and how our hands on experience is beneficial.

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Advising Resources

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Why Study Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising at CWU?

Our program combines the business and creative aspects of the fashion industry. In the classroom, you’ll explore fashion’s history and look to the future with themes like sustainability, fashion trend analysis, and use of digital presentation techniques. We feature small class sizes and individual attention with industry-experienced instructors who are ready to help you succeed.

Central’s proximity to Seattle provides opportunities for real-world experience, networking with industry professionals, field trips, internships, and guest speakers. Start your journey with CWU and graduate with the skills to make an impact on the $2.5 trillion global fashion industry.

Degree Options

The Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program educates the next generation of creative, socially responsible, and professional leaders in the apparel industry.

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.


Fashion Show

Our Annual Fashion Show is a student-led event where you will apply and rely on your creative thinking, negotiation, teamwork, delegation, and communication skills. The Apparel Design students take charge of creating and executing their own collections, from the initial concept to the final realization. Learn more about our Annual Fashion Show.

Mood Boards, Trend Forecasting, and Design Sheets

In your classes, you will create physical and online portfolios that showcase your unique skills and talents. You will also gain invaluable experience and develop the ability to approach fashion challenges in new and innovative ways, preparing you for success in your future career. Browse previous and current Student Projects.

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Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising Program

Office: Michaelsen 326