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ms_tmd_picYou can choose from two undergraduate (B.S.) degrees: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD), and Textile Marketing (TM). You can also minor in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design if your major is in another discipline. We offer a graduate (M.S.) degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, as well as Fashion Merchandising and Master Seamstress certificate programs.

You can also choose a double major in TMD and a “fashion” language — either French or Italian. With careful planning you can complete all the requirements for both the TMD and language degrees in four years, including time studying abroad.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) *
The majority of undergraduate students are enrolled in the TMD program.  They take a blend of design, merchandising and textiles courses, plus professional and free electives that let them tailor the degree to fit their skills and career aspirations.  If those electives include many business courses, there is some overlap with the TM degree; but a student might opt for other electives (for example, in fashion design) and make the degree very different.

Bachelor of Science in Textile Marketing (TM) *
The TM program is more highly structured, and includes 37 credits of required business courses: great for a student who wishes to concentrate on the business aspects of textiles and fashion.

Minor in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
The department offers a minor in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design for students whose major is outside the department.

* Both the B.S. TMD and the B.S. TM programs are part of the New England Regional Tuition Program, so students from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, or Vermont can receive discounted tuition (conditions apply).

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
The M.S. program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option, and students may specialize in textile science, historic dress and textiles, or fashion merchandising.

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Fashion Merchandising
This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who want to further their education to gain a fundamental understanding of fashion merchandising. It is applicable to graduates of textiles and apparel programs, as well as to graduates of accredited institutions who majored in another field.

Master Seamstress Certificate Programs (Providence Campus)
The Master Seamstress Program is offered through URI’s Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence. The program offers very practical instruction in all aspects of apparel construction, and consists of two levels, I and II. Level I is offered as a year-long course, and Level II is a series of specialized small courses. These courses are open to the public, and have no prerequisites.

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