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Bachelor of Science

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Overview

With a B.S. in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD), you’ll have a full understanding of the global textile and apparel supply chain, from design to the consumer. So while you can focus your degree on a specific part of the supply chain, you will know them all, and you’ll be equipped to communicate with experts in the fashion world outside your area of concentration.

The degree includes a series of professional electives which complement the coursework within the department, so you can easily minor in another discipline, such as business, art or communications. You can also complete a dual degree in TMD and a fashion language (Italian or French), and still finish in four years. Many of our majors study abroad and/or complete internships as part of their study.

bs_tmd_webAreas of Concentration

  • Fashion Merchandising – In this area you’ll supplement your TMD study with coursework in marketing, management, consumer studies, or art. You’ll study consumer sales of apparel and home furnishings, along with the buying, promotion, and sale of goods and services. When you graduate, your career options will include fashion coordination, sourcing, allocation, buying, and retail management.
  • Apparel Design – In this area you’ll analyze sewn products, and explore apparel production, fashion design, flat pattern and draping. Supplemental coursework will cover fashion merchandising, theater costuming, fashion history and business. Career options include product development, fashion and technical design.
  • Textile Science – This area includes specialized courses in textile performance, detergency, color science and dyeing and finishing, along with several course options in the history of fashion, textiles and furniture. You’ll have a wide range of career options, such as dyeing, finishing, color management and quality control, forensic science, biomedical materials, and military materials.

Students with particular goals can design their own series of courses to create a unique degree that will prepare them for careers in interiors, the home sewing industry, theatrical costuming, or museum work.

Curriculum

Total degree requirement: 120 Credits

Curriculum Sheets     |     Course Descriptions     |     Student Learning Outcomes       |     Academic Map (2014-2015)

General Education Requirements  (41-42 credits)

Course Credits
English Communication WRT104/106 & COM100
6
Fine Arts/Literature  3 cr. from ART 101/207, ARH120, 251, 252
6
Language/ Culture
6
Letters
6
Mathematics
3
Natural Sciences: CHM103/105 or CHM101/102  plus one of:
NFS207, NFS210, BIO105, MIC190, DHY109/110, PHY111/185, PHY112/186
7-8
Social Sciences PSY/SOC/APG &  ECN201
6
URI101
1
Total
41-42

Curriculum Requirements (59 Credits)

Course Credits
TMD103 Textile Products
3
TMD126 Introduction to Design
3
ECN202 Economic Principles
3
TMD224 Culture, Dress and Appearance
3
TMD232 Fashion Retailing
3
TMD303 Textile Science
3
TMD313 Textile Science Lab
1
TMD402 Seminar in Textiles & Clothing (Spring Only)
1
TMD433 Textile Markets
3
TMD240 Development of Contemporary Fashion OR TMD441 History of Western Dress OR TMD440 Historic Textiles
3
TMD Electives: (at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above)
15
Professional Electives: (at least nine credits in one subject area)
18
Total
59

Free Electives:  19-20 Credits

To transfer out of UC, students must complete TMD103, CHM103 and Mathematics with a 2.0gpa.

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