Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Beyond the Classroom

As a TMD major, you have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities outside the classroom that enhance your learning experience.

Take advantage of events, lectures, social activities, and more. It’s all here waiting for you.

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Clubs and Organizations

  • Textile Honor Society - Dedicated to upholding the highest level of academic excellence, integrity and philanthropy.
  • Fashion Merchandising Society - The Fashion Merchandising Society creates a community among students who have an interest in fashion. The group discusses current issues in the fashion industry, investigates fashion internships and study abroad opportunities, and explores the importance of communication through dress. Student contact: Ava Aymie and Kendall Leuven, Co-presidents Faculty advisor: Elaine Grullon
  • Business Student Advisory Council - Providing a link among administration, faculty, and students, giving students a voice in the functioning of the College of Business.
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Student Event Highlight

Spring Splash is TMD’s premier annual event, a fashion show debuting one-of-a-kind apparel designed by our talented TMD students. Students work for an entire semester designing and creating a custom collection. The evening showcases their collections and concludes with an elegant reception.

Off-Campus Study

The fashion industry is truly global in scope, and the TMD department is leading the way in providing students with a wide range of opportunities for off-campus study that will better prepare them for the world that awaits them when they graduate. Many TMD students take advantage of one or more of these opportunities.

Double major in TMD and a “fashion” language, either French or Italian. Follow the TMD and language curriculum requrements, and with careful planning you can complete both degrees in four years. A semester abroad is recommended, and can involve coursework or internships in France or Italy. Visit the French and Italian websites to learn more about their programs.

Study Abroad
Many TMD students do this for a semester. Popular choices are London ( AIU or Central St. Martins), Florence (Richmond, Accademia Italiana, Lorenzo de Medici). Paris, Barcelona, and Australia are also popular. Many other study abroad experiences exist and can be found through URI’s Office of International Education.

Summer Study at the Universite de la Mode in Lyon, France. Each day, the students attend lectures, visit museums, or go on field trips. Lyon is home to a still vibrant silk industry, a major textile museum, shoe and hat museums, and art museums.

For the New York experience, TMD students can take courses at the Kent State University studio campus in New York in the summer, fall, or spring.

The National Student Exchange offers students a chance to study at another institution in the United States.