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Bachelor of Science

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design


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.


Areas 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.


Total degree requirement: 120 Credits

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

Curriculum Requirements 

Course Credits
Choose one: ART101*, ART207*, ARH120*, ARH251*, or ARH252*
CHM103*/105 or CHM101*/102
ECN201* and 202*
Choose one: NFS207*, NFS210*, BIO105*, MIC190, PHY111/185 , or PHY112/186
TMD103G* Textile Products
TMD126* Introduction to Design
TMD224 Culture, Dress and Appearance
TMD232 Fashion Retailing
TMD303 Textile Science
TMD313 Textile Science Lab
TMD402 Seminar in Textiles & Clothing (Spring Only)
TMD433 Textile Markets
TMD240* Development of Contemporary Fashion or TMD441 History of Western Dress or TMD440 Historic Textiles or TMD426 Hist. & Comtemp. Furniture
TMD Electives: (at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above)
Professional Electives: (at least nine credits in one subject area)
Total  72-73

Free Electives:  19-20 Credits

* Course is approved for general education credit.

To transfer out of UC, students must complete TMD103G, CHM103, and Mathematics with a 2.0 GPA.

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