Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Offered as: major, minor

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design brochure (PDF)

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design course catalog

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management department site »

The Apparel, Merchandising, and Design major opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the textiles and apparel industry. When you major in this field, you’ll study fashion design, product development, costume history, merchandising and marketing strategies, production processes, business practices, and consumer behavior.

Strengths of the program

The Iowa State University Apparel, Merchandising, and Design major is one of only 13 programs in the nation approved by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association. ISU AMD students have opportunities to:

  • Get involved in the annual Fashion Show — one of the largest student-produced fashion shows in the nation.

  • Learn in in state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Use high-tech equipment like the 3-D body scanner and the industrial-sized digital printer.

  • Learning from some of the best experts in the field.

Curriculum requirements

4-year plans


Syllabi - current and past courses

Scholarships and financial aid

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design majors, as part of the AESHM department, need only complete one College of Human Sciences online application to automatically apply for all college-level and department-level scholarships. The application is generally available from November through February.

Career possibilities

Design option:

  • Fashion designer

  • Costume designer

  • Apparel engineer

  • Textile designer

  • Textile or clothing curator

  • Fashion editor or illustrator

  • Home furnishings consultant

Merchandising option:

  • Fashion buyer or purchasing agent

  • Marketing or product specialist

  • Store manager

  • Materials buyer

  • Showroom manager

  • Merchandise analyst

  • Public relations director

  • Visual merchandiser

  • Wardrobe/color consultant

Production/product development option:

  • Product developer

  • Fiber or fabrics market researcher

  • Fiber analyst

  • Product developer

  • Textile colorist or stylist

  • Materials buyer

  • Apparel engineer

  • Laboratory technician

  • Production assistant or manager

  • Quality assurance specialist

View Apparel, Merchandising, and Design student internship experiences at Career Connections.

Student organizations and learning communities


Related majors and minors


View Apparel, Merchandising, and Design student internship experiences at Career Connections.

Departmental internship page »


AMD faculty are regarded as some of the best in the nation by their peers and professional organizations. The department is home to the single largest group of textbook authors – their own faculty – from anywhere in the field of fashion.

Faculty list »


The following are stories featuring some of the advanced equipment and outstanding facilities used by Apparel, Merchandising, and Design students and faculty:

Body scanner
Digital printer
Textile Testing Lab

Graduate degrees

  • Fashion Show -- Upcoming Show

    Visit the Fashion Show page for information on the latest Fashion Show news, preparation, and related events.

  • Contact Information

  • Graduates Find Rewarding Jobs

    The College of Human Sciences offers 21 undergraduate and graduate majors. Within six months of graduating, 92 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients and 96 percent of master’s and doctoral degree recipients secure employment or advanced educational placement.