Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Offered as: major, minor

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design brochure (PDF)

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design course catalog

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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

Minor

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

Events

Related majors and minors

Internships

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

Departmental internship page »

Faculty

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 »

Facilities

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