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Undergraduate Program

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences


Undergraduate Student with Fabric



Design, Merchandising and Textiles Option

 

Design, merchandising and textiles is a diverse and competitive field in which individuals plan, provide, and promote apparel, interiors, and related goods desired by the consumer. Students who enjoy working with fabrics, clothing, or home furnishings and are interested in color, design, and business should choose design, merchandising and textiles as a course of study. The design, merchandising and textiles program is an interdisciplinary curriculum providing a flexible, broad program to accommodate a variety of careers and interests. Special emphasis is placed on preparation for management or ownership of small retail businesses in Wyoming and rural areas of the West. The student in textiles and merchandising has access to modern laboratories for textile testing, fashion and interior design, and apparel construction.

As of Fall 2020, students will be able to choose from three tracks:

  • Apparel Design and Product Development
    • Allows students to develop the technical and creative skills necessary for the creation of textile products from concept to finished product.
  • Interior Design
    • Prepares students to creatively and effectively solve design problems for professional practice in residential and commercial interior designs.
  • Merchandising
    • Offers knowledge and application  of marketing techniques for apparel and interior furnishings

Throughout coursework, concepts of sustainable design and manufacturing, as well as the influence of design on well-being will be highlighted. Students will take a series of Design, Merchandising and Textiles program core classes to gain experience with all three tracks. All Design, Merchandising, and Textiles students are required to participate in a three-credit internship, international field study tour, or a study abroad program.

Students will be prepared for careers ranging from small business in Wyoming and rural areas of the West, to the highly competitive, fast-paced global marketplace.

We also offer minors in Apparel Design and Interior Design.

 

Student Opportunities

Many stimulating student activities are offered in this option including:
  • Historic Clothing Collection
  • International Tours - FCSC 4960
  • Design Competitions (local, regional, and national)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Promotion Activities with Local Retailers
  • Internships - FCSC 4970
  • And More

Career Possibilities

Professionals in this area are vitally needed. The national job market is excellent and many graduates of this program have been placed in a number of top retail firms. Graduates may be employed as:
  • Store manager
  • Department manager
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Personnel manager
  • Apparel designer
  • Fashion coordinator
  • Pattern maker
  • Sales representative
  • Interior designer
  • Home furnishings consultant
  • Property manager
  • Theatre costumer
  • Buyer
  • Retail executive
  • Fashion editor
  • Educational representative
  • Lighting specialist
  • Textile researcher
  • Extension specialist
  • Museum curator

Jennifer Harmon
307-766-5669

Erin Irick
307-766-5152

Treva Sprout Ahrenholtz
307-766-5355


Contact Us

Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Wyoming

Department #3354

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4145

Email: fam-consci@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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