Textile and Apparel Studies: Fashion Design

Western Michigan University's fashion design emphasis will prepare you for a career in apparel and soft goods design and development. This emphasis includes courses in apparel construction, pattern making and computer aided design. Fashion designers use their creative and technical skills to design products, develop patterns, monitor quality control and assurance, and coordinate sourcing activities. Students who are bilingual and technologically savvy have an advantage in today’s global fashion industry.

As a student in this program, you will be required to complete 18 to 24 credit hours at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City or the American Intercontinental University in London.

Beyond the classroom

A field experience will offer you the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-world situations, as well as gain valuable work experience. As a textile and apparel studies major, you will earn three semester credits by completing 300 hours of pre-approved, supervised field experience in an apparel design and marketing firm. You will complete reflective assignments and receive periodic employer evaluations during the enrollment period.

You may also elect to complete an internship as part of your program. An internship will provide you with supervised, management-level training experience with a leading industry firm during your junior or senior year.

WMU has partnerships with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and American Intercontinental University in London. As a fashion design student in the textile and apparel studies program at WMU, you will be required to complete 18 to 24 credits at one of these schools. The experience will provide you with a unique perspective on the industry and the chance to make valuable industry connections.

Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association

MODA is the student organization representing textile and apparel studies majors and minors. Joining this organization enhances personal and professional skills and provides opportunities to meet and develop friendships with fellow majors, network with companies and learn about careers. As a member, you will receive the opportunity to use your creativity and leadership skills to help produce an annual student fashion show.

After you graduate

Career opportunities for graduates of WMU's fashion design program include:

  • Fashion and technical designers
  • Sourcing professionals
  • Stylists
  • Production manager

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo