Fashion Merchandising

Course Overview

Fashion Merchandising encompasses many aspects of the fashion industry’s supply chain, including product development, buying, promotion, and selling of merchandise. As a Fashion Merchandising
student, you’ll develop skills related to product development, buying, apparel production, marketing and promotion, fibers and fabrics, digital media used for merchandising, and quality assessment and control.

  • Live and breathe the fashion industry in a full-time, 10-week internship with some of the top fashion organizations in the country.
  • Students intern with companies like Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, JCPenney, Pier 1 Imports, Fossil, Williamson-Dickie, Zale Corporation, Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Kenneth Cole.
  • Work through the unique TCU costume collection of more than 2,500 items dating back to the 1850s, to experience how economic, social, and technological advances have impacted fashion.
  • Live and learn in a major metropolitan market center that allows faculty and students to stay on top of the dynamic fashion industry’s trends and requirements.
  • Get hands-on experience in classes that provide laboratory and studio application of industry procedures.

Course Examples by Year

Fr

Introduction to the Fashion Industry
Introduction to Graphic Technology
Apparel Construction
Fashion Drawing Fundamentals
Micro or Macroeconomics
Psychology

So

Consumers in the Marketplace
Microsoft Excel for Merchandising
Textile Fundamentals
Fashion Communication

Jr

History of Costume
History of Contemporary Dress
Buying, Planning, and Control
Product Development
Digital Design for Merchandising
Career Development

Sr

Appearance and Dress
Entrepreneurship
Global Trade of Textiles and Apparel
Textile Testing and Analysis

A fashion internship is taken in the summer between the junior and senior year. In addition, students are required to complete an additional six credit hours of electives within the major.

Where Graduates Go

Many Fashion Merchandising grads begin careers with the organization for which they interned. Graduates are now working with fashion design firms, manufacturers, retail or wholesale companies, museums, or nonprofit organizations.