Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management

The Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management degree plan includes a concentration in Apparel Production and Design or a concentration in Merchandising. These options help prepare students for a career in the fashion industry. Student work is showcased in a variety of venues such as gallery presentations.

Two Concentrations:

Apparel Production and Design (APD)

Fashion Management - APD Degree Requirements (PDF) |  Fashion Management - APD 4-year Degree Plan (PDF)

The Apparel Production and Design concentration is for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the design and manufacturing side of the fashion industry within the Business to Business (B2B) sector. A fashion designer may work for fashion corporations who feature a specific brand or as an independent designer. Apparel production positions for a manufacturer include specializations such as sourcing for raw materials, developing technical specification packages, and mass-market line development. Product development teams are responsible for forecasting, product design, technical design, materials management, and distribution management. Students must develop a global perspective of emerging economies through the understanding of trade agreements, global employment practices, and sustainability of resources. APD students complete 61 fashion core hours followed by 21 specialized hours tailored to meet personal career goals. A career track of courses are available for those students that prefer an emphasis on design. Likewise, for students that favor product development, a separate career track of courses is available. The capstone course work for the APD degree program is a project to showcase a student’s design and production work through the Cutting Edge™ Fiesta Fashion Show or another venue that may more appropriately display the collection. APD students take capstone coursework with Merchandising students to integrate responsibilities from the retail and manufacturing sectors for the sale of product from concept to the consumer.

Apparel Production and Design students will undergo a skills assessment within the four-year time frame. The skills assessment test will be administered while the student is enrolled in FADS 2331: Flat Pattern. The purpose of the skills assessment is to determine if the student has mastered fundamental concepts of garment design and construction. However, in order to enroll in the next sequence of design/construction coursework, students must also pass FADS 2331 with a grade of C or higher. Students who do not pass the skills assessment tests and/or do not pass the adjacent enrolled courses, may repeat the tests and/or coursework the following year. Progress toward graduation may be delayed.

Transfer students who have completed fashion design and construction courses at other institutions are required to submit a valid transcript along with a portfolio of work to be reviewed by the UIW fashion faculty to determine course work equivalencies. The transfer student may also be required to take a skills assessment test. There are currently no articulation agreements between the UIW Fashion Program and any other university or fashion school.

Merchandising

Fashion Management - Merchandising Degree Requirements (PDF) |  Fashion Management - Merchandising 4-year Degree Plan (PDF)

Students who choose the Merchandising concentration develop skill sets that emphasize brand management and sales analyses. Both brand management techniques and sales management include visual merchandising, promotions, product buying, and operations management for either Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C). Because the retail sector is the ultimate distribution site for fashion product, students learn how the retailing sector is organized by fashion market levels. Each market level requires different sales techniques to reach the final consumer. Most students begin their career in retail sales management positions. At the corporate level, sales management positions are located within buying offices or within distribution offices. Auxiliary career pathways for fashion merchandising are in promotions or in visual merchandising. Often corporate buying positions lead to positions as account managers with leading brand manufacturers. Students also develop a global perspective of emerging economies through the understanding of trade agreements, global employment practices, and sustainability of resources. A minor in Business Administration is included in the degree plan for the Merchandising concentration. Fashion merchandising students take capstone coursework with Apparel Production and Design students to integrate responsibilities from both the retail and manufacturing sectors for the sale of product from concept to the final consumer.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management

Major total hours: 61 hours
Degree total hours: 125 hours

  1. Student must complete the general education core (43 hours).
  2. Fashion Management Courses (61 hours):
    • FMGT 1111 Orientation to Fashion Management Program
    • FMGT 1301 Computer Applications in Fashion Management
    • FADS 1305 Introduction to Fashion
    • FMGT 1310 Apparel Construction
    • FADS 1310 Fashion Patternmaking Concepts
    • FADS 2310 Fashion Technical Drawing
    • FMGT 2341 Textiles
    • FMGT 2350 Fashion Promotional Strategies I
    • FMGT 3323 Fashion History
    • FADS 3335 Technical Line Development
    • FMGT 3340 Textile Product Analysis
    • FMGT 3355 Fashion Operations Management I
    • FMGT 3345 Sustainability in Fashion
    • FMGT 4340 Computer Aided Design
    • FMGT 4335 Professional Development
    • FMGT 4350 Global Fashion Economics
    • FMGT 4390 Fashion Capstone
    • FMGT 4388/4188 Internship (3 hours total)
  3. Choose one of the following courses:
    • FMGT 4307 Dress Theory and Cultural Studies in Fashion
    • FMGT 4392 Fashion Study Tour
  4. Choose one of the following courses:
    • FMGT 4331 Fashion Promotional Strategies II
    • COMM 4347 Social Media
  5. Choose one of the following courses:
    • COMM 1311 Public Speaking
    • DMTS 3310 Creativity in Practice
  6. Choose between a Merchandising Concentration (21 hours) OR an Apparel Production and Design Concentration (21 hours)
    • Merchandising Concentration Courses 
      Students will automatically earn a minor in Business Administration with the Merchandising Concentration.
      • FMGT 3383 Fashion Operations Management II
      • BMKT 3331 Principles of Marketing
      • BMGT 3340 Management Theory and Practice
      • ACCT 2311 Principles of Accounting I
      • BINT 3331 International Business Management
      • BLAW 3317 Business Law
      • MIS 2321 Introduction to Information Systems
    • Apparel Production and Design (APD) Concentration Courses
      • FADS 2331 Flat Pattern
      • FADS 3320 Construction Methods for Industry
      • FADS 3330 Apparel Product Design
      • Choose 4 of the following as part of the APD concentration:
      • FADS 3312 Patternmaking Methods
      • FADS 3325 Draping
      • FADS 3332 Patternmaking Software
      • FADS 3333 Fashion Illustration
      • FADS 4310 Knitwear
      • FADS 4324 Surface Design
      • FADS 4314 Special Problems in Clothing