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Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising prepares students for the fast-paced, exciting world of the garment industry. A USDA report indicates there is an unmet demand for professionals in the fashion business, one of the largest and most vital industries in the U.S. today. This relatively young world is expanding rapidly; each day many new job opportunities become available to the person with enthusiasm, dependability, and the specialized training for executive responsibility.

Books are works of art

Books are works of art

Katie Fowler, a student in the Textiles, Merchandising and Design program, displayed her handmade books, “Stitches,” in the James E. Walker Library during the “Artists' Books/Student Works from the MTSU Book Arts Program” exhibit. Fowler and other students used origami-folding techniques and handmade and hand-painted papers, as well as traditional and non-traditional book-making materials. Coffee cans and computer discs were some of the unusual articles included, as well as fabrics.

Class gets real-world experience

Class gets real-world experience

Students in a Fashion Promotion class created a photo array of the 2012 Bon Voyage Fashion Show that was printed in Beladonis Magazine. Models for the show—both male and female—had to meet prescribed height and size criteria. The course offers an overview of the sales promotion process in relation to the fashion industry with an emphasis on advertising, visual merchandising, special events, and fashion show production. Some of the proceeds from the fashion show were donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

The major in Textiles, Merchandising, and Design with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising leads to entry-level career opportunities in fashion-related industries, such as design, pattern-making, and manufacturing. Examples include

  • Blogger
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Buyer
  • Consultant
  • Fashion forecaster
  • Fashion manufacturer
  • Fashion retailer
  • Fashion wholesaler
  • Management trainer
  • Marketing Administrator
  • Personal stylist
  • Retail management
  • Sourcing agent
  • Store manager
  • Visual merchandising manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Abercrombie
  • Ambrosia & Co. Showroom
  • American Apparel
  • America's Mart Atlanta
  • American Profile Magazine
  • Arts Cubed
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Beall's, Inc.
  • Belk, Inc.
  • Bella Boutique
  • Bliss Home
  • Blush Boutique
  • Boswell's Music City Harley-Davidson
  • Bridal Warehouse
  • Buckle
  • Burberry
  • Ceri Hoover Bags
  • Charming Charlie
  • Cracker Barrel
  • David's Bridal
  • Dillard's
  • Dollar General
  • DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • e-Allen Boutique
  • Effortless Style
  • Emmaline Boutique
  • Express
  • Forever 21
  • Francesca's Collections
  • French's Shoes and Boots
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Gap
  • Genesco
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Groupon
  • H&M
  • Hancock Fabrics
  • Harmon Group
  • Haute Hippie
  • Haymaker's
  • Hollister Co.
  • Icing
  • J. Michael Clothiers
  • JCPenney
  • Juicy Couture
  • Julianna Bass
  • Johnston and Murphy
  • KDH Defense Systems
  • Kiaser-Roth Corporation
  • Kirkland's
  • Legacy ink
  • Lifeway
  • LuLa Roe
  • Local Honey
  • MAC Cosmestics
  • Macy's
  • Madewell
  • Manuel
  • Manufacturing New York
  • Megan Prange's Pattern & Apparel Production
  • Michael's
  • Nordstrom's
  • O'More College of Design (faculty)
  • Oklahoma State University (faculty)
  • Ola Mai
  • Penny's Closet
  • Perfect Pair
  • Pur Minerals
  • Redpepper
  • Shopping from the Heart
  • Simplicity Creative Group
  • Singer Viking Pfaff Worldwide
  • Talbots
  • Tatyana Boutique
  • Textile Fabric Consultants, Inc.
  • The White Room
  • Trendy Pieces
  • Trinity Image Consulting
  • TSC
  • Two Old Hippies
  • U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office
  • VF Corporation
  • Vy La and Co.
  • West Elm
  • Wolfchase Galleria
  • Yelo Magazine
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Zulily

Undergraduates in the Textile, Merchandising, and Design major program may pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of two concentrations: Apparel Design or Fashion Merchandising.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Those selecting the Fashion Merchandising concentration may choose from the following minors: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, and Mass Communication.

Other majors in the Department of Human Sciences leading to a B.S. are Family and Consumer Studies with two concentrations: Child Development and Family Studies and Family and Consumer Science Education; Interior Design; and Nutrition and Food Science, which also has a concentration in Dietetics. Undergraduate minors include Nutrition and Food Sciences; Textiles, Merchandise, and Design; and Human Sciences.


Textiles, Merchandising, and Design

TXMD 2180 - Textiles I
3 credit hours

Corequisite: TXMD 2181. An overview of the textile industry including fibers, yarns, fabric construction, dyeing/printing techniques, and finishes. Emphasis placed on the selection of textile products in relation to end use. Includes labwork involving physical testing. Lecture meets two hours per week; lab meets two hours per week.

TXMD 2181 - Textiles I Laboratory
0 credit hours

Corequisite: TXMD 2180.

TXMD 2200 - History of Fashion
3 credit hours

Survey of clothing and design from ancient to modern periods; consideration given to social, economic, and cultural conditions reflected in dress. Offered once a year.  

TXMD 3120 - Textiles II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2110, TXMD 2200, TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. Studio course including research and discussion of recent developments in the textile industry regarding surface design techniques, material testing, and industry economics (including sustainability issues). Work will be completed focusing on contemporary textile industry problems related to raw materials, sourcing, distribution, retailing, and consumption. Five contact hours per week.

TXMD 3150 - Apparel Selection and Evaluation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. An overview of the apparel industry structure and the functions of each division. Emphasis on recognizing quality in relation to fabrication, construction, and design of garments. No construction involved. Offered once a year.

TXMD 3170 - Fashion Branding
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. Principles underlying the fashion process and the study of fashion branding. Special emphasis on the dissemination of fashion throughout the world market and to the fashion designers and business leaders in the fashion world today. Offered once a year.

TXMD 3200 - Clothing I
3 credit hours

Fundamental clothing construction processes necessary for advanced work in clothing, including sewing machine operation. Garment construction from a commercial pattern and quality standards. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 3220 - Patternmaking I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TXMD 3300. Adaptation of commercial sloper patterns to individual proportions, pattern designing and application of principles of design to apparel designing. Five contact hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 3300 - Clothing II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TXMD 3200. Advanced fashion problems with an emphasis on fitting and finishing. A series of half-scale sample exercise projects and full-scale garments will be completed. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.  

TXMD 3320 - Patternmaking II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 3200 and TXMD 3220. Advanced apparel design techniques including patterning, draping, drafting, grading, and marker development via manual and computerized techniques. Five contact hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 3370 - Fashion Illustration I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. An overview of fashion illustration techniques allowing skill development of the fashion croquis and garments using various media techniques to communicate fashion ideas, moods, and details. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4100 - Fashion Promotion
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TXMD 4170 or TXMD 4320; senior standing (90 credit hours). An overview of the sales promotion process in relation to the fashion industry; emphasis on advertising, visual merchandising, special events, and fashion show production. Offered once per year.

TXMD 4140 - Apparel Manufacturing and Sourcing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. Overview of textiles/apparel industry processes from raw material to consumption for apparel and other consumer products. Examines production and marketing of products, technological developments, domestic and global market strategies, and environmental practices via field trips. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4150 - Fashion Buying
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 3170, ACTG 2110 or ACTG 3000, senior standing (90 credit hours). Principles of marketing, retailing, and sales as they apply to the merchandising of fashion goods. Special emphasis on fashion buying, planning, control, and computer applications for apparel businesses. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4170 - Social Aspects of Clothing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing (90 credit hours) and completion of Soc/Beh Sci General Education requirements.The interaction of sociological, psychological, economic, and cultural implications of clothing and textiles. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4220 - Computer-Aided Apparel Design I
3 credit hours

Uses project-based learning with computer-aided design software applicable to the apparel and textile industries to develop and use visual communication graphics appropriate for merchandising and design applications. Five hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4320 - Computer Aided Apparel Design II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TXMD 4220. Develops advanced skills using industry appropriate CAD software in a project-based learning environment. Students investigate career options and use visual communications and graphics appropriate for portfolio planning, community involvement, and industry related research and application. Five contact hours per week. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4370 - Fashion Illustration II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TXMD 3370. Further exploration of the color rendering, markers, colored graphics, and computer graphics to develop compositions depicting garment silhouette, textiles, details, and mood. Five contact hours per week. Offered every other year.

TXMD 4400 - Fashion Product Line Development and Merchandising
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 3320, TXMD 4220, or HSC 4430; senior standing (90 credit hours). Senior capstone course that requires application of skills and knowledge gained in the major coursework in a realistic industry context. Create an original product line in a team environment; design, construct, market and merchandise product line, and enter into a juried design competition and/or sell through a retail outlet. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

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Middle Tennessee State University
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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