Apparel, Textiles and Design (B.S.F.C.S.)

This major considers apparel, textiles and design as basic human needs, consumer products, historical and cultural artifacts, and communication tools. Students who wish to graduate in Apparel, Textiles and Design (ATD) must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required ATD coursework.

Students are required to complete an advisor-approved focus area of 18 credits. Students select their focus area at the end of their Sophomore year. Standard program focus areas are Design, Marketing/Merchandising, and Product Development. Students may choose a related focus area by submitting a proposal to ATD Faculty clearly showing the relationship between Apparel, Textiles and Design and their proposed area of focus relative to the industry, career goals, and emerging opportunities. Other focus areas may include Costume Design, Advertising, Business, or International Studies. Upon approval a double major or minor could also be used instead as long as the other content area is relative to Apparel, Textiles and Design.

Apparel, Textiles and Design Program Outcomes


  • Understand the global nature and scope of the industry and related sectors, including but not limited to design, production, buying and merchandising, and distribution.
  • Focus on fibers and textile materials and specification relative to serviceability, quality, performance, and cost.
  • Understand an apply knowledge about key concepts such as target market, product development, the consumer, and the roles and functions of various contexts in which products are developed and consumed.

Product Development

  • Identify and interpret needs and wants of consumers and how industry processes are applied to plan, develop, produce, communicate, and sell profitable product lines.
  • Relate the elements and principles of design to product development, use, and evaluation and use the design process to create products that meet marketplace needs.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, and creative problem-solving skills, including the ability to critically evaluate and compare diverse perspectives.
  • Communicate ideas in written, verbal, and visual forms using appropriate technology.
  • Evaluate product quality, serviceability, and regulatory standards.

Understanding the Consumer

  • Understand, communicate and apply knowledge and research regarding appearance and human behavior, and about the complex nature of consumer behavior as it relates to aesthetic preferences, economic and purchasing decisions, and social, historical, and cultural factors.
  • Understand the concept of dress (as all of the supplements and modifications to the body) and its role as it reflects and shapes intra- and inter-cultural and social interactions.
  • Apply knowledge about the interrelationships among historic and socio-cultural factors of dress and their impact on human behavior, including the effects of life stages, change across time, and culture.

Career Development and Professional Skills

  • Identify and evaluate issues of social responsibility, professional behavior, sustainability and ethics related to the impact of individual, organizational, and corporate decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills for industry careers, including creativity, teamwork, attitude, ethics, goal setting, and career development.
  • Function as team members and leaders within professional and culturally diverse environments.
  • Apply concepts and integrate knowledge through practical learning experiences in meaningful workplace settings and various industry contexts.

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and:

ART 100World Art and Culture3
MKTG 321Marketing3
FCS 105Individual and Family Development3
FCS 119Introduction to Fashion and the Apparel Industry3
FCS 123Textiles3
FCS 224Apparel Construction and Assembly Processes3
FCS 295Career Development in Apparel & Textiles1
FCS 319Digital Illustration for the Apparel Industry3
FCS 323Apparel Product Development3
FCS 324Patternmaking4
FCS 329History of Western Dress3
FCS 419Dress and Culture3
FCS 424Apparel Product Line Development: Senior Capstone4
FCS 432Apparel Promotion and Merchandising3
FCS 448Consumer Economic Issues3
FCS 494Portfolio Development3
ENGL 313Business Writing3
or ENGL 317 Technical Writing
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Foundations of Economic Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Social Psychology
Collective Behavior
Social Change & Globalization
Select 3 credits of Anthropology electives3
Select an area of focus with the guidance of an advisor18
Total Hours81-82

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree