• Apparel Design
    Apparel Design students at MTSU get real-world experience
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    Designs take shape on
    the sewing machine
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    Student work is featured in an annual fashion show
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    Laura Baker cuts patterns in a spacious textiles classroom

Apparel Design

Apparel Design blends a flair for fashion with practical knowledge of all aspects of the business. Students who have a talent for drawing and creating clothes, for themselves or others, can apply their creativity in classes designed to expand their knowledge of the practical side of the multibillion-dollar fashion industry.  MTSU, with the only apparel design program at a state university in Tennessee, boasts one of the relatively few such programs in the Southeast and one of the best.

Alycia Gillaspie

MTSU student takes first place

Alycia Gillaspie won the 2013 “Project OR—Cycle 10”competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gillaspie and four other students from colleges across the country were given 48 hours to design a garment for winter outdoor activities. Gillaspie's back-country ski jacket, featuring side-low vents and a high-low hem, captured first prize—a segment in a national fashion magazine.

Alumna wins national design award

Alumna wins national design award

An Apparel Design graduate—Julianna Bass—is the national grand prize winner of the 2013 Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. Bass, who grew up in Pulaski and graduated in 2002, moved to New York to enter The Fashion Institute of Technology. After interning with designer Marc Jacobs and working with others in the Garment District, Bass introduced her own fashion line in 2008. Her t-shirt design, modeled by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, will be available at Target. Bass was one of ten finalists after more than 135,000 online votes; designer Rebecca Minkoff make the ultimate decision, describing Bass’s design as one that “perfectly captures the energy and boost that Diet Coke provides.” Bass describes her design as one “centered around trust . . . We can count on Diet Coke to make us feel and look great!”

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

  • Consultant
  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion forecaster
  • Fashion manufacturer
  • Fashion retailer
  • Fashion wholesaler
  • Pattern maker
  • Personal stylist
  • Sourcing agent


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Abercrombie
  • Belk
  • Bliss Home
  • Boswell's Music City Harley-Davidson
  • Dillard's
  • DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Forever 21
  • Francesca's Collections
  • French's Shoes and Boots
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Genesco
  • Haute Hippie
  • Local Honey
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom's
  • Penny's Closet
  • Simplicity Creative Group
  • Talbots
  • Textile Fabric Consultants
  • The White Room
  • Two Old Hippies
  • Under Armour
  • VF Imagewear
  • West Elm
  • Yelo Magazine

Dr. Gina R. Pisut
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Lauren Rudd
Assistant Professor
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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.

Those selecting the Apparel Design concentration may choose from the following minors: Art, Entertainment Arts Design, Entrepreneurship, 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.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Apparel Design Academic Map

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro



Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4Must earn C or higher Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4Must earn C or higher
HSC 10101Must earn C or higher Hum/FA (ART 1030 recommended)3Must earn C or higher
TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher
MATH (Math)3Must earn C or higher TXMD 2180/21813Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (March 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum//FA)3 
Hum/FA3Other than ART TXMD 33003Must earn C or higher
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  TXMD 21103Must earn C or higher
TXMD 32003Must earn C or higher TXMD 41803Must earn C or higher
TXMD 33703Must earn C or higher Minor course 3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (October 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3Must earn C or higher
CDFS 33203  Minor course3 
Minor course3  TXMD 33203Must earn C or higher
TXMD 32203Must earn C or higher TXMD 42203Must earn C or higher
TXMD 3120 or HSC 44103Must earn C or higher TXMD 3120 or HSC 44103Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL15   15Min. 2.50 GPA
NOTE: Students must maintain minimum 2.50 GPA; submit Upper Division and Intent to Graduate forms.
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HSC 40001 
NFS 12403  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
TXMD 43203Must earn C or higher TXMD 31103Must earn C or higher
TXMD elective3Must earn C or higher TXMD 4140 or TXMD 44003Must earn C or higher
    Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15Min. 2.50 GPA SUBTOTAL15Min. 2.50 GPA

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4Must earn C or higher Hum/FA (ART 1030 recommended)3Must earn C or higher
HSC 10101Must earn C or higher TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher
TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher TXMD 2180/21813Must earn C or higher
MATH (Math)3Must earn C or higher Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (March 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  TXMD 33003Must earn C or higher
TXMD 32003Must earn C or higher TXMD 41803Must earn C or higher
TXMD 33703Must earn C or higher Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (October 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA 3Other than ART TXMD 2110 3Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Minor course3 
Minor course3  TXMD 33203Must earn C or higher
TXMD 32203Must earn C or higher TXMD 42203Must earn C or higher
TXMD 3120 or HSC 44103Must earn C or higher TXMD 3120 or HSC 44103Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: Students must maintain minimum 2.50 GPA; submit Upper Division and Intent to Graduate forms.
JUNIOR SUMMER
CDFS 33203  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
TXMD 43203Must earn C or higher TXMD 31103Must earn C or higher
TXMD elective3Must earn C or higher TXMD 4140 or TXMD 44003Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA
SENIOR SUMMER
NFS 12403  HSC 40001 
    Elective2 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Notes:

1. 120 semester hours with at least a 2.00 grade point average; 12 of the last 18 hours must be taken at MTSU–not transferred

2. 42 upper-division hours (3000-4000 level courses) with at least a 2.00 grade point average

3. 30 upper-division hours must be taken at MTSU–not transferred

4. 60 senior college hours (taken at a four-year college)

5. Learning support courses do not count toward the 120-hour requirement or cumulative degree GPA.

6. Courses used to fulfi ll high school defi ciencies can only be counted as elective or general education credit. Any course substitution(s) must be approved on an MTSU Course Substitution form with appropriate advisor, department chair, and college dean signatures before being submitted to the graduation analyst.

Textiles, Merchandising, and Design

TXMD 1110 - Basic Design
3 credit hours
Studio course that applies the elements and principles of design, aesthetics, and problem solving within the framework of apparel design and fashion merchandising. Basic introductory sewing techniques included to apply design fundamentals to fabric. Meets five hours per week.  

TXMD 1170 - Introduction to the Fashion Industry
3 credit hours
How the fashion world operates from planning stages to consumer. Emphasis on production and distribution of fashion goods, current trends, and technological developments.  

TXMD 2110 - Fashion Forecasting
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110 and TXMD 1170. Explores forecasting frameworks and theories for explaining fashion dynamics. Application of forecasting techniques to project future change.

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. Four contact hours per week.

TXMD 2181 - Textiles I Laboratory
0 credit hours
Corequisite: TXMD 2180.

TXMD 3110 - Fashion Promotion
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: TXMD 4170 or TXMD 4320. 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 3120 - Textiles II
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170, TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. An overview of quality control using state-of-the-art textile testing equipment. Analysis of fibers and fabrics with emphasis on labwork involving chemical and physical testing. Correlation of test results in predicting fabric performance in relation to end use. Five contact hours per week.

TXMD 3150 - Apparel Selection and Evaluation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170, and 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 1110 and TXMD 1170. 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
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170, and TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. 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
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170, TXMD 3200, and 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
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170, and 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 1110, TXMD 1170, TXMD 3200, TXMD 3220,and TXMD 3300 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 1110, TXMD 1170, and 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 4140 - Apparel Manufacturing and Sourcing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: TXMD 1110, TXMD 1170,and 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 1110 and TXMD 1170. 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: TXMD 1110 and TXMD 1170. The interaction of sociological, psychological, economic, and cultural implications of clothing and textiles. Offered once a year.

TXMD 4180 - 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 4220 - Computer-Aided Apparel Design I
3 credit hours
Introduces computer basics and the Windows operating environment; computer-aided design applications related to the apparel and textile industries, including fashion sketching with stylus and graphics tablet, design evolution and line development; current CAD software utilized. Five hours per week. Offered once a year.  

TXMD 4320 - Computer Aided Apparel Design II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: TXMD 4220. Provides opportunity to develop advanced skills using state-of-the-art CAD software. Focuses on developing textile and apparel activities applicable within the industry today. Students will investigate career opportunities and develop a portfolio containing applicable design projects and business forms. 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
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.