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    Apparel Design students at MTSU get real-world experience
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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.

MTSU student takes first place

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

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.

Textiles, Merchandising, and Design, Apparel Design Concentration, B.S.

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The major in Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) leads to entry-level career opportunities in fashion-related industries and requires the selection of one concentration from the two available: Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising. Textiles, Merchandising, and Design majors and minors must earn a grade of C or higher in all TXMD courses. Students earning a D or F will be required to repeat the course before being allowed to advance in the program.

The Textiles, Merchandising, and Design program consists of four academic years. Students enter the program as Textiles, Merchandising, and Design majors or minors and must complete the first 30 credit hours of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design curriculum consisting of General Education courses and Textiles, Merchandising, and Design pre-admission required courses. Students then apply for admission to the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design professional sequence of courses. When a student applies for admission, is accepted, and becomes enrolled, he/she is then classified as a TXMD major or minor admitted to the program and can then progress in required TXMD professional sequence courses.

The number of students accepted into the TXMD program is limited, making the application process competitive.

Textiles, Merchandising, and Design students enrolled in the University and pursuing the first two semesters of the curriculum should maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and are required to earn no less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite course.

A concentration in Apparel Design allows the student to prepare for entry-level positions in the growing area of design, pattern making, and manufacturing. In addition to the major and concentration, a minor in Art, Entertainment Arts Design, Entrepreneurship, French, Mass Communication (any area of MC study), or Spanish is required.

Admission and Progression

Curriculum: Textiles, Merchandising, and Design, Apparel Design

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • TXMD 1110 - Basic Design  3 credit hours  OR

    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.  

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • HSC 1010 - Career Orientation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 1010 - Career Orientation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Development and scope of Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences as a profession; its wide variety of career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, proficiency, and education related to success in these areas.

Subtotal: 14 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • TXMD 1110 - Basic Design  3 credit hours  OR

    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 2180 - Textiles I  3 credit hours  AND

    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.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • TXMD 3200 - Clothing I  3 credit hours  

    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.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • 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.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • TXMD 3300 - Clothing II  3 credit hours  

    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 2200 - History of Fashion  3 credit hours  

    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.  

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • TXMD 2110 - Fashion Forecasting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: TXMD 2180 and TXMD 2181. Explores forecasting frameworks and theories for explaining fashion dynamics. Application of forecasting techniques to project future change.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • TXMD 3220 - Patternmaking I  3 credit hours  

    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 3120 - Textiles II  3 credit hours  OR

    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.

  • HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics  3 credit hours  

    HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the economic system and factors influencing consumer decisions and the marketplace; identifies social, economic, and political forces shaping consumer demands; and analyzes the influence of customs, trends, peer groups, and advertising.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • TXMD 3320 - Patternmaking II  3 credit hours  

    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 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 3120 - Textiles II  3 credit hours  OR

    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.

  • HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics  3 credit hours  

    HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the economic system and factors influencing consumer decisions and the marketplace; identifies social, economic, and political forces shaping consumer demands; and analyzes the influence of customs, trends, peer groups, and advertising.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

  • 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.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: HSC 1010 and junior standing. Examines Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences professions from a global perspective. Identifies skills for success in developing and managing a career. Includes resume and cover letters, leadership, networking, life/work planning, and ethics and professionalism in Human Sciences fields.

  • TXMD 4100 - Fashion Promotion  3 credit hours  

    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 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.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

NOTE:

*Minor may be selected from any of the following: Art - 18 hours; Entrepreneurship - 18 hours; Entertainment Arts Design - 15 hours; French - 18 hours; Mass Communication - 18 hours; or Spanish - 18 hours.

**The number of hours required as electives may vary depending upon the courses taken. All students must have a minimum of 120 hours in order to graduate, so the number of hours required as electives may vary.

Academic Map

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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 2180 and TXMD 2181. 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; 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 3120 - Textiles II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: TXMD 2110, TXMD 4180, 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 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

Prerequisites: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

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 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 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

Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. 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

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.