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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.

Handmade books by Katie Fowler

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.

2012 Bon Voyage Fashion Show

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

  • Buyer
  • Consultant
  • Fashion forecaster
  • Fashion manufacturer
  • Fashion retailer
  • Fashion wholesaler
  • Personal stylist
  • Sourcing agent
  • Visual merchandiser

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
  • Kirkland's
  • Local Honey
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom's
  • Penny's Closet
  • Simplicity Creative Group
  • Talbots
  • Textile Fabric Consultants
  • The White Room
  • Two Old Hippies
  • VF Imagewear
  • West Elm
  • Yelo Magazine

Dr. Rick Cottle
Assistant Professor
rick.cottle@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8752
Office | Room 211, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
Mail | MTSU Box 86, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialty
International Textile and Apparel Association member
Preparing Future Faculty
Phi Psi Textile Honorary Fraternity member

Degree Information
Ph.D., Auburn University (2012)
M.B.A., University of Phoenix (2003)
B.S., Auburn University (1984)
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Dr. Teresa King
Professor
teresa.king@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2156
Office | Room 133, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
Mail | MTSU Box 86, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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Dr. Jasmin Kwon
Associate Professor
jasmin.kwon@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8340
Office | Room 131, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
Mail | MTSU Box 86, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
e-Fashion Industry
Cross Cultural Consumer Behavior
Omni-Channel Marketing
Fashion Study Abroad

Degree Information
Ph.D., Kyungpook National University (2004)
M.S., Kyungpook National University (2000)
B.S., Yeungnam University (1994)
 

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 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.

Graduate study includes the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Sciences with concentrations in Child Development and Family Studies. A graduate minor is available in 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.

Fashion Merchandising Academic Map

Department of Human Sciences
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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
TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher Hum/FA (ART 1030 recommended)3Must earn C or higher
HSC 1010 1Must earn C or higher NFS 1240 3Must earn C or higher
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4Must earn C or higher Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4Must earn C or higher
MATH (Math)3Must earn C or higher TXMD 1110 or 11703Must 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
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA3Other than Art Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030 or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
TXMD 2180/21813Must earn C or higher TXMD 21103Must earn C or higher
COMM 2200 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher TXMD 41803Must earn C or higher
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
HSC 4430 or TXMD 42203Must earn C or higher TXMD 3120 or other approved*3*See list; C or higher
TXMD 3120 or other approved*3*See list; C or higher Minor course3 
TXMD 3150 or TXMD 33003Must earn C or higher Minor course3 
TXMD 3170 3Must earn C or higher ACTG 2110 or ACTG 30003 
Minor course3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15Min. 2.50 GPA
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (October 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
TXMD 41703Must earn C or higher TXMD 41503Must earn C or higher
Minor course3  TXMD 31103Must earn C or higher
HSC 44103  TXMD 4400 or TXMD 41403Must earn C or higher
CDFS 33203  Minor course or elective3 
Minor course3  Elective2 
    HSC 40001 
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
TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher Hum/FA (ART 1030 recommended)3Must earn C or higher
HSC 10101Must earn C or higher Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4Must earn C or higher
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4Must earn C or higher TXMD 1110 or TXMD 11703Must earn C or higher
MATH (Math)3Must earn C or higher NFS 12403Must 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
Hum/FA3Other than ART HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
TXMD 2180/21813Must earn C or higher ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher TXMD 41803Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (October 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  TXMD 21103Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
TXMD 3120 or other approved*3*See list; C or higher TXMD 3120 or other approved*3*See list; C or higher
TXMD 3150 or TXMD 33003Must earn C or higher Minor course3 
TXMD 31703Must earn C or higher Minor course3 
Minor course3  ACTG 2110 or ACTG 30003 
SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA
NOTE: Minimum 2.50 GPA and 30 hours passed for application (October 1)/acceptance into TXMD Professional Course Sequence.
JUNIOR SUMMER
HSC 4430 or TXMD 42203Must earn C or higher Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
TXMD 41703Must earn C or higher TXMD 41503Must earn C or higher
Minor course3  TXMD 3110 3Must earn C or higher
HSC 44103  TXMD 4400 or TXMD 41403Must earn C or higher
Elective3  Elective2 
    HSC 40001 
SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA SUBTOTAL12Min. 2.50 GPA
SENIOR SUMMER
CDFS 33203  Minor or elective course3 
SUBTOTAL3Min. 2.50 GPA SUBTOTAL3Min. 2.50 GPA

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

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.