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Fashion Design and Merchandising

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The Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) major in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is a competitive admission program. The major prepares students for employment in the forecasting, product development, promotion, distribution, wholesale, and retail sectors of the global textile and apparel industries. Students study the flow of apparel through trend analysis, design and product development, production, marketing, and retail.

Why Study Fashion Design and Merchandising?

The Fashion Design and Merchandising major within Family and Consumer Science prepares students for employment in the product development, distribution and retail sectors of the textile and apparel bus iness industries. Students study the flow of apparel from production to sales with a focus on apparel design, merchandising, and product development and analysis, as well as business skills that employers find attractive.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Understanding of the importance of brand 
  • Strong team orientation
  • Specialized technical expertise
  • Customer orientation
  • Accountability
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Seeks new ideas, products or processes
  • Proactive
  • Management skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workflow

Related Fields

Professions

  • Apparel Designer
  • Clothing Industry Specialist
  • Distribution Coordinator
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Coordinator
  • Product Developer
  • Production Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Pattern Designer
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Retail Consultant
  • Sales Analyst
  • Textile Scientist
  • Visual Merchandising Designer
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, AllOther
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
  • Sales and Related Workers, All Other
  • Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
  • Models
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Floral Designers
  • Multi-Media Artists and Animators
  • Museum Technicians and Conservators
  • Graphic Designers
  • Demonstrators and Product Promoters
  • Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
  • Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail SalesWorkers
  • Meeting and Convention Planners
  • Network Designers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Order Clerks
  • Upholsterers
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Michele Ruby  Turner Hall 106  mcruby@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-4608 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.80 - 3.35

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Economics Macro- and Micro- (ECO 105)
  • Apparel Construction (FCS 122)

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Clint Smith  Turner Hall 106  cmsmit2@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5011  Current FCS students 
Michele Ruby  Turner Hall 118A   mcruby@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-4608  Prospective FCS students  

Middle 50% GPA

2.80 - 3.35

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

August 1 - September 21, January 1 - February 21

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Current Illinois State University students can apply to this major through My.IllinoisState.edu. We strongly encourage meeting with your academic advisor about your academic goals prior to changing your major.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Clint Smith  Turner Hall 106  cmsmit2@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5011  Current FCS students 
Michele Ruby  Turner Hall 118A   mcruby@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-4608  Prospective FCS students  
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