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Apparel Design and Merchandising


The Family & Consumer Sciences: Apparel Design and Merchandising undergraduate program at CSUN offers an analytical study of concepts and their application as they relate to the design, production, and merchandising of textiles and apparel. Students may select an emphasis of study within the program in Apparel Design and Production (Pattern A), Apparel Merchandising (Pattern B), or Textiles and Apparel (Pattern C). For a breakdown of the program and its courses please visit the university catalog.

Our method is to combine design technology, business strategy, and fashion merchandising in our approach to apparel manufacturing, processing and merchandising techniques, and textile product quality control.  When our students graduate they are prepared to apply their knowledge from the physical and social sciences, technology, aesthetics, and business for every opportunity and career throughout the apparel and textile industry. 

Opportunities for internships, networking and potential lifelong professional relationships are presented through our fashion student organization, TRENDS, through association with professional organizations such as, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), and domestic fashion industry tours.      



Apparel Design and Merchandising options are included in the departmental accreditation by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).



All students in the Apparel Design & Merchandising (ADM) option receive individual and group guidance from faculty advisers. Courses are chosen to integrate the educational experience into promising careers.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates are as unlimited as the imagination. Our graduates move into careers such as:

  • Apparel Designers, Technical Designers
  • Fashion Consultants
  • Fashion Forecasters
  • Costumers and Costume Designers
  • Textile Designers
  • Textile Production Specialists
  • Textile Analysts
  • Wardrobe Stylists
  • Technical Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Quality Control/Production Managers
  • Fashion Journalists
  • Apparel Merchandisers
  • Retail Buyers and Managers
  • Sales Representatives/Executives
  • CAD Designers
  • Museum Curators
  • Historic Costume and Textile Preservation


Historic Costume Collection

The Apparel Design and Merchandising option maintains a collection of garments popular over various historical periods. Uniforms are a specialty item in this collection. Items from the collection are displayed periodically in galleries on campus and are used as visual, tactile support for classroom lectures.