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Program Overview

Program Mission

Family & Consumer Sciences: Fashion 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 textile and apparel. Students may select an emphasis of study within the program in Fashion Design and Production (Pattern A), Fashion Merchandising (Pattern B), or Textile (Pattern C). 

Educational Philosophy

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. 

Updated August 22 2023


American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Fashion Design and Merchandising program is included in the departmental accreditation by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

CSUN Admissions, Policies & Services

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.

Prospective Students

Mentorship & Advising

All students in the Interior Design program are mentored and guided by our faculty advisers. Our courses integrate the educational experience that will help students attain promising careers in the fashion industry.

Undergraduate Programs:

Degree Road Maps:

Graduate Program:

For any course or program related questions please e-mail one of the following faculty advisors to make an appointment with them during their scheduled office hours. Be sure to print and take you most current Unofficial Transcript and any questions you may have.

Prof. Shirley Warren

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Wei Cao

Dr. Hira Cho

Dr. Jongeun Kim

Dr. Tracie Tung

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources.

Student Organizations


Internships are an important component to the Apparel Design & Merchandising program. It gives a valuable insight into how a this chosen field works and secure a future career. CSUN has internship agreements with various companies across the Southern California area.

Internships are available in a variety of industry settings including:

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Merchandising
  • Wholesale and retail firms
  • Education
  • Nonprofit community agencies

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

Other Opportunities

Current Undergraduate Fashion Design & Merchandising Students


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

Please e-mail your advisor to make an appointment with them during their schedule office hours.

Advisement by Last NameFaculty Advisor
A - FDr. Wei Cao
G - KDr. Hira Cho
L - PDr. Jongeun Kim
Q - TDr. Tracie Tung
U - ZProf. Shirley Warren

Be sure to print and take your most current Degree Progress Report (DPR) and a blank advisement form according to your pattern to your advisement appointment.

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources. 

Apparel Design & Merchandising Open Lab

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department offers open fashion lab hours in SQ 241 each spring and fall semester for all Apparel Design & Merchandising option students within the FCS major.

  • Coming Soon.

You can also find current and previous open lab hours for the Interior Design option by visiting the FCS Open Lab Hours page under Students. Please check back often for updates.

Other Opportunities