The mission of the apparel design and merchandising department is to provide students with an environment in which they can develop and nurture creativity, gain aesthetic, intellectual, and professional competence in both the knowledge and skills of the apparel field and cultivate a humanistic and ethical understanding of apparel as a business and as an art form.
The apparel program offers major and minor programs in fashion design and apparel merchandising.
In collaboration with Kent State’s NYC Studio, apparel design and apparel merchandising majors have the opportunity to study and complete an internship, for a semester or a summer session, in New York City.
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
CoursesApparel Design and MerchandisingIndependent Undergraduate Research or Creative Investigation
Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, Senior Thesis Independent Research or Creative Investigation is a course in which students collaborate with faculty mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct an independent project under the guidance of a faculty member. This directed undergraduate research or creative investigation culminates in a conference presentation, journal article, or other creative/scholarly project.