The Fashion Design & Merchandising (FDM) sequence 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.
FDM courses include textiles, fashion trend and industry analysis, advanced textiles, clothing and behavior, economics of fashion, apparel product analysis, fashion history II, principles of economics, and introduction to marketing management. Within the FMD sequence, students can select either the Fashion Merchandising option or the Fashion Design and Product Development option.
FDM students have the opportunity to participate in study tours both inside and outside the US. Students have traveled to New York, California as well as Florence, London, and Paris. The tours provide students the opportunity to learn about various firms within the textiles and apparel industry.
Internal Transfer Information
If you are currently an Illinois State University student and interested in transferring to one of the two options in the Fashion Design & Merchandising programs, log into My Illinois State, click on the "Apply to My Program" link, and complete the online application.