The Fashion Design & Merchandising (FDM) program at Illinois State University puts your designs on the runway, connects you with professionals nationwide, teaches courses in all areas of design and merchandising through industry-level Design Studio and Textile Lab facilities, and inspires you with the 2,000 piece Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection.
Graduates of the FDM program are working as a fashion professionals in a wide variety of settings, including corporate offices nation-wide in positions such as Fashion Designer, Buyer, Merchandiser, Wholesale Account Manager, Technical Designer, Product Developer, and Visual Merchandiser, as well as in entrepreneurial roles such as boutique owners and independent designers.
FDM courses include Textiles, Fashion Trend and Industry Analysis, Advanced Textiles, Clothing and Behavior, Economics of Fashion, Apparel Product Development, Apparel Product Analysis, and Fashion Promotion. Within the FDM program, students can select either the Fashion Merchandising option, with additional courses in retail buying, or the Fashion Design and Product Development option, with additional courses in draping and flat pattern making.
FDM students have the opportunity to participate in study tours both inside and outside the United States. Students have visited corporate offices and manufacturers from New York City to California, as well as in Europe and Asia.