Design Graduate Program

Apparel Studies Track

students working on a projectConcentrations in the Apparel Studies Track include

Dress, History, and Culture, which focuses upon understanding and conducting research on material culture, historic trends, and psychological and social behaviors related to dress.  Students explore the ways in which historical context, socio-psychological, and cultural factors influence material culture.  Students may select a minor, such as Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History, or American Studies.  As a result of their study, students learn to analyze products of our time and interpret them through human response.

Product Development focuses upon theories and processes used in developing wearable soft goods products.  An in-depth understanding of user psychological, physical, and social needs provides the foundation for analyzing, implementing, and finalizing design solutions.  Students have the opportunity to work on industry-sponsored, applied, research-based projects through the Wearable Product Design Center.

Retail Merchandising and Consumer Studies emphasizes understanding and conducting research on individuals, groups, organizations, and the processes they use to select, secure, use, and dispose of apparel products.  Students explore the ways in which environmental, socio-psychological, and cultural factors influence consumption at all stages.  The result of their study is the ability to inform decisions concerning retailing and marketing strategies, as well as the ability to effect socially desirable behavior in a changing, globalized world.