Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, where many apparel companies are headquartered (such as Nordstrom Product Group, REI, Eddie Bauer, Union Bay, Exofficio, Filson, Outdoor Resources, and Zulily), SPU’s Apparel Design and Merchandising program has strong connections with the apparel industry.
The program is committed to provide:
Clothing needs are influenced by all aspects of society, and Apparel Design and Apparel Merchandising graduates must understand the social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence clothing selection.
For this reason, the Apparel Design and Merchandising specialization has a strong interdisciplinary base integrating knowledge from arts, psychology, sociology, economics, business, history, physics, and chemistry. The liberal education provided by this program empowers you to think critically and to gain a sense of your intellectual and creative abilities — qualities highly coveted by employers.
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- Buyer/ Merchandiser
- Merchandise Planner/Allocator
- Sourcing Specialist
- Brand Manager
- Fashion Journalist/Stylist
- Apparel and Accessory Designer
- Technical Designer
- Apparel Product Developer
- Creative Art Director
- Apparel/Textiles Quality
- Control Manager
The broad academic base provided by this program allows you and other graduates to be flexible in career choices, allowing for greater opportunities in career changes or to continue educational pursuits. A considerable overlap among jobs in the industry and a broad educational base make it easier to transform career positions as opportunities and interests arise. For example, some graduates have worked as buyers for several years, then accepted positions as designers or in product development.
The fashion industry is a dynamic field, fast paced, global in scope, and complex. It is exciting working in a profession that deals with people’s physical and aesthetic clothing needs and is influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic developments. You are trained to succeed in a wide variety of career opportunities.
Entering the Apparel Design or Apparel Merchandising Major or Minor
You may enter the Apparel Design major during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog
for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.