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You’re a trendsetter, and your acute fashion sense could lead to a great job in the fashion industry. CMU has Michigan’s top-ranked fashion merchandising and design program. Using cutting-edge technology, you study aesthetic and functional design and marketing and retailing of apparel and textiles. Through a challenging core that integrates design and merchandising in a way that reflects industry trends, you position yourself for jobs in the design, production and distribution of apparel and textile products. Our graduates go on to careers in apparel design, buying, store management, visual merchandising, product development and more.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Purchasing manager/buyer$60,550 per year4% (19,700 more jobs)
Sales manager$105,260 per year8% (29,800 more jobs)
Marketing manager$115,750 per year12% (25,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the fashion merchandising and design website or contact:

College of Education and Human Services
EHS Building
Email: ehs@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3079

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Fashion Merchandising & Design Major: Fashion Design Concentration

The purpose of the major is to study textiles, fashion design, and merchandising. The major is planned to prepare students for a variety of professional careers in the fashion and textile industry. Career possibilities are available in the design, production, and distribution of fashion and textile products. The major includes a fashion merchandising and design core of 36 hours, plus additional required courses in each of the concentrations of fashion design or fashion merchandising. In addition to the required courses in the cores, students are required to choose a concentration.
Total: 58 semester hours International Experience: Students may substitute up to 12 credit hours on the major through participation in a study abroad or an international internship experience subject to the pre-approval of the major advisor. Students who substitute major course requirements must receive a C or better.
Core Courses
(35 hours)
FMD 141
Apparel Design Analysis
3
FMD 155
Introduction to Textiles
3
FMD 246
CAD for Fashion Design and Merchandising
3
FMD 250
History of Western Dress
3
FMD 252
Dress and Culture
3
FMD 256
Introduction to Fashion Industry
3
FMD 258
Fashion Retail Management
3
FMD 330
Preprofessional Seminar in Fashion Merchandising & Design
2
FMD 346
Advanced CAD for Apparel
3
FMD 355QR
Textile Analysis
3
FMD 401
Internship in Fashion Merchandising & Design
3
FMD 560
Apparel Product Development
3
Required Courses
(23 hours)
FMD 140
Introduction to Clothing Construction & Design
3
FMD 241
Fashion Design: Illustration
3
FMD 245
Fashion Design Methods
3
FMD 247
Fashion Design Studio I
3
FMD 345
Draping Fundamentals
3
FMD 347
Fashion Design Studio II
3
FMD 447
Fashion Design Studio III
3
FMD 457
Creative Fashion Design Processes: Portfolio
2

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Fashion Merchandising & Design Major:Fashion Merchandising Concentration

The purpose of the major is to study textiles, fashion design, and merchandising. The major is planned to prepare students for a variety of professional careers in the fashion and textile industry. Career possibilities are available in the design, production, and distribution of fashion and textile products. The major includes a fashion merchandising and design core, plus additional required courses in each of the concentrations of fashion design or fashion merchandising . In addition to the required courses in the cores, students are required to choose a concentration.
Total: 57 semester hours International Experience: Students may substitute up to 12 credit hours on the major through participation in a study abroad or an international internship experience subject to the pre-approval of the major advisor. Students who substitute major course requirements must receive a C or better.
Core Courses
(35 hours)
FMD 141
Apparel Design Analysis
3
FMD 155
Introduction to Textiles
3
FMD 246
CAD for Fashion Design and Merchandising
3
FMD 250
History of Western Dress
3
FMD 252
Dress and Culture
3
FMD 256
Introduction to Fashion Industry
3
FMD 258
Fashion Retail Management
3
FMD 330
Preprofessional Seminar in Fashion Merchandising & Design
2
FMD 346
Advanced CAD for Apparel
3
FMD 355QR
Textile Analysis
3
FMD 401
Internship in Fashion Merchandising & Design
3
FMD 560
Apparel Product Development
3
Required Courses
(16 hours)
CPS 106
Spreadsheet Concepts
1
FMD 200
Apparel Quality Analysis
3
FMD 332
Fashion Buying
3
FMD 356
Visual Merchandising
3
FMD 410
Fashion Advertising and Promotion
3
FMD 510
Luxury Fashion Brand Management
3
Electives
(6 hours)
Select two of the following:
FMD 350
Professional Study Tour
3
FMD 357
Fashion Show Production & Promotion
3-6
FMD 456
CAD for Visual Merchandising & Presentation
3
FMD 556
Advanced Visual Merchandising
3
FMD 565
3D Printing and Fashion
3
FMD 570
The Business and Design of European Fashion
3