apparel design frequently asked questions
Students who succeed in the field of apparel design are both organized and highly creative. If you are hard working and possess a passion for fashion, then apparel design may be the career for you.
Faculty are committed to providing students with personal attention as they develop design skills. The studio environment creates opportunity for guidance as well as conversation about faculty experience in the industry.
Fashion, INC. is a student organization for apparel design students. Signature events sponsored by the group include a “Fashion for Life” runway show of senior design work in the fall and the “Tee Time” show in the spring which utilizes re-cycled tee shirts in the designs.
As an apparel design major, you will rarely sit in a lecture. Our studio spaces feature a variety of sewing equipment including industrial machines and sergers, large cutting tables, and dress forms. Students also have access to the latest software for computer aided design.
Absolutely. As an apparel design major, you will work closely with faculty members in small group settings. Faculty members lead multiple courses throughout your sequence of design classes as well as serve as individual advisors for your four year plan.
Apparel design graduates have multiple opportunities for employment in the fashion industry. Some of our students develop clothing lines of their own and open specialty stores, while others work for established designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Coach, and Kate Spade. Apparel design graduates also opt for corporate positions in companies like Hanes and Laura Mercier Cosmetics.
We welcome your interest in our program. While a personal visit is not required for admission, it helps you gain perspective about our programs, students, faculty, and facilities. To arrange for a campus visit or request additional information, write or call the Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design, Box 870158, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0158 or (205) 348-6176.