The Apparel Merchandising and Product Development program is part of the School of Family & Consumer Sciences in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development

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Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

If the fast-paced challenges of fashion merchandising excite you, the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development is something you want to explore. This comprehensive program, ranked in the nation's top 50, focuses on preparing you for a professional career in fashion. It's a field much broader than most people realize, with graduates working in everything from textiles and merchandising to product development, CAD and brand representation. You'll work alongside our highly respected faculty who focus on your education through a combined approach of learning, discovery, collaboration and personal growth.

Quality classroom experiences

On campus, you’ll learn in a specialized studio and classrooms. Off campus, you’ll have the opportunity to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, New York. Faculty within the program will advise and mentor you during every step of the way. Our program, ranked in the nation’s top 50, helps you build skills specific to apparel merchandising and product development: fashion buying, styling, product line conception and analysis of trends, just for starters. You will be encouraged (and assisted) to visit fashion hubs everywhere from Columbus, Chicago and New York City to Paris, London, Milan, Tel Aviv and Sydney.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Textiles for Apparel
  • Global Issues in Apparel and Textiles
  • Merchandising Math
  • 20th Century Fashion

Curriculum

Our faculty will help you:

  • understand the process and mathematical calculations used to plan and control profits and inventories in textile and apparel business
  • demonstrate competency in technical skills involved in the apparel product development processes
  • understand the impact of, and apply technology to, product development, merchandising, production and selection of textile and apparel products
  • understand the relationship between culturally diverse consumers and the consumer behavior process to achieve success in apparel business

Ranked among the nation’s top 50 fashion programs

Internships and Careers

Our students complete internships with merchants, product developers and retailers at store and corporate levels.

Required co-ops and internships mean that you will graduate with at least two professional experiences

GO FAR in your career

  • Merchandise buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product developer
  • Fashion stylist
  • Textile manager

You will have the option of minoring in marketing at our nationally ranked College of Business or studying in New York City, where BGSU AMPD students have a 98% acceptance rate at the Fashion Institute of Technology

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The Apparel Merchandising and Product Development program is part of the School of Family & Consumer Sciences in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development