Apparel Design and Product Development professionals design sportswear, suits, dresses, coats, accessories, and just about everything else that people wear. Designers research color and style trends to create concepts and sketches for fashions one to two years in advance of the market. Some create new garment styles while others adapt styles from a previous season.
Pattern makers make designs a reality by working out proportions and exact details of style for production. Apparel design includes specializations in active sportswear, protective clothing for industry, functional apparel for people with physically challenging conditions and costuming for the theater. All of these careers are open to talented men and women with degrees in Apparel Design from OSU.
- Visit School of Design and Human Environment Advising to pursue this program.
- Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program.
The Apparel Design major is a Professional Program. Entering students are designated as pre-professional majors. After completing at least 45 credits, students apply for acceptance into the Professional Program.
- Use a major sheet (pdf) to track your progress in completing course requirements.
- Schedule an advising appointment.
Oregon State Career Services has useful information on what graduates can do with a degree in Apparel Design, including related skills, career planning information and possible careers, such as:
- Apparel Designer
- Apparel Engineer
- Technical Designer
- Product Developer
- Color/Trend Forecaster
- Brand Manager
- Computer Aided Design Specialist
- Pattern maker
- Specifications Coordinator
- Fabric/Trim Coordinator
- Cost/Production Manager
- Product Quality Assurance Engineer
- Theater Costume Designer
- Costume Shop Supervisor