Employment Information

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.

Skills Needed For Career Field

  • Understanding of global economy
  • Sketching skills
  • Organization
  • Manufacturing & textile technology comprehension
  • Creativity
  • Sewing abilities
  • Knowledge of design materials
  • Time management
  • Expertise in industry-specific computer programs

Possible Careers

Apparel Designer Pattern Maker
Apparel Engineer Specifications Coordinator
Technical Designer Fabric/Trim Coordinator
Product Developer Cost/Production Manager
Color/Trend Forecaster Product Quality Assurance Engineer
Brand Manager Theater Costume Designer
Computer Aided Design Specialist Costume Shop Supervisor


Where Graduates Are Working

  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Coach
  • Dakine
  • Hanna Andersson
  • The Jones Group
  • Leanna NYC
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Oakley
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Perry Ellis International
  • Target Corp.
  • Victoria's Secret
  • WILL Leather Goods

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