Programs: Apparel Design, Merchandising Management
Oregon State University
Founded in 1868 and located in Corvallis, Oregon, this co-educational, public research university of 27,000, which is a flagship university of the Oregon University system, offers a very good Apparel Design and Product Development program. Students in these areas 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.
Oregon State Career Services
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 that of Apparel Designer or 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 and many more. Students can get internships at: Anna Sui, Columbia Sportswear, Erin Mahoney, Fred Meyer, Nordstrom, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Place Los Angeles Showroom, Rachel Comey, Showroom Seven and others.
OSU has more majors, minors and special programs than any other university or college in Oregon. In its 2013 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Oregon State University #142 nationally and as the 73rd Top Public university. The school itself is also ranked by the EPA as one of the greenest schools for using renewable energy and for its recycling programs. Its acceptance rate is 67.7% and the percentage of new students receiving aid is 86%.