Fashion Design & Merchandising

Fashion Design & Merchandising

formerly Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising

This program is designed to provide students with an understanding of fashion and textile industries, consumer behavior, product development, business principles, and technology applications.


Students concentrate in one of two areas.

Design & Product Development

Design and Product Development emphasizes the total design and production process fro inception to finished product and its ultimate sale to the consumer. Specialized labs and industry software provide students with extensive hands-on experience in the latest design, product development, and fashion retailing technology applications.


Merchandising combines an overview of the fashion industry, consumer behavior, product development, planning, buying business operations and entrepreneurship.



Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).

Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2016.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.


  • Fashion, Costume, Accessory, or Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Retail Buyer / Analyst
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Store Manager or Business Owner
  • Visual merchandiser / In-Store Display
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Consultant / Stylist
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Textile Scientist
  • Apparel Manufacturer
  • E-Commerce Business Owner
  • Extension Specialist or Agent
  • Professor, Instructor, or Teacher

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs are offered each year in ATM. Faculty work with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad to plan study abroad programs and internships in English-speaking regions. Currently, CCSA has 24 member institutions in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. To find out more, visit the study abroad page on this site.

Technology Requirements

A laptop computer that you can bring to class is required for HS 4733 (Computer-aided Design) and some other ATM courses. For these courses, much of the work, which includes daily activities and exams, must be done in the classroom and not at another location. Students may download the computer and software specifications here.

Exhibits and Collections

Mississippi State University

Useful Links


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