Fashion merchandising offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. Our students travel the world, start their own businesses and make positive impacts on their companies and communities.

What You'll Do

  • Intern with fashion companies
  • Meet corporate executives
  • Talk with fashion designers
  • Study abroad
  • Participate in a student-run business

Rankings

Fashion Schools evaluates hundreds of fashion schools annually and ranks them based on reputation, depth and value. In the 2017 rankings, Fashion Merchandising at UGA ranked #2 in the South.

Product Development & Design

The Product Development and Design emphasis takes creative students and gives them the tools to succeed in apparel and textile careers. Courses give emphasis on

  • Creativity
  • Product development
  • Apparel and surface design processes
  • Computer-aided design
  • Manufacturing
  • Apparel line development
  • Digital presentations and portfolio
  • Technical spec sheets
  • Patternmaking
  • Draping
  • Sewing

Education Abroad

The 6 week London Study Program offers both coursework and internships.  Maymester programs include 10 days in China, and 3 weeks in Ghana.

Student Projects

Want a taste of what you'll be doing in the classroom? Students in TXMI 3530 Apparel Quality Analysis created original brand promotional videos on a specific sustainable designer, educating consumers on the social, environmental, and financial impact of this brand.  This project allowed students to examine sustainability using creativity and technology. See student videos on Christopher Raeburn and Chooplips.

Professional Support

The program is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association/YMA and the department is a member of the National Retail Federation. Both professional organizations provide scholarship competition opportunities for students majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development and Design.

The Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation, a group of industry professionals governed by a membership board, provide valuable input to curriculum, equipment and instructional support as well as funding for student internships and study abroad.

Networking

Join a student group so you can network with industrial professionals, develop skills in fashion show production, design, and fashion magazine production.

Want your own clothing line?

Supplement your Fashion Merchandising degree with an Entrepreneurship Certificate so you can successfully run your own business.

Video: Fashion Merchandising Window Display