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Product Development and Design

The Product Development and Design area of emphasis is specifically oriented to prepare you for careers in production and sourcing.

How to Apply

PDD is a high demand emphasis, therefore you will be asked to submit an application before accepted into the emphasis. After completing TXMI 2010 and TXMI 3210, you will be eligible to complete an application and submit five examples of work. Applications are open September and February. 

PDD Application Explained  

Course Work

The course work is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for product development and design:

  • Computer-Aided Design for Apparel Design and Production
  • Product Development
  • Global Sourcing
  • Survey of Apparel Manufacturing
  • Study abroad tour to China, Ghana, or London
  • Students can also enroll in the study tour to NYC

Hands-on Experience

We provide you with the opportunity to develop apparel products, to work with designers and manufacturers to produce prototypes and the final product. You can even sell your garments at UGA!

You will also have priority access to product development and design internships with leading companies in the fashion industry. Check out our internship page for more information.

Product Development Creative Spaces

In Barrow Hall, the Textile, Merchandising, and Interiors department have various creative spaces for students to explore, problem-solve, and develop their abstract ideas into tangible products. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences believes in offering hands-on experiences that mimic the industry, so those graduating students from TMI are prepared to be leaders in the Fashion Industry. Check out our Product Development Creative Spaces Lab page for more information.


Product Development and Design emphasis is an exciting opportunity that we don't want you to miss! We have special scholarships if you decide to pursue the emphasis, and also scholarships to help you with travel costs if you decide to study abroad or participate in your dream internship. The scholarships are provided by the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation, a team of industry leaders that help us keep curriculum and program offerings up-to-date.

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