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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.

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 Lab

The Product Design and Development Lab is located in Room 215 in Barrow Hall. This lab helps prepare students for product design and development careers. The lab currently houses 4 industrial Juki sewing machines, 4 Brothers home sewing machines, 1 Juki baby lock serger, 16 dress forms ranging in sizes, along with various pattern making and draping tools. Students are able to expand their knowledge in product development and design, production of prototypes, and production of final garment products.The lab equipment was partially funded through a Cotton Incorporated grant, Cotton for Healthy Living.

Fashion design is the art of application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. Fashion design is influenced by cultural and social latitudes and has varied over time and place. Our Product Design and Development students learn to work in a number of ways to design fashion products. Inspiration and design concepts drive the garments’ creation, along with identifying the target market. All designs are first prototyped in muslin, design and fit problems addressed and resolved, before the final garment is constructed. Student designers present their final projects to the class, professor, and invited judges.

Fall 2015 TXMI 4900 Garment Designs

Fabric design is extraordinary because the artist trusts and encourages others to adapt the two-dimensional work on fabric into a new three-dimensional form. The imagined end uses for the printed fabric – quilts, clothing, accessories, and home décor – can help guide and inspire the designer’s work. Whether printing a few yards or 10,000 yards in a mill, fabric design involves the seamless repetition of one basic unit over the length of the cloth. Students in TXMI 4900 partner with TXMI 2360 Residential Interior Design students to create original surface design fabrics that are transformed into various cotton products. Student work displays in the 2nd floor Barrow Hall Gallery.

Fall 2015 TXMI 4900 and TXMI 2360 Fabric Designs

Special guest speakers often visit the Product Design and Development Lab. Tosha Hays, a UGA alumni, spoke to the students during Fall 2015 Semester. Mrs. Hays previously led product design for Spanx Inc. before partnering with Mary-Cathryn Kolb and launching their own brand Brr!. She spoke with the TXMI 4900 students about the global chain from the perspective of a designer and business owner.

Guest Speaker-Tosha Hays


The 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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