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Apparel Design and Technology

ADTC student with own designs

The College of Health & Human Sciences is no longer accepting applications into the Apparel Design & Technology program, effective Fall 2015.  However, depending on your career aspirations, you may find the Retail Management B.S. program to be just what you are looking for!  The B.S. in REMG prepares students to go into careers in the fast-paced world of corporate retail, fashion entities, or other business enterprises.  The Retail Management program is an applied business degree with a consumer science focus.  We combine business courses in accounting, sales, and human behavior in organizations with courses in retail management, visual merchandising, buying, and e-commerce.  Our graduates understand the consumer and how the consumer makes purchasing decisions.  This gives our students the edge they may not find in other programs.  And, if fashion is your passion, supplement your plan by opting for the one year program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and earn an A.A.S. in Fashion Merchandise Management along with your B.S. in Retail Management from Purdue… all in four years!  Or, you may even choose a semester or a summer at the London College of Fashion where you can study corsetry, shoe design, styling, millinery, fashion public relations…and more!

Career Options

  • Assistant buyers, buyers
  • Boutique owners/entrepreneurs
  • Merchandising leader/inventory analysts
  • Product development

Experiential Learning

  • Assistant buyers, buyers
  • Boutique owners/entrepreneurs
  • Merchandising leader/inventory analysts
  • Product development

Coursework

  • Accounting
  • Optional Art and design minor
  • Business communication
  • Computer technology
  • Consumer behavior
  • Customer relations management
  • E-Commerce& Retailing
  • Economics
  • History of fashion and historic costume (elective)
  • Introduction to the Apparel Industry (elective)
  • Marketing
  • Textile science
  • Leadership
  • Merchandise buying
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Retail management
  • Visual Merchanding
  • Complete list of CSR courses and descriptions

Sample Degree Requirements