Retail Management with Apparel Design & Technology Concentration

Retail Management students who have a passion for fashion and an interest in apparel design should add the new Apparel Design Concentration to their plan.  This hands-on Apparel Design Concentration will help students gain experience in, and knowledge about, the apparel industry.   The Apparel Design Concentration is five courses (15 hours) focusing on apparel construction, pattern making, computer aided design, fashion illustration, and product development.  Standard industrial machines and industry software are utilized in the classroom.

The Bachelor of Science in Retail Management with an Apparel Design Concentration prepares students to go into careers in the fast-paced world of fashion, corporate retail, or other business enterprises.  The program combines apparel design, textiles, retail management, visual merchandising, buying, and e-commerce with business courses in accounting, sales, and human behavior in organizations.  Students who complete the Apparel Design concentration will understand the apparel design process from idea to finished product and how the consumer makes purchasing decisions. The curriculum is designed to give Consumer Science students the edge they may not find in other programs.  Students may also choose to supplement their plan by opting for the one year program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where they will earn an A.A.S. in Fashion Design or Fashion Business Management along with their B.S. in Retail Management from Purdue (all within four years!).  Other exciting study abroad programs are available to further hone one's design and apparel business skills.   Join us and explore what the new Apparel Design Concentration can offer you.

For more information check out our Apparel Design and Technology Concentration magazine.

Career Options
  • Technical or concept designers
  • Product development
  • Product Assistant buyers, buyers
  • Boutique owners/entrepreneurs
  • Merchandising leader/inventory analysts

Experiential Learning

  • Gain real-world experience through a required retail and/or design internship or field experience.
  • Participate in the National Retail Federation or YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund case study competitions to earn scholarships, industry professional development opportunities, and internships.  
  • Attend a program abroad during a fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Spend your junior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and earn your associate’s degree. Students in the Retail Management program are qualified to apply if they've earned a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of the application.
  • The Division of Consumer Science is a University Partner with the National Retail Foundation.  Students are eligible to attend the NRF Student Program and Career Fair in New York City, participate in student competitions, earn scholarships, and become a member of the National Retail Foundation Student Association.


  • Accounting
  • Apparel construction, patternmaking I & II
  • Optional Art and design minor
  • Business communication
  • Computer aided design for apparel
  • Computer technology
  • Consumer behavior
  • Customer relations management
  • E-Commerce/E-Retailing
  • Economics
  • Introduction to the Apparel Industry 
  • Marketing
  • Textile science
  • Leadership Strategies
  • Merchandise buying
  • Retail management
  • Visual Merchandising

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet 

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Financial Counseling and Planning, please visit the Change to an HHS Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Financial Counseling and Planning from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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