Apparel Design

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About the Major

An Apparel Design major prepares you for a career designing, producing and marketing apparel products. The curriculum focuses on creativity and the product development process including manual and computerized pattern making and apparel structuring.

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Assistant Designer Laura Hlavac Designs
Assistant Designer The North Face
Assistant Manager Altar'd State
Assistant Technical Designer Coolibar
Assistant Technical Garment Designer Creative Apparel Concepts
Associate Technical Designer, Pets Target
Belka Design Intern Belka
Creative Consultant Creative Circle
Customer Service & Fulfillment Coordinator Hackwith Design House
Fashion Specialist Maurices
Freelance Apparel Designer Self-Employed
Intern Tara LaTour
Manager Free People
Men and Women's Stylist Stitch Fix
Product Development Coordinator The Airtex Group
Production Assistant Tessa Louise Design Studio
Technical Design Assistant Clothier Design Source
Usability Engineer I Minnetronix Medical

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

List of programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Costume Design Academia Di Costume
Design University of Minnesota
Engineering, Technology, and Innovation Management Carnegie Mellon University
Nursing University of Minnesota

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Apparel Product Lead Breathe99
Assistant Designer Bioworld Merchandising
Decor Consultant YuQuiang & Partners Interior Design
Demand Planner & Global Inventory Analyst Red Wing Shoe Co
Freelance Leather Goods Designer Self
Freelance Product Developer and Designer Geraldine Design Company
Merchandise Planner Rue21
Operations & Inventory Control Nordstrom
Product Design Manager Red Fox Innovations
Production Manager & Assistant Designer Tara LaTour
Shipping and Productions Systems Manager Vi Bella Jewelry
Visual Merchandising Team Lead Target

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Apparel Consultant Self-Employed
Associate Buyer DICK's Sporting Goods
Corporate Contracts Counsel Pentair
Design lululemon athletica
Head Designer Sea New York
Head Technical Designer Badgley Mischka
Motion Designer Old Republic Title
Senior Client Services Manager Optum
Sock Designer Agron, Inc.
Wovens Designer Michael Kors

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Assistant Designer
  • Colorist
  • Costume Designer
  • Designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Production Coordinator
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Technical Designer

Top Employers

  • Altar'd State
  • Belka
  • Creative Apparel Concepts
  • Creative Circle
  • Maurices
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Target
  • The Line Up
  • The North Face

Types of Employers

  • Apparel & textile manufacturers
  • Retailers with in-house clothing lines
  • Theaters
  • Toy companies

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: apparel, design, textile, patternmaker, sewing, sustainable
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Apparel Design