Texas Tech University

Apparel Design and Manufacturing

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Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Manufacturing

Texas Tech University offers one of the Southwest's top ten fashion design bachelor's degrees, according to the prominent clothing industry website Fashion-schools.org. The same website ranks Texas Tech as one of the strongest fashion design schools in the nation.

Launch your career with a nationally ranked fashion design degree.

Our accredited Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing provides you with a smooth transition into the fashion industry. You will enjoy extensive one-on-one attention from faculty, receiving strong guidance and mentorship. You will make real garments, not just drawings, while gaining a detailed understanding of the entire design and manufacturing process, from initial drawings to finished products.

You will develop superior creative skills in Texas Tech's apparel design program, showcasing your talent and acquiring a strong foundation for your career as a clothing designer. Most important, a fashion degree from Texas Tech helps you make a strong impression on employers. Our accredited fashion design program has a national reputation, enabling you to compete for the best jobs in the clothes production industry.

Our Apparel Design and Manufacturing degree provides you with:

  • Extensive workplace experience. The fashion design bachelor's degree program includes a 180-200-hour internship. We often place interns with major apparel design companies in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and London, and the internship frequently leads directly to a job offer.
  • A marketable fashion design degree. Texas Tech graduates have high rates of job placement and graduate school admission. Our program holds a strong reputation within the clothing design industry, and our faculty are well connected. You will have opportunities to meet successful designers, see their studios, and interact with them first-hand.
  • Business training. You will take courses in marketing, retailing, accounting, management and fashion design industry essentials. Texas Tech's fashion design majors stand out in the job market for their strong business sense and entrepreneurial savvy.
  • Advanced fashion design technology. At Texas Tech, you will design clothing with the aid of advanced 3D body scanning systems, state-of-the-art software tools such as Illustrator and Photoshop, and other innovative 3D virtual technologies. In addition, you will work with Gerber pattern-making software systems, and you will learn to generate industry-grade drawing specs and technical packages for apparel production.
  • Exhibition opportunities. Texas Tech hosts a professional fashion design show on campus. Industry professionals critique and provide feedback to fourth-year students exhibiting collections in the show. In addition, our students have submitted winning entries in national and regional competitions such as the International Textiles and Apparel Association annual conference and Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition.
  • Research and travel opportunities. You will take field trips to New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and other fashion industry capitals for competitions, trade shows and field study.

Acquire Marketable Skills With Our Fashion Design Bachelor's Degree

Texas Tech's fashion design courses emphasize knowledge and techniques that matter to employers. You will get practical, hands-on training in techniques such as:

  • Clothing construction
  • Pattern making
  • Pattern grading and marking
  • Fashion illustration
  • Product development
  • Trend analysis
  • Production methods
  • Computer pattern making

The fashion design program provides you with opportunities to create and produce your own clothing lines, research and apply trends, manage product development, and explore fashion design niches such as athletic wear.

Career Opportunities in Fashion Design

Graduates from our Apparel Design and Manufacturing Degree program have an outstanding record of success in the job market.

Our flexible bachelor's degree in fashion prepares you for a wide range of fashion careers. You will be qualified for jobs such as:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Textile Designer
  • Creative Director
  • 3D Illustrator
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Apparel Patternmaker
  • Apparel Production Manager

Connect with Top Fashion Industry Partners

Texas Tech apparel design sponsor academy sports

The Apparel Design and Manufacturing Corporate Sponsor Program offers top fashion companies the opportunity to build brand awareness and connect with students. Meet our 2022-2023 corporate sponsor, Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Apparel Design and Manufacturing Degree Accreditation

The Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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