The Master of Science in Design, Housing and Merchandising, option in Apparel Design
and Production, can help you advance your skill set with applied coursework that focuses
on integrating theory and research in the field. A master’s degree is an industry-recognized professional qualification and prepares students for careers advancement or teaching in higher education.
Ourindustry-based curricula is taught by nationally recognized faculty in fully equipped
design studios and classrooms. The master’s program requires30 credit hours for completion and students may choose between a traditional research
thesis or a design thesis option. The design thesis option is based on the creation
of original work that represents processes of experimental design. The program also
offers sustainable design curriculum.
Course topics for the master’s degree include:
Planning and proposal writing
Theories of the creative process
Research and Faculty
Research in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising ranges from technology
related applications on garments, comfort and protection in textiles, consumer behavior,
aging in place, and dementia housing. Our laboratories feature virtual and augmented reality software and equipment, including
eye-tracker and psychophysiological equipment and 3D printing capabilities. The Gerber
Technology Fashiontech Design and Development Center houses cutting-edge, computer-aided
design programs, cutters, printers and digitizers. The 3,500 square-foot sewn products
studio offers plenty of space for student research.