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BS Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design


This degree is currently included in the NEBHE program for all New England states except Massachusetts. Under this program, students study for in-state tuition rates + 75% after meeting the criteria* to transfer from University College into the College of Human Science and Services (the "degree-granting college"). This will typically occur at the end of the freshman year or during the sophomore year.

Note: for students who entered in fall 2009, the program requires the completion of 120 credits.  Students who entered in prior years must complete 125 credits

There are four options within the TMD major: Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Studies, Textile Science, and Interior Furnishings and Design. Interested prospective students should review the Program Requirements (*which include the criteria to transfer out of UC), the list of TMD courses, and the Advising Guide.

The Fashion Merchandising option is designed for those interested in fashion coordination, buying, and retail management. Students take courses in textiles with supporting coursework in marketing, management, consumer studies, or art. They study the successful selling of apparel and home furnishings to the consumer and the buying, promotion, and sale of goods and services. They are also familiar with fashion trends and consumer behavior. Internships are important, and more of these students are choosing to study abroad during their college career. The flexibility in the program again allows a concentration of courses in other areas such as consumer education, or journalism. Particular courses which relate to this option are fashion buying, retailing and store operations. The Fashion Merchandising Society offers students extracurricular activities relating to their field including speakers, bus trips to apparel markets, and the staging of at least one fashion show each year.

Students can also concentrate in Apparel Studies. In this area students analyze sewn products, and explore apparel production, fashion design, flat pattern and draping. The laboratories are equipped with an apparel industry-standard CAD system, Lectra's Modaris ExpertPro™ for pattern making and grading, and Diamino™ marker making. The courses are supplemented with others in fashion merchandising, theater costuming, historic costume and business. Many students in this option study for a semester at the London College of Fashion or the American Intercontinental University, or intern with apparel manufacturers in New York City.

The Textile Science option offers students opportunities to prepare for careers in dyeing, finishing and quality control. Beyond the required textile courses, these students take courses in textile performance, detergency, color science and dyeing and finishing. Students may select a minor in areas such as management or marketing. Internships in the New England textile industry are valuable in affording students the opportunity to gain practical experience to supplement their classroom and laboratory work. Students are taking advantage of these internship opportunities, especially in the areas of dyeing, finishing and printing which remain strong in the local area. The URI student chapter of AATCC holds meetings, and its members attend most meetings of the senior RI section. In recognition of the support, encouragement and inspiration given by a URI alumna and former national president of AATCC, it has named itself the Marguerita C. Hindle chapter.

Students with particular goals can design their own series of courses to create a unique degrees which will prepare them for careers in interiors, the home sewing industry, apparel design, theatrical costuming, or museum work.

While individual achievement in a series of courses will earn a degree, the value of the degree is better understood if broader student outcomes are stated and measured. The TMD Department has identified a series of student learning outcomes that will be measured and used as a tool to guide curriculum development and instructional appropriateness.