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Oklahoma State University

Fashion Design and Production

What You Will Learn

The program emphasizes the integration of design principles, construction methods, consumer preferences, and mass production strategies. Coursework includes principles of design, anthropometrics and pattern grading, apparel assembly and production, draping techniques, methods of mass production, quality assurance, properties and performance evaluation of textiles, patternmaking, computer-aided design and technology, entrepreneurship, and a required internship to acquire apparel design industry experience.

Career Opportunities

Students in fashion design and production are preparing for careers in the apparel and sewn products industries. Career opportunities include apparel designer, technical designer, product development manager, accessory designer, patternmaker, textile designer, sourcing manager, quality assurance manager, production manager, and apparel engineer.

The OSU Distinction

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Education Foundation has endorsed the undergraduate curricula, making OSU one of only 13 schools in North America recognized with an AAFA-approved apparel program.


The Merchandising and Apparel Design Association (MADA) is a department club that promotes fellowship amoung students, educates members about career areas, and offers leadership opportunities.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) student chapter participates in service projects with textile products and engages with industry professionals via webinars on topics such as world-renowned color experts’ discussion of color principles, lighting effects, developing your color palette, and implementing a digital color program. In addition, members of the student chapter are eligible to participate in competitions with significant award monies.

An internship with an apparel design company is a program requirement.


  • Ali Barbera, Director of Product Development, Calvin Klein Footwear at Global Brands Group (New York, NY)
  • Caitlin Cortez, Creative Content Manager at Elaine Turner (Houston, TX)
  • Laura Demaree, Director of Merchandising and Business Development at Eskimo Joe’s Clothes (Stillwater,OK)
  • Emily Fuhrman-Propp, Self-employed Apparel Designer (New York, NY)
  • Rachel Green, Men's Merchandiser at Sport Obermeyer (Aspen, CO)
  • Donna Williams, Senior Product Development Manager of Product Development, Apparel and Accessories Studio for Target Corporation (Minneapolis, MN)


As a student in the program, you will learn to use software and equipment in the Gerber Technology FashionTech Design and Development Center which includes YuniquePLM® product lifecycle management solution (PLM), including YuSnap™ and Design Suite; AccuMark® computer aided design (CAD), including 2D & 3D; GERBERcutter® Z1 with ContourVision™ to “read” and automatically cut digitally printed as well as traditional textiles; GERBERspreader™ as well as plotters and peripherals including GERBERplotters™, Silhouettes™, and traditional digitizers along with the latest AccuScan™, used for rapid digitization of patterns via simple point and click photography.

Additionally, students are able to access tools from WGSN, a premier fashion forecasting and planning firm, that are used industry-wide by designers, wholesalers, and retailers. Their live analytics and design tools help students make better, more confident design decisions.


The fashion design and production program was ranked #6 nationally among public colleges and universities offering fashion design programs by