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Are you interested in bringing creative design visions to life in tomorrow's fashions?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Development will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to design for the global apparel industry. Our faculty, some of the nation's best apparel design professionals, will help you define your career path with a choice of minors to customize your career.

100% of Apparel Design Graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education

Critical design thinking and hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art design studio, fabric test lab and production facilities will prepare you to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills of creative and technical design to the product development process according to market demands and industry standards.
  • Implement the apparel design and development process, from initial concept and prototyping, through completion of costing, sourcing and production.
  • Perform research and market analysis to innovate apparel products to increase profits and improve efficiencies in a changing global society.
  • Utilize current and future apparel industry technologies to enhance the global soft good engineering and manufacturing pipeline.
  • Engage in diverse team environments with professionalism, ethics, and global awareness.
  • Provide leadership in garment development teams with effective communication and problem-solving skills.

The Apparel Design and Development program will help prepare you for the fast-paced exciting apparel industry. Knowledgeable faculty and up-to-date laboratories make UW-Stout a great place to develop your talents. Bobbin magazine described UW-Stout's apparel major as "one of the best-kept secrets in apparel education."

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WEAR Fashion Association hosts UW-Stout's annual fashion show and provides you with exclusive exposure to alumni and industry professionals from the world's top apparel companies. Our unique program gets you ready for internships, graduate school and your career as an apparel fashion designer, technical designer, fabric specialist, trend manager, quality assurance manager, global sourcing and logistics specialist and production engineer.

Employment opportunities for Apparel Design and Development graduates are available in every sector of the apparel industry. While the Midwest is home to a number of companies that employ our graduates, there is an increasing need for people with apparel knowledge at the international level.

Career Opportunities

Students gain experience through:

  • Internships with companies including:
    • Target
    • Land’s End
    • Marc Jacobs
    • Michael Kors
    • Alice Roy
    • Betsy Johnson
    • Diane Von Furstenberg
    • DKNY
    • Jill Stuart
    • Kohl’s
    • BCBG
    • J. Crew
    • Kimberly Clark
    • Burton Snowboards
    • Express
    • Vera Wang
  • Teachers' assistants
  • Class projects for industry
  • Participation in design shows
  • Guest lecturers from industry
  • Tours to fashion business and industry

Some of the jobs in apparel design include:

  • Designer: concepts, sketches, fabrics and trends. Oversees design room, design assistants, patternmakers, sample makers and artists.
  • Associate Designer: works with designer on all aspects of design.
  • Assistant Designer: works with associate designer or with the designer.
  • Technical Designer: strong patternmaking, fit and grading skills. Garment specifications.
  • CAD operator/designer: computers for pattern making, size grading and marker-material utilization.

Some of the jobs in apparel product development include:

  • Apparel Engineer: establishes production methods, pay systems and trouble-shoots. Works to improve production operations and labor efficiency.
  • Apparel Cost Engineer: develops costing for production of garments.
  • Production Management: works with sewing operators and engineers in a team environment.
  • Quality Manager: establishes procedures to assure consistency.

Starting salaries for 2013–2014 program graduates averaged $40,000 plus company benefits and commissions. Salaries tend to rise rapidly with advanced experience. Relocation may be necessary for career advancement. Travel is often required.

What are some of the companies that graduates work at?

  • Williamson-Dickey
  • OshKosh B'Gosh
  • Wrangler
  • Russell Corporation
  • Lands' End, Inc.
  • LL Bean
  • Meca Sportswear
  • Stearns
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Target
  • Wilsons, The Leather Experts

For answers to questions not addressed here, contact the program director.

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