Fashion Industry Management concentration
The Fashion Industry Management concentration exposes students to the entire fashion value chain from the background of fiber composition to the final branded product, focusing on the efficient and effective delivery of quality merchandise to consumers. Students are immersed in the techniques and business practices needed to implement competitive production systems for today’s global marketplace. Students learn to make tactical supply chain decisions, to develop global sourcing strategies and to utilize cutting-edge industry software, all in the context of and global marketplace.
The Fashion Industry Management program is one of a select few endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Fashion Merchandising concentration
Fashion merchandising is part of the dynamic and exciting fashion industry and plays a central role in retailing. The merchandiser is responsible for understanding the needs and demands of the consumer. Consumers' needs are influenced by lifestyle and changes in the environment. The merchandiser is responsible for selecting and procuring merchandise from all over the world, ensuring that the store has a proper assortment of goods. Technology plays an important role by enabling merchandisers to predict needs, provide the merchandise in a timely manner and insure an inventory that is well-balanced.
Positions in merchandising include buyers, department managers, merchandising managers, fashion coordinators, product developers and merchandise planners.