Wayne State University

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Curriculum Guide

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Fashion Design and Merchandising Organization (FDMO)

FDMO is a student group with several annual activities. Find out about the group's latest events.

Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection

This collection is the result of collaboration between the University Libraries and the Fashion Design and Merchandising program of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.


Heather McCali
(MFA) Assistant Professor in Fibers and Fashion Design and Merchandising
Margaret Hull
(MFA) Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising
Roslyn Karamoko
(BA) Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising

Program Description

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program offers a professional concentration in the fields of Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising. The Apparel Design curriculum enables student development in conceptual and technical aspects of clothing design from material testing and ideation to finished garment. Studios and labs are well-equipped to provide students the space and tools necessary to explore materials and forms that fulfill their design goals. The Fashion Merchandising option promotes understanding and practical skills related to the buying and selling of fashion products and their development. Instructors bring a range of professional experience to program courses and are active participants in creative fields. Guest lecturers share relevant experience with students and offer networking, internship, and other opportunities in design, fashion journalism, and styling, among other career paths.


  • To provide interdisciplinary training that combines skills in fine arts and design with technical training in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising fields.
  • To address aesthetic, behavioral, historic, cultural, and marketing aspects of Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising.
  • To promote professional practices including portfolio development to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry.
  • To engage in critical dialogue about the role of fashion in contemporary culture.
  • To challenge students to consider how they might respond to and positively impact the world of fashion.
Facilities / Equipment
Fashion Design and Drafting Lab
Textile Performance Testing Lab
Digital and Physical Costume Collection
Sewing Lab with Sergers, and Industrial and Non-Industrial Sewing Machines
Computer-Aided Drawing Software
iPads with Apple Applications for design work
Computer Lab with Adobe Software
Dress Forms
Gravity Irons
Study of Fibers
Study of Fabrics
Visual Merchandising
Product Development
Textile Testing
Garment Construction including Tailoring, Flat Patterning, Draping and additional advanced construction techniques
Machine Sewing
Ideation and Conceptual Development
Fashion Illustration
Group/Individual Critiques
Portfolio Development

What does the program prepare me for?

Types of Positions
Apparel Designer
Accessory Designer
Costume Designer
Fashion Designer
Textile Designer
Display Coordinator
Fashion Stylist
Personal Shopper
Visual Merchandiser
Retail Manager
Textile Performance
Consumer Behavior
Trend Forecasting
Fabric Buyer
Fashion Journalist
Contemporary Business Technology