Students gain experience through:
- Internships with companies including:
- Land’s End
- Marc Jacobs
- Michael Kors
- Alice Roy
- Betsy Johnson
- Diane Von Furstenberg
- Jill Stuart
- J. Crew
- Kimberly Clark
- Burton Snowboards
- 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?
- OshKosh B'Gosh
- Russell Corporation
- Lands' End, Inc.
- LL Bean
- Meca Sportswear
- Kimberly Clark
- Wilsons, The Leather Experts
For answers to questions not addressed here, contact the program director.