Fashion and Textile Management
Department of Textile & Apparel Technology & Management
Graduates of the Fashion and Textile Management program at NCSU are broadly educated in the physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences with a focus on Fashion and Textile Management that prepares students for leadership roles in industry and government. You will choose a specialty,like fashion, branding, or retail,and study every aspect of the textile and apparel business related to this specialty. Add that to the hands on experience with internships and in class projects and you will have a solid understanding of the industry,from fiber to finished product! The fashion and textile industry is complex. It involves everything from understanding the mechanics of how fabrics are made to knowing how to market your final product. At NC State, we do not just teach you the basics, we give you the entrepreneurial skills you will need to build a career in the industry-- because a solid business plan is as important as a dazzling design.
Students in Fashion and Textile Management can choose from three curricula: Textile Brand Management and Marketing: Learn how to position products and services for success in the marketplace, particularly in the fashion, retail and textile industries. You will study branding strategies, consumer and product trends, licensed products, and global marketplace dynamics.
Fashion Development and Product Management: Focus on design and development of fashion products, from jeans to bridal gowns. You will use trend analyses, coloration, silhouette selection, and other skills and concepts to develop fashions that appeal to consumers.
Retail and Supply Chain Management: Gain a broad perspective into the industry from textile production to retail sales. You will solve problems and develop strategies to make the process more effective and cost-efficient. This concentration covers merchandising and logistics and distribution strategies to bring the product to the consumer.
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. Textile Career Services is available to all Textile students to assist in finding complimentary work experience. The college provides a specialized career placement office and conducts helpful programs like resume and interview skills workshops throughout the academic year. Over 60% of Textile Seniors have completed work experiences outside the classroom by graduation. Although course credit is available for this experience through the College of Textiles, many students simply complete their internships for the experience, as well as for helping them determine potential career paths. Textile students participate in both paid and unpaid work experiences.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The Textitles Career Services provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship ExampleThe College of Textiles does have a formal internship program for students between their junior and senior years. Academic credit is only awarded when a student goes through this formal internship.
During the past summer, many Textile students participated in internships and summer jobs with companies like Milliken & Company, Belk Department Stores, Sara Lee Knit Products, Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Taylor, Tuleh, & Marc Jacobs.
Internship projects ranged from working with fashion photographers to market a new clothing line to developing a new apparel product line for the Fall season to creating and engineering new equipment for a manufacturing process that will save thousands of dollars for a company to developing new, environmentally-friendly dyes for coloring fabricsˇand list continues!
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 32,000 (15,000-43,000)
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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Last updated: 3rd of November, 2009 at 10:19:03 AM
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