University Catalog 2024-2025

Fashion and Textile Management (BS): Fashion Development and Product Management Concentration

If you’re looking for a hands-on program that provides you with both design experience and business know-how, our Fashion Development and Product Management (FDPM) program at the Wilson College of Textiles may be for you. FDPM is one of two concentrations students majoring in Fashion and Textile Management can choose to focus on during their time at the Wilson College of Textiles. 

Courses in our state-of-the-art fashion studios and labs will provide you with the opportunity to build a portfolio and learn to build ready-to-wear collections for customers. You’ll also develop industry knowledge about the manufacturing, logistics and marketing that take a product from a designer’s idea to your online cart. 


For answers to questions about the admissions process, please contact:

Heather M. Lyerly
Senior Director of Academic Services
Wilson College of Textiles

Meggie Metcalf
Associate Director of Academic Services
Wilson College of Textiles

Plan Requirements

T 101Strategies for Success in the Wilson College of Textiles1
Mathematics and Sciences
MA 131Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A3
or MA 141 Calculus I
MA 231Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B3
or MA 114 Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications
or MA 241 Calculus II
CH 101Chemistry - A Molecular Science3
CH 102General Chemistry Laboratory1
PY 211College Physics I4
or PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
Major Requirements
ACC 210Concepts of Financial Reporting3
BUS 320Financial Management3
FTM 217The Textile Industry3
FTM 220Principles of Retailing and Supply Chain Management in Textiles3
FTM 282Marketing and Brand Management Fundamentals in Textiles and Apparel3
FTM 310Entrepreneurship & New Product Development in Textiles3
FTM 385Fashion and the Consumer3
FTM 408Sustainability in Fashion, Textiles and Retail3
FTM 416The Fashion Industry3
TMS 211Introduction to Fiber Science3
PCC 302Technology of Textile Wet Processing4
TT 105Introduction to Textile Technology3
TTM 106Yarn Formation, Classification and Numbering Systems1
TT 252Formation and Structure of Textile Fabrics4
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
EC 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
or ST 370 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
ENG 332Communication for Business and Management3
or ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology
or ENG 333 Communication for Science and Research
Concentration Requirements
FTM 219Fashion Product Analysis3
FTM 271Computer-Aided Textile Design3
FTM 315Fashion Product Design3
FTM 317Computer Aided Fashion Design 3
FTM 318Fashion Development Processes3
FTM 415Fashion Product Development3
FDPM Electives9
GEP Courses
Acad Writing Research 14
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives5
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
World Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Elective 21
Total Hours120

C- or better


Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement.

FDPM Electives

ADN 111Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design3
ADN 112Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design3
ADN 414Color and Light3
FTM 320Retail Merchandising in Fashion and Textiles3
FTM 380Management and Control of Textile and Apparel Systems3
FTM 387Textile Brand Communications & Promotions3
FTM 400Major Fashion Designers3
FTM 420Retail Buying in Fashion and Textiles3
FTM 431Quality Management and Control In Textile Manufacturing3
FTM 480Operations Management Decisions for Textiles3
FTM 481Product Costing in the Textile and Apparel Industry3
FTM 484Strategic Planning and Decision Making in the Textile and Fashion Industries3
FTM 485Textile Computer Integrated Enterprise3
FTM 486Supply Chain Management in the Textile Industry3
FTM 497Senior Fashion Collection Studio6
MT 323Introduction to Theory and Practice of Medical Fiber and Yarn Formation3
MT 366Biotextile Product Development3
MT 381Medical Textile and the Regulatory Environment3
PCC 201Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society3
TT 331Performance Evaluation of Textile Materials4
TT 380Management and Control of Textile and Apparel Systems3
TT 431Quality Management and Control In Textile Manufacturing3
TT 480Operations Management Decisions for Textiles3
TT 485Textile Computer Integrated Enterprise3
TT 486Supply Chain Management in the Textile Industry3

Acad Writing Research

Acad Writing Research
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
WLEN 101Academic Writing and Research4
Transfer Sequence
ENG 202Disciplinary Perspectives in Writing3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Critical Path Courses: Identify using the code (CP) which courses are considered critical path courses which represent specific major requirements that are predictive of student success in a given program/plan. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
EC/ARE 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A 3
TT 105 Introduction to Textile Technology 3
T 101 Strategies for Success in the Wilson College of Textiles 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
MA 231 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B 3
FTM 217 The Textile Industry (CP) 3
FTM 219 Fashion Product Analysis 3
FTM 271 Computer-Aided Textile Design 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
TMS 211 Introduction to Fiber Science 3
ACC 210 Concepts of Financial Reporting 3
FTM 220 Principles of Retailing and Supply Chain Management in Textiles 3
FTM 315 Fashion Product Design 3
FTM 317 Computer Aided Fashion Design 3
Spring Semester
TTM 106 Yarn Formation, Classification and Numbering Systems 1
PY 211 College Physics I 4
EC 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FTM 282 Marketing and Brand Management Fundamentals in Textiles and Apparel (CP) 3
FTM 318 Fashion Development Processes 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Third Year
Fall Semester
ST 311 Introduction to Statistics 3
TT 252 Formation and Structure of Textile Fabrics 4
BUS 320 Financial Management 3
FTM 385 Fashion and the Consumer 3
FTM 415 Fashion Product Development 3
Spring Semester
GEP Humanities 3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
ENG 332 Communication for Business and Management 3
FTM 408 Sustainability in Fashion, Textiles and Retail 3
FTM 310 Entrepreneurship & New Product Development in Textiles 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
GEP Humanities 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 3
FDPM Electives 6
PCC 302 Technology of Textile Wet Processing 4
Spring Semester
FDPM Electives 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2
GEP Social Sciences 3
Free Elective 1
FTM 416 The Fashion Industry 3
 Total Hours120

Career Opportunities

Because of their broad range of knowledge and experience, our FDPM graduates become valuable candidates for jobs all along the fashion and apparel supply chain. Nike, Gap, Kohl’s, Under Armour, Target, Adidas, Natick, and Abercrombie & Fitch are just some of the household brands that frequently hire our students in technical design, production and research capacities.

Career Titles

  • Fashion Technical Designer/Product Developer: Member of a team that takes a product from concept to sales, including research and ideation, development, marketing, inventory and production. 
  • Fashion Product Manager: Create and execute a fashion product vision by overseeing a team of fashion technical designers/product developers. 
  • Fashion Planner: Analyze sales performance of store products and predict customer behavior to help a retailer determine when to drop, expand or alter a product line. 
  • Fashion Buyer: Combine industry knowledge, consumer research and creativity to decide what clothes, accessories footwear and other items retailers sell. 
  • Fashion 3D Developer: Use 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology to design garments and perfect their draping and fit to ready them for manufacturing and production.
  • Fashion Merchandiser: Analyze data and conduct market research to optimize store layouts and displays, set item prices and manage product stock in order to maximize store profits. 
  • Fashion Stylist/Editor: Apply trend forecasting and principles of market research to develop looks for clients that are both on trend and fit within that public figure’s personal brand.

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