Special Programs and Courses
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Special Programs and Courses


Meeting the Challenges of US and Indian Fashion Retailing Industries is a synchronous online graduate course (mid-September 2017) focused on cultural differences and similarities in retailing strategies of entrepreneurial small- and medium-size enterprises found in these two countries. It will consist of seven 2-hour sessions and weekend projects for two weeks in September 2017 with main projects due in December 2017. This 3-credit graduate course, developed through funding from the United States-India Educational Foundation, will be jointly taught by 10 expert faculty from Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of North Texas alongside 6 expert faculty members from National Institute of Fashion Technology campuses across India. For contact information, and module content and course format information, click here


Iowa State University Offers a New Hybrid (distance) Master’s of Science Degree.  The Apparel,  Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University is accepting applications for its first cohort of a new hybrid (distance) Master’s of Science degree program, similar to the format of its hybrid Ph.D. program.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available with a focus on the following areas: Consumer behavior; Design—creative, technical, and functional; History; Learning and teaching; and Merchandising, management, and entrepreneurship. Please see Brochure for detailed information about program options.


Regent's University London - 2017 Summer Courses.  Study fashion in London in 2017 through intensive four-week summer courses in fashion styling and fashion photography in a great world city from the safe base of the Regent's central London campus.  For detailed information, see Brochure.


Eco-Smart Workshops.  SAI Programs and C.L.A.S.S. Education are both organizations dedicated to sustainability in business and design; that's why we've joined forces to offer a series of topical "Eco-Smart Workshops" in Milan, Italy this summer!  These workshops provide a great opportunity for students and emerging professionals to learn about the latest innovations in eco-smart materials and technologies, as well providing a forum to address issues concerning sustainability and design responsibility in fashion.


Design Responsibility: Eco-Smart Textile Workshop (July 2 – 8, 2017). This workshop has been designed for undergraduate students who are currently pursuing degrees in fashion design, merchandising, product development, production, textiles, brand management, and marketing. The workshop focuses on design synergy, innovative textile research, and strategic communication required to add brand value. Centered in Milan at CLASS Headquarters, this program will include a wide variety of learning activities, such as onsite lectures by textile producers (i.e. spinners and weavers), and interactive workshops which introduce participants to a new generation of textile technologies and innovations.


Fashion and the Environment (July 9 14, 2017).  This workshop has been designed for those studying fashion design, merchandising, product development, production, textiles, brand management and marketing. The workshop introduces participants to the environmental problems associated with the fashion industry and proposes innovative solutions. Centered in Milan at C.L.A.S.S. Headquarters, participants are introduced to the global economic and environmental impacts of the fashion industry. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of sustainability in fashion, which includes applying the latest technological innovations to reduce waste in lower the industry's CO2 emissions.


For more information, please visit SAI's website: http://www.saiprograms.com/milan-eco-workshops, or contact Dr. Edna Farace Wilson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, SAI Programs.  e.wilson@saiprograms.com


Oklahoma State University Offers New Sustainable Design Short Courses

The Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising now offers 12 interdisciplinary sustainable design courses that provide various frameworks and research analyses to solve environmental and social issues associated with design and merchandising industry practice.  All incoming undergraduate and graduate students are now required to complete at least three credit hours of sustainable design courses.  Learn more by clicking HERE.


LIM College - Master's Degree in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management

LIM College will offer a 30-credit, one year master's degree program beginning Fall 2015.   Designed for professionals seeking to advance into strategic management roles, it is comprised of courses dealing with both the technical and management aspects of the field. See full announcement for more information.    


Great Plains IDEA - Distance Masters in Merchandising

Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University,  Oklahoma State University and South Dakota State University, as members of the Great Plains IDEA, offer a distance master's degree in Merchandising. For more information, click here: http://www.hsidea.org/programs/merch/

University of North Carolina - Greensboro Online MS Degree Program
The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro offers an online Master of Science degree program with a concentration in Global Apparel Supply Chain Management.  For more information, click here.

University of North Texas Online Courses
The Department of Merchandising & Digital Retailing, College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism, University of North Texas, offers online classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  For more information, click here.  











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