Special Programs and Courses
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Special Programs and Courses


The Soul of Fashion… an exploration of a fashion system in transition: A Parisian Salon 2018.  July 14-28, 2018. Paris, France. We invite educators and practicing professionals who work in or with any aspect of the fashion industry to join us the second Parisian Salon focusing on fashion.


The ‘Soul of Fashion’ will provide opportunities to dialogue with like-minded peers and professionals, make sense out of the new fashion environment, and take advantage of PAA’s well-honed fashion industry connections as we explore a context for fashion’s future. Shared experiences on-site in Paris, France and concluding in Amsterdam, Netherlands will foster focused dialogue and discussions leading to personal reflection and application. Sponsored by the Paris American Academy (PAA) and Philip Fimmano of Trend Union. Space in the salon is limited; early registration is essential for this intimate examination of the fashion industry.


For more information, visit The Soul of Fashion website and see Full Call.  For questions, email aparisiansalon@gmail.com.


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

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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