The mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design (FMD) program at Carson-Newman University is to provide a high-quality academic curriculum with an integrated, generalist approach in the areas of product development, apparel construction, retail math, product merchandising, and advertising and promotion that enables students to successfully function in the competitive fashion marketplace upon graduation while seeking academic excellence and Christian integrity. The FMD program is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, which is fully accredited to year 2025 by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
The Fashion Merchandising and Design major is designed for students interested in all facets of the fashion industry, including textiles, computer-aided design (CAD) and fashion illustration, fashion history, patternmaking and draping, merchandising, visual presentation, and more. In addition, all FMD students complete an internship as upperclassmen to gain relevant industry experience prior to graduating and entering the workforce.
Facilities for the Fashion Merchandising and Design program include the Jim and Sally Lowe Fortenberry Textiles, Apparel, and Retailing instructional lab and the adjacent John H. Poteat Historic Costume and Weaving resource room, which houses the Dr. Anna Creekmore Textile and Apparel Library, our historic costume and textiles collection, and one of many antique looms owned by the program, the remainder of which are housed in the Weaving Suite at Duncan Hall Cooperative Management and Housing Laboratory. The resource room also features two window display cases utilized for visual presentation in conjunction with four free-standing display cases in the Blye-Poteat main hallways. The Juanita H. Fasola Computer Lab provides access for all FCS students, but especially FMD and Interior Design majors, to industry-specific software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, SketchUp, and Minutes Matter.
Recent graduates of the Fashion Merchandising and Design program are employed in management positions at the store- and corporate-level of companies located across the U.S., as costume technicians and character performers for large entertainment companies, as a curator at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and as event planners and managers. Many graduates of the FMD program are now entrepreneurs and own their own businesses offering specialized services and/or a wide range of product categories, including apparel, accessories, home fashions, gifts, grocery, and more.
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