Sunday, November 19, 2017
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii System
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Fashion Design and Merchandising Degree Program

The FDM curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for career positions in apparel- and fashion-related fields. Students learn fashion industry operating methods; develop buying and merchandising plans; study textile fibers and fabrics; create fashion apparel lines; examine Hawaiian, Asian, and western costume artifacts; analyze the effects of social, political, and economic conditions on local, national, and global industry operations and consumer needs; and study current concerns relating to social responsibility, ethical issues, and environmental impacts as these relate to fashion businesses and consumers.

Courses cover these and related topics:

  • Fashion trend analysis
  • Fashion sketching
  • Textile properties
  • Apparel design and construction
  • Retail buying and merchandise management
  • Fashion promotion and fashion show production
  • Costume history
  • Social and cultural aspects of dress
  • International trade issues. 

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