Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design

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The textiles, merchandising and fashion design major prepares you to create, disseminate and apply knowledge about textiles and apparel products, their development, design, distribution and consumption across the global community. All textile, merchandising and fashion design majors follow a common core sequence while offering the opportunity to tailor your individual program to support specific areas of interest.

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students.


1-to-1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time at Nebraska.


Career Coaching

Career coaches can help you plan for a meaningful career built upon your degree program.

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Program Features

Hands-On Experience   

Apply what you’ve learned and gain practical experience through an internship. Students have completed internships with organizations such as F2NYC Accessories in New York City, Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida and Sweat Ethic in Corona, California 


Prepare for a career in a technology-dominated workplace by gaining experience with state-of-the-art industry software, including inventory control information systems, spreadsheet analysis and 3D Visual Merchant.

Global Experiences  

Explore culture, design and fashion in Germany, or gain insights into the apparel industry and fashion design in Korea during faculty-led global experiences.  

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Notable Courses

Product Development I: Garment Assembly (TMFD 112)

Technical experience in stitch applications, garment construction and finishes and fundamental fit. Experiences in diverse disciplines within the department and their relation to global industries. 

Color Studio: Theory and Practice (TMFD 145)

Explore color concepts in two- and three-dimensional formats. Emphasis on applications to visual merchandising, product development and fashion design.

Textile Testing and Evaluation (TMFD 406)

Physical and chemical analysis of textiles using standard testing procedures. The calculation, interpretation and evaluation of test results. 

Body, Dress and Identity (TMFD 410)

Theories and research findings about the social, cultural and psychological aspects of clothing and appearance in relation to the self and others. 

Huskers Do Big Things


  • The Buckle
  • International Quilt Study Center and Museum
  • InStyle Magazine
  • Vera Wang
  • VonMaur


  • Quality engineer, Guilford Performance Textiles
  • Merchandising manager, J. Crew Corporate
  • Product development, American Apparel 
  • Assistant designer, Mudd Jeans
  • Knitwear sourcing, Progressive Global Inc.
  • Senior consumer scientist, Whirlpool Corp.

Graduate Schools

  • M.A., Apparel Design, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Textile Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • MBA@Nebraska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.A. Integrated Media Communications, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • M.S. Design, University of Minnesota

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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