The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design offers opportunities for graduate study, research, and creative work in the areas of apparel and textile design, merchandising, costume and textile history, quilt studies, and textile science. An interdepartmental Ph.D. degree in human sciences with a specialization in textiles, merchandising and fashion design is available to those interested in doctoral-level study. Some coursework is available online.
Department resources include apparel design studios, screen-printing, weaving and digital textile printing studios, historic textile and costume collections with over 5,000 pieces maintained in a state-of-the-art climate controlled environment, well-equipped computer aided design, and textile testing and processing laboratories. Internship opportunities in industry, government, museum and gallery settings, as well as domestic and international study programs are available.
The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery showcases apparel and textile design work by students, faculty, and invited artists and designers. The International Quilt Study Center and Museum's collections boast over 3,000 antique and contemporary quilts and comprise an unparalleled resource available to students. The collection, which includes objects spanning more than two centuries, forms the research base for graduate degree programs in textile history and quilt studies.