Fashion Merchandising and Design Majors

The fashion merchandising and design majors prepare students for careers in the dynamic, fast-paced fashion industry. Students gain knowledge about industrial processes and products and focus their studies on merchandising or design and development to achieve specific career goals. Courses are designed to be stimulating and challenging, with opportunities to develop creative, communication, leadership, and professional skills. Experiential and study abroad opportunities supplement a strong curriculum to assure that graduates can succeed in a culturally diverse and global industry.

Why fashion design and development at Western Michigan University?


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Program options

  • Design

    Fashion Design and Development Major

    Design and development professionals design products, develop patterns, and coordinate sourcing activities in apparel and soft goods companies.

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  • Merchandising

    Fashion Merchandising Major

    The fashion merchandising major prepares students for exciting careers in retail store operations, buying, and fashion marketing.

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  • Fashion Merchandising Minor

    The fashion merchandising minor offers study of core practices and issues in the fashion industry. The minor may complement a business or communications major.

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WMU's only fashion student organization puts on two fashion show productions a year. 

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  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Students are encouraged to pursue additional educational opportunities through one of the FMD specific study abroad programs.

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    All WMU students have the option to stand out with an integrative learning project in one of several pathways including arts and culture, entrepreneurship, sustainability and more!

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Our faculty

  • Dr. Mary Simpson

    Assistant Professor


  • Dr. Chitra Singh

    Assistant Professor


  • Kelly Weathers

    Faculty Specialist II


  • Dr. Zee-Sun Yun

    Associate Professor