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B.S. in Apparel and Merchandising, Product Development

The Apparel and Merchandising – Product Development major at Colorado State University offers unique learning opportunities in developing and innovating consumer products.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

The Apparel and Merchandising – Product Development major at Colorado State University teaches students necessary skills and knowledge for product development, including market potential analysis, trend forecasting, technology and material research, concept development, product line development, computer-aided design, technical package, packaging/branding strategies, pricing and costing, product line management, quality assurance, sourcing, supply chain management, and new venture start-up.

Students in this concentration gain competence to be successful industry professionals or entrepreneurs through market-driven, industry-sponsored projects, which allows them to develop further networks with the real world. Students graduating with this concentration often pursue careers in highly technical product development fields such as outdoor products or sportswear industries.

Potential Occupations

Career options for Product Development graduates include, but are not limited to: consumer or market researcher, product designer/developer, prototype engineer, production manager, sourcing agent, product testing specialist, quality control agent, and import/export specialist.

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Courses included

  • Advanced Textiles
  • Textile and Apparel Economics
  • Textiles and Apparel Supply Chains
  • Computer-Aided Textile Design
  • Historic Costume
  • Product Development

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