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Fashion rank the Apparel Design and Production Program at Oklahoma State University #1 in the SouthWest U.S. and #6 Nationally

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA (USA) – Oklahoma State University has a well-developed Apparel Design and Production program that has seen significant improvements since 2016 in facilities for teaching industry skills. The curriculum has long been AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association) endorsed for its strength of content and relevance to the industry needs.

The faculty is skilled in technology applications and have experience serving on ASTM committees and working in the industry. Thus industry standards are known and taught to students. A required review process is held after two semesters to select students for advancement in the program.

There are 2,043 square feet dedicated to Gerber Technologies equipment. This includes a single ply Gerber cutter, two Silhouette Tables, AccuScan Pattern Digitizing, MP and SP series plotters. Software to teach Accumark, 3D v11, and YuniquePLM is available to students. The Sewn Products Production lab has 3,111 square feet for student machines and industrial cutting tables and 354 square feet teacher preparation room.

The enrollment in Apparel Design and Production has grown 17% in the past three years. We also have grown the number of students minoring in Apparel Design and Production.

The curriculum provides education in technical skills, supply chain and sourcing skills outlined as important skills in the 2018 report on the "State of Skills in the Apparel Industry" published by Alvanon and Motif. The Mass Production course at the senior level provides the platform for students to incorporate their full suite of learned skills. Students learn adobe creative suites and data analysis and are capable of manipulating data to analyze businesses. Included in the curriculum are courses that focus on using the HumanSolutions body scanner for learning sizing and fit, experience in the Mixed Reality Lab and textile surface design. The curriculum requires students to complete a 320-hour professional internship with documentation required for:

    • Design Development (preparing technical drawings and spec sheets,
    • Patternmaking (Using a sloper from your internship firm, draft a pattern for one of their apparel items, assist designers in the draping of original designs and developing production patterns from the drape),
    • Production (Complete a sequence of operations chart for an apparel item) and 4 other goals the student and supervisor select.

Oklahoma State University has had national winners for the past 6 years at the FSF scholarship competition. Apparel design students have traveled with the department to Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, Venice and Florence, Madrid, Barcelona and in 2019 will travel to Prague, Copenhagen, and Berlin. Graduates hold positions ranging from Creative Director for Express, Strategic Change Agent/Senior Project manager with Target, Bass Pro, Gear Sports, and Hallmark Baby just to name a few.


Diane Limbaugh
DHM Minor Advisor
Oklahoma State University
431 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078





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