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NC State University Wilson College of Textiles, FTM B.S. Degree

NCSUWithin its two concentrations, the B.S. degree in Fashion and Textile Management (FTM) provides students with an understanding of the development, distribution, and marketing of apparel and textile products in today's global industries.

All FTM students learn the fundamentals of the technical and business components of the apparel and textile industries. The degree is industry-focused, with an emphasis on technology application.

The Textile Brand Management and Marketing concentration focuses on the marketing functions required to promote and distribute products in the fiber, textile, and apparel industries. Courses provide knowledge and skills for planning and execution of marketing strategy, brand management, retail planning and allocation, consumer behavior, advertising and promotion, and international trade and sourcing. Courses incorporate active learning, including teamwork and application of classroom knowledge to real-world industry challenges.

The Fashion Development and Product Management concentration focuses on the design and manufacture of apparel and textile products for both functional and fashion end uses. Courses cover the fundamentals of product development for apparel and textiles, with a strong emphasis on technology. This concentration provides students with knowledge of sewing, flat pattern making and draping, computer-aided design, and apparel line development and production. Students work actively with industry to address timely challenges in product design and development for textiles and apparel.

Over the past three years, the FTM curriculum has evolved to suit the needs of the industry as recommended by its Industry Advisory Board, such as adding courses in PLM and 3D virtual prototyping. The department has also hired new faculty with industry experience and new technicians to support teaching and research in our multiple industry-grade labs.

Contact:
Susan Fandel <sefandel@ncsu.edu>
Abdel-Fattah Seyam <a_seyam@ncsu.edu>

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