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Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I find out more about the apparel and textiles program at K-State?

The best way to decide if K-State's apparel and textiles program is right for you is to visit campus in person and set up a tour of our program. We recommend that you try to schedule a visit to K-State sometime during your junior year or early in your senior year of high school. Visits are organized through the university Admissions Office. Find more information on how to set up your visit by visiting the Admissions Office website. When you make your appointment, let the admissions representative know that you also wish to visit the apparel and textiles program. They will coordinate a meeting with our Student Services Coordinator and/or one of our apparel and textile student ambassadors who will give you a tour and answer your questions as a prospective student. During your tour, you will have an opportunity to view our facilities and see some of the student work on display. More importantly, you can speak candidly with your student guide and learn what it is like to be a student in our program.

What types of curriculum & degrees does K-State's apparel and textiles program offer?

All students receive a Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles and specialize in the area of apparel marketing or apparel design and production. There are core courses in apparel and textiles that all students are required to take in addition to courses specific to each specialization. Our curriculum is based on a four year plan; however some students choose to complete both specializations in apparel and textiles, which requires additional coursework.

What types of jobs are available to students upon graduation from K-State's apparel and textiles program?

There are a variety of career paths available for our graduates depending on what specialization they choose. Career opportunities for design and production graduates include assistant/associate designer or technical designer positions, CAD (Computer Aided Design) artists, patternmakers, quality assurance technicians, and product developers. Career opportunities for marketing graduates include general marketing/advertising/public relations positions in the apparel and textiles industry, retail managers, small business owners, trend forecasters, merchandisers, buyers, stylists, fashion coordinators, and fashion journalists.

What is the typical salary for graduates of the program?

The starting salaries for new graduates is a variable number dependent upon the career path chosen and the amount of previous experience the graduate brings to the position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks salaries for 800 occupations in 400 industries. Please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on salaries in the industry.

In what cities do apparel and textiles graduates typically get jobs?

Students can gain employment in a variety of areas throughout the United States and internationally. While the primary hubs for the apparel and textiles industry in the United States remain in larger coastal cities such as New York and Los Angeles, there are many positions in the industry located in various regions throughout the country. Corporate retailers have established their headquarters and regional offices in various mid-sized markets throughout the United States including Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Columbus, Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Graduates interested in retail management or small business operations can find a position in the city of their choice. The opportunities for location preferences are endless.

How does K-State's apparel and textile program compare to programs at other schools?

The apparel and textiles program is designed to inspire students to envision fresh new approaches to the global challenges facing every aspect of the apparel and textiles industry. The program offers students an academic experience that includes faculty with diverse backgrounds, strong industry ties, required internships, faculty-led study tours within the United States and abroad, and events that connect students to professionals and alumni. In 2017, Fashion-schools.org reviewed over 200 similar programs of study and ranked K-State's apparel marketing specialization 29th (top 25% of schools considered) in the nation, 21st Nationally among public schools and colleges (top 25% of schools considered) and 6th in the Midwest. K-State's apparel design and production specialization ranked 25th (top 20% of schools considered) in the nation, 12th nationally among public schools and colleges (top 20% of schools considered) and 7th in the Midwest.

How much does it cost to provide supplies and equipment for apparel and textiles courses?

While this figure will change from year to year, in addition to textbooks and other typical course related costs, many apparel and textile courses have additional costs associated with the purchase of required computer software programs and supplies for class projects such as presentation boards, printing costs, fabrics for design projects, illustration and production supplies, etc. Some of these costs will vary depending on your choices, project assignments and changes in the curriculum from year to year. This chart (pdf) provides an estimate of these costs for the apparel and design specialization, while this chart (pdf) provides an estimate of these costs for the apparel marketing specialization.

The university's Office of Admissions provides information about costs on its website.

FAQs from New Incoming Freshmen

How do I apply?

When you apply to Kansas State University, you need to indicate that you are interested in applying for admissions to the apparel and textiles program in the College of Human Ecology. Students interested in the apparel marketing (AM) specialization are automatically admitted to the program upon acceptance to K-State. Students interested in specializing in apparel design and production (ADP) must apply for the ADP specialization, and are chosen through a selective advancement process upon completion of selected courses and demonstration of skills. Students typically apply for admission to the apparel design and production specialization during the spring semester of their first year at K-State. More information regarding the ADP selective advancement process can be found on the department website.

I've taken Advanced Placement (AP) classes and/or other college level coursework. How do I find out how they will transfer and be applied at K-State?

The apparel and textiles faculty do not participate in the process of evaluating your non‐apparel and textiles coursework. All AP courses and other college‐level coursework are evaluated by the University as part of the admissions process. They will determine how your work will be applied to fulfill general education or non‐restricted elective requirements. You should contact the Admissions Office if you have further questions about the process. General information about transferring AP courses can be found on the Admissions Office website.

See general information regarding transferring college course credit from other academic institutions.

What types of scholarships and financial aid are available to me?

We encourage you to take advantage of applying for scholarships as part of your K‐State application process. If you have high ACT and GPA scores, you should apply as early as possible (the University recommends by November 1) and inquire about the availability of premier scholarships.

See information about K-State's scholarships and financial aid options.

FAQs about External Transfers to K-State

I am hoping to transfer to the College of Human Ecology's Apparel and Textiles program. What do I need to do in order to accomplish this?

The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design faculty and student services coordinator will work directly with students to determine if the courses taken at other institutions or at other programs at K-State will apply to the degree program. There is no automatic equivalency for Apparel and Textiles courses.