The Ball State Indianapolis Center has partnered with the Family and Consumer Sciences department to showcase the hard work of Apparel Design & Fashion Merchandising students. Physical displays of apparel designs are available for viewing on Maryland Street in downtown Indianapolis. The fashion exhibit's physical displays & visually appealing posters, visible from Maryland Street in downtown Indianapolis, were created by the following students:

Senior Studio Line Fall 2012 & 2013:

Harrison Qiu - Knit Shawl
Krista Altland - Black Dress & Corset
Monica Schuler - Off White Dress with Tulle Skirt
Whitney Martin - Blue & Off-white Linen Dress

Draping & Advanced Draping:

Josh Kaylor - Military Green Vest with Hood
Harrison Qiu - Rose Jacket

Computer Presentation:

Grace Douglas - Retro Reborn
Sheri Ehrlich - Rose Bouquet Blooms
Kimbelyn Owens - Morrocian Dreams

Immersive Learning Project:

Students partnered with with Cinda Boomershine Handbag Company Fort Wayne, Indiana, to generate ideas for handbags and patterns. 



Apparel Design is a unique degree program for both undergraduate and graduate students at Ball State University. This degree is one of the options under Family and Consumer Sciences. Its goal is to prepare students for the exciting, but ever changing, careers in fashion. Students will develop a variety of skills in the design and construction of apparel by using various techniques. Future careers for apparel design students vary and include everything from fashion designers and pattern makers to sewers and retail clothiers. Students will be educated in an array of topics including flat pattern, draping, computer-aided design, fashion illustration, textile properties, and more.

Studio courses and internships are required as part of the academic curriculum. These experiences provide a strong foundation for students who desire a hands on experience. These internships and studio courses serve as an immersive learning experience for students outside of the classroom.


In relation to the Apparel Design degree options, Ball State University offers a undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. Fashion Merchandising differs from other academic programs in a matter of content. By focusing on the fundamentals of promotion and marketing, retail buying, apparel manufacturing and wholesaling, you will be prepared for a variety of global careers including store managers, retail buyers, product developers, fashion consultants, merchandise managers, visual merchandisers, fashion forecasters, personal shoppers, and stylists.

Study within this unique academic program will include courses in dimensions of clothing, textiles, clothing construction (including the use of CAD), evolution of costume, visual merchandising, fashion product analysis, designers and forecasting, fashion buying and merchandising, apparel manufacturing and wholesaling, international apparel markets and fashion promotion.

Internships are required as part of the Fashion Merchandising curriculum. These internships provide both work related experiences as well as enhanced immersive educational experiences for the students. A marketing minor is also recommended for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising.


Want to learn more about the exciting fashion industry? Join us for our upcoming information session on June 18th! Contact the Ball State Indianapolis Center at 317-822-6167 or for more information.