Ball State's graduate programs in apparel design and fashion merchandising offer you a well-rounded education in all areas of fashion. Classes take place in our outstanding design and construction labs, which are equipped with much of the same equipment and software used in the fashion industry. You'll also study historic fashions and accessories in the Beeman Historic Costume Collection.
In the apparel design program, you will learn advanced skills in fashion illustration and pattern making and modification, including using CAD and other computer-aided design programs to produce patterns for original garments you've designed. You'll also learn contemporary sewing, draping, and tailoring techniques and study current trends in fashion.
Ball State's program is respected in the fashion industry. The graduate program will prepare you to work as an apparel designer, a retail custom clothier, a fabric buyer, and in other management positions within the apparel industry.