Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Undergraduate Programs
Apparel and Textile Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Apparel and Textile Design provides professional preparation in apparel and textile design. The core of the program emphasizes aesthetics and creativity; two- and three-dimensional design skills; design technology; textile materials; the historical and cultural aspects of apparel; and the role of apparel and textiles in a global context.

Apparel and Textile Design students are eligible to apply for a one-year visiting student program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York in their junior year, if they choose. Students who complete a year at FIT receive an associate degree from FIT as well as the baccalaureate degree from Michigan State University.


Students enrolled at Michigan State University are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Apparel and Textile Design if they:

  1. have completed or are currently enrolled in Apparel and Textile Design 222 or 323;
  2. are in their second semester or later at Michigan State University or equivalent and have not earned more than 23 credits in apparel and textile design.

To apply, students must submit an application consistent with the process outlined by the department. Applications will include a portfolio of art and design work produced in studio courses taken to date at Michigan State University. Exceptions will be considered for transfer students. Applications are due by the end of the eighth week of the spring semester and decisions will be made in time for annual enrollment. Fall semester applications will be reviewed as warranted. Oral interviews may be requested. Students denied admission may reapply one additional time. For further information, visit

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Apparel and Textile Design

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog, 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Apparel and Textile Design.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Apparel and Textile Design major is met by completing Apparel and Textile Design 439.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (12 credits):
    STA 110 Drawing I 3
    STA 112 Art and Design: Concepts and Practices 3
    STA 113 Color and Design 3
    STA 114 Three-Dimensional Form 3
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    STA 300 Intermediate Drawing 3
    STA 391 Special Topics in Drawing 3
    c. Complete three additional Studio Art courses. Courses used in fulfillment of item 3. a. and 3. b. may not be used to fulfill this requirement (11 credits):
    d. All of the following courses (19 credits):
    ATD 111 Basic Apparel Structuring 1
    ATD 121 Explorations in Apparel and Textile Design 3
    ATD 222 Structuring, Couture and Tailored Garments 4
    ATD 231 Textile Materials 4
    ATD 323 Apparel Pattern Design 4
    ATD 439 Portfolio Development and Exhibition (W) 3
    e. Complete five of the following courses including one concurrent enrollment in a corresponding ATD Senior Project course or an approved internship for at least 3 credits (15 to 22 credits):
    ATD 325 Design by Draping 4
    ATD 332 Textile Design 4
    ATD 335 Design Development and Presentation 4
    ATD 423 Design Methods and Approaches 4
    ATD 424 Specialized Design 4
    ATD 427 Knitwear Design 4
    ATD 428 Design Studio 4
    ATD 491A Special Topics in Apparel 3
    ATD 491T Special Topics in Textiles 3
    ATD Senior Project courses:
    ATD 423S Senior Project in Design Methods and Approaches 
    ATD 424S Senior Project in Specialized Design 3
    ATD 427S Senior Project in Knitwear Design 3
    ATD 428S Senior Project in Design Studio 3
    ATD 491AS Senior Project in Special Topics: Apparel 3
    ATD 491TS Senior Project in Special Topics: Textiles 3
    ATD Internship course:
    ATD 493 Internship in Apparel and Textiles 1 to 6
    f. Apparel and Textile Design, or Studio Art electives: Additional credits in Apparel and Textile Design, or Studio Art courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 65, but not more than 68, credits in the major. Courses in item 3. g. may not be used in fulfillment of this requirement.
    g. Art History and Visual Culture (a minimum of 12 credits)
    Complete four courses from the following:
    (1) The following course (3 credits):


    History of Dress and Textile 3
    (2) One or both of the following courses (3 or 6 credits):


    Dress, Culture and Human Behavior 3


    Global Context for Sustainable Design 3
    (3) One or two History of Art courses as approved by the student's academic advisor (3 to 8 credits)