Design on Textile

September 19, 2020
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Get a degree that goes way beyond fashion.

So you want to study fashion? Design school is one option. But try this on for size: you could come to URI and get the breadth of a full university education, engage in interdisciplinary work in such areas as business, theatre, art, and public relations, learn about the science of fibers and fabrics—and maybe even get a second degree in Italian or French.

Our degrees in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design and Textile Marketing cover the entire supply chain, preparing you for the wide range of careers the industry offers. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared for positions such as assistant designer, fashion merchandiser, production coordinator, retail manager, allocation analyst, assistant buyer, and quality control specialist—just to name a few.

Why TMD at URI?

A lot of fashion happens in Europe, of course, and our TMD program is designed to prepare you for success in fashion cultures there, too. As a TMD major you can also earn a degree in French or Italian, and study abroad at such schools as Mod’Spe, a Parisian fashion marketing and merchandising school, or Accademia Italiana, considered one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy. Fact is, more than half of our TMD students study abroad while at URI.

TMD grad with jewelry businessGET DESIGNS ON ALL KINDS OF CAREERS.
You’ll have plenty of internship opportunities while you’re here, leading to lots of career options when you graduate. You can find our alumni doing fashion design for such companies as Kenneth Cole, Anne Klein and Talbots; social media marketing for Kate Spade New York; research and development for Saucony; textile conservation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and working in the anthropology division of the Smithsonian Institute.

At URI, design is just the “D” in TMD. If you’re into forensics, archaeology, or inventions for better healthcare, you’ll like the “T” too. Inside the textile testing laboratory, you can work with internationally renowned textile chemist Martin Bide, who has developed a synthetic arterial bypass graft and a revolutionary wound dressing combining infection resistance with blood clotting agents. He’s also worked with TMD Professor Margaret Ordonez to help the FBI develop a database of dyed fibers.

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