Textiles & Apparel Major
Here, in the heart of Iowa, UNI has developed an industry-responsive program that can move you into a challenging job with advancement potential. Our industry board, based in Minneapolis, keeps us in touch with national and international trends and helps students with internships and job placements. Whether your interest is marketing, design, advertising, product development, sourcing or buying, we have classes and faculty to lead you on your way to success. Discover your passion with Textiles & Apparel (TAPP).
Up-to-date industry computer-aided software (2 & 3D) coupled with hands-on apparel and textile design make this a perfect preparation for careers in the industry.
Students learn a wide variety of marketable skills, including product development and design, merchandising, fashion stylization, photography, trend analysis, branding strategy development and more!
In addition to hands-on design construction, fabric printing and materials testing labs, the program also boasts a popular annual runway show and innovative student-run magazine.
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School of Applied Human Sciences
235 Latham Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0404
Dr. Annette Lynch
Coordinator, Textiles & Apparel
Why Textiles & Apparel?
Find your path.
The Textiles and Apparel major courses comprise the basic knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the textiles and apparel industry. Some of our classes are listed below:
- Fashion Culture & Industry
- Fashion Trend Analysis
- Design History
- Textiles Science
- Fashion Promotion
- Apparel Buying & Merchandising
- Computer Applications
- Fashion Design: Flat Pattern and Draping
- Apparel Assembly and Technical Design
Grow your future.
Successful TAPP companies in the U.S. are now concentrating on those distinct knowledge-based skills our program emphasizes that are most important for competitive success. Sourcing, product design and development, as well as merchandising and marketing, are just a few of the expertise you will bring to your company after finishing our TAPP program.
Explore your passions and creativity outside of the classroom with these opportunities:
- The annual Textiles and Apparel Fashion Show: CATWALK is a student-run production from conceptualization, model training, stage design, press releases and more.
- Join Uprising Magazine; a cross-disciplinary culture, arts, design, social justice magazine that won the Diversity Matters Student Leadership Award in 2021.
“Textiles and Apparel aren't just about fashion, at UNI, the faculty have done an amazing job integrating a deeper meaning and purpose. Learning how to empower others through a brand, connecting projects to real-life examples, and learning the science & construction behind a garment. If you are passionate about fashion, go into the TAPP major and soak in all the information.”
– Cassie Hendrix, '21, Assistant Buyer I for Ross Stores, Inc in New York, New York
Not your average professor
“My favorite part of my job is teaching, engaging students in exploring the intersections of design, meaning, cultural and social change, and activism AND helping students get placed on strong career paths toward success.”
– Dr. Annette Lynch, Professor of Textiles and Apparel