Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management
Students graduating with majors in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design; Hospitality and Tourism Management; or Interior Design have a strong general education component and specialized career preparation. Interdisciplinary curricula in the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management may build upon economics and business, art, behavioral sciences, or natural sciences. The department offers three majors: Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design; Hospitality and Tourism Management; and Interior Design. Two options are available within Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design: apparel studies and retail merchandising. The retail merchandising option offers two emphasis areas: interior retail merchandising and textile product retail merchandising. Minors are available in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design and Hospitality and Tourism Management. For more information about any of the programs, contact the department. New students are advised to contact the department prior to beginning their college work.
The department supplements classroom learning through structured field experiences to hospitality operations, fashion, and design centers. Study tours to cities such as, Los Angeles, New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, and to several countries, such as England, France, India, and Korea are scheduled regularly.
Professional enrichment is possible through departmental affiliation with the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, or various Study Abroad programs. NDSU students who attend these institutions for a semester or a year gain valuable experience in a fashion, merchandising, hospitality and tourism management, or interior design environment. Students should prepare to do this experience during their junior and/or senior year. Additional information about these programs is furnished upon request.
Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design
Students are prepared for a variety of careers in the apparel, textile, and retail industry that range from product conception through distribution to the consumer. The Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design program focuses on both national and international aspects of the apparel, textile, and retail industries. This includes product development, manufacturing, quality control, wholesaling, retail merchandising, marketing, and product preservation.
Note: Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design transfer courses from other institutions must have grades of 'C' or better to be accepted for the Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design program at NDSU.
Apparel Studies Option
Prepares students for careers such as product development, costume curator, fashion journalism, and other aspects of the fashion industry, depending on the student's interest. Students who choose this option must earn a minor from another department. For example, to pursue a career in fashion journalism, a minor in Journalism, Broadcasting, and Mass Communications Technology would be selected to strengthen their educational background.
Retail Merchandising Option:
Prepares students for buying, promotion, and retail management or human resource management in retail stores. A minor in Business Administration and a field experience to reinforce classroom instruction are required with this option. Students have flexibility in creating a program focus by selecting one of the following emphasis areas:
Fashion Institute of Technology Affiliation
The department has an arrangement with the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), New York City, where a qualified student may attend that institution for a semester or a full year as a visiting student. Summer School opportunities are also available. The approved credits earned at F.I.T. will transfer to NDSU and will count toward graduation requirements. Students participating in the one-year visiting student program earn an associate degree from F.I.T.
During the second year of study at NDSU, interested students should consult with their advisors to ensure full consideration of their application for the F.I.T. visiting student program. Application should be made at least one year in advance. Students who participate in this program spend their last year of study attending F.I.T.
Hospitality and Tourism Management
As one of the largest private sector employers, the hospitality and tourism industry employs millions of people. The demand for managers has grown and continues to grow as the demand for services grows. Along with the rising demand for hospitality services, is a growing emphasis on comfort, convenience, and personalized attention. All of which increase the need for effective and efficient professionals to manage hospitality operations and lead teams of people.
The hospitality and tourism industry continues to grow with hotels and restaurants remaining open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the demands of our traveling society. According to the National Restaurant Association, the food service industry employs about 12.8 million workers. This means that almost one of every 10 working Americans is a restaurant employee. There are approximately 64,300 hotels in the United States with over 4.6 million rooms. The lodging industry employs 1.9 million people. The hospitality and tourism industry also includes careers in convention and meeting planning, as well as resorts, casinos, and entertainment venues.
The mission of the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program is to develop leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry. To achieve this mission, it is our goal that students graduating from the HTM program at NDSU will demonstrate leadership skills by having the following: knowledge of the industry, management skills, problem solving abilities, and a sense of responsibility.
Interior Design Major
A professional interior designer is one who is qualified by education, examination, and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of people's interior environments. The course of study in interior design leads to a first professional degree.
Students pursue courses in which creative and technical skills are applied within a structure to achieve the built interior environment. Design solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life of occupants, and are aesthetically attractive while adhering to code and regulatory information. Design solutions produced protect and enhance the health, safety and welfare of the public. Students learn how to approach design problems through a methodology that includes data gathering, product specification, identification of details, contractual documents and design business procedures.
The first two years of the program introduce the fundamentals of design, visual and technical communication techniques (including drafting, CADD, perspective drawing, model building and rendering) and theoretical and practical applications (including anthropometrics, ergonomics, interior design technology and color theory). The interior design profession is exceedingly complex, and collaborating with design professionals and related disciplines in a team approach to problem solving is routine practice.
Upper-division course work is focused on a series of integrated studio experiences and support courses including history, interior materials, professional practice, computer aided design and interior systems. The studio experience culminates in a senior project. Studio experiences require that each student be exposed to a variety of projects at several different levels of complexity and different client project goals.
North Dakota State University interior design students are required to complete a field experience between the junior and senior year. Students accept a variety of positions throughout the United States. In the past few years students have completed field experiences in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Denver.
Enrollment in sophomore level interior design courses requires a 3.0 institutional cumulative grade-point average. Admission into the third-year studio is based upon demonstrated professional interest, a portfolio review completed during the spring semester of the student's sophomore year, a 3.0 institutional cumulative grade-point average, and a minimum grade of 'C' in all major core requirements. Students must maintain the 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA requirement and earn a grade of 'C' or better in all major core requirements throughout the remainder of the program. All students successfully completing sophomore review are required to purchase a laptop computer for upper division studio courses.
Transfer students entering the interior design program should contact the program coordinator to review previously completed interior design or related course work.
The interior design program at NDSU is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.