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ribbon Accreditation

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Learn more.

Our bachelor’s degree in apparel design explores the foundations of outstanding clothing design and the fundamentals of business in this industry. As a student, you will develop skills in the design and construction of apparel using various techniques such as flat pattern, draping, computer-aided design, fashion illustration, and textile properties. Your course of study—which will be hands-on, filled with practical assignments, and taught by outstanding faculty in small class sizes—empowers you to pursue a variety of challenging and rewarding career paths within the fashion industry.

Major Requirements

As an apparel design major, you will combine classes from the University Core Curriculum with a unique curriculum that will prepare you for a variety of challenging careers in the apparel industry.

Beeman Historic Clothing Collection

Beeman Historic Clothing Collection

Ball State's collection of over 4,000 pieces of men's and women's apparel dating back to the 18th century began in 1930 and continues today. The Beeman Collection provides students the opportunity to physically interact with historic and rare pieces. See photos.


Total: 120

Classes You Will Take

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Elementary Microeconomics
  • Dimensions of Clothing
  • Fundamentals of Apparel Construction
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Textiles for Apparel

View Degree Plan (PDF)

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Apparel Design?

Graduates of our apparel design program find many opportunities for rewarding careers in the global fashion marketplace.

Common job titles include:

  • illustrator 
  • pattern maker
  • textile designer
  • fabric and notions buyer
  • sample maker
  • apparel manufacturers’ manager
  • sewer
  • retail custom clothier

Paying for Your Education

College Scholarships

About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our university offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.

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