Freshman

Course Selection

  • Take CADS 1600: Textile Industrial Complex
  • The course will set the foundation for the major courses.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor and consult with them when you have concerns about admission to particular classes or need more information about class requirements.

Spidle Hall

Gain Experience

  • Obtain a part-time or seasonal job in the apparel industry.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.

Get Involved

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • CADS 2760: Visual Merchandising or CADS 1740: Aesthetics for Fashion

Ask for Assistance

  • Classes become more lab based which require more time. Ask for assistance in lab if you need help with a topic.
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.

Gain Experience

  •  Use LinkedIn to to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Seek a summer term part time position in the apparel industry.

Get Involved

  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining.

Junior

Course Selection

  • CADS 3850: Merchandise Planning and Control

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • Seek academic experiences such as Fashion Runway Class, Study Abroad, Supervised Experience. Discuss these options with your academic advisor.

Get Involved

  • Look for leadership opportunities in your organizations to develop practical skills and abilities.
  • Apply for a Peer Advisor position
  • If invited, join Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

Senior

Course Selection

  • CADS 5760: Fashion Analysis and Forecasting, CADS 4930: Internship

Ask for Assistance

  • Explore the city and company with which you would like to work for internship placement and post-graduation employment
  • Ask UCC for help in updating your résumé and preparing for job interviews

Gain Experience

  • Obtain an internship in your desired area and location. It is a requirement for your graduation and enhances your professional portfolio.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

The program provides students with significant insight into the global issues, advancing technologies, and consumer behaviors that impact the fast-paced and dynamic fashion industry. Individuals wishing to enter the field should take advantage of multiple experiential opportunities to be competitive candidates.

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Interests

Holland's Code: ESA

  • Enterprising
  • Social
  • Artistic

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENFP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Independence
  • Working Conditions
  • Support

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Speaking

Last modified: August 11, 2020