TFD Coursework & Careers

As a SoHE TFD student you study art, design, science, and technology and work one-on-one with experienced professors to explore materials and technical techniques that create beautiful and sustainable solutions. Classes in humanities, science, and social studies along with guest lectures from industry experts round out the broad knowledge and experience needed to succeed in one of the largest industries in the world. Our graduates have become industry designers, independent artists, and entrepreneurs.

TFD studio studentWe have both textile and apparel focus graduates in many of the leading companies in the industry. Students who attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in their senior year have experienced great success in finding positions at major firms in the New York area, including Ann Inc., Dana Buchman, Express, The Gap, Lily Pulitzer, Jahne Barnes, J Crew, Liz Claiborne, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, and Victoria’s Secret. Students who graduate from the Madison campus and wish to remain in Wisconsin or the mid-west have found positions at Jockey, Lands’ End, Kohl’s, Target, Milliken, A to Z textiles, Guilford Mills and Shopko Stores, Inc.

Fashion Institute of Technology Opportunity

Students can apply for an optional senior year of study toward an A.A.S. degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. The FIT experience provides industry specific skills, which paired with the institute’s creative liberal arts background and UW-Madison B.S. degree, creates a highly-desirable employment portfolio. Connect with your advisor to learn more about FIT.

For specific coursework or certificate details, contact your academic advisor or reference the UW-Madison Undergraduate Catalog. UW-Madison Undergraduate Catalog.

Types of Textiles & Fashion Design Careers:
Fashion Designer
Textile Designer
Technical Designer
Accessory Designer
Buyer
Design Manager
Colorist
Brand Experience Manager

Where Are They Now?

Below is a snapshot of the different positions and organizations TFD alumni have found employment with 1-3 years post-graduation.

Textiles & Fashion Design Alumni Careers – PDF