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Get Your Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising



Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) is a comprehensive undergraduate program that prepares students for fashion careers around the world.

FDM is a premier fashion program in the Pacific. The curriculum teaches cutting-edge skills in computer 2-D and 3-D fashion design; apparel product development; entrepreneurship; retailing; and consumer behavior, attitudes, and consumption of textile and apparel products around the world.

FDM students

student drawingWork with Talented Faculty . . .
. . . who are recognized for their exceptional teaching and research skills. Our instructors include business and industry professionals experienced in retailing, apparel design, historic costumes, merchandising, and textile science.

Gain Valuable Skills . . .
. . . including computer-aided pattern design, production data management, and product life-cycle management. Explore testing methods in textile science and apparel evaluation. Access the largest historic costume collection housed in a university in the United States, with subcollections featuring dress from Asia, Hawai‘i, and the Pacific Islands.

student on runwayTeam up with Award-Winning Students . . .
. . . recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their achievements.

Open Doors to New Careers and Opportunities
FDM graduates have successful careers as fashion retail managers, fashion stylists, visual merchandisers, business owners, textile and fashion designers, fashion promotion and forecasting specialists, costume designers and curators, technical designers and illustrators, and international customs brokers. The program’s strong academic grounding enables graduates to move into other businesses, technology-related fields, apparel product development, apparel production management, and education.

For Fun and Friends . . .
. . . Join the Innovators of Fashion and the national honor society Phi Upsilon Omicron. Work and play with other students in professional and community activities that facilitate connections within the fashion industry.

Innovators of Fashion club members

Are You Prepared?
Freshmen can be admitted directly into the program if they designate Fashion Design and Merchandising as their major when they apply to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Students transferring from other colleges within the UH system or from other universities must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission.