Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production Management


Auburn’s Apparel Merchandising program is ranked #18 nationally, #1 in the South. The Apparel Design program is ranked #17 nationally; #1 in the South in the 2023 rankings by fashion-schools.org. Auburn’s nationally ranked apparel programs do a great job of preparing our graduates for careers in today’s global apparel industry. An integrated approach to studying apparel throughout the supply chain provides students with the education and experiences to become a valued member of firms throughout the apparel and related industries. Not only do we stress entry level placement in the apparel industry, but we are focused on advancement throughout the graduates’ career. Lifelong learning and transferable skill sets are emphasized.

Internship placements across the U.S. and internationally in many sectors of the apparel and related industries demonstrate our students’ broad-based interests and preparation. (link to AMDP internship placements.) We are committed to mentoring students to become practitioners who are professionally competent, globally aware and socially engaged. Onsite internship supervisors consistently evaluate AMDP interns very positively. They indicate that if they had an open position, almost all would hire the intern for a position in the firm. Many companies contact us seeking interns and applicants for open positions.

The Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management program is endorsed ty the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), an endorsement that we have held since 1998. Our Apparel program is one of the programs invited to submit student applications for the nationally competitive Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Scholarships which offer outstanding scholarship, internship placement, and mentorship programs for outstanding students. Our Apparel Merchandising program is a University Partner with the National Retail Federation Foundation; this provides scholarship and mentorship opportunities for our students.

AMDA Students

Apparel Merchandising and Design Association (AMDA)

AMDA is an organization for students enrolled in the Apparel Merchandising (APME) and the Apparel Design & Production Management (APDP) Options within the Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (AMDP) program, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences (CADS). AMDA was created to support and encourage AMDP students in their education and future careers within the apparel industry. AMDA helps students to develop leadership skills and build relationships with professionals in the industry. AMDA sponsors an annual CADS/AMDA Fashion Event which features a fashion show, design exhibition, and a silent auction. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information on this year's Fashion Event theme: Mirage. Contact the Department Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences for further information.


CADS & AMDA present The Fashion Event

Each spring AMDP students and faculty organize, create, and host a fashion show for the enjoyment and benefit of the University and community. The purpose of the event is to showcase the work of AMDP students demonstrating their creativity, versatility, and capability as future fashion professionals in multiple career paths.

A portion of the proceeds from this event funds peer-giving scholarships that are awarded to AMDP students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need. Visit The Fashion Event online for details.


Study Trips

Study Trips to New York City are designed to give students insight into and connections with a variety of firms and organizations representing the global apparel, textile, and retail supply chain. Networking with alumni, Apparel Advisory Board members, and industry representatives is a key aspect of the study trip. One of these study trips is open to all apparel students from the sophomore-graduate level, providing an overview of the industry. The other study trip is open to students in the Advanced Buying and Retail Management class and focuses specifically on shadowing retail buyers during market week. (include links to pictures for both study trips).



Our partners with the Apparel program is made up of our Enthusiastic alumni as well as the Apparel Advisory Board. They provide support through:

  • Internships
  • Client projects
  • Guest speakers, field trips, jurors for design projects
  • Fund for Excellence
  • Mentoring
  • Career Opportunities Fair
  • Professional Development Symposia
  • Sponsorships for Annual Fashion Event
Grisham Trentham
Grisham Trentham

Lecture Series

Since 1987 the Grisham/Trentham Lecture Series has brought world class designers and business leaders to the Auburn campus to share their insights, experiences, and successes with students, faculty, and guests. Initiated by Professor Gary Trentham of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Auburn University, and supported through an endowment established in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grisham, Huntsville, AL, the lecture series has expanded the horizons of many Auburn students, inspiring them to challenge themselves to fulfill their career goals and aspirations at a higher level. Click here to learn more.

Additional Information
  • Apparel production laboratory with industrial and home sewing equipment
  • Two 3D body scanners—SizeStream and TC2 (see pictures)
  • Gerber AccuMark 2000 Professional Edition
  • Gerber Marking System 2000 Professional Edition
  • Gerber Pattern Design System 2000 Professional Edition
  • Optitex software for avatar production
  • Lectra digitizer
  • Historic Costume and Textiles Collection
  • Software packages
    • Adobe Muse
    • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Veena Chattaraman & Paula Peek, 2015 Honorable Mention, Auburn University E-Portfolio Faculty Cohort
  • Karla Teel, Member of Board of Directors, American Apparel & Footwear Association Educational Foundation, 2015-2017
  • Pamela Ulrich, Under Armour Professor of Apparel Product Development
  • Sandra Forsythe, Wrangler Professor of Consumer and Design Sciences
  • Wi-Suk Kwon, Human Sciences Professor of Consumer and Design Sciences
  • Pamela Ulrich, Vice President-Publications, International Textile and Apparel Association, 2015-2018
  • Auburn University Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards:
    Pamela Ulrich
    Veena Chattaraman
    Sang-Eun Byun
    Karla Teel


Internship Firm Location
Janet Hunter Hawkins
Deep South Boutique
Old Navy
Miz Scarlett’s
Elegant Bridal Boutique
Malouf’s Fine Apparel
Republic Clothing Group
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Monark Events
Hombres MRKT
Fit 4 Swimwear
Giorgio Armani
Leib Associates
Wedding Wonderland
Casa de Novia/Atrium
Starzz Boutique
Smarthers & Branson
Roberto Cavellli
Atlanta, Ga
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Gadsden, AL
Birmingham, AL
Birmingham, AL
Opelika, AL
Opelika, AL
Houston, TX
Nashville, TN
Bloomington, MN
Tampa, FL
Atlanta, GA
Auburn, AL
Southlake, TX
New York, NY
Montgomery, AL
Destin, FL
Destin, FL
Cullman, AL
Des Peres, MD
New York, NY
Chicago, IL
New York, NY
Alpharetta, GA
New York, NY
Atlanta, GA
Knoxville, TN
Houston, TX
Auburn, AL
Bethesda, MD
New York, NY


Internship Firm Location
A Southern Fashion House
Lasting Impressions
Jenny Threads, Inc.
BCBG Max Azria
Anne Barge
Suzanne Perron
Sally LaPointe
Santa Rosa Bch, FL
Columbus, GA
Los Angels, CA
Atlanta, GA
Asheville, NC
Vernon, CA
Atlanga, GA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY


America’s Mart
AU-CHS Development Office
Berry Jewelry
BCBG Max Azria
AMAX Talent
the ONE Showroom
D&D Wholesale
BCBG Max Azria
Water Oak Manor
Marie Claire
Misha Nonoo
EC Scott Group
Seamless Showroom
Marie Claire Magazine
Starworks Group
Kendra Scott
Ann, INC. (Ann Taylor)
Garb Shoetique
Jewelry Television
ELLE Magazine
Atlanta, GA
Auburn, AL
New York, NY
New York, NY
St. Petersburg, FL
Nashville, TN
Los Angeles, CA
Trussville, AL
Vernon, CA
Auburn, AL
New York, NY
New York, NY
Pittsford, NY
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Austin, TX
New York, NY
West Hollywood, CA
Smyrna, GA
Knoxville, TN
New York, NY
  • Apparel scholarships & awards
    • Dorothy Dean Arnold Scholarship
    • Dorothy Dean Arnold Award
    • Dr. Mary Eileen Barry Endowed Scholarship
    • The William Carter Company Endowment for Scholarships
    • Gorel H. Sodergren Memorial Fund
    • Molly Stone Endowed Scholarship
    • Tiger Rags Scholarship Endowment
  • CADS scholarships
    • Arlene Rushing Lowe Scholarship
    • Parthenon Prints/Bay Point Scholarship
    • Larson-Peterson Memorial WPB Endowed Scholarship
    • Jane Campbell and Gene L. Lorendo Scholarship

    Additional scholarships are available through the College of Human Sciences and through Auburn University. Visit the College of Human Sciences Undergraduate Student Services website for information.

Student Design League

ITAA Design Competition

  • 2015 Fashion event
  • 2014 ITAA design entries
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