Consumer & Design Sciences
The Department of Consumer & Design Sciences (CADS) develops scholars and industry leaders who apply a worldview to improve the quality of life and human experience for individuals, families, and communities. Whether you are a student desiring to learn about Apparel Merchandising & Design Science, Interior Design or Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies; CADS prepares students fulfilling the current global needs and demands through creativity, innovation and discovery.

Welcome to the Hub of Creativity, Innovation and Discovery at the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences (CADS) in the College of Human Sciences!

At CADS, we don't just educate; we inspire. Our community is built upon a foundation of people-centered teaching, groundbreaking research, and impactful outreach programs, all with the common goal of enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families. Dive into an environment where creativity is not just encouraged; it's celebrated. Our programs emphasize innovation, allowing you to cultivate the skills that set you apart. Our instructional programs have earned national acclaim, and our research initiatives address issues of significance to both consumers and industry, making a positive impact on a global scale. Through outreach programs, we directly address the needs of consumers and businesses in Alabama and beyond, making a tangible difference in the real world. Come see what CADS has to offer.

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The Interior Design program is accredited by CIDA - the Council for Interior Design Accreditation - the gold standard for professional interior design education globally. Also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts & Design (NASAD) and is ranked #11 in the Architecutal Digest.


The Apparel Merchandising, Design & Production Management program is #1 in the South and #4 nationally among public institutions.

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Auburn’s Certificate in financial planning certificate is one of the CFP Board registered programs in the nation. It is also one of only three registered programs in the state of Alabama.

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Apparel Merchandising, Design & Production Management program one of a few American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) affiliated programs in North America.

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Auburn University is a top research institution with a Carnegie R1 classification.

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Auburn University has been ranked 47 among top 50 public institutions for the past three decades and number 1 in Alabama by U.S. News and World Report 2023.