This is the Science of Design

Welcome to the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences (CADS) in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. We are proud to introduce you to our students, faculty, and programs. Creativity and innovation are emphasized throughout our people-centered teaching, research, and outreach programs, all focused on improving the quality of life for individuals and families.

CADS instructional programs are recognized nationally and extend globally. CADS research programs address issues of importance to consumers and industry. CADS outreach programs focus on the needs of consumers and businesses in Alabama and beyond. CADS faculty are experts in their field and are committed to educating the next generation of professionals. CADS students compete successfully in national and international scholarship and design competitions. CADS industry advisory boards are actively engaged in program support.

Come, visit, and experience the excitement and enthusiasm in Consumer and Design Sciences.

Interior Design

Interior Design program ranked #9 in U.S. in 2020 by Design Intelligence based on surveys of employers of graduates from CIDA-accredited programs.

Apparel Design

Apparel Merchandising program ranked #10 nationally and #2 in the south in 2022 by; Apparel Design ranked #17 nationally and #3 in the South.


The Interior Design program is accredited by CIDA - the Council for Interior Design Accreditation - the gold standard for professional interior design education globally.

American Apparel and Footwear Association

Apparel Merchandising, Design & Production Management program one of 13 in North America to be endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

Carnegie Foundation

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

US News

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.


Undergraduate Degrees

Learn more about nationally ranked CADS undergraduate degree programs!

Graduate Degrees

Go beyond the undergraduate degree.

Dr. Pamela Ulrich
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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
308 Spidle Hall
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