Fashion blog Fashionista recently ranked Oregon State University’s design and human environment program as one of the top 20 in the nation.
Fashionista ranked OSU’s program at No. 16 in a July 11 post, citing its ability to place graduates at businesses such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Adidas and Eddie Bauer.
“There’s probably more OSU apparel design graduates at Nike and Columbia than from any other school,” said associate professor Kathy Mullet, apparel design program coordinator.
Apparel design is one of three majors available in the 720-student design and human environment department, along with interior design and merchandising management.
It’s the training that apparel design students receive at OSU that gets them these positions. Mullet said the quarter system allows for more variety in courses, including design, construction and market-related classes, not common in all fashion programs. And admission into the program is competitive; students apply after their first year for a position in each year’s cohort of 25 to 50 students.
Fashionista’s description also mentioned that OSU offered a merchandising management minor in addition to apparel design. Mullet said nearly all apparel design majors take up the minor, which offers training in the business side of the fashion world.
Fashionista editors could not be reached for comment. See the blog at http://fashionista.com.