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The division of textiles and apparel (TXA) includes a wide range of disciplines. Academic and research programs are organized into two major streams:

  • Apparel Design and Conservation
  • Retail Merchandising

Robust internships are in place to enhance the student experience and ensure strong career opportunities. This unique program provides hands-on experiences with consumer behavior, multichannel retail environments, merchandise strategy, cultural practices and customs, apparel design, computer-aided design, technical design, fashion show production, and event organization, fabric conservation, museum management and fiber and fabric testing. Capstone retail merchandising and apparel design programs take students to high-profile venues. Basic research is being conducted on how bio-based fibers and specialized fabrics, and 3D technology to address basic human needs.

Declare This Major

Step 1:Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level textiles and apparel majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the Textiles and Apparel degree plans for each track.

Field Experience: All TXA students must complete a Field Experience (most often in the form of an internship) related to the student's field of specialization. The experiences are a real stepping stone into the field and offer students real world experience to prepare for careers after graduation. The experiences are typically completed during the senior year; students work with the faculty admission panel to select the field experiences.View additional information about field experiences and requirements.


  • Option I: Apparel Design and Conservation - Apparel Design Sequence
  • Option I: Apparel Design and Conservation - Conservation Sequence
  • Option II: Retail Merchandising
  • Conservation Studies Certificate

Departmental Honors as well as special honors programs are available for TXA majors.

The Design Concentration degree focuses on apparel product development and technology. Option I includes a field experience where students serve as interns during their senior year. Each student must successfully complete professional preparation and interviews. Intern opportunities are varied depending on selection of electives and students' strengths, skills, and interests. All apparel design juniors complete courses in computer-aided design and digital printing. Each year, the senior design students exhibit their graduation collections and evening wear designs in a professional quality, fully sponsored fashion show to an audience of over 4,800.

The Conservation Specialization emphasizes the chemical properties of textiles and the preservation, conservation, and exhibition of textiles and apparel in museums and other collections. Starting in Fall 2011, students from across the university have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Conservation Studies. This allows students numerous options to enhance their learning experience and better prepare them for their future careers.

The Retail Merchandising degree prepares students for entry-level retail management and buying positions with a variety of retailing and merchandise-related companies. The curriculum focuses on retail merchandise management and skills associated with retail buying, distribution, and merchandising of consumer goods. Besides extensive coursework in textiles and apparel, students are exposed to accounting, economics, marketing, psychology and statistics.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Students in the textiles and apparel major develop:

  • Principles from arts, sciences, humanities, and specialized instruction in preparation for a professional careers
  • Apparel product development and technology
  • Professional preparation and interviewing skills
  • Computer-aided design and digital printing
  • Ability to create and exhibit collections and evening wear designs in a professional quality, fully sponsored fashion show to an audience of over 4,800
  • The preservation, conservation, and exhibition of textiles and apparel in museums and other collections
  • Retail management, buying, distribution, and merchandising of consumer goods
  • Knowledge and understanding in the areas of accounting, economics, marketing, psychology and statistics