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 to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.
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.