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Overview
The mission of the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising (DHM) is to foster visionary, innovative solutions to global human issues, using creative, critical thinking, and technological processes within the context of Design, Housing and Merchandising. Three undergraduate options are available: apparel design and production, interior design, and merchandising each requiring a summer internship between the junior and senior years.

Students in apparel design and production are preparing for careers in the apparel and sewn products industries. The program emphasizes the integration of design principles, construction methods, consumer preferences and mass production strategies. Course work includes principles of design, anthropometrics and grading, apparel assembly and production, draping techniques, methods of mass production, quality assurance, properties and performance evaluation of textiles, patternmaking, computer-aided design and technology, entrepreneurship, and a required internship to acquire industry experience. Students must pass a proficiency review after the freshman year to continue in the program’s upper division courses. The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Education Foundation has endorsed the preproduction (design) and production management undergraduate curricula, making OSU one of only 13 schools in North America recognized with an AAFA-approved apparel program. Career opportunities include apparel designer, technical designer, product development manager, accessory designer, patternmaker, textile designer, sourcing manager, quality assurance manager, production manager and apparel engineer.

Students in interior design are preparing for careers as professionals who assist businesses and families in planning and solving problems relative to the function and quality of interior living and working environments. Course work includes fundamentals of design, design analysis, ergonomics, concept development, space planning and programming, design of interior space, computer-aided design (CAD) and related aspects of environmental design. Students must pass the Proficiency Review Process at the end of their freshman year to be accepted into the professional level interior design program. Upon acceptance, students are expected to have their own laptop computer with sufficient capacity for graphics software used in the profession. Career opportunities include professional practice in interior design and architectural firms, lighting, facility management, historic restoration and preservation and product design and sales. The undergraduate interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the program has achieved national ranking by the publication Design Intelligence.

Students in merchandising are preparing for careers with firms in apparel, interiors and related retail fields. The focus is on developing management competencies associated with merchandising for the retail industry. Course work includes retailing, merchandise planning and analysis, sustainability, profitable merchandising analysis, promotion, visual merchandising, fashion and market trend analysis, quality assurance, retail technology and international sourcing. Career opportunities include corporate and store level management, buying and planner positions, retail manufacturing management, merchandise sourcing manager, retail planner/analyst, visual merchandiser, mall management, product development, trend analysis and manufacturer's representative.

Students in all three options will develop business management, communication, creative problem solving and administrative skills. Minors are available in merchandising and apparel design and production.

Available Options
- Apparel, Design and Production, B.S.H.S.
- Interior Design, B.S.H.S.
- Merchandising, B.S.H.S.


Occupations
Interior Designers
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Sales Reps
Wholesale and Retail Buyers
Designers

Industries
Manufacturing - Apparel
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Manufacturing - Furniture and Related Product
Wholesale Trade - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $78,000 |
Ave: $34,102 |
Med: $35,000 |
Min: $16,640


Employers
Abercrombie & Fitch
Alexander Doll Co.
Anthropologie
Balliet's
Bass Pro Shops
BCBG MaxAzria
Burberry
C. H. Guernsey and Company
Cabela's Inc.
Camp Loughridge
Cantoni
Corgan Associates
Creative Design
Cyntergy AEC
David Corley Design Associated
Design Gallery
Dewberry
Dillard's, Inc.
DKNY
Duvall Architects
El Tapatio Authentic Mexican Food
Fossil
Furniture Showcase
GHD Interiors
Gordmans
Grand Rover Dam Authority
Graphics Solutions Group
Havertys
Hawley's
Insight global
Interprise Design
JC Penney Co.
Kohls
KSQ Architects
LYN MUSE INTERIORS
MA+ Architecture
Maxim Health
Ossice Pavillion
Pacific Shore Stone
Paradigm Design Group
Payless ShoeSource
Pi Architects
QuikTrip
Roberts Fine Interiors
Roll Global LLC
Sagac Public Affairs
Sears Holding Corporation
Shop Good
Sodexo - University of Tulsa
Space by RBI
Sparks Reed Architecture and Interior Design
Studio West
Target
The Walt Disney Company
US Highland
US Pipeline
Walsh Branding
Williams-Sonoma
Wilson Office Interiors
Zale Corporation

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