Gina Pisut, program coordinator
The major in Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) leads to entry-level career opportunities in fashion-related industries and requires the selection of one concentration from the two available: Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising. Textiles, Merchandising, and Design majors and minors must earn a grade of C or higher in all TXMD courses. Students earning a D or F will be required to repeat the course before being allowed to advance in the program.
The Textiles, Merchandising, and Design program consists of four academic years. Students enter the program as Textiles, Merchandising, and Design majors or minors and must complete the first 30 credit hours of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design curriculum consisting of General Education courses and Textiles, Merchandising, and Design pre-admission required courses. Students then apply for admission to the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design professional sequence of courses. When a student applies for admission, is accepted, and becomes enrolled, he/she is then classified as a TXMD major or minor admitted to the program and can then progress in required TXMD professional sequence courses.
The number of students accepted into the TXMD program is limited, making the application process competitive.
Textiles, Merchandising, and Design students enrolled in the University and pursuing the first two semesters of the curriculum should maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and are required to earn no less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite course.
A concentration in Apparel Design allows the student to prepare for entry-level positions in the growing area of design, pattern making, and manufacturing. In addition to the major and concentration, a minor in Art, Entertainment Arts Design, Entrepreneurship, French, Mass Communication (any area of Media and Entertainment study), or Spanish is required.
Admission and Progression
Admission into the Professional Course Sequence (Candidacy)
- Any student formally admitted to the University may pursue the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) curriculum.
- Applicants are guaranteed admission to the Apparel Design Concentration of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design Program provided they
- have a minimum ACT score of 23 (or SAT equivalent);
- have a cumulative undergraduate college GPA of 3.0; and
- have completed each of the following courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better:
- General Education ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1020 - 6 credit hours
- General Education Natural Sciences - 8 credit hours
- General Education Math - 3 credit hours
- General Education ART 1030 - 3 credit hours
- TXMD 1110 , TXMD 1170 - 6 credit hours
- HSC 1010 (Career Orientation)- 1 credit hour
- Other (from required professional support or general education courses) - 3 credit hours
Depending on space and available resources, additional students may be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission will be based on ACT/SAT score (25% weight) and cumulative undergraduate GPA (75% weight) and completion of all prerequisite courses with grade of C (2.00) or better.
Note: Students with less than a 2.50 cumulative GPA are not eligible for admission to the sequence of professional courses.
Professional Course Sequence
- An application form must be submitted to the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design program during the Spring semester prior to beginning the Professional Course Sequence.
- Transcript validation of all prerequisite courses must be on file in the MTSU Records Office.
- A cumulative undergraduate college grade point average of 2.50 is required for eligibility in the TXMD program.
- Applicants must have no grade less than a C (2.00) in any pre-admission required courses before entering the Professional Course Sequence.
- Scores from a standardized examination (ACT/SAT) along with the college grade point average will be used to rank candidates for progression to the Professional Course Sequence.
- Students must attain a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all Textiles, Merchandising, and Design courses.
- Students may repeat a course only once to earn a minimum grade of C (2.00).
- Students may repeat a maximum of two course (major or prerequisite).
- Failure of more than two TXMD courses will result in dismissal from the program. A failing grade is defined as receiving a grade of less than C (2.00).
- Students will be dismissed from the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design major if they
- commit a breach of ethics or gross professional negligence,
- fail to progress due to unsuccessful attainment of requirements. Students who fail to progress will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Only one readmission for failure to progress will be allowed.
- For transfer students who are admitted into the TXMD program, a grade of D/F from another school counts as the first “failing” attempt and the next incidence of D/F, in any TXMD course at MTSU, counts as the second incident, thus resulting in dismissal from the program. (See item 7 above.)
- If a student receives a D or F in a Textiles, Merchandising, and Design course at MTSU, he/she must repeat that course at MTSU.
- Readmission to the program for any returning TXMD major who left the University in good standing will be granted on a space-available basis.
- Textiles, Merchandising, and Design students are expected to seek advising from the TXMD faculty each semester to ensure that they are following the proper sequence for completion of the prerequisite courses.
- Further specific details regarding admission and progression are available from the coordinator of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design program.
General Education (41 hours)
General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
Major Requirements (48 hours)
Professional Education (11 hours)
Minor (15-18 hours)
A minor from Art, Entertainment Arts Design, Entrepreneurship, French, Mass Communication (any area of Media and Entertainment study), or Spanish is required.
Total hours in program: 120
Curriculum: Textiles, Merchandising, and Design, Apparel Design
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
*Minor may be selected from any of the following: Art - 18 hours; Entrepreneurship - 15 hours; Entertainment Arts Design - 15 hours; French - 18 hours; Mass Communication - 18 hours; or Spanish - 18 hours.
**The number of hours required as electives may vary depending upon the courses taken. All students must have a minimum of 120 hours in order to graduate, so the number of hours required as electives may vary.