A Product Development student works on a project.

The Product Development concentration offers unique learning opportunities in developing and innovating consumer products. This concentration teaches students necessary skills and knowledge for product development, including market potential analysis, trend forecasting, technology and material research, concept development, product line development, computer-aided design, technical package, packaging/branding strategies, pricing and costing, product line management, quality assurance, sourcing, supply chain management, and new venture start-ups.

Students in this concentration gain competence to be successful industry professionals or entrepreneurs through market-driven, industry-sponsored projects, which allows them to develop further networks with the real world. Students graduating with this concentration often pursue careers in highly technical product development fields such as outdoor products or sportswear industries.

Learn more about the Product Development concentration on the Department of Design and Merchandising website.

Effective Fall 2023

AM 101Fashion Industries 3
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital Technology 3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design3B3
AM 143Introduction to Apparel Design 4
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
DM 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising 1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
Select one course from the following: 3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C 
Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)3C 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 30
AM 220Textiles 3
AM 250Dress and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)3C3
AM 270Merchandising Processes 3
AM 275Product Development I 3
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace 3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Fundamentals of Accounting  
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Statistics With Business Applications (GT-MA1)1B 
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30
AM 321Advanced Textiles 3
AM 330Global Sourcing of Textiles and Apparel 3
AM 335Textiles and Apparel Supply Chains 3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Historic Costume  
Historic Textiles  
AM 375Product Development II4B3
AM 376Prototyping Testing for Product Development 3
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment 3
DM 492Professional Practice 2
Arts and Humanities3B3
Advanced Writing23
 Total Credits 32
AM 475Product Development III4A,4C3
DM 487C1Internship: Product Development 12
Upper-Division AM or DM Electives2 9
Elective 4
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

 Internship Alternative Courses1,3

AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design3
AM 344Adobe Illustrator for Apparel Design3
AM 364History of Fashion Designers/Manufacturers3
AM 366Merchandising Promotion3
AM 371Merchandise Planning and Control4
AM 430International Retailing3
AM 450Social-Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
AM 466Retail Environment Design and Planning3
ART 350Fibers II4
ART 351Fibers III4
ART 450Fibers IV4
ART 451Fibers V4
DM 360/MKT 360Retailing3
DM 400U.S. Travel-New York City3
DM 470AInternational Design and Merchandising: Apparel2
DM 470BInternational Design and Merchandising: Interior Design2
DM 474Fashion Show Production and Event Planning3
DM 482Travel Abroad1
JTC 301Corporate and Professional Communication (GT-CO3)3
JTC 310Copy Editing3
JTC 311History of Media3
JTC 316Multiculturalism and the Media3
JTC 320AReporting: General News3
JTC 320BReporting: Sports3
JTC 320CReporting: Business3
JTC 320DReporting: Government and Political3
JTC 320HReporting: Special Topics3
JTC 326Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement3
JTC 340Video Editing3
JTC 342Writing for Visual Media3
JTC 350Public Relations3
JTC 361Writing for Specialized Magazines3
JTC 372Web Design and Development3
JTC 411Media Ethics and Issues3
JTC 412International Mass Communication3
JTC 413New Media Trends and Society3
JTC 414Media Effects3
JTC 415Communications Law3
JTC 471Research for Public Communicators3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
MGT 330Creativity, Innovation, and Value Creation3
MGT 340Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
MGT 410Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420New Venture Creation3
MGT 440New Venture Management3
MGT 470Managerial Decisions-Issues and Analysis3
MGT 475International Business Management3
MKT 366Services Marketing3
SOC 301Development of Sociological Thought3
SOC 302Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 330Social Inequality3
SOC 342Work and Leisure in Society3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 460Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology3
TH 363Costume Design II3

 Registration for DM 487C depends on acceptance by a cooperating company.  Students not enrolled in an internship will select 12 credits from the department list of Internship Alternative Courses.


Select upper-division (300- to 400-level) AM or DM subject code courses ending in -00 to -79.


Courses used to fulfill upper-division AM or DM electives in the program cannot be used to fulfill course requirements for internship alternatives.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

Minimum grade requirements for Apparel and Merchandising - Product Development concentration are as follows: AM 101, AM 130, DM 272MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 124 with grades of C (2.000) or better.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion IndustriesX  3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design X3B3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
DM 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising   1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
Select one course from the following:   3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C 
Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)  3C 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital TechnologyX  3
AM 143Introduction to Apparel Design   4
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)  3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)  1B1
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 220Textiles   3
AM 250Dress and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)  3C3
AM 275Product Development I   3
DM 272Consumers in the MarketplaceX  3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 270Merchandising ProcessesX  3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Fundamentals of Accounting    
General Statistics (GT-MA1)  1B 
Statistics With Business Applications (GT-MA1)  1B 
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 330Global Sourcing of Textiles and Apparel X 3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design X 3
AM 375Product Development IIX 4B3
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment   3
DM 492Professional Practice   2
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 321Advanced TextilesX  3
AM 335Textiles and Apparel Supply ChainsX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Historic CostumeX   
Historic Textiles    
AM 376Prototyping Testing for Product Development   3
Advanced Writing   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 475Product Development IIIX 4A,4C3
Upper-Division AM/DM Electives   9
Elective   4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
DM 487CInternship: Product DevelopmentX  12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120