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Textile Development and Marketing

Itís in the jeans.

Skinny or baggy. Blue or black. Basic or haute. Maybe a wash, some trim, a touch of spandex for stretch and fit. Just a pair of jeansóbut so many elements make it what it is. In the end, itís all about the fabricó the hand, the texture, the color, the rinse. And itís the textile developer who understands every detail, making sure the designerís creation looks and performs exactly as it should.

Fashion and home furnishings fabrics are a major part of the multibillion-dollar global textile industry, from organic cotton to bamboo to high-tech performance fabrics for extreme sports like snowboarding. Thereís a growing demand for professionals who can develop, produce, and market the right textiles at the right price, while ensuring that production meets quality and legal standards. The emerging markets present more opportunities for those with a global perspective. TDM graduates work with the industry's most famous designers and product developers, and the companies that produce and market their products around the world.

Highlights

  • New York City, with its vast creative and commercial resources, is your extended campusóoffering internships, field trips, guest lectures, and industry-sponsored projects make strong industry connections through the faculty and the departmentís close ties to alumni and industry leaders.
  • This technologically innovative major includes one of the countryís strongest knitting and weaving programs, featuring Stoll knit-and-wear technology and jacquard hand looms, used to create intricate tapestries.
  • The TDM Denim Project, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, is a unique opportunity for students to work together to develop, design, manufacture, and market a product line.  

In this program, youíll:

  • develop a global network even before you graduate, since more than half of TDM students come from countries outside the U.S.
    make strong industry connections through the faculty and the departmentís close ties to alumni and industry leaders.
  • master the skills to manage a wide variety of activities, from research to development to troubleshooting, in the major textile-producing regions around the world. 
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