International Manufacturing & Product Development

Career opportunities after FIDM

This Advanced Study Program takes what students learn in Apparel Industry Management and Merchandise Product Development to a global level. International Manufacturing & Product Development professionals travel to foreign markets in Asia and Mexico to find the best production locale for a particular product at the best price.

Merchandiser

Translate trends into products that sell. Responsible for Product Development from conceptual marketing of the product.

Trend Analyst

Impact fashion's future. Shop for and research the latest trends and analyze their influence on future markets. Provide forward direction on color, style, and fabric to the Merchandising Team. Watch the upcoming trends you've discovered as they are integrated into new product lines.

Technical Designer

Control an image. Develop unique ways to brand a product and ensure that a brand's identity, from packaging to advertisements, stays on target.

Sourcing Assistant

Consider the source. Conduct research and determine the best source of materials to create and manufacture a finished garment or product and where it will be produced. Become an expert in foreign customs and cultures.

Product Developer

Create an exclusive product line for a brand and monitor its production to assure those garments meet the company's expectations for brand integrity.

Sourcing Coordinator

Conducts research and determines the best source of materials to create and manufacture a finished garment or product and where it will be produced. Become an expert in foreign customs and cultures.

PreProduction Manager

Maintain the flow of information between the development team and the production sources. Oversees product details, fit and patterns. Communicates with global suppliers and manufacturers on a daily basis.