Textile Production & Development

Challenge every fiber of your being

Creativity, craftsmanship, and sustainability come together in this hands-on major focusing on advanced textile production, from fiber conception to finished marketable consumer products. If you're ready to immerse yourself in the latest innovative, globally relevant techniques and processes, including trends and industry sustainability, this could be the major for you.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Navigate the regulations governing textile production.
  • Understand how sustainability initiatives affect the global textile industry.
  • Develop knowledge in textile processes.
  • Select the best fabrics for a specific garment or product.
  • Recognize how a fiber's properties affect performance and cost.
  • Apply research to decisions regarding textile choices through product development.
  • Negotiate and communicate effectively with textile suppliers.

Why FIDM?

Students train in certified industry facilities and have access to the latest innovative techniques and processes. The program includes Study Tours to agricultural sites, textiles mills, and finishing labs which will advance students' abilities and provide them with specialized knowledge of this industry.

The program provides students with the opportunity to analyze fabrics and their properties beyond the basic textile science classes. They gain knowledge that is usually obtained only by mid or top level employees traveling to factories and fabric mills. The hands-on experience gives graduates an advantage when interviewing in the industry." -- Tricia Edwards, FIDM Instructor

A Closer Look

The Advanced Study Program in Textile Production & Development is designed to promote a unique education for students in the areas of advanced textile production, industry sustainability, and textile finishing.  Students will be prepared to enter and succeed in the international world of textile development from fiber conception to finished marketable consumer products.  Students will train in certified industry facilities which will immerse the student in the latest innovative techniques and processes from a global perspective. Study tours to agricultural sites, textile mills, and finishing labs will advance the students’ ability to apply their knowledge to the ever-changing industry.