Textile and Apparel Merchandising
The textiles, apparel, and merchandising major integrates an understanding of design, textiles, business, and retail merchandising — the necessary components in bringing products from concept to consumer.
A set of core courses provide a foundation in principles of aesthetics, business, textiles, global markets, apparel production, and retail environments. The apparel, textile and fashion industries operate in a global market, making an understanding of the world economy and cultural diversity essential. Team building, communications, decision-making, and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
The B.Sc. in Textile and Apparel Merchandising program at EiTEX has duration of 4 academic years and it is the first and the only program available in Ethiopia. It was started in 2012. The program fulfils the requirement of qualified and creative personals in business & marketing activities of the Ethiopian textile and apparel industry, which has been traditionally practiced and uncompetitive in world market share.
Requirements for Joining the Program
Program requirements match those needed for admission to Bahir Dar University, and include the University's general education requirements. Students interested in the department are accepted through an entrance exam. Freshman students joined the institute will get an orientation about the department. They will register for an entrance exam. Based on the students interest and the department set quota enrollment will be done.
A degree in textile and apparel merchandising provides a wide range of career opportunities within design, product development, merchandising, marketing, retailing, and promotion.
Common positions include:
· Apparel Designer Retail Manager
· Technical Designer Textile Designer
· Pattern Maker Textiles Specialist
· Fashion Illustrator Market Analyst
· Visual Merchandiser Entrepreneur
· Brand Identity Specialist Catalog Developer
· Sales Representative Wardrobe Consultant
· Buyer Graphic Artist
Wassie Mengie [Lecturer]
Fashion Design Program Head
Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology
Bahir Dar University
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia