A small number of schools in Oklahoma offer degree and certificate programs in fashion design or fashion marketing/merchandising. The three schools outlined below are all public or private, not-for-profit institutions. There is also a for-profit school in the state with a fashion design program. Students could pursue certificates or bachelor's and master's degrees. They may participate in design labs and practicum experiences, or complete internships or thesis projects, depending on the program levels.
Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
This school in Stillwater offers 2 bachelor's degree and 2 master's degree programs. The apparel design/production bachelor's option includes instruction in fashion history, textiles, patterns, draping, computer-aided pattern design, apparel assembly and mass production of apparel. Students get hands-on experience in design labs and complete a required internship. The merchandising bachelor's option also includes an internship, and provides instruction in sustainable apparel design, merchandising analysis, visual merchandising and product development. Both of the bachelor's degree programs may include a study abroad component. A 30-credit master's degree program is offered in apparel design/production, in which students choose between a research thesis and a design thesis option and fulfill an internship. A merchandising master's degree program is also available. Students complete an internship, and choose between a research thesis option of 30 credits and the coursework-only option of 33 credits.
Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley Campus
Located in Tulsa, this school offers an apparel design certificate of completion. Although this school offers programs for both adult and high school learners, this fashion program in particular may be limited to high school students. Prospective apparel designers study custom sewing techniques, textile basics, color theory, sketching and product development. A work-based experience is also included, and college credit for completing this certificate may be available through several schools in Oklahoma. No tuition is charged for high school students who live in the school's district.
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond-based University of Central Oklahoma has a 4-year fashion marketing degree program that focuses on advertising, apparel and retailing. Courses in the major include clothing construction, textiles, fashion marketing, hard goods merchandising, fashion advertising, fashion history, clothing selection and fashion buying/analysis. Students also complete related required courses such as accounting, management practices, organizational behavior, marketing and selling. A 3-credit fashion marketing practicum is also required.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Fashion Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Oklahoma State University - Main Campus||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences in Design, Housing & Merchandising: Apparel Design and Production,
Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences in Design, Housing & Merchandising: Merchandising,
Master of Science in Apparel Design and Production,
Master of Science in Merchandising
| $9,019 (in-state)
|Tulsa Technology Center - Lemley Campus||2-year, public; large city||Certificate of Completion in Apparel Design||$1,000 (2019-2020)**|
|University of Central Oklahoma||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing|| $7,489 (in-state)
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Tulsa Technology Center