Textiles and Apparel

Textiles and Apparel

The Textile and Apparel Program at the University of Northern Iowa is expressly designed to educate students to fill product development STEM and design based positions in the textiles and apparel industry. The TAPP program is committed to a balanced and integrated design, materials science, liberal arts, business and technical curriculum; with a strong emphasis placed on product understanding, quality evaluation, computer aided design, apparel design and fit, and business background for all students graduating from the program.

Member of the Target Corporation: Product Development and Design College Consortium


TEXDSGN: 1004 Fashion, Culture and Industry is the best introductory course for transfer students. Students can also take TEXDSGN 2004 History of Costume, TEXDSGN 1003 Creative Design Foundations, TEXDSGN 2005 Fashion Promotion, and TEXDSGN 1002 Textile Science during their first semester.


Fashion and STEM: A Perfect Fit

Students in the program learn state-of-the-art computer-aided design applications. Current software taught in the program includes: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Optitex 2D and 3D and the Lectra Kaledo suite. History was made at UNI in 1999, when the Textiles and Apparel Program received the largest corporate donation ever given to UNI, a $2.3 million gift of design software. This was followed up with a second $1.4 million software donation in 2010, and a $380,000 donation in 2015.

Textile Material Science Testing Laboratories

The National Science Foundation awarded the Textile and Apparel Program a quarter of a million dollar curriculum development grant in 2000, supporting the construction of textile materials science laboratories, enabling all graduates of the program to have experience working with industry standard equipment and testing procedures.

Annual Spring Catwalk: Fashion Runway Show

For more than 20 years the Textiles and Apparel Program has produced a student-directed fashion runway show in the spring featuring the creative work of students enrolled in the program. Students involved in the show choreograph and train the models, create the stage, choose the music, and plan and implement the marketing plan. The spring catwalk is a signature event for the program drawing a large crowd of friends, family, students, and faculty.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Textile Print Design

Technical/Creative Apparel Design

Apparel Merchandiser

Product Management and Sourcing

Quality Assurance Specialist



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Annette Lynch, Director, School of Applied Human Sciences
Phone: 319-273-2358
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