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Textiles and Apparel

Major in the College of Natural Sciences

The Division of Textiles and Apparel (TXA) includes a wide range of disciplines.

Academic and research programs are organized into four major streams.

Robust internships are in place to enhance the student experience and ensure strong career opportunities. This unique program provides hands-on experiences with consumer behavior, multichannel retail environments, merchandise strategy, cultural practices and customs, apparel design, computer-aided design, technical design, fashion show production, and event organization, fabric conservation, museum management and fiber and fabric testing. Capstone retail merchandising and apparel design programs take students to high-profile venues. Basic research is being conducted on how bio-based fibers and specialized fabrics, and 3D technology to address basic human needs.

Declaration Requirements


Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


Step 1:Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level textiles and apparel majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements.

Required Courses


For information on required courses, students can view the Textiles and Apparel degree plans for each track.

Field Experience: All TXA students must complete a Field Experience (most often in the form of an internship) related to the student's field of specialization. The experiences are a real stepping stone into the field and offer students real world experience to prepare for careers after graduation. The experiences are typically completed during the senior year; students work with the faculty admission panel to select the field experiences. View additional information about field experiences and requirements.



Departmental Honors as well as special honors programs are available for TXA majors.



Students in the textiles and apparel major develop:

  • Principles from arts, sciences, humanities, and specialized instruction in preparation for a professional careers
  • Apparel product development and technology
  • Professional preparation and interviewing skills
  • Computer-aided design and digital printing
  • Ability to create and exhibit collections and evening wear designs in a professional quality, fully sponsored fashion show to an audience of over 4,800
  • The preservation, conservation, and exhibition of textiles and apparel in museums and other collections
  • Retail management, buying, distribution, and merchandising of consumer goods
  • Knowledge and understanding in the areas of accounting, economics, marketing, psychology and statistics


Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.


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