Short Takes: Trend Setters | University of Arkansas

Short Takes: Trend Setters | University of Arkansas


Jacob Parker: While the U of A’s Bumpers College,
may be best known for agriculture, it’s also known for life sciences programs.
One of those is Apparel Studies. Its graduates are influencing all aspects
of fashion, from the nation’s largest retailers to local
boutiques. Kathy Smith: The industry is very interested
in what our students are learning, and their new, young and fresh ideas. Ashley Taylor: I think it’s really exciting
to work from a product development standpoint because you’re going to have an idea of what
the customer is going to want, what the customer’s going to wear and at some
level you can influence what they’re going to buy. So I think it’s going to be really exciting
to see your stuff on a customer or in the store for sale. Kathy Smith: This program is set up differently
than other programs across the U.S. in that we have one track with Apparel Studies which encompasses
product development and merchandising. All students take all components of both of
those areas. Laurie Apple: Because of that our students
really do have a competitive advantage because they understand the entire industry. Lauren Koenigsman: When I first started in
Apparel Studies I really didn’t know what to expect but, um, they really get the
business side as well as the design and artistic side in it so we cover everything
that you’re going to need to know. Ashley Taylor: Being well rounded will allow
me to be a better employee. Having several different levels of class work
from design to product development to graphic design to
visual merchandising or marketing I’m going to have an idea about the market
as a whole and that’s because of the Apparel Studies
program. Jacob Parker: For more about the stylish University
of Arkansas, visit shorttakes.uark.edu.