Fashion and Textile Design

Apply to FTD

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Our Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) program stays small so you can do big things: 32 students with a portfolio review. A “study abroad-friendly” semester is built into your junior year. Pack your bags for countries like France, the Czech Republic, Australia, China and Italy. It feels like you’re actually working in the industry with your use of the latest technology! Your professors energize you and push you to new limits.

The FTD program melds aesthetic, functional, technical, and expressive appeal, combine cutting edge technologies with traditional design sensitivities, and use of the newest fibers and processes to create innovative textiles and the fashions and other products that use them. Each spring, graduating seniors debut their collections to an audience of hundreds in the FTD Emerging Designers Showcase.

Application Process

Students must apply to NC State University, selecting Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) as a first choice major. Popular second choice majors for FTD applicants are Fashion and Textile Management and Textiles Undeclared. The application deadline for FTD is November 1. In addition to your application for admission to the university, which includes high school credentials, standardized test scores (optional), and application fee, the FTD program requires the online submission of a portfolio and essay.


Your portfolio should include 10 images of your most creative work. You are not required to submit fashion or textiles pieces, but are encouraged to include those if you have them. Some additional examples of mediums that students have submitted previously are paintings, sketches, photography, sculpture, ceramics and drawings. However, this is not a comprehensive list. Currently, videos and music are not accepted.

Essay prompt

In addition to the portfolio, a 500 word essay is required. Using one piece from your portfolio, tell us what motivated and inspired you to design it. Describe your design process from creative inspiration to finished object.


SlideRoom is our portfolio and essay submission portal. Once you have submitted your admissions application to NC State with FTD selected as your first choice major, you will be provided a link to the portfolio and essay portal. You can also access the portal using this link:

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Application Steps

Step 1: Submit your online admissions application to NC State by November 1.

Step 2: Submit supporting application materials (high school transcripts, college transcripts, standardized test scores- optional, fee, etc.).

Step 3: Upload portfolio into SlideRoom of 10 recent images in .jpg format with descriptions and annotations.

Step 4: Upload essay in .doc, .docx or .pdf format into SlideRoom.

Read more about image formatting and uploading instructions.


Selected applicants will be invited to interviews that will take place in December, in the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. During the interviews, applicants will be asked to discuss their work as well as other character indicators such as: diversity, collaboration, leadership potential, independent thinking, ability to explain and critically evaluate work, and motivation to create objects that solve human needs.

Fashion and Textile Design is a Bachelor of Science program that requires students to complete math and science courses in addition to design studios and labs. A strong math and science background is important for admission to and success in this program. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to take courses such as chemistry and college preparatory math while in high school.

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How to Apply

For answers to questions about the admissions process, please contact:

Heather M. Lyerly
Director of Academic Services
Wilson College of Textiles

Meggie Metcalf
Senior Academic Advisor
Wilson College of Textiles
(919) 515-0596