Fashion and Textile Design

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Our Fashion and Textile Design 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 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.

Application Process

Students must apply to NC State University, selecting Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) as a first choice major. The application deadline for FTD is October 15th. In addition to your application for admission to the university, which includes high school credentials, standardized test scores, and application fee, the FTD program requires the online submission of an essay and a portfolio with 10 images of your creative work. Once you have submitted your application to NC State, you will be provided a link to the portfolio and essay portal.


A short essay is required (approximately 500 words). Typically, the essay topic is similar from year to year, but is subject to change. The essay should include the following points:

  • Describe what motivates and inspires you to design.
  • Discuss your design process from creative inspiration to finished object. How does your inspiration inform or impact your work as a designer?
  • Use one or more of your portfolio items as examples where appropriate.

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Application Steps

Step 1: Submit your online application to NC State by October 15.
Step 2: Submit supporting application materials (official standardized test scores, high school transcripts, fee, etc.).
Step 3: Upload portfolio of 10 recent images in .JPG format with descriptions and annotations into the portal.
Step 4: Upload essay in Word format into the portal.

Read more about image formatting and uploading instructions.


Selected applicants will be invited to on-campus interviews that will take place in January. 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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See our FTD Emerging Designers.

Fashion Design

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How to Apply:

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

Heather M. Lyerly
Associate Director of Advising and Admissions
College of Textiles
(919) 515-1177

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and apply online.

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