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Design and Merchandising Our Vision

The Department of Design and Merchandising aims to cultivate leaders among today’s students to drive tomorrow’s innovative advancements in economic, environmental, and social sustainability across the apparel and merchandising and the interior architecture and design disciplines.

Design and Merchandising Our Mission

The Department of Design and Merchandising’s mission is to achieve excellence in education and scholarship through community engagement, industry collaboration, creative exploration, and scientific inquiry. As a department, we are committed to advancing and fostering understanding of socially responsible conceptualization, design, adoption, and evaluation of processes, products, and environments that responsively enhance the human experience.

a faculty instructor aids a student with a virtual reality headset in interior design.

Get Involved Student Organizations and Involvement

Build your leadership skills and make connections to the industry in the Design and Merchandising graduate and undergraduate student organizations.

A group of students build a structure during an IIDA Student organization meeting

Gallery Spaces Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

Located in the University Center for the Arts complex, the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising houses CSU’s historic textiles and clothing collection. Under the umbrella of the Avenir Museum are four gallery spaces, three within the museum building, and the Gustafson Gallery, located on the third floor of the Gifford Building. The Gustafson Gallery features rotating exhibits of student and faculty work.

Avenir Museum external shot

Fostering Design Thinking Nancy Richardson Design Center

The RDC is our newest interdisciplinary facility serving as a hub for design and innovation across the CSU campus.