Design and Merchandising About Our Department Designing the Human Experience
Our programs share a common focus on thoughtful design, business practices, and the needs of the client. These programs lead to exciting professional careers and are not found in any other four-year university program in Colorado.
Design and Merchandising Our Mission
An ongoing commitment to cultivating innovative and socially responsible solutions to local and global human-centered opportunities and challenges in apparel, interior design, and merchandising by:
- Creatively assessing issues and alternative viable solutions positively impacting quality of life for diverse stakeholders
- Addressing future societal needs by analyzing historic and current, as well as considering national and international perspectives
- Incorporating a pragmatic and socially responsible approach to teaching, research, and engagement
- Applying technology in pursuit of human-centered solutions to societal needs
- Designing industry-relevant products and services for diverse populations
- Balancing ethical and profitable product and service lifecycle management
- Enhancing students’ preparedness through experiential, collaborative, community and industry-based learning
- Fostering students’ intellectual curiosity, objectivity, independence, as well as their ability to critically evaluate information and to use resources in addressing problems
- Advancing interdisciplinary and global perspectives
- Maximizing opportunities enhancing and highlighting the principles of 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.
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 five gallery spaces, three within the museum building, one in the University Center for the Arts, and the Gustafson Gallery, located on the third floor of the Gifford Building. The Gustafson Gallery features rotating exhibits of student and faculty work.