CARS fashion program gains national attention

Posted on January 12, 2015

The 2015 Fashion School Rankings have been published. And UNCG, you look marvelous.

UNCG’s rankings in fashion design:

No. 10 nationally among public schools and colleges
No. 4 in the South
No. 22 nationally (top 20 percent of all schools considered)

The rankings can be found here at

The work of the Bryan School’s CARS program is celebrated at the gala THREADS fashion show each year. Get your tickets early.

The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies is one of six departments in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The Department offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate(PBC), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Three undergraduate concentrations are offered:

  • Apparel Design – prepares students for careers in apparel and textile products design and production.
  • Retailing and Consumer Studies – prepares students for careers in apparel marketing, distribution, and retailing.
  • Global Apparel and Related Industry Studies – prepares students for apparel and related industry careers in the global arena.

The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department was one of the first departments of its kind to establish an Industry Advisory Board, which provides a link between the Department and the industries that will employ its graduates. Made up of 20 members who represent major companies in the Southeast, the Board provides advice relative to curricular offerings, technological developments, job placement and industry trends.

In 2003, the Department’s Apparel Product Design concentration, whose title has since been shortened to Apparel Design, met the educational competencies and laboratory standards for approval by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. One of only 16 programs nationally recognized by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), CARS students receive AAFA scholarships.


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