In addition to the unique course offerings in the merchandising and fashion design department, students are welcome to join any of the active student organizations in the department.
Association of Fashion and Design
The Association of Fashion and Design (AFAD) is a student-run organization that is open to students of all majors who share a common love for fashion. Their aim is to create an environment where fashion-lovers can come together, celebrate diversity in the world of fashion and network to set themselves up for success in the future.
Some opportunities AFAD offers include leadership positions, career days and seminars, design and merchandising competitions and contacts to industry professionals and experienced individuals.
Learn more about AFAD.
Sartorial Magazine is MSU’s student-run, premiere source for all things fashion, beauty and culture. They are committed to showcasing students’ diverse talents in order to shine a light on the often-forgotten Midwest.
Sartorial’s first issue brings the conversation around fashion to life using breathtaking imagery, creative layout and captivating stories. The entire publication is crafted by MSU students including fashion designers, writers, photographers, graphic designers and more.
The magazine’s latest online publication is a zine featuring lesser known Springfield artists who are dedicated to creating visuals, textiles and crafts.
Learn more about Sartorial.
Fashion students have regular opportunities to take study tours to various European and domestic locations. The department tries to offer at least one study tour each year. Recent trips included visits to Paris, China, Italy and Greece.
Annually, a group of fashion students travel to New York City for a five-day visit. Students visit a variety of fashion businesses including Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Capelli Internation and Cotton Incorporated. There also are opportunities to interview for internships.
Find out more about study away programs in the MFD department.