Apparel Design and Merchandising

Major: Design Concentration Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Major: Merchandising Concentration Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap: Design Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

Roadmap: Merchandising Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

ADM Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? With a concentration of Apparel Design or Apparel Merchandising within the Apparel Design and Merchandising (ADM) major, students are able to focus more specifically on their area of interest within the major.
When should I first meet with my major department? Students declared as an ADM major should meet with their advisor each semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students declared as an ADM major are assigned alphabetically to an ADM faculty advisor.  The best method of contact is email, it is highly encouraged to contact assigned faculty advisor at the start of their first semester to request an appointment in order to start an advising folder.
Where can I find information about major advising? On our department website, under the "Advising" link on the Student Resources tab.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Students may register for courses without meeting with an advisor.  However, we do have an advising process and ask that all upper-division/transfer students meet with a faculty advisor to develop an advising folder which includes a semester by semester course plan.  Freshman we ask to meet with our Academic Counselors at the Student Resource Center (SRC) in HSS 254 as they are quite knowledgeable regarding program prerequisites/requirements.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? If a course is full, the student should attend the first several days of the class as drops and adds will occur.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? This degree has 2 concentrations: 1) Apparel Design and 2) Apparel Merchandising.  The prerequisites and core classes are the same and are required by both concentrations.  There are also particular courses for each concentration which can be found on the bulletin.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Given all prerequisite classes (College level drawing or fashion illustration class/ART 231, ADM 260, ECON 101, ECON 102, ID 240, PSY 200) are completed, Design concentration students should take (1) ADM 261, and/or (2) ADM 360GW and/or (3) major electives.

Merchandising students should take (1) ADM 360GW and/or (2) major electives.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

ADM 360GW Prerequisite: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better.

Prerequisite(s) of each major elective will vary, please consult the course description of each course to make sure prerequisite(s) have been met before enrolling. 

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Yes, prerequisites are enforced in the enrollment system.  If a course was taken at a school not listed on, student should meet with major advisor to clear.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? As a first time freshman, enroll into (1) College level drawing or fashion illustration class/ART 231, ​ and/or (2) ECON 101 OR ECON 102 (both meets GE Area D1), and/or (3) ID 240 (meets GE Area C1).
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

Yes.  Earning a 3 or higher on AP Studio Art: Drawing will satisfy the college level drawing requirement. 

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Macroeconomics will satisfy the ECON 102 and GE Area D1 requirement. 

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Microeconomics will satisfy the ECON 101 and GE Area D1 requirement. 

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Psychology will satisfy the PSY 200 and GE Area D1 requirement. 

College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center (SRC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740
Location: HSS 254