Schools, Departments & Programs

Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design

The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design (AMID) consists of several programs that address the conceptual development, production, distribution, and social meanings of consumer products within the merchandising and design industries. AMID currently offers an Apparel Merchandising B.S., Interior Design B.S., a Fashion Design B.A. and two minors in Apparel Merchandising and Fashion Design.

In the Apparel Merchandising program, students learn to apply knowledge of the design process and design thinking to all aspects of the merchandising industry, developing both creativity and skills in critical analysis. The Interior Design program is accredited by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and addresses the creation, use, and analysis of interior spaces. The Fashion Design program explores the art and design of fashion products within various cultural contexts, focusing on couture and other intensively hand-made garments and accessories.

AMID is also home to the IU Center for Art + Design in Columbus, Indiana, which was created to explore the intersections of various forms of art and design (for example, architecture, landscaping, public art) within a unique, urban context. Over a period of several decades, the citizens of Columbus have developed that city's infrastructure through a grass-roots "coalition-building" process, infusing art, design, and design thinking into many of that city's institutions and businesses. It serves as a living laboratory for study by Bloomington-based students and faculty.

The Elizabeth Sage collection is another invaluable component of AMID, consisting of more than 24,000 objects of women's, men's, and children's clothing and accessories from the late eighteenth century to the present, focusing on both local clothing traditions and couture in the United States.  This collection is used both for academic study and for historic preservation.

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Contact Information

Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
Indiana University
Kirkwood Hall East 100G
130 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7104

(812) 855-5223
amid [at] indiana [dot] edu