BYU-Idaho is offering the new major of apparel entrepreneurship beginning Fall Semester 2016.
This new major will help to better prepare students entering the apparel design industry, according to a BYU-I Newsroom press statement.
“It’s a good marriage of two majors,” said Genet Orme, a faculty member in the Department of Home and Family. “There’s a concentration of apparel design and a concentration of business entrepreneurship.”
Orme said ideas for this new major were originally sparked three years ago.
“It’s been an all-campus effort,” Orme said. “A lot of people in this department have helped to bring this to pass.”
Orme said this major will combine classes from several majors, including an Adobe Illustrator class, theater arts classes and engineering classes.
“I can’t offer a fashion design college, but I can handpick things around campus,” Orme said.
Orme said she looks forward to what these students will be able to offer the fashion industry.
“We desperately need modest designers,” Orme said. “There aren’t a lot of options for that out there. We’re not just targeting this for LDS designers. We know there are a lot of people out there in the world who want this.”
Orme said she has seen several students who have been able to share their modest designs with the world.
“One of my former students started her own swimsuit company, and she’s gotten huge,” Orme said. “She saw her suits on Duck Dynasty — they’re Christian-based people.”
Orme said this new major will provide an opportunity for students to be well prepared for the industry, regardless of what they choose to do.
“If students want to work from home, they’re going to need the computer skills,” Orme said.
Orme said computer skills will enable students to work within the industry
“The Department of Home and Family will be working closely with KLIM Outerwear in Rigby, the world leader in snowmobile gear and off-road motorcycle gear, to provide real-world experience and training to prepare students to work in the apparel industry,” according to the BYU-I Newsroom statement.
Pattern makers and clothing designers from KLIM will be co-teaching and mentoring students in the department, according to the statement.
Orme said more and more students are starting to show an interest in the new major.
“We’re getting more male students all the time,” Orme said. “These guys are good at it.”
Orme said that while she feels it is important to share modest designs, she also feels it is important that students understand what to expect in the career field.
“We want our students to get exposed to all aspects of the industry,” Orme said. “(That way), they know how to compete.”
Orme said she wants her students to be able to work from home, but she also wants them to be prepared.
Orme said completion of this degree will also allow students to raise a family while running a business from home.
“At this day and age, there’s about a 500 percent chance that you’ll have to work at some point in your life,” Orme said. “It’s important to have something substantial in your pocket.”
Orme said classes are open and available for registration. Students can register for the new major in the College of Education Advising Center in the Gordon B. Hinckley Building 309.