Why Study Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management?

Faculty You'll Love

We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers everything from clothing and textiles to affordable housing and  financial planning.

Careers and Internships for Your Future

Our majors intern and work for a diverse selection of organizations ranging from the Office of the Attorney General and the American Red Cross, to Nordstrom and top-tier real estate companies. Our students have proven to be highly competitive, with graduates receiving multiple job offers.

Scholarships and Awards

In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer program-specific scholarships in consumer studies, fashion merchandising and design, property management, and residential environments and design.

Undergraduate Research

Students interested in exploring their own research questions have access to our many centers, labs, and collections including the Center for Real Life Kitchen Design and the Oris Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection. In the spring, we hold a Hands-On, Minds-On Celebration featuring student work.

Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities offer an extraordinary learning experience. Our department supports two study abroad programs on alternating years, the European Fashion Study Abroad and the The Housing and Property Management Study Abroad.  Virginia Tech also sponsors several study abroad opportunities that may complement your program of study.


Exciting Student Organizations

All of our programs provide opportunities for students to get involved beyond the classroom.  Our student organizations include the Fashion Merchandising and Design Society, Association of Property Management, HDVT (Housing Design @ VT), and the Society for Consumer Interest and Professional Development.

AHRM Resources

Oris Glisson Costume and Textiles Collection
Oris Glisson Costume and Textiles Collection

The Glisson Collection contains more than 5000 items that date from the 19th century and include day wear, evening wear, undergarments and lingerie, hats, and other accessories. You will become familiar with the collection through your course work in apparel design, costume history, and merchandising. Using items from the collection will enrich your understanding of historic and contemporary fashion.  

Wallace Gallery
Wallace Gallery

Wallace Gallery is a small exhibit area for visual and informational displays. The gallery features exhibits highlighting paintings, graphic art, sculpture, and photography. It is also hosts students’ visual and creative work, as well as research posters and special themed exhibits. 

Consumer Education Lab
Consumer Education Lab

The Consumer Education Lab is a flexible space where you can research, plan, and develop consumer education materials and strategies. It facilitates one-on-one and small group consumer education. Activities include group meetings, participating in webinars, peer budget counseling, and editing videos. 

Fashion Design Studios
Fashion Design Studios and the Digital Design Lab

While in the classroom, you will learn textile composition and drawing techniques. Then, you will spend time in design studios working with merchandise, creating visual displays in retail-size spaces, and using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in the digital design lab.

410 Studio
The Residential Design Studio and the Resource Room

The Residential Design Studio provides exclusive classroom space with drafting tables, computers, multiple printers, a large-format plotter, and pin-up space.  Computers are loaded with various design software programs. 

Adjacent to the studio is the Resource Room with an extensive product sample, catalogue, and brochure collection.

Center for Real Life Kitchen Design
Center for Real Life Kitchen Design

The center is a collaborative effort by the university and the kitchen industry, and was the first of its kind in the nation. It is made up of five fully operational and very different kitchens, plus an outpost kitchen. The kitchens reflect the diversity of today's households, representing various price levels and space designs. You have an opportunity to learn about the new products, applications, and technologies being used in residential kitchens across the world.