Home Furnishings Merchandising

Want a career that allows you to explore and express your creative side as well as apply your business skills? Then a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Furnishing Merchandising is right for you. The University of North Texas is one of the few universities in the nation that offers this degree program.

A degree in home furnishings merchandising differs from a degree in interior design*. In home furnishings merchandising, the curriculum emphasis is on product development, merchandising, and residential aesthetics. As a home furnishing merchandiser, you may be involved in creating, developing, sourcing, manufacturing and merchandising products within the broad categories of home furnishings and decorative accessories. Your career path could lead to work with:

  • Furniture and decorative accessories companies
  • Home builders
  • Home centers
  • Manufacturers
  • Sales representatives
  • Showroom management

Our graduates work at many of the home furnishings and decorative accessory-related companies in the region as well as at home centers for major national retailers, at specially companies, in their own business or in wholesale showrooms.

By enrolling in classes with other Merchandising majors, you gain an understanding of the growing industry phenomenon of brand extension across apparel and home furnishing products.

As a Home Furnishings Merchandising major you will take courses in:

  • Kitchen and bath planning
  • Computer-aided design
  • Decorative accessories merchandising
  • Textiles for home furnishings
  • Aesthetics and environment
  • Consumer studies
  • Computer-aided design
  • Merchandising math
  • Sourcing
  • Promotions
  • Historic furnitures

You will develop drawing skills using hand and computer methods, create and interpret floor plans, learn to estimate for materials and finishes, and apply basic business and merchandising principles. The college also requires an internship to be completed before graduation.

*Home furnishings merchandising graduates do not sit for the interior design licensing exam that will enable one to use the title "Interior Designer" and work on commerical interiors. The UNT Interior Design program in the College of Visual Arts has a strong focus on space design, while the home furnishings merchandising program has an emphasis on product and merchandising.

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College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism
1155 Union Circle, #311100
Denton, TX 76203-5017 USA
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