Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education with a minor in Home Furnishings Merchandising and learn more about this multi-billion dollar industry.
The Home Furnishings Merchandising degree at UNT is one of a limited number of programs nation-wide that focuses specifically on the myriad of home furnishings products that continually arrive on the market. This multi-billion dollar industry is responsible for the creative, aesthetic and functional outcome of an entire innovative industry that is constantly analyzing information and transforming ideas into products to shape the home environment.

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Why Earn a Home Furnishings Merchandising Minor?

Think of all the products — furniture, upholstery, fabrics, wall coverings, decorative accessories, tabletop objects, flooring, wall treatments, rugs, lighting, lamps, window treatments, cabinetry, countertops — that are selected and placed in environments for people to enjoy. Where do they originate? Who creates them? We are the industry that “designs the products designers use,” and we are involved in every aspect of the life of those products.

These fashionable and functional objects are constantly changing, and innovations are continuously happening. Product development and design, trends and forecasting, manufacturing, merchandising, visual display, and buying and selling are the core of this multi-billion dollar industry.

We are ideally located at UNT because the North Texas region is home to the Dallas Market Center and to many companies that design and produce furnishings and decorative accessories in the U.S. and abroad.

Home Furnishings Merchandising Minor Highlights

Courses in decorative accessories, estimating, drawing and planning, consumer behavior, buying, sourcing, aesthetics, furniture industry, textiles and historic furniture help students learn marketable skills that transcend industries.
Competencies in creative problem solving, written and oral communication, trend analysis, consumer behavior, and flexibility make graduates of this program competitive in this growing field.
We provide many professional development events featuring industry executives such as the Executive+Scholar Lecture Series, Merchandising Career Expo and the Consumer Experience Symposium.
Our department has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the nation and is a recipient of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute Award for Excellence for innovative and exemplary programs and research.
You can meet others who share your interests and get involved in student organizations, such as Merchandising Inc. and the National Retailing Federation Student Association.
You can meet others who share your interests and get involved in student organizations, such as Merchandising Inc. and the National Retailing Federation Student Association.

Home Furnishings Merchandising Minor Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Retail Merchandising (3 hrs)
Survey of the retail industry including development, merchandising and distribution of apparel, furnishing and decor products. Introduction to terminology, resources, industry participants and career opportunities.
Chronology of Styles and Trends in Furnishings & Décor (3 hrs)
Survey of furnishings in the built environment from the 16th century to the present. Emphasis on technological, cultural and social influences on historic and contemporary styles.
Furnishings & Décor: Products and Processes (3 hrs)
Overview of decorative accessories in historical contexts and in current industry applications. Examination of production and merchandising of products including giftware, lighting, home accents, rugs, accent furniture, softgoods and tabletop.
Drawing and Planning for Furnishings & Décor (3 hrs)
Techniques in drawing and drafting related to furnishings and décor with emphasis on function, aesthetics, and economics.
CAD for Furnishings & Décor (3 hrs)
Concentration on CAD applications in the planning of home environments, including kitchen and other work zone areas. Focus on planning criteria for these spaces addressing function, aesthetics and economics.
Aesthetics and Environment (3 hrs)
Introduction to computer-aided design, drafting, dimensioning and aesthetics in the home environment.

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