UNCG is teaming up with VF Corporation, a global leader in lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, to bring innovative 3D design technology to students in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS), part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

The new technology provides students with a hands-on opportunity to learn state-of-the-art techniques and processes used in the areas of apparel design, production and merchandising.

“As an employer of UNCG graduates, we saw the opportunity to help students advance their career opportunities by equipping them with new apparel technology skills to be used from initial design through manufacturing, merchandising, marketing and consumers’ shopping experiences,” said Phil McAdams, president of VF’s Jeanswear coalition. “In turn, VF maintains a pipeline of work-ready, young professionals who are able to make an immediate contribution to our business when hired.”

The new software enables patternmakers and designers to mimic the real-life process of designing and developing products, which means garments can be made in a few hours, as opposed to the weeks it takes to make physical samples. As a result, companies save time, money and resources.

The partnership ensures that students entering the workforce are proficient in the use of 3D design technology and possess the skills to work with this advanced software.

“Our partnership with VF gives our students tremendous opportunities to build on the many other technical competencies they learn in their coursework and gain a competitive advantage when they pursue their careers,” said Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges, head of CARS. “It’s really going to transform how we educate students. We’re proud to be part of this exciting project.”

The department will integrate the 3D software into its curriculum, and students will begin using the technology in the fall semester of this year. To learn more about CARS, visit bryan.uncg.edu/cars.