Shaping the Arts: Ciera Mueller ’24

The Shaping the Arts series highlights TCU College of Fine Arts students, faculty and alums who are at the forefront of their field and Lead On, Creatively.

Ciera Mueller

Ciera Mueller ’24

Department of Fashion Merchandising senior Ciera Mueller ’24 has emerged as a leader within her department and in her professional journey. After graduation, she will step into the role of merchandise coordinator at Prime Art & Jewel, a fine jewelry manufacturing firm based in Dallas, Texas.

“Every class, internship, job and project prepared me for this position within the industry!” 

During her time at TCU, she served as president of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a prestigious national honor society founded in 1909 to promote and recognize excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Additionally, Mueller held the role of vice president for the Fashion Forward Club, a student organization dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages self-expression, nurtures creativity and facilitates networking opportunities within the fashion industry. 

Q&A with Mueller  

Cierra Mueller

After graduation, Mueller will step into the role of merchandise coordinator at Prime Art & Jewel.

Why did you choose to attend TCU?
Before touring the campus, TCU wasn’t on my radar. However, from the moment I stepped onto campus, I was drawn to its vibrant community and the warmth of its people. TCU felt like the perfect fit for me, especially after doing research on its renowned fashion merchandising program. TCU’s College of Fine Arts offered not just a degree, but a supportive environment where I knew I could flourish both academically and personally.

Who most impacted your TCU experience and why?
The Department of Fashion Merchandising professors have completely shaped and impacted my experience. From day one, the faculty and staff welcomed me warmly, fostering a sense of community among students and professors. Whether collaborating on projects, attending workshops, or simply spending time in the Fine Arts Building, I’ve been supported by professors dedicated to my success. I thank all my professors for helping me get to where I am today.

What advice would you give to current students in the Department of Fashion Merchandising?
Embrace every opportunity that comes your way. I never imagined holding the title of president of an honor society or vice president of a club but taking that leap of faith shaped my college experience in the most rewarding ways. Take risks, apply for that position, go to that meeting, and do not be afraid to put yourself out of your comfort zone; that is where the remarkable things happen.