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FASHION MERCHANDISING DEGREE

Program Overview

This 60 credit-hour curriculum provides all the phases of fashion merchandising, not only in business aspects, but also in aesthetic and creative sides of fashion, such as Visual Merchandising, Fashion Forecasting and Textiles. Students will study fashion history and trends as well as their influence on our lives. Students will also take courses in English composition, computer information systems, sociology and introductory psychology.

An educational background in fashion merchandising opens the door to various careers, such as fashion coordinating, fashion promoting, fashion show production, fashion displaying, stylist, sourcing, apparel quality assessment, retail buying and store managing.

Program Requirements

FIRST SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ENG 101 Composition 3 Communications
FAS 110 Costume History 3 Program Requirement
FAS 112 Fashion Basics 3 Program Requirement
GRA 101 Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology 3 Program Requirement
MGT 111 Introduction to Business Organization 3 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
ART 105 Introduction to Visual Art 3 Humanities
FAS 107 Textiles I 3 Program Requirement
MGT 150 Business Math 3 Mathematics
MKT 106 Retail Merchandising 3 Program Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Social and Behavioral Science

THIRD SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
FAS 212 Visual Fashion Merchandising 3 Program Requirement
FAS 220 Apparel Analysis 3 Program Requirement
FAS 230 Fashion Forecasting 3 Program Requirement
MKT 140 Principles of Professional Selling 3 Program Requirement
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 Communications

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Course Number Course Title Credits Course Category
FAS 116 Fashion Industries Career Practicum and Seminar 3 Program Requirement
FAS 225 Global Sourcing Apparel/Textiles 3 Program Requirement
FAS 229 Promotion of Fashion 3 Program Requirement
MKT 245 Principles of Marketing 3 Program Requirement
Social and Behavioral Science 3 Social and Behavioral Science

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • create visual presentations using design principles.
  • develop display techniques in merchandising.
  • describe the social, cultural and economic forces that determine the fashion of contemporary society.
  • recognize major fashion developments throughout history.
  • apply industry terminology in appropriate situations.
  • utilize basic marketing tools.
  • recognize individual strengths and how they apply to a chosen career path.
  • apply problem solving techniques in the workplace.
  • utilize successful communication skills in employment situations.
Last Updated: 11/17/17