Fashion Merchandising Degree
Learn the business aspects of the fashion industry
- Fashion promotion
- Merchandise display
- Retail sales/management
- Wholesale/retail buying
Take the first step toward a career in fashion merchandising with this 60-credit-hour degree program. You’ll receive an overview of all phases of fashion merchandising: not only the business aspects, but also the aesthetic and creative sides of fashion, such as visual merchandising, fashion forecasting and textiles. Study fashion history and trends, and explore their influence on our lives.
Harper College’s academic facilities simulate the professional atmosphere of the fashion industry. Gain real-world experience by participating in the annual Student Fashion Show, which features original student work. You’ll also work with Studio V, a professional student-run boutique offering locally designed apparel, jewelry, accessories, sculpture, art and other original pieces. A jury show allows you to showcase your work and receive critiques from industry professionals. You can also participate in the Harper’s Bizarre Fashion Club, along with dozens of other student organizations.
When you complete this program, you’ll be ready to explore career paths in various areas of fashion merchandising, including fashion coordinating, fashion promoting, fashion show production, fashion displaying, styling, sourcing, apparel quality assessment, retail buying, store managing and more.
AAS degree requirements
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.
F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course
|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|
|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 S||3||Program Requirement|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3||Social and Behavioral Science|
|FAS 212||Visual Fashion Merchandising F||3||Program Requirement|
|FAS 220||Apparel Analysis F||3||Program Requirement|
|FAS 230||Fashion Forecasting F||3||Program Requirement|
|MKT 140||Principles of Professional Selling F||3||Program Requirement|
|SPE 101||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3||Communications|
|FAS 116||Fashion Industries Career Practicum and Seminar||3||Program Requirement|
|FAS 225||Global Sourcing Apparel/Textiles S||3||Program Requirement|
|FAS 229||Promotion of Fashion S||3||Program Requirement|
|MKT 245||Principles of Marketing||3||Program Requirement|
|Social and Behavioral Science1||3||Social and Behavioral Science|
+ - This course meets the World Culture and Diversity graduation requirement.
1 - See full list of AAS General Education Electives.
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.
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