Fashion Merchandising Degree

Fashion Merchandising degree program at Harper College

Learn the business aspects of the fashion industry

Career options  Art icon


  • 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

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications
FAS 110 + 3 Program Requirement
FAS 112 3 Program Requirement
GRA 101 3 Program Requirement
MGT 111 3 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ART 105 3 Humanities
FAS 107 3 Program Requirement
MGT 150 3 Mathematics
MKT 106  S   3 Program Requirement
PSY 101 3 Social and Behavioral Science

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
FAS 212  F   3 Program Requirement
FAS 220  F   3 Program Requirement
FAS 230  F   3 Program Requirement
MKT 140  F   3 Program Requirement
SPE 101 3 Communications

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
FAS 116 3 Program Requirement
FAS 225  S   3 Program Requirement
FAS 229  S   3 Program Requirement
MKT 245 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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Next steps

For more information about the Fashion Merchandising Degree program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.