Associate of Applied Science | 63-65 minimum
Academic and Career Advising
Fashion Merchandisers are responsible for sales, promoting fashion, forecasting trends, and product development. Fashion merchandisers wear many hats within the industry, moving seamlessly between positions or sometimes focusing exclusively on one area. It is necessary to have strong forecasting, computer, analytical, and communication skills.
Students electing to purse an AAS Degree in Fashion Merchandising will prepare themselves for entry level work in a wide range of careers, such as a fashion buyer, visual display artist, or apparel product developer, to name a few. Students will acquire skills specific to the area of Fashion Merchandising, for example: apparel buying, styling, fashion show production, and analyzing trends. Additionally, students may choose to complete internships with merchants, product developers, and retailers at store and corporate levels.
Opportunities in the field of Fashion Merchandising are broad and diverse. They include, but are not limited to:
- Visual Merchandiser
- Fashion Production
- Event Production
- Commercial Stylist
- Fashion photographer
- Social Media Specialist
- Fashion Stylist
- Product Developer
- Fashion Marketer
- Retail Blogger
- Retail Owner
- Fashion Manager
- Fashion Photographer
- Fashion Communications
- Fashion Writer
- Fashion Editor
- Personal Shopper
- Retail sales
- Sales Rep
This degree is designed for students to directly enter the workforce. The degree does not transfer, but courses do. Students intending to transfer should contact the Program Manager, Faculty, or Programs Advisors.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course Fees: $15
Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.
Program General Education Notes
Quantitative Studies (QS): FIN 1380
Distribution Areas: ARTH 2710
Required Courses (24 Credits)
Elective Courses (25-27 credits)
Elective requirements: Select a minimum of 25-27 credits from the following. It is advised to meet with the Fashion Merchandising academic advisor, program manager or faculty for guidance as to the best selection for the student’s career pathway and/or transfer goals.
Time to Completion & Graduation Map
Program Learning Outcomes
Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes in brackets.
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to discuss the fashion industry and how the numerous segments of the industry intersect, as well as the workings of the fashion industry including market segmentation, buyer behavior - preparing them for those career opportunities. [1,2,3,4,5]
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to apply, key concepts of fashion merchandising, retail buying, special events and promotions, visual merchandising, and image/fashion consulting. [1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9]
- Identify, classify and apply social, political, economic, geographic, historical and religious factors to the merchandising of fashion and be able to apply that information in projects. [1,2,3,6,8]
- Implement technical knowledge and skills of industry specific computer software. [1,4,5,9]
- Use oral, written and visual skills in applying quantitative and qualitative analysis and employ superior problem solving skills in planning, creating, and critiquing tasks within the apparel industry. [1,2,3,4,7,8,9]
- Successfully apply and assess the elements and principles of design from research to concept, to final installation in fashion industry projects and presentations. [1,2,4,5,8,9]
- Demonstrate professional communication and presentation skills, and effectively communicate visual, verbal ideas and concepts, and demonstrate the ability to communicate using an educated vocabulary with industry standard terminology. [1,2,4,5,7,8,9]
- Demonstrate confidence and professionalism in individual projects as well as collaborate with group projects and presentations, using a combination of oral, written and visual skills. Students will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and work cooperatively with others while demonstrating multicultural awareness and respect for others. [1,2,4,5,6,7,8]
- Create their career brand and use self-promotion tools/portfolio, in order to effectively market themselves in the industry. [1,2,4,5,9]