Fashion Design and Merchandising

What is Fashion Design & Merchandising?


Fashion Merchandising is the process of meeting the needs of the customer through the Six Rights of Retailing: right price, right item, right time, right place, right quantity, and the right promotional tool. Fashion Design is the artistic beginning of the products to be sold and their production. This process involves illustrating and creating fashion designs using such methods as sketching, computer assisted design, draping, flat ptatern drafting and all methods of clothing construction.

Career Opportunities

Fashion design & merchandising today are in need of well-trained executives. That means college educated professionals at the community college level and beyond will be able to fill this need. Careers in the fashion industry vary due to more than 50% of the designers and other related fields being self-employed or freelance. Information about wages and earnings can be found at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics web page. Students have found jobs in the following fields:

  • Design and merchandising
  • Pattern-making
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Visual merchandising design
  • Special events coordination

Degrees and Certificates Available

Courses in the program include color and design, fashion promotion, textiles, fashion analysis, clothing construction, sewing techniques, tailoring, figure illustration, and pattern design.

  • Associate in Science
  • Certificate of Achievement