Fashion Merchandising, AS

Business Division
Degree S1308

The A.S. Degree in Fashion Merchandising is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the apparel industry in Southern California. This A.S. program also offers students courses specializing in apparel retailing, advertising, textiles, and visual communications.
The courses emphasize the business of fashion, wholesale merchandise planning, and apparel branding targeting specific markets. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to develop marketing strategies, create promotional campaigns, understand the buying process, and analyze retail businesses. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include retail sales, small store merchandising and showroom assisting.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
FASH 17Textiles3
FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
Total Units27

 Guided Pathway of Study

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The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS Degree in Fashion Merchandising as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
FASH 8 Introduction to Fashion 3
FASH 10 Clothing Construction I 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
FCS 41 Life Management 3
Intersession 1
FASH 14 Dress, Culture, and Identity 3
Semester 2
FASH 25 Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing 3
FASH 17 Textiles 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Recommended AREA C1 Arts General Education course here 1 3
Intersession 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Second Year
Semester 1
FASH 59 Fashion Retailing 3
FASH 62 Retail Buying and Merchandising 3
1 3
Recommended AREA C2 Humanities General Education course here 1 3
Recommended AREA D1 Anthropology & Archeology course here 1 3
Intersession 1
Recommended AREA B1 Physical Science course here 1 3
Semester 2
FASH 15 Aesthetic Design in Fashion 3
FASH 63 Fashion Promotion 3
FASH 66 Visual Merchandising Display 3
Recommended degree applicable elective course here  
Recommended KIN (Activity) course here 2 1
 Total Units65

This degree requires the completion of sixty (60) degree appropriate units. At least 24 units are required from General Education Areas A through E with a grade of "C" or better. See GE Area course requirements.  


 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Analyze the marketing and promotional techniques of fashion and apparel companies.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the fashion industry trend research process.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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