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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) — Fashion Merchandising

Harper College
4 semesters
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) — Fashion Merchandising

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.

Program content

First Semester:

  • Composition
  • Costume History+
  • Fashion Basics
  • Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology
  • Introduction to Business Organization

Second Semester:

  • Introduction to Visual Art
  • Textiles I
  • Business Math
  • Retail Merchandising  
  • Introduction to Psychology

Third Semester:

  • Visual Fashion Merchandising  
  • Apparel Analysis 
  • Fashion Forecasting  
  • Principles of Professional Selling 
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Fourth Semester:

  • Fashion Industries Career Practicum and Seminar
  • Global Sourcing Apparel/Textiles 
  • Promotion of Fashion 
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Social and Behavioral Science

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the college's website.


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.

Career opportunities

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.

Career options

  • Fashion promotion
  • Merchandise display
  • Retail sales/management
  • Wholesale/retail buying

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Harper College

Harper College, one of the United States’ premier community colleges, is located in the northwest suburbs just 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Harper offers more than 50 fields of study and more than 450 popular general education...

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Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
60067 Palatine Illinois
United States of America

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