Fashion Merchandising, A.S.
Combine creativity with business savvy in fashion merchandising.
Immaculata’s industry-driven A.S. in Fashion Merchandising offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares you to apply your skills in the business of fashion. Develop your talents in:
- Apparel construction and design
- Product planning and development
- Trend forecasting and retail analysis
- Sourcing, buying and distribution
- Visual merchandising
- Fashion marketing
At A Glance
Program: Associate of Science
Audience: Undergraduate adult learners
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: January 16, 2024
Cost: $250 per credit
Time to Completion Approximately two years
"Immaculata’s Fashion program has prepared me to be an independent thinker with a wide variety of skill sets. One of the skill sets that IU’s program has given me is the idea of being self-motivated within the fashion industry. Immaculata University’s Fashion Merchandising program has consistently pushed its students to never settle and to always strive for success."
With a degree in fashion merchandising, you’ll understand the business side of fashion and can pursue a career as a buyer, visual merchandiser, product developer, graphic designer, fashion writer or entrepreneur.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries for careers in fashion merchandising include:
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the fashion program, students will:
- Exhibit creative problem-solving, global awareness and technical aptitude
- Apply business knowledge, an aesthetic viewpoint and comprehensive decision-making within the fashion industry
- Effectively communicate verbally and visually to merchandise, market and distribute product in a global marketplace
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Model principles of business ethics
- Learn from faculty with extensive experience in the business of fashion.
- Maximize your previous coursework by transferring credits into the program, or earn credit for workplace training through Immaculata’s Credit for Prior Learning program.
- Learn computer applications used in the fashion industry, such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
- Explore business and economic theories through real-world, up-to-date examples applied to the fashion industry.
- Use design and marketing principles to create visual merchandising displays that promote a brand or fashion trend to consumers.
- Expand your knowledge and career opportunities by continuing in Immaculata’s Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising or adding a minor in business management, data analytics, marketing or graphic design.
- Apparel Construction & Design – 3 credits
- Computer Applications for Fashion – 3 credits
- Introduction to the Fashion Industry – 3 credits
- Introduction to Product Development – 3 credits
- Textiles – 3 credits
- Visual Merchandising I – 3 credits
- History of Costume – 3 credits
- Buying Principles & Practices – 3 credits
- Fashion Seminar – 3 credits
- Fashion Field Experience I – 3 credits
- Portfolio Development – 3 credits
- Fashion Marketing – 3 credits
- Marketing Principles & Practices – 3 credits
- Environmental Science – 3 credits
- Principles of Economics (recommended for social consciousness core requirement) – 3 credits
- Writing for the Web (recommended for humanities requirement) – 3 credits
- Global Economics & Environmental Ethics – 3 credits
Liberal Arts Core – 27 credits, 9 fulfilled by major
- Composition (English/Writing) 6 credits
- Natural & Physical World/Quantitative Reasoning (Lab Science/Math) 3 credits, fulfilled by major
- Community 9 credits, 3 fulfilled by major
- Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology) 6 credits
- Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) 3 credits, fulfilled by major
Total Credits – 63