Interested in a career in fashion but don’t want to walk the fashion runway? There is another component to a fashion career. We call it the Business of Fashion.
At Immaculata, you can earn a career-focused degree in fashion merchandising, tailored to fit you. Our multidisciplinary curriculum integrates the creative process with business principles. During each year of your studies, you’ll gain exposure to the fashion industry and participate in it so you’re ready to start your career.
A special component of the fashion merchandising program are the study tours. Accompanied by IU faculty, you’ll visit major fashion and design centers, such as New York City and Paris. On these annual tours, you’ll meet with industry professionals, go behind-the-scenes at companies, and become immersed in art, architecture, fashion and pop culture.
Another way to gain additional experience is to become a member of the Immaculata Fashion Club and the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society (IU chapter: Kappa Chi Chapter) which empower leaders in family and consumer sciences, fashion merchandising and nutrition.
During your Junior year, you will complete two field experiences, which will be aligned with your chosen career path to help you gain hands-on experience. Our students have recently been placed at QVC, Marie Claire Magazine, Urban Outfitters corporate office, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Beauty Within TV, Bouché Productions, The Globe Showroom in New York City, Showroom Seven, GAP, Ann Taylor Loft, People’s Light and Theater, Frey Boutique, Bootights, and more.
The courses in the program are carefully sequenced and updated as the industry changes. This interdisciplinary program provides a dynamic, customizable curriculum with numerous minors that help you specialize in an area specific to your career path. A common minor for fashion merchandising majors is in data analytics which is transforming the world of fashion. Today, fashion companies are seeking professionals capable of understanding data to track style trends and customer response. Minoring in data analytics will help you navigate and explore the world of fashion using data.
Student Work & Experiences
During the fall semester of their senior year Fashion Merchandising students create online portfolios. These online portfolios highlight the students work and experiences. Online portfolios are an essential element of the Fashion Merchandising program, as they meet with prospective employers they are able to showcase themselves.
Portfolios of four students are listed below, please click on the students names to get a snapshot of the fashion merchandising program and experiences at Immaculata University:
- Abigail Anderson (Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Marketing & Buying)
- Keanna Hatten (Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Marketing & Buying)
- Shannon Coughin (Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Buying & International Business)
- Rachel Scardapane (Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Product Development & Graphic Design)
Where Can I Work
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 become an entrepreneur and open your own boutique!
SAP University Alliance member
Immaculata is a member of the University Alliance program of SAP, the world’s largest business software company. Through this alliance, SAP’s software is integrated into various courses, allowing students to learn to use it through case studies and test scenarios. SAP software is widely used across multiple industries to help businesses with operations management, enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and more. Our students gain a broad familiarity with SAP software and how it can improve business processes, which gives them marketable skills and an advantage in the job market.