Program Description

The curriculum prepares an individual for the workplace environment with skills that apply to the business of apparel sales, assistant in a manufacturing or marketing business or other position where knowledge of the apparel industry and general business principles are an advantage.  

With this background, the student may choose to work in retail or wholesale buying or sales, prepare visual presentations, and contribute to styling, display, and marketing ventures.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of entry level fashion merchandising concepts that integrate fashion with business technologies.
  2. Demonstrate a command of the basic vocabulary of the fashion industry.
  3. Create entry level original projects that analyze, define, and solve problems in fashion marketing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of entry level business concepts and their relationship to the fashion industry.
  5. Demonstrate a command of basic business vocabulary.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 18

Required Courses

  • FASH 002 – Introduction to Fashion Industry (3)
  • FASH 009 – Beginning Textiles (3) 
    or FASH 124 – History of Costume (3)
  • FASH 021 – Principles of Fashion (3)
  • BIT 102 – Spreadsheet Basics (1)
  • BIT 109 – Business Software–Microsoft PowerPoint (2)
  • BUS 009 – Introduction to Business (3)
  • BUS 010 – Introduction to Management (3) 
    or MRKT 020 – Principles of Marketing (3) 
    or MRKT 125 – Merchandising (3)

Recommended Electives

  • FASH 001A – Fashion Survey (3)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2023-2024 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.

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