Build Your Future in Fashion Design and Merchandising

The Fashion Design and Merchandising programs provide students with hands-on experience, coupled with a strong theory-based education, to acquire job skills necessary to gain entry-level positions in the fashion and apparel industry and related careers. Whether you are interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program, vocational training, or upgrading your fashion industry skills, the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program offers the training and opportunities you need to channel your talent and ideas. You will earn an education that you can apply to the real-world fashion industry. The faculty members are trained and credential educators who have worked in the apparel industry and maintain professional affiliations. They are committed to providing a quality education and help in achieving students’ goals and dreams of working in the industry.

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  • Certificate – Advanced Fashion Design
  • Certificate – Dressmaking Alterations
  • Associate in Arts Degree – Fashion Design
  • Certificate – Fashion Design
  • Certificate – Fashion Illustration
  • Associate in Arts Degree – Fashion Journalism
  • Associate in Arts Degree – Fashion Merchandising
  • Certificate – Fashion Merchandising
  • Certificate – Image Consultant
  • Certificate – Patternmaker
  • Certificate – Product Development for Apparel Industries
  • Associate in Arts Degree – Textiles and Clothing


The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

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Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.

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Career opportunities include:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Marketing Manager
  • Fabric Patternmaker
  • Fashion Writer
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser

Students with a degree or certificate in a Fashion Program can work in a variety of fields, from business and manufacturing to retail and creative fields. In addition to creating fashion, students can find careers in specialty retail shops, bridal shops, clothing and textile manufacturers, as well as in fashion marketing and magazines.

Industry partners include the following:

  • Goldies Store
  • Vibes Base Enterprises
  • Fashion Industry Partners and Advisory Board
  • All Access Apparel, Inc.
  • Dragon Crowd
  • Kiyonna Clothing
  • JS Apparel Inc.
  • Hybrid Apparel
  • BCBG
  • La Jolla Group
  • Place Showroom
  • Quicksilver/Roxy
  • Kandy Kiss
  • Hodges Collection
  • Frugal Stylist
  • AIMS Technology INC
  • Obey Clothing
  • Project ETHOS
  • AIMS 360
  • Steady Clothing

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