Build Your Future in Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Merchandising Associate in Arts Degree is designed to prepare students for employment in the ready-to-wear industry, department stores, specialty shops, and wholesale fashion showrooms.  Fashion merchandising involves the selling, purchasing and marketing of clothing, accessories and other textiles.  Fashion merchandising is a diverse field offering career opportunities in retail fashion and department stores, selecting items they think will be attractive to customers.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree – Fashion Merchandising
Certificate – Fashion Merchandising

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Renee Young, Professor
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Associate in Arts Degree – Fashion Merchandising
Certificate – Fashion Merchandising

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.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit:

Average Salary: $21,850 – $49,440
• Purchasing Manager
• Assistant Fashion Merchandiser
• Visual Merchandiser
• Assistant Fashion Buyer
• Display Manager

Overall employment of purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents is projected to decline 3 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will vary by occupation.

Projected employment declines of buyers and purchasing agents are expected due to increased automation and outsourcing of some procurement tasks. As procurement technology continues to improve, less complex procurement functions, such as finding suppliers or processing purchase orders, will likely be automated. In addition, some organizations may rely on third parties to handle other tasks, such as market research or supplier risk assessments. Organizations may outsource these functions in order to focus on more complex or strategic procurement tasks and to reduce costs.

In the public sector, employment demand may be negatively affected by the increasing use of cooperative purchasing agreements. These agreements allow state and local governments to share resources in order to buy supplies and make other general purchases. Because the same standard contracts can be used multiple times by multiple government agencies, the rise of purchasing cooperatives may limit the need to hire additional procurement officers.

Employment for purchasing managers is projected to increase because they will continue to be needed to help procure goods and services for business operations or for resale to customers.

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Renee Young, Professor

Department Chair

Average Salary in this Field

$21,850 to

$49,440 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Purchasing Manager

Display Manager

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