Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising - Not for Transfer (AS)

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Fashion Merchandising through the study of garment production and distribution to retail stores at an advanced level. Students will learn factors that influence fashion forecasting and identify target markets for current fashion trends. Students will acquire skills in identifying clothing sizes, price ranges, style classification for women, men and children.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and appraise a variety of career paths within the fashion industry.
  • Identify and apply visual merchandising principles, tools and methods to create an effective visual store layout.
  • Apply elements and principles of design to the development, production, selection, and evaluation of apparel and other textile products.
  • Evaluate different fabrics and fibers with respect to their application and end use.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: retail supervisor, buyer or sales representative, store manager, visual manager, retail fashion coordinator, fashion stylist, and display specialist.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
Required Major Courses (21 Units)21
Color and Design *
Intro to the Fashion Industry
Principles of Fashion
Visual Merchandising and Sales
Clothing Construction
Fashion Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Electives (17 Units)17
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).