Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising (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.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
ART 006Color and Design *3
FASH 076Textiles3
FASH 140Intro to the Fashion Industry3
FASH 141Principles of Fashion3
FASH 142Visual Merchandising and Sales3
FASH 160Clothing Construction3
WEXP 193 ZFashion Wrk Exp-1st Sem3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

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).