Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the fields of Fashion Merchandising and Design. Students completing this certificate will acquire entry-level employment skills in Visual Merchandising, Retail Buyer, Retail Management, Fashion Styling, Apparel Manufacturing, Advertising, Event Planning and many other fashion-related fields. Students will acquire skills in identifying clothing sizes, price ranges, and style classification for women, men and children.

Program Outcomes

  • 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 or end use.
  • Identify and appraise a variety of career paths within the fashion world.
  • Apply interpersonal and communication skills to solve problems or create solutions within the apparel industry.
  • Evaluate multiple factors important to the apparel industry (i.e. Materials, design, quality standards, production methods, profitability, end use, and consumer expectations) to make manufacturing and marketing decisions.

Career Opportunities

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

Program Requirements

ART 006Color and Design3
FASH 076Introduction to Textiles and Apparel3
FASH 140Intro to the Fashion Industry3
FASH 141Introduction to Fashion Culture, Dress, and Theory3
FASH 143Introduction to Fashion Careers3
FASH 160Beginning Sewing3
WEXP 193ZFashion Work Experience – First Semester1
Select twelve units from the following courses:
FASH 139Fashion Sales and Promotion3
FASH 142Fashion Visual Design3
FASH 146Introduction to Retail Management3
FASH 161Intermediate Sewing3
FASH 162Advanced Clothing Construction3
FASH 165Fashion Illustration and Business Creation3
FASH 264Fashion in Southern California1
FASH 271Fashion Show Production: Beginning2

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.