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, and display specialist.

ART 006Color and Design3
FASH 076Textiles3
FASH 140Intro to the Fashion Industry3
FASH 141Intro to Fashion Culture3
FASH 143Intro to Fashion Careers3
FASH 160Beginning Clothing Const.3
WEXP 193 ZFashion Wrk Exp-1st Sem3
Select twelve units from the following courses:
FASH 139Fashion Sales and Promotion3
FASH 142Fashion Visual Design3
FASH 146Intro to Retail Management3
FASH 161Intermed Clothing Construction3
FASH 162Advanced Clothing Construction3
FASH 262Fashion Lab0.5
FASH 263Basic Sewing3
FASH 264Fashion in Southern California1
FASH 271Fashion Show Production2
BUS 100Career Strategies3-4
or BUS 112 Public Speaking for Business
or COMM 112 Public Speaking for Business
or BUS 174 Marketing Principles
or BUS 181 Intro to Entrepreneurship

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.