The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Fashion Studies Certificate consists of three options: Fashion Studies - Apparel Design & Production; Fashion Studies - Custom Clothing & Alterations; and Fashion Studies - Fashion Merchandising.
The Fashion Studies: Fashion Merchandising Certificate of Achievement is designed for the student who is interested in a career in fashion retail and its many job opportunities, including sales, buying, fashion consulting, fashion coordination, and fashion display.
This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Utilize effective sales techniques in a retail setting;
- identify and discuss various "fashion cycles" and trends to recommend pricing structure and retail merchandising strategies;
- identify and discuss the major categories on accessories important to the apparel lines;
- describe how the cosmetics and fragrance industry relate to the ready-to-wear industry;
- demonstrate the ability to recognize and select materials appropriate in fashion apparel and accessories;
- analyze garment features to interpret pricing and recommend appropriate purchases to customers;
- discuss the advantages and disadvantages of fshion apparel and accessories with customers in a retail settings;
- produce a fashion show; and
- produce a visual merchandising display window.