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: Retail 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.
Specific job titles are: Assistant Buyer, Assistant Control Buyer, Comparison Shopper, Assistant Department Manager, Floor/Sales Manager, Wardrobe Consultant, Fashion Show Coordinator, Window and Floor Display Associate.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
1. Utilize effective sales techniques in a retail setting;
2. identify and discuss various "fashion cycles" and trends to recommend pricing structure and retail merchandising strategies;
3. identify and discuss the major categories on accessories important to the apparel lines;
4. describe how the cosmetics and fragrance industry relate to the ready-to-wear industry;
5. demonstrate the ability to recognize and select materials appropriate in fashion apparel and accessories;
6. analyze garment features to interpret fit, pricing, and recommend appropriate purchases to customers;
7. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of fashion apparel and accessories with customers in a retail settings;
8. produce a fashion show;
9. produce a visual merchandising display window; and
10. use critical thinking skills to analyze fashion retail merchandising methods and applications.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.
Certificate will be awarded upon fulfillment of all course requirements with a grade of 'C' or better.