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Fashion Merchandising


Fashion merchandising programs prepare people to market lines of clothing to retail stores.

Fashion merchandising programs include topics such as:

Students also learn important business subjects such as accounting, customer service, and marketing.


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some fashion merchandising programs require students to develop a portfolio or complete an internship. Both two- and four-year programs often include internship.


In fashion merchandising programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges offer associate degrees in fashion merchandising. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Some colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in fashion merchandising. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Sometimes fashion merchandising is a specialization in a business marketing program. Often, both two- and four-year programs include an internship.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition to the subjects above, a bachelor's degree program is more likely to include some of the following subjects:

Things to Know

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world. Fashion is part of the general culture. You need an understanding of the arts and social forces to understand trends in fashion.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in this field.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle Pacific University

Shoreline Community College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Puyallup