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Fashion Merchandising

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Fashion Merchandising program is designed for students whose personal interests and needs can be met by concentration on a core program of Fashion Merchandising courses. This program is designed to develop competencies essential for success in a variety of occupations including retail buying, management, store planning, visual display, and wholesale merchandising. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Fashion Merchandising (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5266
Total Credits Required
24
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze relationships among aesthetic, cultural, economic, historic, psychological, sociological and technological factors that affect trends in fashion.
  2. Create a marketing and promotion plan, applying an understanding of consumer behavior, marketing principles and merchandising strategies.
  3. Utilize professional written, visual and oral communication skills to express ideas in diverse business environments.
  4. Employ current computer and information technologies to perform business functions.
  5. Utilize professional, ethical, and legal standards in the fashion industry.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of challenges in the fashion industry to identify possible solutions.
  7. Apply information gathered from industry sources for business application.
  8. Effectively manage relationships with customers and co-workers.
  9. Perform basic mathematical functions related to supply chain management.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

$28,930

Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$69,500

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

$55,040

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
MKT/TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising Critical course Gateway course 3
MKT268 Merchandising 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT/TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising 3
MKT/TEC200 Retail Buying 3
TEC222 Textiles 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

Students should select from the following courses in consultation with a Program Advisor

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT+++++ Any MKT Marketing course Any MKT Marketing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
MKT/TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT/TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising 3
MKT/TEC200 Retail Buying 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
TEC222 Textiles 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT268 Merchandising 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

Students should select from the following courses in consultation with a Program Advisor

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT+++++ Any MKT Marketing course Any MKT Marketing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Fashion Merchandising (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=146492).


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