Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University: Fashion Merchandising Program Profile
Erie, Pennsylvania

This comprehensive program prepares students to succeed in any aspect of the fashion industry, from buying to presenting, to even developing a clothing line. That’s because, in addition to a strong curriculum designed to provide an in-depth overview of the fashion industry from construction to marketing, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Through mandatory and voluntary opportunities, such as internships, creation of professional portfolios, access to the Mercyhurst Fashion Club, experiencing fashion from “Fashion Capitals” around the world, or networking with fashion professionals, we emphasize the need for our students to have actual experience in the field prior to graduation.

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas: Apparel Studies
Fayetteville, Arkansas
School of Human Environmental Sciences

The Apparel Studies program at the University of Arkansas is one of the few programs that integrates both product development and merchandisng in the same degree.  This approach gives the students the ability to see the apparel industry as a whole entity and not just through a design or a merchandising view. A bachelor's degree emphasizing Apparel Studies opens the door for your career in fashion merchandising, product development, brand management, quality assurance and general clothing and textiles. The Apparel Studies faculty routinely schedule guest lecturers from the apparel and textile industries to give you professional insight into today's career fields. Senior level coursework also includes real world project experience from supporting apparel companies. This supplements a dynamic academic program that includes coursework in science, marketing, social science and liberal arts, as well as human environmental sciences and specialized areas of business and art.

Woodbury University

Woodbury University: Fashion Marketing.
Burbank, California
Department of Marketing

Woodbury University is located in an exciting metropolitan media/ entertainment hub in Los Angeles, where students are given the opportunity to network with fashion industry professionals. The department of marketing curriculum holds students to rigorous standards while emphasizing the business side of the fashion industry. The marketing program’s business focus is underscored by its placement within Woodbury’s school of business. To improve their marketability in the business side of the fashion industry, students are trained by industry professionals in management, accounting, and finance. Ultimately, Woodbury’s goal is to give graduates an edge in the fashion job market by giving them a strong foundation in business.

Woodbury University

Woodbury University: Fashion Design.
Burbank, California
Department of Fashion Design

The fashion design curriculum at Woodbury University is structured to meet the needs of students who wish to become professionals in the dynamic and demanding fashion industry. To prepare students for work in fashion design, or related fields, Woodbury’s fashion program emphasizes both critical and creative thinking, research, and solid technical skills. Entering freshmen aren’t required to have previous fashion experience, however transfer students are encouraged to submit work samples for proper placement assessment. 

West Valley College

West Valley College: Apparel Design/ Apparel Production
Saratoga, California
Department of Fashion Design & Apparel Technologies

West Valley College’s apparel design and apparel technologies curriculum takes a comprehensive approach to design and production that reflects current fashion industry standard methods. The fashion program strives to meet the needs of students of all levels, from beginning to advanced, as well as provide assistance to industry professionals who wish to enhance their skills.

University of Delaware

University of Delaware: Fashion Merchandising/ Apparel Design/ Fashion Studies/ Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business.
Newark, Delaware
Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies

A fundamental objective of the fashion program at the University of Delaware is to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make a significant and creative impact in the fashion and apparel industry. The department of fashion and apparel studies encourages and assists students in cultivating a sense of sustainability, accountability, and social responsibility so that they may enter the fashion industry as socially conscious professionals. Fashion majors gain real world experience and develop their creative thinking skills by engaging with local and global communities in collaborative settings. University of Delaware’s fashion program incorporates relevant aspects of business and society into its curriculum while enriching student learning by nurturing an international and diverse cultural atmosphere.

University of Bridgeport

University of Bridgeport: Fashion Merchandising and Retailing.
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Department of Fashion Merchandising and Retailing

Students pursuing an associate of arts of bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and retailing are exposed to a versatile range of courses as part of the university’s core curriculum, which includes fine arts, social sciences, and lab sciences. The campus’s location along the shore of Long Island Sound in Fairfield County Connecticut gives students a feasible opportunity to gain work experience both locally and out of state in cities like Manhattan. Additionally, University of Bridgeport offers field trips to New York fashion markets and museums, where students can complement their in-class studies.

The Art Institute of Colorado

The Art Institute of Colorado: Fashion Design/ Fashion Retail Management.
Denver, Colorado
Department of Fashion Design & Fashion Retail Management

The fashion design curriculum at the Art Institute of Colorado gives students a comprehensive approach to the fashion industry by incorporating many facets of design including business, design, technology, and marketing. Courses in the fashion program are up to date with technological trends in the design industry, allowing students to master the craft of design by developing both technical proficiency and creative thinking skills. Fashion design majors are prepared for entry level work as an assistant designer, stylist, display artist, fashion illustrator, manufacturing production assistant, or computer marking and grading technician. Fashion retail management students are given a solid understanding of retailing and fashion, starting with historical contextualization followed by coursework in drawing and design, apparel evaluation, construction, retail operations, and manufacturing. Retail management majors are trained to enter the workforce as an assistant manager, sales associate, special event coordinator, or visual merchandiser.

Savannah College of Art & Design

Savannah College of Art & Design: Fashion Design/Accessory Design/ Fashion Marketing and Management/ Menswear Design.
Savannah, Georgia
School of Fashion

Accessory design majors at Savannah College of Art & Design are trained in two and three-dimensional design with the ultimate goal of constructing functional, high-quality, marketable accessories. The fashion design program at SCAD, one of the largest in the country, takes a well-rounded approach to the fashion industry. A main focus of the design program is to assist students in developing creative thinking skills while gaining hands on experience in the practical aspects of fashion design. Students in the fashion marketing and management program are prepared to enter the global fashion market in careers that combine many aspects of fashion including business and marketing. The fashion marketing and management curriculum reflects the demands of changing trends of hard and soft line products.

San Joaquin Delta College

San Joaquin Delta College: Fashion Merchandising/ Apparel Design.
Stockton, California
Department of Fashion

The fashion program at San Joaquin Delta College is structured to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry. Students who successfully complete the fashion design or apparel design program may enter into a four-year university.

Saddleback College

Saddleback College: Fashion Design/ Advanced Fashion Design & Apparel Manufacturing/ Fashion Merchandising/ Visual Fashion Merchandising.
Mission, California
Fashion Department

Saddleback College, situated in a thriving surf and film industry, aims to prepare students to be successful in several aspects of fashion design, including sports design, manufacturing, merchandising, costume design, and construction for film and theater. The fashion program at Saddleback College, one of the first to offer a certificate in green fashion courses, equips students with knowledge and skills they need to start their own fashion businesses.


Otis College of Art & Design: Fashion Design.
Los Angeles, California
Department of Fashion

The fashion design program at Otis College of Art & Design takes a comprehensive approach to the design process while giving students the opportunity to work with faculty professionals and guest mentors. Design majors work in teams, in a realistic fashion design studio, to produce apparel for their mentors that reflect the fashion industry’s seasonal schedule. The department of fashion strives to prepare students for professional work in American design houses and markets by emphasizing practical experience in fashion design rather than focusing on a theoretical and conceptual perspective.

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Peninsula College: Fashion Design/Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion Production/ Fashion Costuming.
Monterey, California
Department of Fashion

The fashion design curriculum at Monterey Peninsula College is designed to prepare students for entry-level work in fashion design, apparel design, and freelance design. Fashion design majors will learn fundamental concepts in design while developing their presentation skills, gaining familiarity with design software, and acquiring knowledge about the business side of the fashion industry. Merchandising students will gain a firm understanding of fashion products, business operations, and career pathways as they prepare for fashion industry work in the areas of retail or wholesale, where they can advance toward careers in buying, sales, or merchandising. The fashion production major strives to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to qualify for fashion jobs in retail or wholesale. Students in the Costuming program will receive interdisciplinary instruction in fashion, drama, and art design to enhance their design and sewing skills for costuming projects in stage, film, television, and period or theme parks.

International Academy of Design & Technology- Orlando

International Academy of Design & Technology- Orlando: Fashion Design & Merchandising.
Orlando, Florida
Fashion Design & Merchandising

The fashion design and merchandising curriculum at the International Academy of Design & Technolgy –Orlando takes a well-rounded approach to fashion education, providing students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as fashion illustration, pattern drafting, draping, clothing construction, fashion history, merchandising, production methods and techniques, and textiles.
Fashion majors gain valuable experience using industry grade equipment in large facilities, where they can apply theoretical concepts, implement practical techniques, and exercise creative thinking to work through issues related to the functionality of marketable apparel.

International Academy of Design & Technology Tampa

International Academy of Design & Technology –Tampa: Fashion Design/ Fashion Merchandising.
Tampa, Florida
Fashion Design & Merchandising

Fashion design majors at the International Academy of Design & Technology –Tampa are trained in several aspects of both the fashion design and post-design process, including apparel design conceptualization, illustration, creation of original garments, and marketing. Design students gain experience working with lines, colors, patterns, and apparel functionality while developing marketable skills such as creative problem solving and technical proficiency. Fashion merchandising majors have the opportunity to develop the business skills they need to successfully find work in today’s global fashion industry. The fashion merchandising curriculum incorporates many essential features of merchandising such as management, marketing, and buying.

Delaware State University

Delaware State University: Textile & Apparel Studies.
Dover, Delaware
Department of Human Ecology

The textile & apparel studies program at Delaware State University strives to assist students in developing the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the fashion industry, such as communications, analytical skills, and ethical practices. Fashion merchandising students are trained in several aspects of the field including retail operations, merchandising, textile selection and assessment, and the prediction of trends.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University: Design & Merchandising Apparel Design and Production/ Merchandising/ Apparel and Merchandising.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Department of Design & Merchandising

The fashion program curriculum at Colorado State University is structured to give students a concentrated course of study in apparel design, production, or merchandising. Sustainability and social consciousness are an integral part of all courses in the fashion department. Colorado State University gives students the opportunity to enrich their fashion studies by attending an international fashion tour of Guatemala, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, or within the US in New York.

Brenau University

Brenau University: Fashion Design.
Gainesville, Georgia
Fashion Design

The fashion design curriculum at Brenau University is designed to give students a solid foundation in liberal arts while giving them the opportunity to choose an area of focus in the fashion field. The department of fashion design prepares students for careers in product development, manufacturing, sourcing, and styling.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Fashion Merchandising
Princess Anne, Maryland
Department of Human Ecology

The Art Institutes International Minnesota

The Art Institutes International Minnesota: Fashion & Retail Management.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department of Fashion & Retail Management

A main goal of the fashion program at The Art Institutes International Minnesota is to provide students with the educational background they need to successfully enter the fashion workforce, with great facility in communication and presentation. The fashion curriculum trains students to acquire marketable skills in effective leadership. The Art Institutes International Minnesota fashion program emphasizes management with the goal of motivating both staff members and supervisors in the fashion industry. To do this, students are exposed to innovative and classic theories and practices in fashion and retail management.

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