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Fashion Merchandising

What will I learn in this program?

The Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising teaches students the requisite skills needed for success in all aspects of the fashion industry. The curricula offers students interested in fashion merchandising, design and technology as well as image consulting, specialized programs and training for career advancement and employment. For those with an Associate, Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree in other areas, this program is also recommended.

The jobs that students receive upon graduation depend on their career goals and practical experience. Fashion Merchandising graduates may accept positions as sales associates, retail buyers, managers, visual merchandisers, stylists, fashion show producers, special events consultants, fashion forecasters, publicists, and showroom assistants. Design training for Fashion Design & Technology graduates can lead to careers as fashion illustrators, designers, assistant designers, patternmakers, product developers and entrepreneurs. Image Consulting majors can work as personal shoppers, image consultants, and salespeople.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Fashion Designers


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Designers, All Other


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Set and Exhibit Designers


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Public Relations Specialists


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Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers


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Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?


Does this program have any special costs?

There are additional fees for miscellaneous materials. 

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Award of Achievement Degree in Fashion Merchandising

2 Years

Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising

1 Year

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department contact information: Batmale Hall, Room 210
(415) 239-3588