2021-2022 Catalog 
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2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Merchandising Associate of Science

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The Fashion Merchandising Associate of Science degree provides the student with a comprehensive academic foundation to pursue multiple fashion industry careers within the field of merchandising, marketing and management. Students will have opportunities to develop skills in Adobe suite, history of fashion trends, store planning and layout, event coordination, buying, selling and promoting goods, social media and e-commerce marketing. Students who complete this program will be prepared for entry level occupations such as: assistant buyer, visual merchandiser, fashion stylist, assistant merchandiser, boutique owner, retail manager, sales representative, event planner, personal shopper, and public relations assistant.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Produce a professional portfolio showcasing their skills. This portfolio will increase job opportunities in the field as well as promotion for those already employed.
  • Successfully complete an industry internship including the completion of three individual goals/objectives as determined by themselves and an industry supervisor. Internships give students work experience desirable in job applicants.
  • Create a professional resume showcasing their skills. This will increase job opportunities in the field as well as promotion for those already employed.


Course ID Title Units
FASH 31   Textiles 3
FASH 101   Introduction to Fashion Careers 3
FASH 143   Fashion Buying and Merchandising 3
FASH 140  or Fashion Image 3
FASH 141   Apparel Selection 3
FASH 144   Fashion Trends and Cultural Costumes 3
FASH 147   Special Events Coordination and Promotion 3
FASH 148   Visual Merchandising 3
FASH 150   Fashion Apparel and Professional Techniques 3
FASH 154   Fashion Illustration 3
FASH 254   Fashion in Southern California 1
FASH 145  *§ and Internship 1
CWE 180  *† Co-Op-Ed Fashion 1
  Select one course from each Group 8



Group 1  
BUS 105   Social Media Marketing 3
BUS 109   E-Commerce Marketing 3
BUS 160   Entrepreneurship 3
Group 2  
FASH 155  *« or The Digital Fashion Image 2
FASH 204  «  and Understanding Apparel Principles-AIMS Certification 1
FASH 225  « Apparel Cart - Fashion Retailing Online with Easy Cart Shop 1
Group 3  
FASH 100   Sewing for Fashion Design I 3
FASH 110  * Contemporary Clothing Construction 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

†Recommended to be taken in last semester of program.

§Must be taken concurrently with CWE 180.

«Take FASH 155 OR both FASH 204 and FASH 225.

Associate of Science Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: BUS 103 125 , 135 , 138 , 150 ; CIMA 104 ; FCS 115 ; GD 140 /ART 140 , GD 147 .

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