Fashion Merchandising, AAS

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Fashion merchandising is concerned with the business of fashion. This rewarding career combines creative fashion skills with the analytical skills of business, as a fashion merchandise manager you consider the colors, sizes, silhouettes, and price points that customers want to see in stores each season.

JCCC’s fashion merchandising program prepares you for jobs in many aspects of the fashion industry. Fashion merchandising and management-related fields are expanding in Johnson County. Surveys indicate that few other areas offer greater opportunity to qualified people, as employment in this field is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations nationwide. Graduates of JCCC’s program are ready for entry-level management or sales positions in retail, wholesale or manufacturing marketing services, and visual merchandising

In JCCC’s program, working individually and in teams, you’ll learn about buying and control techniques, merchandising, planning and fashion management, including strategies and plans that consider markets and trends. An advisory board of fashion professionals help ensure that JCCC’s program reflects current standards and practices in the field.  All fashion professors have worked within the industry.

The merchandising and marketing skills you’ll learn are immediately applicable to your job and career. Internships give you first-hand experience in the field and help you make networking contacts. You can also take your work experiences back to the classroom for analysis and greater understanding of the problems the fashion industry faces. By integrating coursework and on-the-job experience, you gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to reach your career objectives.

Students must complete all FASH courses with a “C” or higher to be awarded the AAS degree.

(Major Code 2520; State CIP Code 52.1902)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

FASH 277Fashion Seminar: Career Options2
FASH 283Fashion Internship I1
FASH 121Fashion Fundamentals3
FASH 122Aesthetics for Merchandising and Design3
FASH 125Visual Merchandising3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
FASH 135Image Management1
Total Hours16

Second Semester

FASH 225Store Planning*3
FASH 284Fashion Internship II1
MATH 120Business Mathematics* (or higher)3
FASH 150Textiles3
MKT 134Professional Selling3
Communications Elective ^3
NOTE: Recommended courses for Communications Elective are BUS 150, SPD 121, or SPD 120
Total Hours16

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Third Semester

FASH 242Product Knowledge for Merchandisers3
FASH 285Fashion Internship III1
BUS 225Human Relations3
MKT 230Marketing3
MKT 121Retail Management3
ECON 132Survey of Economics3
or ECON 230 Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Hours16

Fourth Semester

Fashion Electives (see below)2
FASH 286Fashion Internship IV*1
FASH 132Marketing Communications3
FASH 231Merchandising Planning and Control*3
FASH 280Capstone: Industry Topics*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours15

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Fashion Electives

FASH 123Apparel Construction I4
FASH 130Fashion Illustration I3
FASH 215Field Study: MAGIC Trade Show*1
FASH 224History of Costume3
FASH 268Field Study: The Market Center*3
ITMD 127Elements of Floral Design1

Total Program Hours: 63