Students that pursue a Visual Merchandising Certificate will study the importance of visual merchandising and its impact on the success of the retailer. Through analysis of the store layout, lighting, fixtures, props, window, and in-store displays students learn the importance of the customer retail experience. Students will learn how to create effective visual displays to promote products and increase retail sales.  This certificate prepares students for an entry level position in retail visual merchandising while at the same time creates a seamless pathway into the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing AAS degree program. 

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

(Major Code 7200; CIP Code 52.1902)

Fashion Merchandising & Design Program web page

First Semester

FASH 121Fashion Fundamentals3
FASH 122Aesthetics for Merchandising and Design3
FASH 125Visual Merchandising3
FASH 242Product Knowledge for Merchandisers3
Total Hours12

Second Semester

Fashion Elective (see below)3
FASH 225Store Planning*3
FASH 277Fashion Seminar: Career Options2
FASH 282Fashion Internship1
MKT 121Retail Management3
Total Hours12

Fashion Electives

FASH 123Apparel Construction I4
FASH 130Fashion Illustration I3
FASH 133Computer Aided Apparel Design3
FASH 150Textiles3
FASH 215Field Study: MAGIC Trade Show*1
FASH 224History of Costume3
FASH 268Field Study: The Market Center*3
Total Program Hours: 24

This course has registration requirements.