Fashion Merchandising

Studies in fashion merchandising combine both creative and analytical thinking to buy, sell, manufacture, and promote clothing and accessories. In this interdisciplinary field, students study fashion marketing, product development, planning, and management to acquire the skills needed for a career in global retail operations. The retail industry is very fast-paced and constantly changing, requiring professionals to keep up with and forecast trends. It's also the one of the largest private employer sector, employing over 42 million in the United States alone.Fashion merchandising programs offer students a professionally oriented curriculum. An increasing number of programs have been emphasizing fashion in a global context and include unique opportunities to visit corporate offices and participate in study abroad programs in cities considered to be "fashion capitals," such as Milan and Florence in Italy, and Paris, France.Graduates work for fashion brands and designers, large department stores, small boutiques, e-commerce retailers, wholesale trade and manufacturing companies, among other employers. Graduates find work in fields ranging from fashion buying, sales, marketing, public relations, styling, or event planning.The curriculum for fashion merchandising programs is professionally oriented and typically consists of a combination of liberal arts and business courses. Effectively working in the business side of fashion involves understanding how to analyze target markets and using those insights to plan for future seasons. Students immerse themselves in classes like merchandising mathematics, finance, retail management, economics, marketing, production and distribution, and fashion history. Students learn leadership and management skills, how to analyze and forecast trends for upcoming seasons, how to apply and use industry-related technology, and how to apply insights to brand strategy and product development. Internships are very valuable because they give fashion merchandising students a chance to apply what they've learned in the classroom to practical, real-world experiences as well as make important connections. Students that have an internship under their belt are likely to have the most success finding employment after graduation. Internships are available with major retail companies, fashion brands, small boutiques, showrooms, and wholesale distributors. Department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom offer structured retail management programs for students interested in areas such as store management, buying and planning, product development, and design. Another plus is that retail employers often promote from within and offer students jobs upon completion of their internship.

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Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY

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“…st. catherine university has nurtured my personal, social, and professional development, inspired and challenged me intellectually, and given me the freedom, strength, and skills to claim my education and my future. ” – Katie at Heart

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“…This was by far the best place for an education. I previously went to Arizona State University, however I was student #45/390 in most classes. I love the location, and the Iota Alpha Omega frat. was awesome!” – Michael from Peoria, AZ

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“…Campus classes are EXCELLENT. Online course can sometimes leave something to be desired. Howard Hsu is an AMAZING photography teacher.” – Summer from Bellevue, WA

“…I love the classes that they offer at Newbury College. The size of the school is small, which means all my teacher know more about me. The location of the school is perfect.” – Karina from Cromwell, CT

“…Love this University because it caters to it's students as far as the advisers going out of their way to help in anyway they can. We have the best meal plan in the country due to the culinary that run the many choice on-campus restaurants. The...” – Ryan from Harwich, MA

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“…Genesee Community College is a very small school with classes sizes averaging 20 kids. GCC is very affordable and it a great way to start off, whether someone is undecided about a major or don't know what college to go to. The application process...” – Kaitlyn from Oakfield, NY

“…This school is amazing because the staff is so helpful and friendly. The campus is beautiful and inviting. I begin this college in the fall and I am excited to be able to go to a really prestigous school with a great reputation. ” – Sara from Waukesha, WI

“…i love the fact that my class size is so small. i feel like i am actually gaining knowledge, because my instructor recognizes me as a student and not a number. all jones county junior college staff are very helpful.” – Jennifer from Petal, MS

“…Good Community College. Nice small campus, easy to navigate. Small class size and lots of personal attention from instructors.” – Michelle from Norton, OH

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“…ELLSWORTH IS DIVERSE ” – DJ

“…Very helpful in helping students apply for financial aide. There are many adviser's that is very helpful in answering questions. Many teachers that takes their jobs seriously, and feels that it is very important for the students to learn. ” – Charlena from Detroit, MI

LIU Post
Brookville, NY

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“…MState is a nationally ranked two year college. It's friendly staff and faculty are there to help every step of the way. Small class sizes and teachers who are dedicated to teaching as their first goal equals great academic success!” – Angelina

“…In my opinion is the best community college out there to attend because of the campus and its professors. Every professor is willing to help and it is noticeable that they want the student to succeed. I enjoy attending my college because it gives me...” – Marlon from white plains, NY

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“…Fun and diverse, just like me.” – Sami from Boston, MA