Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree

An associate's degree in fashion merchandising could lead to a number of different careers in fashion advertising, marketing or sales. Keep reading to see a program description and information on common courses. See common career titles and associated salaries, too. Schools offering Fashion Design & Merchandising degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree Program

In this associate degree program, you will learn the importance of fashion in culture and how to create, market and sell products. In addition to basic business skills, you will learn the design of fashion items and how to display them so prospective customers are interested in purchasing them, while developing your natural creativity. These programs also teach you how to predict future trends in style in order to stay in line with the fashion market and sell shoes, clothing and other fashion accessories that consumers will be excited to purchase.

Key SkillsCreativity, business, marketing, selling
Common CoursesTextile fundamentals, merchandising strategies, visual merchandising, multi-channel retailing, fashion merchandising
Potential CareersMerchandise planner, visual merchandiser, buyer
Career Outlook (2014-2024)6%* (for wholesale/retail buyers); 3%* (for fashion designers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Typical Coursework

Possible classes for a fashion merchandising degree program could include merchandising strategies, fundamentals of textiles, multi-channel retailing, fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, fashion shows and special events, color, design, human relations at work, budgeting and clothing, culture and society.

Typical Careers

The following is a list of careers typically pursued by those with an associate's degree in fashion merchandising accompanied by their median annual salaries, as supplied by Payscale.com in January 2016:

  • Merchandise planner: $65,180
  • Visual merchandiser: $40,138
  • Buyer: $50,452

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for workers in the field of fashion design is expected to grow 3% from 2014-2024, which is more slowly than the national average. Entering the fashion industry can be made easier with a degree in fashion or a related industry, but even so, it's a hard field to enter due to the small number of available positions. The BLS reports that employment of wholesale and retail buyers, which includes those working in the apparel industry, is expected to increase 6% during the same decade.

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