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Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Merchandising A.A.S.

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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Professional Careers
HEGIS: 5004


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Fashion Merchandising is for students who love style, have an interest in merchandising, buying or a desire to work in textiles, product development, visual merchandising, styling or fashion social media. These students will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities in the dynamic, creative, and challenging world of fashion. The Fashion Merchandising program, combines fashion studies with business courses that will prepare students for positions in resident buying offices, fashion manufacturers, designers’ showrooms, retail stores, fashion publications, and other firms associated with the fashion industry.

After graduation, students may either begin their careers or may choose to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs in colleges which offer Fashion Merchandising degrees, such as the upper division of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), LIM College of Fashion, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and other four-year colleges which offer fashion-related degrees.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of fashion theory, technology, and terminology.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the fashion consumer and the buying process.
  3. Apply knowledge of the fashion consumer, fashion theory, technology, and terminology to fashion retailing scenarios.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of how to measure profitability in the fashion industry using industry metrics.

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 101   3  
FASH 105     3  
CIS 110     3  
MGT 101   3  
MATH 131   4  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ACC 119   4  
MKT 101   3  
FASH 205   3  
ART 101       3  
ENG 102     3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Semester 3

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
FASH 206     3  
MKT 203   3  
MATH 140   4  
ECON 101     3  
COMM 109       3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Semester 4

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
FASH 231     3  
FASH 215     3  
HIS 101       3  
BIOL 101       4  
Internship or Major Elective     3  
Semester Total Credits     16  


✹ Choose FASH 207 - Retail and Fashion Internship  or an elective: FASH 115 , FASH 120 , or FASH 230  

Minimum Total Credits: 64

Transfer Opportunities

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process to ensure that graduates of the college are prepared to transfer with junior status, and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer. View 4-year institutions’ transfer agreement information by program here.

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