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Fashion Merchandising, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_FSMC

Control Number: 08659

Financial Aid Eligible


Completion of the Fashion Merchandising Certificate programs prepares students for careers in the fashion industry and in related businesses.
Students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree.

Complete the Fashion Certificates of Achievement and the Associate in Science Graduation Requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Note: This AS degree may require 67 units for completion, depending on course selection in the major.

Program Outcome

The outcome of the program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as a professional and competent fashion merchandiser in the fields of retail management, retail buying, special events and promotions, visual merchandising, styling, fashion marketing, and public relations.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
DVP A180Introduction to Display and Visual Presentation3
FASH A110Applied Textiles and Design3
FASH A115Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FASH A116Fashion Styling3
FASH A118Trend Forecasting3
FASH A120History of Fashion1.5
FASH A121Street Style1.5
FASH A145Fashion Reporting and Analysis2
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A175Applied Color and Design Theory3
FASH A177Fashion Merchandising Concepts3
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A190Apparel Industry Sustainability: The Environment, Ethical Business Practices & the Law3
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
FASH A225Media, Events, and Promotions3
FASH A255Fashion Illustrating Techniques 13
MKTG A110Professional Selling3
or MKTG A200 Retail E-Commerce Management
MKTG A220Retail Buying3
Total Units49
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 49
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 64

Fashion Merchandising Suggested Electives
BUS A118 Introduction to International Business or BUS A118H Introduction to International Business Honors
BUS A239 Professional Communication or MGMT A239 Professional Communication
CIS A132 Business Multimedia and Graphics
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics
MKTG A142 Direct Marketing

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals. 

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FASH A110 Applied Textiles and Design 3
FASH A115 Introduction to the Fashion Industry 3
FASH A120 History of Fashion 1.5
FASH A121 Street Style 1.5
FASH A175 Applied Color and Design Theory 3
FASH A177 Fashion Merchandising Concepts 3
 Units15
Semester 2
FASH A118 Trend Forecasting 3
FASH A145 Fashion Reporting and Analysis 2
FASH A170 Clothing Design and Selection 3
FASH A255 Fashion Illustrating Techniques 1 3
OCC AS GE AREA A1- CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA D- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units17
Summer
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better) 0-4
Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 1
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
OCC AS GE AREA C2- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units3-7
Year 2
Semester 1
FASH A116 Fashion Styling 3
FASH A190 Apparel Industry Sustainability: The Environment, Ethical Business Practices & the Law 3
DVP A180 Introduction to Display and Visual Presentation 3
MKTG A220 Retail Buying 3
OCC AS GE AREA B- CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units15-16
Semester 2
FASH A181 Fashion Internship 2
FASH A182 Professional Practices 2
FASH A200 Fashion Internship Lecture 1
FASH A225 Media, Events, and Promotions 3
MKTG A110
Professional Selling
or Retail E-Commerce Management
3
OCC AS GE AREA A2- CHOOSE ONE 2 3-4
 Units14-15
 Total Units64-70