Academic Catalogs

Fashion Merchandising, Certificate of Achievement

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Banner Code: 1_CT_FSMC
Control Number: 22421

Completion of the Fashion Merchandising Certificate programs prepares students for careers in the fashion industry and in related businesses.

Program Outcomes

  1. 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.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Semester 1
FASH A110Applied Textiles and Design3
FASH A115Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FASH A120History of Fashion1.5
FASH A121Street Style1.5
FASH A175Applied Color and Design Theory3
FASH A177Fashion Merchandising Concepts3
Subtotal15
Semester 2
FASH A118Trend Forecasting3
FASH A255Fashion Illustrating Techniques 13
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A145Fashion Reporting and Analysis2
Subtotal11
Semester 3
FASH A116Fashion Styling3
FASH A190Apparel Industry Sustainability: The Environment, Ethical Business Practices & the Law3
DVP A180Introduction to Display and Visual Presentation3
MKTG A220Retail Buying3
Subtotal12
Semester 4
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A225Media, Events, and Promotions3
MKTG A110Professional Selling3
or MKTG A200 Retail E-Commerce Management
Subtotal11
Total Units49

Fashion Merchandising Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BUS A118/A118HIntroduction to International Business3
BUS A239Professional Communication3
or MGMT A239 Professional Communication
CIS A132Business Multimedia and Graphics2
DMAD A181Introduction to Computer Graphics3
BUS A240Entrepreneurship3
MKTG A142Direct Marketing1.5