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Fashion Merchandising, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_FSMC
Control Number: 08659

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 64 units for completion, depending on course selection in the major.

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.

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 AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  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 AA GE), 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
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
Semester 2
FASH A118Trend Forecasting3
FASH A255Fashion Illustrating Techniques 13
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A145Fashion Reporting and Analysis2
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
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
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
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 49
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 64