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Fashion Merchandising, AAAS Planning Guide

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Program Description:

The Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree and Certificate are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in specific career fields to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the degree or certificate. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers in the field. Students interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in Business should follow the Associate in Business, DTA/MRP Planning Guide .

Program Advisor:

David Starr
206-546-4725 Rm 1405
Stephen McCloskey
206-546-5871 Rm 1404
Ailsa Kellam
206-546-4657 Rm 1410

AAAS Degree (93-95 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Information:

Length of Program: 93-95 Credits
Completion Award: AAAS Degree
Enrollment: Fall, Winter, Spring
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)

EPC 2102

Program Prerequisites:

Placement into ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215 , and placement into MATH 070  or BUS 102 .

General Education Core Requirements - 18-20 Credits

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Choose either BTWRT 215  or ENGL& 101 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose either BUS 102  or MATH& 107 .

Multicultural Understanding (3-5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: BUS 103 , CMST 203 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 EDUC& 240 

Human Relations (5 Credits)


Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Sample Schedule for A.A.A.S. Degree

* Course offered once per year, during the quarter listed.

Fashion Merchandising-What is it?

Fashion is big business and Fashion Merchandising plays an important role in connecting consumers to the latest fashions and trends. Built on a solid foundation of general business courses, the Fashion Merchandising program explores the fashion industry from product design to the retail store, including fashion production, choice of textiles, store layout, merchandise displays, retail buying, consumer research marketing and management.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fashion and merchandising industry;
  2. Understand the history of textiles, costumes and designs;
  3. Identify fashion and merchandising trends;
  4. Develop buying plans and effectively display merchandise;
  5. Understand general business operations and principles, including marketing and sales, planning and buying, management and supervision, business law and professional communications.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Degree or Certificate in Fashion Merchandising?

From Merchandise and Store Managers to Assistant Buyers, Merchandise Planners, Marketing Specialists and Sales Representatives, Fashion Merchandising graduates develop knowledge and skills to work in a variety of positions in the fashion industry, as well as any other business sector. Salaries vary depending on the type and size of the business and the level of job responsibilities. Entry-level salaries generally average $35,200 to $51,100.

Potential employers include: Apparel, retail and/or department stores such as REI, Eddie Bauer, Macy’s, Union Bay and many others. Students develop general business skills that can provide opportunities for careers in any business sector. For more, please visit career information and resources at

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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