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A fashion design student measures a model's waistline.


Fashion celebrates creativity, art, sustainability, reverence of the past and anticipation for the future. As a fashion student, you will build a foundation in fashion history, aesthetics, color theory, textile selection, clothing construction, illustration, pattern drafting, draping, computer-aided design and garment production. As a fashion merchandising student, you will develop skills in retail management, buying and more. These programs offer face-to-face, hybrid and online courses as part of a two-year pathway to multiple degrees, certificates and transfer opportunities. 

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Fashion Design AS Program Map

Fashion Merchandising AS Program Map

Fashion Design Certificate Program Map

Fashion Merchandising Certificate Program Map

Custom Dressmaking Certificate Program Map

Industrial Sewing Certificate Program Map

Pattern Making for Apparel Certificate Program Map



Tara Johnson
Tara Johnson
Associate Professor-Fashion Merchandising


As one of the major market centers, Southern California offers countless opportunities and well-paying entry-level salaries in the fashion industry:
Assistant Buyer $51k
Textile Designer $57K
Assistant Fashion Designer $47K
Assistant Visual Merchandiser $37K
Visual Merchandising Coordinator $45K
Fashion Stylist $41K

Students in the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs have the opportunity to interact with working fashion designers, production managers, apparel manufacturers, retail managers, visual merchandisers, and buyers from local and global retail organizations.