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Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

Fashion is more than just the love of clothing. Fashion is the outward expression of our personality, our beliefs, and where we think we fit in the world. Fashion is about creativity, art, sustainability, reverence of the past, and anticipation for the future.

The Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs transform students into industry professionals by developing their creative vision, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills through collaboration, experimentation, and innovation. As a Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising student, you will build a foundation in fashion history, fashion aesthetic, color theory, textile selection, and clothing construction. Your classrooms are real-world workshops where you will work hands-on alongside seasoned fashion professionals who make up our faculty.

Fashion Design students will advance their knowledge and skills with courses in illustration, pattern drafting, draping, computer-aided design, and garment production. Students are provided with the skills and technical knowledge to realize their creative vision.

Fashion Merchandising students will develop their knowledge and skills in retail management, principles of buying, visual merchandising, styling, branding, and entrepreneurship. Students are equipped with the knowledge to enter the fashion industry or to follow an entrepreneurial path.

As a part of the Arts, Communications, and Design academic and career community, the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs offer face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses that offer a two-year pathway to multiple degrees and certificates. Through our partnerships with public and private universities, students will have the opportunity to connect with 4-year programs for transfer.

Explore Your Programs Degree/Certificate Options

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
Jasmine Green
Instructional Assistant


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.