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A fashion design student measures a model's waistline.

Fashion Design and Merchandising

If you're a student who loves clothing - whether it's designing, developing or selling it - Chaffey College has the program for you. The fashion design and fashion merchandising program can prepare you for entry-level design, product development and merchandising positions at both manufacturing and retail levels.

This two-year program that includes day and evening courses. If you're interested in the design certificate, you'll take classes in apparel construction, pattern making, illustration, production, computer-generated design, textiles, industrial equipment and the study of historic costume. The fashion merchandising program prepares students for employment in buying, visual merchandising, product development, e-commerce and retail management.

The fashion design and fashion merchandising are among the largest industry-based programs in the Inland Empire. Both full-time and part-time faculty come from the apparel and design industries of Southern California. Our program is unique because we require our students to complete a 60-hour internship which provides on-the-job training and opportunities for employment upon graduation.



Tara Johnson
Tara Johnson
Instructor, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Mark Forde
Mark Forde
Coordinator, Hotel and Food Service Management, Interior Design, Fashion Design / Fashion Merchandising


Career Opportunities

Being a Southern California college offers our students many opportunities in the fields of fashion design and fashion merchandising. The largest manufacturers of sportswear and active wear are located in Los Angeles. We announce job opportunities in class and online every week.

Degrees and Certificates Available

  • Associate of Science in Fashion Design
  • Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising
  • Pattern Making for Apparel Certificate
  • Custom Dressmaking Certificate
  • Industrial Sewing Certificate
  • Fashion Merchandising Certificate
  • Costume Design Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Learn more about program costs and outcomes from our gainful employment pages:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Design: Custom Dressmaking
  • Fashion Design: Pattern Making for Apparel
  • Fashion Merchandising