Visual Display and Presentation Certificate

The Visual Display and Presentation Certificate will provide the student with a comprehensive academic foundation to pursue multiple visual display careers within the field of merchandising and marketing. Students will have opportunities to develop skills in Adobe Illustrator, fashion retailing on-line, store planning and layout, retail and event marketing, 3-dimensional window display and storytelling, knowledge of materials and tools, and computer aided design.

Students who complete this certificate will be prepared for entry-level positions in brick and mortar retail and/or ecommerce, trade show design, home fashions, styling, party design and set and stage design for fashion shows and events. This certificate is designed for the student looking to obtain the necessary skills for immediate entry into the workforce. Occupations such as: retail merchandising field specialist, visual merchandiser, visual designer, merchandising coordinator, visual associate, and freelance visual merchandiser. An internship within visual display is also required and often leads to employment opportunities upon completion.

This certificate provides the foundation for advanced certificates in Fashion Merchandising and/or Fashion Design.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:  

  • Produce a professional portfolio showcasing their visual display and presentation skills.
  • Complete an industry internship including the completion of three individual goals and objectives as determined by themselves and an industry supervisor.
  • Demonstrate and understand skills needed to create and construct 3-dimensional window displays and/or 3-dimensional visual stage sets showcasing continuity of theme, layout, signage, merchandise, and lighting presentation.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.


Course ID Title Units
FASH 140 Fashion Image 3
FASH 143 Fashion Buying and Merchandising 3
FASH 147 Special Events Coordination and Promotion 3
FASH 148 Visual Merchandising 3
FASH 150 Fashion Apparel and Professional Techniques 3
FASH 154 Fashion Illustration 3
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Fashion 1
FASH 145*§ Internship 1
FASH 225 Apparel Cart - Fashion Retailing Online with Easy Cart Shop 1
FASH 250 Fashion Trend Forecasting 1.5
FASH 260* The Digital Fashion Image 2
ID 114 Applied Color and Design Theory for Interior Design 3
Select one course from Restricted Electives 3
Total units for this Certificate 23-23.5

Restricted Electives:

Course ID Title Units
ARTH 100 Art Gallery Display and Exhibition 3
ID 115* CAD for Interior Design 3
PHOT 50 Digital Photography I 3


*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

†Recommended to be taken in last semester of program.

§Must be taken concurrently with CWE 180.