Fashion Merchandising Certificate

The Fashion Merchandising certificate emphasizes all aspects of fashion merchandising including techniques of buying and selling, distributing and marketing, and promoting fashion goods. It combines a general merchandising background with training in specialized skills in order for students to find employment in today’s fashion industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Produce a professional portfolio showcasing their skills. This portfolio will increase job opportunities in the field as well as promotion for those already employed.
  • Successfully complete an industry internship including the completion of three individual goals/objectives as determined by themselves and an industry supervisor. Internships give students work experience desirable in job applicants.
  • Create a professional resume showcasing their skills. This will increase job opportunities in the field as well as promotion for those already employed


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 31/
BUS 31
Textiles 3
FASH 101 Introduction to Fashion Careers 3
FASH 143/
BUS 143
Fashion Buying and Merchandising 3
FASH 140 Fashion Image 3
FASH 141 Apparel Selection 3
FASH 144 Fashion Trends and Cultural Costumes 3
FASH 147/
BUS 147
Special Events Coordination and Promotion 3
FASH 148/
BUS 148
Visual Merchandising 3
FASH 150 Fashion Apparel and Professional Techniques 3
FASH 154 Fashion Illustration 3
FASH 254 Fashion in Southern California 1
FASH 145*§/
BUS 145*§
Internship 1
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Fashion 1
Select (1) course from each of the Groups below 8
Total 38


Course ID Title Units
BUS 136 Principles of Retailing 3
BUS 137 Professional Selling Fundamentals 3
BUS 160 Entrepreneurship 3


Course ID Title Units
FASH 260*« The Digital Fashion Image 2
FASH 204« Understanding Apparel Principals — AIMS Certification 1
FASH 225« Apparel Cart: Fashion Retailing Online with Easy Cart Shop 1


Course ID Title Units
FASH 100 Sewing for Fashion Design I 3
FASH 110* Contemporary Clothing Construction 3


Course ID Title Units
FASH 212* Construction Lab 1
FASH 219* Dressmaking Lab 1

*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.

«Take FASH 260 OR both FASH 204 and 225.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: BUS 12, 103, 125, 135, 138, 150; CIMA 104; FCS 115;
GD 140/ART 140, 147.