Fashion Merchandising Certificate

The Fashion Merchandising certificate of Achievement provides the student with a comprehensive academic foundation to pursue multiple fashion industry careers within the field of merchandising, marketing and management. Students will have opportunities to develop skills in Adobe suite, history of fashion trends, store planning and layout, event coordination, buying, selling and promoting goods, social media and e-commerce marketing. Students who complete this program will be prepared for entry level occupations such as: assistant buyer, visual merchandiser, fashion stylist, assistant merchandiser, boutique owner, retail manager, sales representative, event planner, personal shopper, and public relations assistant.

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 Textiles 3
FASH 101 Introduction to Fashion Careers 3
FASH 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 Special Events Coordination and Promotion 3
FASH 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*§ 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 105 Social Media Marketing 3
BUS 109 E-Commerce Marketing 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 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.