Visual Fashion Merchandising Certificate

The Visual Fashion Merchandising program explores interior and exterior displays with an emphasis on presentation of the products and on lighting and window design. Techniques and utilization of specialized materials in a diverse range of retail options are examined, as are the development of major presentations and overall store design.

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 in Visual Fashion Merchandising. 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 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 145*§/
BUS 145*§
Internship 1
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Fashion 1
Select (1) course from each of the Groups below 5
Total 31


Course ID Title Units
ART 42* Color Theory and Practice 3
ART 100 Art Gallery/Display and Exhibition 3
FASH 140 Fashion Image 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 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: ART 40, 41*, 50*, 80, 142/GD 142; BUS 138/CTVR 138;
ETT 40; FASH 100, 254; GC 101; GD 141/ART 141; ID 110, 127*.