Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Fashion Merchandising & Design

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Fashion Merchandising and Design

Academic Plan Code




Fashion Merchandising and Design: Track I Fashion Merchandising

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Merchandising and Design prepares students for entry-level positions in fashion merchandising. Students acquire a basic knowledge of textiles, clothing construction, display and visual merchandising, and the fashion industry. The program offers opportunities for students to select courses that reflect a special area of interest such as business management, advertising, or fashion illustration.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all Required Courses (RC).

Term 1

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing 3
RE TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising 3
RE Restricted Elective TEC106 highly recommended course 3
FYC ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC TEC222 Textiles 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
FYC ENG102 or
ENG108 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
Mathematics MAT140 or
MAT141 or
College Mathematics or
College Mathematics or
College Mathematics
RE MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
RE TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising 3

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC TEC111 or
Clothing Construction or
Apparel Quality Analysis
TEC250 only offered in the Fall 3
RE TEC255 Fashion Retail Merchandising TEC255 only offered in the Fall 3
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
RE ACC109 Accounting Concepts 3
Critical Reading CRE101 or
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or
Reading for Business or Industry
OR equivalent as indicated by assessment 3

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE TEC200 Retail Buying TEC200 only offered in the Spring 3
RE TEC260 Fashion Sales Management TEC200 only offered in the Spring 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences Any approved general education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area. 3
HU ARH+++++ Any ARH Art Humanities course recommended. 3
RE TEC272AA Retail Merchandising Internship 1

Program Electives

Select 6 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE ART131 Photography I 3
RE ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
RE BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications 3
RE CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
RE GBS233 Business Communication 3
RE MGT229 Management and Leadership I 3
RE MGT230 Management and Leadership II 3
RE MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
RE MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
RE MKT101 Introduction to Public Relations 3
RE MKT263 Advertising Principles 3
RE TEC274AC Fashion Merchandising Study Tour 3
RE TEC106 History of Fashion 3
RE TEC+++++ Any TEC prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area 3

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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