Fashion Merchandising & Design

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Lori Liang

Residential Faculty - Fashion Design


This program is part of the Business Department.

Fields of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Fashion Merchandising & Design

New York. Paris. Milan. Mesa.

Your career in the world of fashion begins at MCC. As a student in the Fashion Merchandising & Design program you’ll learn about textiles, clothing construction, display and visual merchandising, the fashion industry, and much more. The Apparel Merchandising track allows you to select courses that reflect a special area of interest such as business management, advertising, or buying. The Fashion Design track offers you opportunities to select courses that are in your field of study -- design, illustration, and clothing construction. An integral part of the program is an internship that provides on-the-job experience under the supervision of a professional in the retail field.

Fashion design, merchandising, and retailing are in need of well-trained executives. Educated professionals at the community college level and beyond will be the ones to fill this need. At MCC, we are committed to student education, internships, and the transfer process to four-year universities so that students can achieve their goals.

The Fashion Merchandising & Design program includes two areas of study:

  • Fashion Merchandising & Design
  • Costume Design & Production

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Fashion Merchandising & Design program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Alteration Specialist
Certificate of Completion CCL Costume Design and Production, Level I
Certificate of Completion CCL Image Consultant
Certificate of Completion CCL Retail Sales Manager
Certificate of Completion CCL Textile and Apparel: Fashion Stylist


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Fashion Merchandising & Design program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Fashion Design
Associate in Applied Science AAS Fashion Merchandising
Associate in Applied Science AAS Fashion Merchandising and Design: Track I Fashion Merchandising
Associate in Applied Science AAS Fashion Merchandising and Design: Track II Fashion Design

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Fashion Merchandising & Design program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers


Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers


Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Fashion Merchandising & Design program is available through the Business department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.