Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising & Design
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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Merchandising program places students at the intersection of fashion, business and marketing. Our curriculum stresses the importance of leadership, teamwork, creativity, and effective communication throughout the product life cycle process. Students will leave this program equipped with knowledge of fashion theory; the societal and technological aspects of the textile and apparel industry; and the creation, promotion, distribution, and retailing of consumer goods in a global environment. This program provides a foundation for students to pursue a wide range of careers in the fashion industry. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Fashion Merchandising program is also available.

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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Fashion Merchandising (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3266
Total Credits Required
61-69
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

This program replaces: AAS/3260 Fashion Merchandising and Design

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze relationships among aesthetic, cultural, economic, historic, psychological, sociological and technological factors that affect trends in fashion.
  2. Create a marketing and promotion plan, applying an understanding of consumer behavior, marketing principles and merchandising strategies.
  3. Utilize professional written, visual and oral communication skills to express ideas in diverse business environments.
  4. Employ current computer and information technologies to perform business functions.
  5. Utilize professional, ethical, and legal standards in the fashion industry.
  6. Use dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals.
  7. Analyze a wide range of challenges in the fashion industry to generate culturally responsive solutions.
  8. Develop and maintain constructive and collaborative working relationships.
  9. Demonstrate effective customer relationship management skills.
  10. Perform basic mathematical functions related to supply chain management.
  11. Evaluate information gathered from industry sources for business application.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree 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* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers

$30,458

Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives

$59,786

* 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

Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
MA Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MKT/TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising Critical course Gateway course 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course CIS105 recommended for university transfer CS 3
TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing HU, SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
MKT/TEC200 Retail Buying 3
MKT/TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
MKT268 Merchandising 3
MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
TEC222 Textiles 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SBU200 Society and Business G, SB 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
MKT263 Advertising Principles 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
IBS101 Introduction to International Business G 3
MGT+++++ Any MGT Management course Any MGT Management course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
MKT+++++ Any MKT Marketing course Any MKT Marketing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MKT/TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MA Mathematics Critical course Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area MA 3–6
TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing HU, SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course CIS105 recommended for university transfer CS 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
MKT/TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT268 Merchandising 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC222 Textiles 3
SBU200 Society and Business G, SB 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT/TEC200 Retail Buying 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MKT263 Advertising Principles 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
IBS101 Introduction to International Business G 3
MGT+++++ Any MGT Management course Any MGT Management course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
MKT+++++ Any MKT Marketing course Any MKT Marketing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

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

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=146448).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Fashion Merchandising program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2021-2022 (Current)    5/25/2021 – 5/23/2022
2020-2021 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021