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.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Fashion Merchandising and Design (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
Successful completion of the Fashion Merchandising and 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* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Wholesale and Retail Buyers
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
When to Start Taking Classes
It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
Fall Semester (Term 1)
|TEC105||Cultural Aspects of Clothing||RC||3|
|TEC109||Introduction to Fashion Merchandising||RE||3|
|Restricted Elective||TEC106 highly recommended course||RE|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
Spring Semester (Term 2)
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107. or Prerequisites: ENG101 with a grade of C, or better, or permission of Instructor.||FYC||3|
|College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics||Prerequisites for MAT140 or MAT141 is Appropriate math score OR grade of C or better for MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 OR (appropriate diagnostic score or grade of C or better in each of the following courses: MAT055 & MAT056 & MAT057) or grade of C or better in MAT120/121/122. Prerequisite for MAT142 is the same as Prerequisite for MAT140 or MAT141 but a grade of B is required. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement.||MA||3–5|
|MKT271||Principles of Marketing||RE||3|
|TEC151||Display and Visual Merchandising||RE||3|
Fall Semester (Term 3)
|Clothing Construction or Apparel Quality Analysis||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC110 or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC110 or permission of Instructor.||TEC250 only offered in the Fall||RC||3|
|TEC255||Fashion Retail Merchandising||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MKT/TEC109.||TEC255 only offered in the Fall||RE||3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||COM||3|
|College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor). or No requisites||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||3|
Spring Semester (Term 4)
|TEC200||Retail Buying||TEC200 only offered in the Spring||RE||3|
|TEC260||Fashion Sales Management||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MKT/TEC109.||TEC200 only offered in the Spring||RE||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Any approved general education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.||SB||3|
|ARH+++++||Any ARH Art Humanities course recommended.||HU||3|
|TEC272AA||Retail Merchandising Internship||Prerequisites: Completion of at least twelve (12) college credits, minimum 2.6 grade point average, and be able to obtain a position related to student's academic or career goals (student's present job may qualify); or permission of Instructor.||RE||1|
Select 6 to 9 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.
|ART142||Introduction to Digital Photography||RE||3|
|BPC110||Computer Usage and Applications||RE||3|
|CIS105||Survey of Computer Information Systems||RE||3|
|GBS233||Business Communication||Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107 with grade of "C" or better, or permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
|MGT229||Management and Leadership I||RE||3|
|MGT230||Management and Leadership II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MGT229 or permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
|MGT251||Human Relations in Business||RE||3|
|MGT253||Owning and Operating a Small Business||RE||3|
|MKT101||Introduction to Public Relations||RE||3|
|TEC274AC||Fashion Merchandising Study Tour||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||RE||3|
|TEC106||History of Fashion||RE||3|
|TEC+++++||Any TEC prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area||RE||3|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all Required Courses (RC).
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
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.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=104632).
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:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|