Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design Fashion Merchandising and Design: Track I Fashion Merchandising

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Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Fashion Merchandising and Design (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3260
Total Credits Required
60-67
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Determine social and psychological factors that affect clothing choices and behaviors.
  2. Identify cultural factors, technological developments, interests, values, and aesthetic concepts that affect clothing choices.
  3. Identify and assess the economic, political, and historical factors which influence the changing pattern of fashion.
  4. Read, interpret, and apply concepts from trade journals, newspapers, and other sources of trade information on a regular basis.
  5. Identify and select specific merchandise which will satisfy the needs and wants of potential customers.
  6. Recognize and evaluate the quality of construction features and material used in approval items.
  7. Explain the sewing process and use of pressing equipment and sewing tools appropriately when constructing apparel.
  8. Identify fabric and its performance characteristics which consumers want in the use and care of merchandise.
  9. Explain the properties, use, and care of textile fibers, including variations on weaves as they relate to appearance, strength, serviceability, use, and care.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this 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. 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.

* 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

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 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by 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.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

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 Sequence

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

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing RC 3
TEC109 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising RE 3
Restricted Elective TEC106 highly recommended course RE
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC222 Textiles RC 3
Restricted Elective RE
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
MKT271 Principles of Marketing RE 3
TEC151 Display and Visual Merchandising RE 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC111 or
TEC250
Intermediate Apparel Construction or Apparel Quality Analysis TEC250 only offered in the Fall RC 3
TEC255 Fashion Retail Merchandising TEC255 only offered in the Fall RE 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM 3
ACC109 Accounting Concepts RE 3
CRE101 or
CRE111
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry OR equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC200 Retail Buying TEC200 only offered in the Spring RE 3
TEC260 Fashion Sales Management 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 RE 1

Program Electives

Select 6 to 9 credits from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART131 Photography I RE 3
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 RE 3
MGT229 Management and Leadership I RE 3
MGT230 Management and Leadership II 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
MKT263 Advertising Principles RE 3
TEC274AC Fashion Merchandising Study Tour 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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Disclaimer

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.

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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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).

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 and Design: Track I Fashion Merchandising program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019