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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
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Determine social and psychological factors that affect clothing choices and behaviors.
- Identify cultural factors, technological developments, interests, values, and aesthetic concepts that affect clothing choices.
- Identify and assess the economic, political, and historical factors which influence the changing pattern of fashion.
- Read, interpret, and apply concepts from trade journals, newspapers, and other sources of trade information on a regular basis.
- Identify and select specific merchandise which will satisfy the needs and wants of potential customers.
- Recognize and evaluate the quality of construction features and material used in approval items.
- Explain the sewing process and use of pressing equipment and sewing tools appropriately when constructing apparel.
- Identify fabric and its performance characteristics which consumers want in the use and care of merchandise.
- Explain the properties, use, and care of textile fibers, including variations on weaves as they relate to appearance, strength, serviceability, use, and care.
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.
Wholesale and Retail Buyers
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.
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 district placement, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101 OR (Prerequisites: ALT100. Corequisites: ENG100A or ENG101LL or ENG107LL or WAC101). or Prerequisites: Appropriate district placement, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101 OR (Prerequisites: ALT100. Corequisites: ENG100A or ENG101LL or ENG107LL or WAC101).||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: A 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: An appropriate District placement, or a grade of C or better in (MAT052, MAT053, and MAT055), or (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), or MAT085, or MAT09+, or MAT103 or MAT114 or MAT115. 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 MAT12+, 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)
|Intermediate Apparel Construction or Apparel Quality Analysis||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in TEC110 or permission of Instructor. or No requisites||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 or Critical Reading for Business and Industry||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 Prerequisites: Reading Asset test score, or grade of C or better in RDG100, or permission of Instructor.||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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Course 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.
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 curriculum 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|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|