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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Fashion Merchandising

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Fashion Merchandising
Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising
Certificate in Clothing Construction
Certificate in Fashion Design

Fashion Merchandising Program
Dave Cooper, Chair (530) 895-2259
Department Office: ARTS 224 (530) 895-2404
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
Courses in Fashion Merchandising give students the opportunity to discover the inner workings of the fashion industry with many "hands-on" experiences. Fashion Merchandising emphasizes the business of buying, distributing and selling of merchandise from the manufacturing level through to the retailer and, ultimately, the consumer.

A highly-specialized program in Fashion Merchandising enables students to acquire marketable skills in a minimum time. A two-year program leading to the Associate Degree is available.

Career Opportunities
As long as fashion continues to change, lucrative careers will always be available for those who are prepared to expand their personal and professional horizons. The world of fashion merchandising is a challenging, fast-paced and highly competitive field with numerous opportunities for monetary and career advancement. Positions in the ever-expanding world of fashion are available in, but not limited to, these areas:

Retail: Buyer, assistant buyer, department manager, fashion/bridal consultant, store manager, merchandise manager, salesperson, shop owner, sales representative, showroom associate, personal shopper, and management trainee.

Promotion: Fashion stylist, fashion coordinator, public relations, fashion commentator, special events director, and model.

Media: Fashion reporter, copy writer, fashion illustrator, fashion writer, fashion editor, publicity manager, and fashion researcher.

Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0134800CA.html

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Fashion Merchandising 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze and describe the fashion industry including innovations, careers, current trends, the impact of globalization and technology, and the expanding roles of designers.
  • Analyze, describe, and apply concepts in the business of buying, distributing and selling of fashion merchandise from the manufacturing level through to the retailer and, ultimately, the consumer.
  • Demonstrate command of visual presentation or production, and create a resume or relevant portfolio to be used to market him/herself in the fashion industry.
Required courses for the major: 39 Units

FASH 99 Work Experience-FASH Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising 22 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze and describe the fashion industry including innovations, careers, current trends, the impact of globalization and technology, and the expanding roles of designers.
  • Analyze, describe, and apply concepts in the business of buying, distributing and selling of fashion merchandise from the manufacturing level through to the retailer and, ultimately, the consumer.
  • Demonstrate command of visual presentation or production, and create a resume or relevant portfolio to be used to market him/herself in the fashion industry.
Required courses for the certificate:
FASH 99 Work Experience-FASH Has prerequisite(s)1


Certificate in Clothing Construction 12 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Select appropriate fabrics and notions suitable to specific garment designs.
  • Drape, draft or manipulate flat patterns to create accurate garment patterns.
  • Lay patterns correctly and economically onto markers or fabric.
  • Construct garments using various sewing techniques.
  • Fit garments on various body types and be able to make the proper adjustments.
Required courses for the certificate:
FASH 10 Clothing Construction II Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate in Fashion Design 15 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze and describe the fashion industry including innovations, careers, current trends, the impact of globalization and technology, and the expanding roles of designers.
  • Demonstrate command of visual presentation or production, and create a resume or relevant portfolio to be used to market him/herself in the fashion industry.
  • Demonstrate the principles and practice of fashion design including design analysis; use of industry vocabulary; technical illustration; drafting of patterns; and effective communication of original design concepts.
  • Demonstrate technical skills including machine operation; taking measurements; basic alterations; pattern layout, cutting, and preparation; and use of fabrics, tools, and supplies.
Required courses for the certificate:
Select 15 units from the following:15

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