Fashion Merchandising: Diploma Description

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A Fashion Merchandising Diploma trains a student how to set up displays and market fashion. Once a student graduates with this diploma he or she can enter the fashion world as a visual merchandiser or fashion marketing rep. The classes a student is likely to take while pursuing this diploma are: visual merchandising, marketing, fashion marketing, fashion history, retail buying and accounting. More information is available in the following article.
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Why Earn a Diploma in Fashion Merchandising?

The world of fashion encompasses more than just creating the clothing and accessories that fashion models wear on the runways of the world. It also involves the selling, marketing and displaying of that merchandise. A student fully trained in fashion merchandising will know how to display fashion and accessories in such a way that it will be pleasing to the shopper's eye and encourage sales. Merchandising also involves marketing fashion through various methods to encourage sales of those products.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook for Fashion Merchandising

The fashion merchandising industry is not expected to produce a lot of jobs in the foreseeable future. Factors that are affecting the industry include offshoring, automation, rise in the number of warehouse and discount stores and the Internet.

Salary Information for Fashion Merchandising

Retail buyers can earn anywhere within the range of $24,380 to $79,340 according the amount of experience and education. A student majoring in marketing may get a position starting at $33,873 and a student majoring in advertising may get a position starting at $31,340. Salaries for fashion merchandisers range from $15,000 to $100,000. All statistics are taken from BLS.

Degree Specifics

Coursework for Fashion Merchandising

Those who wish to pursue a career in this area of the fashion world need to have a keen eye for detail and a keen sense of what consumers are looking for. Courses for this diploma may include:

  • Fashion Journalism
  • Retail Principles
  • Textiles
  • Fashion and Interiors
  • Fashion Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Fashion Creation
  • Fashion Design
  • Creating Fashion Displays
  • Visual Merchandising Principles
  • Marketing

Skills Learned with a Fashion Merchandising Diploma

Students graduating with this diploma will be able to present fashion and apparel in such a way that it sells merchandise. Skills that graduates of this program may have acquired include:

  • Fashion Marketing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Communication Skills
  • Drawing Skills
  • Ability to predicts trends and change in style
  • Display Creation
  • Visualization Skills
  • Supervisory and Teamwork Skills
  • Project Management Skills
  • Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Planning Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Fashion Design
  • Textiles and their Usage

Popular Schools

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    1. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration
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    2. The Art Institutes

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Fashion Merchandising (BS)
      • Fashion Merchandising (BA)
      • Fashion Marketing & Management (BFA)
      • Fashion Marketing & Management (BS)
      • Fashion Marketing (BS)
      • Fashion Marketing & Management (BA)
    Associate's
      • Fashion Merchandising (AAS)
      • Fashion Marketing & Management (AAS)
      • Fashion Marketing (AS)
    Certificate
      • Fashion Retailing (C)
    High School Diploma
      • Fashion Retailing (D)
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    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
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    4. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Generalist
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Operations Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
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    5. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management (DM) - General Concentration (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin
      • Master of Business Admin: Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Marketing
      • BS - Business Administration - Digital Marketing
      • BS - Business Administration - Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Organizational Behavior
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Development
      • BS - Business Administration - General
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
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    6. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate's - Business Admin
    Certificate
      • Certification - Business Administration
      • Diploma Program - Business Administration
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Internet Marketing - Certificate
      • B.S. - Music Business
      • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media
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    8. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Management (Spanish)
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate)
    Master's
      • General Business (MBA)
    Associate's
      • Business Administration - Associate
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Seton Hall University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
      • Master of Business Administration

Featured Schools

George Mason University

  • Master of Business Administration

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The Art Institutes

  • Fashion Merchandising (BS)
  • Fashion Merchandising (AAS)
  • Fashion Retailing (C)
  • Fashion Retailing (D)

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Business Admin: Marketing
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Generalist
  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor of Management (DM) - General Concentration (Executive Format)
  • Master of Business Admin
  • BS - Business Administration - Marketing
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Virginia College

  • Associate's - Business Admin
  • Certification - Business Administration
  • Diploma Program - Business Administration

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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • M.S. - Internet Marketing
  • BS - Internet Marketing - Certificate
  • B.S. - Music Business

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Keiser University

  • Master of Business Administration - Management (Spanish)
  • Associate of Arts - Accounting

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