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What is Fashion Merchandising?

Fashion merchandising involves developing an understanding of the fashion industry, including anticipating consumer demand and identifying growing trends in order to take advantage of market conditions and to release products in order to take advantage of such demand. Individuals working in the field will use a variety of research models in order to extrapolate information for use in the decision making process.

Marketing, business, merchandising and analytical skills are all utilized by individuals when attempting to track market forces. Individuals in this field may find themselves specializing in a particular area of fashion merchandising or focusing on a specific market group.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$60,700

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

38.93%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

443,200

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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The University of Georgia (UGA) is a highly diversified research university located in Athens, Georgia.  There are many international students at UGA, as well as nationals and locals from within the state of Georgia.

The UGA offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in a broad range of majors including the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, ecology, environmental design, family and consumer sciences forest resources, journalism and mass communication, education, law, pharmacy, public health, social work and veterinary medicine.

There are many continuing education students at UGA, and the university encourages economic and social development as well as community involvement through its experiment stations and programs in public service and technology transfer.

History

Georgia was the first state in the U.S. to charter at state-supported university in 1785. Studying a curriculum of traditional classical studies, the first class graduated in 1804. The curriculum expanded in 1843 to include law, and much later to include agriculture and mechanical arts. Through the years, sixteen colleges and schools were established within the UGA to provide programs in teaching, research and service.  Today, the UGA is part of the University System of Georgia, and governed by the board of regents.

Academics

The UGA follows the semester academic calendar, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

There are 22 bachelor's degrees offered at UGA with concentrations in 140 fields. The university offers 34 master's degrees (124 concentrations), and nearly 20 Educational Specialist degrees.  There are four different doctoral degree designations (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. and D.P.A.) offered in 91 areas.  Professional degrees at UGA include law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

UGA also offers more than 170 Study Abroad or Foreign Exchange programs.

The university's OASIS program allows you to register for classes, view class schedules and student-related information online.

UGA also has several Distance Learning degrees and certificates including a Master of Education in Adult Education and graduate-level certificates in Pharmacy, among others.  The UGA offers "e-Learning" programs in various departments with Web-based classroom materials and an online learning management system.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Georgia has 16 schools and colleges offering many degree programs, including some interdisciplinary options.

Schools and Colleges at UGA:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environment and Design
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

UGA requires its first-year students to live on campus through their first academic year to get the complete university experience.  There are many residence halls to choose from among several campus communities: Brumby Community, Creswell Community, East Campus Village, Hill Community, Myers Community, Reed Community and Russell Community.

There are many programs available to UGA students that encourage involvement and participation on campus.  The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs celebrates its diverse population and people of color by promoting student leadership and academic achievement.

UGA has many facilities for student health and recreation, including recreational sports and the GORP program, which offers special excursions in hiking, climbing, riding, rafting sailing, and more, for students of all levels.

The Office of Student Affairs has information about the many student groups, clubs, societies and organizations that students can participate in.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are 59 national fraternities and sororities at UGA, and "Greek Life" has been a strong tradition at the university for more than 150 years. The Greek groups at UGA organize and coordinate many annual events and provide leadership for many educational and community programs.

Traditions

The University of Georgia has a long history of traditions, many of which have been made famous in books and movies.  The school's athletics teams have been named the "Bulldogs" since the school was founded and many news reports about sports games at the UGA have made the Bulldogs high profile.  The UGA mascot bulldog, named "Uga," appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Another tradition at the UGA is the ringing of the chapel bell on campus after a Bulldog football team victory.

There is an Arch located on the Northern section of the University of Georgia campus that freshman were traditionally forbidden to walk under.  Although this tradition is no longer enforced, some freshmen still honor the tradition.

Athletics

The University of Georgia's intercollegiate athletics programs ranks among the top 10 in the U.S.  Its Bulldogs teams have won national championships for the past several years in many sports including women's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's swimming and diving, tennis, equestrian and golf.  The women's basketball team is referred to as "The Georgia Lady Bulldogs."

Intercollegiate Sports at UGA:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Georgia's main campus is in Athens, Georgia, and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through its 16 schools and colleges.  The UGA also offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees, and continuing education programs through its satellite campuses elsewhere in Georgia:

  • UGA Gwinnett Campus
  • UGA Griffin Campus
  • UGA Tifton Campus
  • UGA Terry College of Business

Community Life

Community outreach and service is a large part of the University of Georgia's mission.  The UGA has a long history of service to Georgia, and has many public service programs that allow students to work in communities throughout the state on economic development, K-12 education, leadership, professional education and training, as well as research for state agencies.

The community of Georgia, Athens provides ample opportunities for students to find entertainment and explore. There are many art galleries and music and theatre performances on and off campus. The attractive downtown area of Athens offers numerous shops, restaurants, cafes and taverns, helping to make this one of the "Best College Towns" in the United States.

Acceptance Rate

45.3

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Texas Christian University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the school offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Around 9,100 students enroll at Texas Christian University yearly. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1600 to 1920 on the SAT and between 24 to 29 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Texas Christian University. 38% of those students that apply are admitted to Texas Christian University, of which 26% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here. Tuition is approximately $36,000 for the year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to determine cost. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $7,100. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans. The mascot for TCU is the "Horned Frogs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-A)
Students who would like to learn more about TCU may check out their website at http://www.tcu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

47.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Marist College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the school offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Marist College has an annual student enrollment of about six thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. This school has an admissions rate of around 34 percent of which only 31 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $32,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $8,600 annually. Marist College may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans.

The Marist College "Red Foxes" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students should visit the Marist College website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

49.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Acceptance Rate

36.24

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Baylor University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Waco, Texas, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Baptist affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 15,000 students are enrolled annually at Baylor University.

Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. The most common standardized test scores among students accepted to this school are in the range of 24 - 29 on the ACT, or 1660 - 1980 on the SAT exam. 40% of applicants are accepted to this school, of which 20% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at baylor.edu.

The cost of tuition is approximately $35,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $5,200 for the year. Students attending Baylor University may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Baylor University is the "Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Available sports offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)

Students can visit the school's http://www.baylor.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

45.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

FIT, located in New York, New York, is a public art institution that offers students training in the arts. Fashion Institute of Technology has at least twenty different programs available to students, with a Master's degree being the highest degree offered. Listed below are the programs with more popularity among students:

  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Advertising
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Illustration

Student and special services are available at FIT, giving personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At FIT, the graduation rate is around 66%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 5%.

This school has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education having first received its accreditation from that agency in 1957. To learn more and get consumer disclosures, please visit fitnyc.edu.

Acceptance Rate

53.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Howard University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Howard University has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1410 - 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Howard University. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were accepted at Howard University, with 31 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at howard.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $22,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $13,000 each year. Howard University may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Howard University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.howard.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

The New School is a nonprofit private school that has a large number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in New York, New York, in a predominantly urban area. Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled per year at The New School. Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Communications And Journalism
To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to The New School. Scores between 22 to 27 on the ACT or 1510 to 1875 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of acceptance. 69% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 32 percent choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition is approximately $42,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their costs. Housing is available for students, which costs approximately $13,000 for the year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Acceptance Rate

57.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Harding University is a nonprofit private school that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Searcy, AR, in a predominantly rural area. The Churches of Christ affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Approximately 6,700 students enroll at Harding University per year. Areas of study available at Harding University include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 22 - 28 on the ACT or 1000 - 1260 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of admission. Harding University admits roughly 70% of applicants. Of those applicants accepted, about 66% registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at harding.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $16,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their costs. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $3,300 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements. The Harding University Bison participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
Students should visit the Harding University website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

61.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

History

Lipscomb University is a 4 year institution located in Nashville, TN. Founded by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding in 1891, the school was founded as a Bible college. Over the next 50 years the school grew, becoming a junior college, and in 1948 a university. Today Lipscomb University offers a liberal arts education along with spiritual guidance. Students of Lipscomb University are prepared spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically for life and eternity.

Academics

Lipscomb University offers undergraduate and graduate programs for a large number of majors. The school was ranked 18th in the US News and World Reports in its 2011 list of America's Best Colleges Regional Universities (South). Lipscomb University is dedicated to the intellectual development of its students as demanded by God.

Some programs available:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to attend Lipscomb University will have to complete and submit the application along with all pertinent information, recommendations, transcripts (high school or college) and ACT or SAT scores and set up an interview with an admissions officer.  After the application has been evaluated along with the interview the student will be notified if he or she has been admitted. Students interested in receiving financial aid should complete and submit the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact the financial aid office with any questions they may have.

Athletics

The Lipscomb University Bisons participate in a large number of sports. The school recently entered the NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school has an ongoing rivalry with the nearby Belmont University.

Sports Programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

Acceptance Rate

63.11

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Thomas Jefferson University is a nonprofit private college that has a large number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Philadelphia, PA, in a predominantly urban area. Nearly three thousand students enroll at Thomas Jefferson University annually.

Areas of study available at Thomas Jefferson University include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by the admissions office.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $35,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is around $3,800 per year. This school may provide financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans.

Students can visit the school's http://www.jefferson.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

65.88

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Mount Mary College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the school offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled annually at Mount Mary College.

Students can pick from several areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • English Language And Literature
  • Psychology
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students admitted to this school score in-between 17 to 25 on the ACT. Approximately 50% of all applicant were admitted at Mount Mary College, with 51% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at mtmary.edu.

Tuition is approximately $25,000 annually, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements.

The Mount Mary College "Blue Angels" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.mtmary.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

57.87

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Olivet Nazarene University is a nonprofit private school that has a large number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Bourbonnais, IL, in a predominantly suburban area. The Church of the Nazarene affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. ONU has an annual student enrollment of approximately four thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Most students admitted to ONU score in-between 20 to 27 on the ACT. Roughly 80% of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 33% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at olivet.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $30,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $3,500. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

ONU has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NAIA. Available athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)
  • Football (NAIA Division I)

Students can take a look at the school's http://www.olivet.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

57.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Meredith College is a nonprofit private university that has a fair number of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a predominantly urban area. Around 2,100 students enroll at Meredith per year. Areas of study offered at Meredith include:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 910 to 1123 on the SAT and within the range of 18 to 24 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Meredith. Roughly 60 percent of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 41 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at meredith.edu. Tuition is approximately $31,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. Housing is available for students, which costs around $4,400 for the year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans. The Meredith College "Angels" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. For a complete list of areas of study, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at www.meredith.edu today or simply request information here.

Acceptance Rate

64.72

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

PLNU provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in San Diego, California and operated as a private institution. The school's Church of the Nazarene affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Enrollment at Point Loma Nazarene University is nearly three thousand per year. Here is a list of some of the popular programs PLNU offers:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1470 - 1780 for the SAT exam and within the range of 23 - 28 on the ACT is common among students admitted to PLNU. PLNU has an acceptance rate of around 52% of which only 28% chose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here. Tuition is approximately $31,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's tuition calculator to determine cost. Some students at Point Loma Nazarene University may qualify for financial aid, which is typically provided as scholarships, grants, and loans. This school has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NAIA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)
For a complete list of areas of study, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.pointloma.edu/home.htm.

Acceptance Rate

73.66

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Dominican University provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in River Forest, IL and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Dominican has an annual student enrollment of around 3,700. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Library Science
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Public Administration And Social Services
Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1460 - 1740 for the SAT exam and between 20 - 24 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to Dominican University. This school has an admissions rate of 59 percent of which only 26 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at dom.edu. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $29,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may check the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible as scholarships, grants, and loans. The Dominican University "Stars" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
Students who would like to see more about Dominican University may visit their website at http://www.dom.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

64.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Ashland College is a nonprofit private institution located in Ashland, Ohio and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school maintains a Brethren Church affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Ashland College has an annual student enrollment of approximately six thousand. Areas of study offered at Ashland College include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
  • Theology And Religious Vocations
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1330 to 1630 on the SAT and between 20 to 25 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to Ashland College. This school has an acceptance rate of about 72% of which only 24% decided to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here. Tuition is approximately $31,000 for the year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. The price of on-campus housing is around $5,500 per year. Some students at Ashland University may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans. The Ashland University "Eagles" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
Students who wish to see more about Ashland College may take a look at their website at http://www.ashland.edu.

Acceptance Rate

71.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is situated on a park-like campus of more than 400 acres.  CMU offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. CMU also offers professional degrees.  CMU has built its reputation as a large university with a small college feeling, and a focus on student leadership and civic engagement.

In addition to its main Mount Pleasant Campus, CMU offers programs at more than 60 locations throughout Michigan, the U.S., and the world. It offers online courses for distance learning in many degree programs. CMU was named a "military-friendly" university by magazines such as G.I. Jobs and Advanced Military Education.

The faculty and programs at CMU are considered top-notch, and CMU is ranked in the top 20 research institutions in the U.S.  One of its research programs is involved in helping the Pentagon develop a filtration technology system to remove hazardous materials and contaminants from water.

History

Central Michigan University was founded in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. It offered courses in teaching, business and stenography, with formal teacher training as the primary focus.  Classes were originally held in second-floor rooms in an office building in downtown Mount Pleasant. Land was acquired in 1894, and the first school buildings were constructed on the current campus.

By 1909, many of the first teachers trained at "Central" were teaching in schools across the U.S., and also in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. By 1910, the school had expanded its offering of academic study programs. By 1918, Central was offering its first bachelor's degree.  As programs developed and expanded over the years, the name of the school changed several times, until it became Central Michigan University.

Academics

The academic calendar for Central Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall (August - December), spring (January - May) and summer (May - August) semesters.  Online programs have shorter terms throughout the year so students can move through their programs relatively quickly.

Colleges and Schools

CMU designates its colleges and schools as "academic units," as follows:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology
  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Medicine

Academic programs at CMU are organized into the following categories:

  • American Indian Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Health-related
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Pre-Professional
  • Science and Technology
  • Teacher Education

Student Life

Students are very engaged at CMU, with senior-level students exceeding that national average for participation in co-curricular activities by nearly 20 percent. There are many student clubs, groups and organizations on the CMU campus, and many opportunities for involvement. Leadership opportunities are many, and at least 70 percent of CMU students volunteer or participate in community service during their time on campus.

CMU has many dining services on campus and 22 residence halls with many different options for campus living.  There is always ample space for first-year students, who are encouraged to live on campus to get the full college experience.

Athletics

Some of CMU's athletic teams are champions, with the wrestling team winning 12 out of 13 championships. In 2011, the women's soccer team is ranked number one for the sixth consecutive year. CMU's athletic teams compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

CMU has thousands of students around the world enrolled in degree programs through CMU Online.  In addition to its online programs and it flagship campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, CMU has 17 "off campus locations" in Michigan. It also has many satellite campuses or "off campus locations" in other states and countries including:

  • CMU in Metro Detroit (Several locations in Detroit, MI)
  • Camp Pendleton Center (Oceanside, CA)
  • Minot AFB Center (North Dakota)
  • Offutt AFB Center (Nebraska)
  • Fort Leavenworth Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Riley Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Polk Center (Louisiana)
  • Columbus Center (Ohio)
  • Wright Patterson AFB Center (Ohio)
  • Defense Supply Center - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
  • Fort Hamilton Center (New York)
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (New Jersey)
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Center (Maryland)
  • Andrews AFB Center (Maryland)
  • Fort Meade Center (Maryland)
  • Seymour Johnson AFB Center (North Carolina)
  • Kinston Center (North Carolina)
  • CMU in Georgia (Several locations in Atlanta, Georgia)
  • CMU in Metro DC (7 locations in Washington, DC)
  • CMU in Virginia (6 locations in Virginia)
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii)
  • Schofield Center, Schofield Education Center (Hawaii)
  • Tripler Army Medical Center - Tripler (Hawaii)
  • CMU at George Brown College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Georgian College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Humber College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Loyalist College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Red River College (Winnipeg, Canada)
  • CMU at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico)

Acceptance Rate

69.51

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

HPU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in High Point, North Carolina, it offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Enrollment at High Point University is nearly four thousand annually.

Areas of study offered at HPU include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1500 to 1780 on the SAT and in a range of 21 to 26 on the ACT is typical among students accepted to this school. This school has an acceptance rate of around 56 percent of which only 32 percent decided to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at highpoint.edu.

The mascot for HPU is the "Panthers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Contact information, academics information, programs offered, and more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.highpoint.edu.

Acceptance Rate

74.55

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Ball State University is a comprehensive public research university located on a beautiful campus with buildings of Classic architecture in Muncie, Indiana. It offers roughly 180 undergraduate majors and 12 pre-professional programs, and more than 100 programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The Princeton Review has deemed Ball State one of the best colleges in the Midwest, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked it number eight among "up-and-coming" colleges. Top-ranked programs include architecture and landscape architecture, entrepreneurship, telecommunications and education.

Ball State is known for its commitment to immersive learning, with most programs incorporating research, community partnerships, practical experience and projects into the curricula. The immersive learning approach is an integration of content, skills, societal need and student interests. These programs can be completed on campus, off campus, throughout Indiana, or overseas. Practical, real-world experience is emphasized. For example, students in Ball State's entrepreneurship program must pitch a business plan to a panel of experts, who judge its viability. Students in the performance arts at Ball State participate in talent showcases held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ball State boasts an excellent faculty of top experts, with professor-level instructors teaching more than ninety percent of all classes. Thanks to Ball State's approach to immersive learning, all faculty members are heavily involved in projects, research and partnerships as part of the teaching curriculum. The research faculty benefit from Ball State's increasing emphasis on technology transfer and commercialization to support faculty in bringing their ideas to market for the benefit of Indiana's economy.

There are a variety of learning opportunities at Ball State, including internships, study abroad programs, a Building Better Communities Fellows Program, and many community charter schools for local children. Ball State has an outdoor classroom and laboratory that provides hands-on learning for its nature programs, including a forest, a prairie, wetlands, greenhouses, and agricultural ground.

History

In 1899, the community of Muncie, Indiana founded as a private teacher-training college. The college did not thrive, and its land and buildings were later purchased and donated to the city by the Ball brothers - industrialists who aimed to establish a local college that would help to boost Muncie's development. The new school that was established as a result of this gift was called the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. It opened in 1918, but was renamed the Ball Teachers College in 1922. It was renamed again in 1929, becoming Ball State Teachers College.

Throughout the 1960s, the curricula expanded and the college attracted top faculty. Enrollment and funding increased. In 1965, the college was renamed Ball State University.

Academics

The Ball State University academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Ball State University has seven academic colleges that offer approximately 170 majors, 88 master's degrees, 16 doctoral degrees, and four specialist programs.

  • College of Applied Sciencesand Technology
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • Miller College of Business
  • College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Sciencesand Humanities
  • Teachers College

In addition to its colleges, Ball State has many academic centers, institutes, clinics and bureaus, as well as academic research and outreach units.

Student Life

Students at Ball State University are encouraged to become involved in one of the many organizations available on campus in order to develop social and leadership skills and serve the greater community. Involvement in clubs can also provide opportunities for professional networking and can boost a resume. There are clubs and organizations that focus on professions, academics, cultural heritage, religion performing arts, special interests and sports. Additionally, there are many active fraternities and sororities on campus, and university housing organizations that provide opportunities for making the Ball State campus a better place to live.

The Ball State events calendar includes tours of Broadway shows, top division athletics, music headliners, professional dance companies, guest speakers and more.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Ball State University are red and white with black as an accent color.  The school mascot is a cardinal, who appears as "Charlie Cardinal" at many athletic events to energize and entertain the crowds. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Ball State "Cardinals."

Fight Song
Fight team fight for Ball State
We must win this game
Onward now you Cardinals
Bring glory to your name
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Here's to both our colors
Cardinal and White
Praying for a victory
So fight, fight, fight!

Athletics

The Ball State "Cardinals" athletic teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Ball State University has only one primary campus, but offers many International Programs and distance or online education that lead to a degree, certificate or continuing education credits.

Community Life

Ball State University conducts many projects and a significant amount of research to help drive innovation in the State of Indiana. The Building Better Communities initiative provides an opportunity for students and faculty to partner with local leaders on development projects.

Acceptance Rate

76.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

BGSU is a public university that has a large number of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Bowling Green, OH, in a predominantly rural area. Approximately 18,000 students enroll at BGSU yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs BGSU offers:

  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score in a range of 1300 to 1660 on the SAT, or 19 to 24 for the ACT is common among accepted students. BGSU admits approximately 80% of students applying annually. Of those students admitted, nearly 32% enrolled. More information regarding admissions can be found on the school's primary portal or by requesting information here. Tuition & fees at Bowling Green State University are different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $11,000 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $19,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,200. Some students at Bowling Green State University may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans. The mascot for Bowling Green State University is the "Falcons", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at bgsu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

71.82

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Belmont University provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Nashville, Tennessee and operated as a private institution. The Interdenominational affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Approximately 5,900 students are enrolled annually at Belmont University.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Students may submit either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions at Belmont University. A score between 1060 - 1270 on the SAT, or 24 - 29 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. 82% of students that apply are accepted to Belmont University, of which 36% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at belmont.edu.

The cost of tuition is nearly $27,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. Housing is available for students, which costs around $5,800 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Belmont University "Bruins" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.belmont.edu.

Acceptance Rate

83.8

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

IU provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Immaculata, Pennsylvania and operated as a private institution. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at IU exceeds 4,500 per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs IU offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Very common scores among applicants accepted to IU are in the range of 16 - 21 on the ACT, or 1240 - 1540 for the SAT exam. 78% of students that apply are accepted to Immaculata University, of which 24% choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $30,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. Housing is available for students and costs approximately $6,800 per year. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at IU through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)

Students who wish to get more about Immaculata University may check out their website at http://www.immaculata.edu.

Acceptance Rate

81.01

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

College of St Catherine, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately 5,300 students enroll at College of St Catherine yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs St. Kate offers:

  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Library Science
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Most students at St. Kate scored in a range of 22 to 26 on the ACT. St. Kate has an admissions rate of 56% of which only 25% chose to attend.  For additional information about admissions information, prospective students can call St. Catherine's or simply request information from this page. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $26,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $4,900 for the year. Some students at College of St Catherine may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans. College of St Catherine offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division III)
To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at stkate.edu.

Acceptance Rate

67.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Adrian College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Adrian, Michigan, which is a predominantly rural area. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Approximately 1,700 students enroll at Adrian College yearly.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Most students accepted to this school score in-between 19 to 24 on the ACT exam. Approximately 60% of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 22% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at adrian.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $30,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $4,400 each year. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Adrian College "Bulldogs" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the school's http://www.adrian.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

55.93

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Top Fashion Merchandising Degrees

A number of degree programs exist for those seeking to enter the fashion merchandising field or progress in the field with additional educational opportunities.  Programs range from certificate programs through bachelor degrees in fashion merchandising.  Whether you elect to learn in a classroom or online, degrees in merchandising can help you reach our career goals.  A summary of each degree type is listed below:

Certificate Programs in Fashion Merchandising

Certificate programs in fashion merchandising are offered via several accredited colleges and universities found on this resource page.  Certificate programs will come in two distinct types: graduate and undergraduate.  The undergraduate certificate program is an entry-level program focused on providing students with core skills and key concepts to navigate merchandising from the ground up.

Graduate certificate programs, on the other hand, are upper-level courses designed for working professionals and qualifying students to upskill, add key knowledge, advance their career, or prepare for a job transition.  To learn more about certificate options, simply select the button below or sort by schools on this page to find the perfect college program for you.

Associate Degrees in Fashion Merchandising

The associate degree in fashion merchandising can be conferred as an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) as a function of the coursework and school’s accreditation parameters.  Specializations in the associate degree track can include: Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Merchandise Product Development.

The 2-year associate’s degree will provide students with liberal arts classes such as math, sociology, and psychology to help students think differently about the world around them.  Core classes in the associate degree program can include classes such as: sales management, consumer behavior, event promotion, advertising, merchandise management, business management, financial management, apparel production, retail operations, visual merchandising, and brand marketing.

Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Merchandising

The bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising is a four-year program for full-time students and longer for part-time students as a function of course load and completion.  Bachelor degrees can be conferred as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS) dependent upon the curricular design of the program.

A bachelor’s degree provides students with additional liberal arts classes and core courses to help them fill-in their skill set, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.  Students will take core classes in graphic design, business management, theory of design, manufacturing, leadership, economics, retail management, marketing, textiles fundamentals, forecasting, retailing basics, sales promotion, image manipulation, digital illustration, digital imaging, procurement, contemporary design, and visual imaging.

The overarching goals of the bachelor’s degree program in fashion merchandising is to prepare students by providing them tools to become effective communicators, merchandising professionals, marketing experts, technologically proficient, and effective visual merchandisers.

Educational Requirements in Merchandising

Adegree in fashion merchandising prepares an individual with the skills necessary to track market trends, identify new fashions, approximate costs and evaluate demand for various products in the fashion industry. Fashion merchandising is a growing field; certificate and degree programs have become more commonplace and often explore the business side of fashion. A fashion merchandising program will impart multiple skills ranging from the artistic to business.

Individuals enrolled in a fashion merchandising program will be exposed to various fashions, trends, and design principles. Utilizing case studies, students will learn about how trends may impact the market, and how new fashions may be introduced into a given area.

Students will also learn about manufacturing pipelines, how to develop and maintaining relationships with various suppliers and manufacturers, as well as understanding the process for production and the costs associated for orders of varying size. In addition, business courses will be taken, providing understanding of basic economic principles and managerial methods. A curriculum in fashion merchandising may include:

  • Merchandising
  • Retailing
  • Import and Export
  • Textiles
  • Production Methods

Employment in Fashion Merchandising

As it is a burgeoning field there is no standard degree for entry level positions, and talent carries a significant amount of weight. Positions requiring cost-benefit analyses on production, and equivalent statistical reporting may require higher levels of education or several years of experience.

A fashion merchandiser must constantly be on the lookout for developing trends, and must be able to examine previous fashion trends to predict product purchases for stores, or production runs for designers.

Individuals in this field should be able to distinguish themselves by demonstrating industry knowledge and accurately understanding the forces that are in effect when considering marketing solutions and production options.

Some possible career paths include:

  • Fashion Advertising Agent
  • Event Planner
  • Store Buyer
  • Promotion Specialist

Fashion Merchandising Jobs & Industry Growth

Job growth in fashion merchandising is expected to grow significantly faster than average over the next decade. This is due to burgeoning markets locally, nationally, and internationally. The desire for professionals who understand fashion production and can identify trends in the market is expected to increase as the ability to deliver goods to previously untapped markets increases. This is coupled with an increased interest in fashion by the middle class which will increase the demand for varying fashions in the future.

The average salary for someone with a degree in fashion merchandise is $60,700 per year, but can vary wildly based on career path, experience, and employer.  The outlook for the industry over the next ten years is steady with an expected 7,200 fashion merchandisers expected to join the ranks of the profession.

Fashion Art Schools Near You

The team at MatchCollege is always looking for ways to help students and working professionals find important information about higher education. We have sorted fashion art programs by size, degree type, area of concentration, state, and school type. For visual learners, we have included an alphabetical list of the top ranked fashion art schools in the country for additional research purposes.

Academy of Art University Musicians Institute
Academy of Vocal Arts New England School of Photography
AI Miami International University of Art And Design New Hampshire Institute of Art
American Academy of Art New York Academy of Art
American Academy of Dramatic Arts West New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts
American Conservatory Theater New York Film Academy Universal City
American Institute of Interior Design New York School of Interior Design
Antonelli Institute Northwest College of Art
Art Academy of Cincinnati Nossi College of Art
Art Center College of Design Oklahoma School of Photography
Art Institute Pittsburgh Omore College of Design
Atlanta Institute of Music Oregon College of Art And Craft
Berklee College of Music Otis College of Art And Design
California College of The Arts Pacific Northwest College of Art
California Institute of The Arts Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts
Circle In The Square Theater School Pennsylvania College of Art And Design
Cleveland Institute of Art Portland Actors Conservatory
Cleveland Institute of Music Ringling College of Art And Design
Columbia College Hollywood Rocky Mountain College of Art And Design
Columbus College of Art And Design San Francisco Art Institute
Compass College of Cinematic Arts San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Cornish College of The Arts Santa Fe University of Art And Design
Cranbrook Academy of Art Savannah College of Art And Design
Design Institute of San Diego School of Advertising Art Inc
Ducret School of Arts School of The Art Institute of Chicago
Ex Pression College For Digital Arts School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Fashion Institute of Technology School of Visual Arts
Gemological Institute of America The Art Center Design College Albuquerque
Gemological Institute of America New York The Art Institute of California
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Hussian School of Art The Collective School of Music
Interior Designers Institute The Creative Center
Kansas City Art Institute The Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising
KD College Conservatory of Film And Dramatic Arts The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
Laguna College of Art And Design The Juilliard School
Los Angeles Music Academy The Kubert School
Maine College of Art The New England Conservatory of Music
Manhattan School of Music The New England Institute of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art The University of The Arts
Massachusetts College of Art And Design University of North Carolina School of The Arts
Milwaukee Institute of Art Design Vandercook College of Music
Minneapolis College of Art And Design Visible School Music And Worships Arts College
Montserrat College of Art Wade College
Moore College of Art And Design Watkins College of Art Design Film

 

Those interested in a degree in fashion merchandising may also be interested inapparel and accessories marketing operations,fashion and apparel design, orbusiness administration.

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