Make fashion your business
If you’re interested in the business of fashion, the online Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising program will introduce you to the ins and outs of the retail industry. You’ll study management, buying, marketing, public relations, sales promotion, and advertising—in a convenient online format that fits into your busy lifestyle.*
Our online education is designed for people who want to build their education without having to attend a brick and mortar school. It’s backed by the support of our creative community, made up of students and instructors** who bring their innovation and experience to class.
After completing your degree, you may pursue career opportunities including Retail Management, Buyer, Marketing Director, Public Relations Director, Product Developer, Stylist, Visual Merchandiser, Magazine Editor, Fashion Show and Event Producer, Designer Representative, or Fashion Trend Reporter.
The online Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising program combines style and substance in a well-rounded online curriculum that prepares you for the competitive fashion merchandising industry. If you choose to continue your fashion education, the credits earned in our Associate of Arts in Fashion Merchandising program are transferable toward our online Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum is designed to help develop the tools and skills to pursue employment in the industry. Students will be mentored by faculty – many of whom are working or have worked in the industry and obtain invaluable guidance to create a standout portfolio.
Gain insight into store operations, human resources, and marketing—the skills that are essential elements of a successful retail business.
Build leadership and management skills that provide the foundation needed to manage a workforce.
Study industry-relevant digital forecasting reports and learn how to adapt them to specific customer profiles.
Styling is a fundamental industry skill that prepares you to enhance anyone’s appearance through professional outfitting.
Learn use layout, branding, and campaign development to create effective Fashion Advertising in today’s digital environment.
Public Relations is constantly evolving thanks to modern tech—making PR even more important as a customer-centric digital communications tool.
Each degree offered includes an Introductory Technology Fee designed to provide you with the technology you need to get started with your program. The fee covers the cost of an iPad, Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard. In addition, each program includes a Technology Fee that provides the industry-relevant tools and specialized software you’ll need as you move through coursework and assignments. The items included as part of this fee will support your collaboration with other students and assist you in creating a portfolio to present to potential future employers.
• Students have the option to opt out of the Introductory Technology Fee and/or Technology Fee and purchase necessary technology on their own. Tuition includes required eBooks and basic software for all courses within the student's program of study. Students are responsible for procuring and/or replenishing any other equipment or materials as required. Please contact your enrollment counselor for a full list of items that make up the technology fee. Technology specifications are subject to change and/or be replaced with a comparable item due to vendor availability. Some technology fee components are distributed over the course of a student’s program; some technology fee components are downloadable items.
- Laptop and external hard drive
- Program specific software, including the Adobe Suite.
Upcoming Start Dates
Prospective students may apply for admission at any time. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible prior to their intended start date. Admitted students may begin their program of study at the start of any quarter (i.e., October, January, April, or July) or mid-quarter (i.e., February, May, August, or November).
If you’re ready to apply, please follow these simple steps: Complete an online application form. Then, within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context) (such as the GED®), and any other college or military transcripts you may have. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to arrange a virtual interview where we can get to know you and your interests in attending college.
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To successfully participate in online learning, students must have a computer and stable internet connection. Additional software and hardware differs by program of study. Have questions about whether you’re set up to start online learning? Talk to one of our Admissions Representatives.