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The Fashion Merchandising and Design program allows students to grow professionally in their knowledge in the world of retail while developing advanced creative skills in fashion design. Possible careers include, but are not limited to: retail management and/or entrepreneurship, textile and apparel product development, fashion design, styling, buying, fashion journalism and visual merchandising. Students will explore the dynamic world of fashion through courses in Fashion Buying, Visual Merchandising, Clothing Construction, Retail Mathematics, History of Costume, Cultural Aspects of Fashion and many more. Students also complete a Minor in Marketing as part of the curriculum.

The Fashion Merchandising and Design curriculum guide is here.The Fashion Merchandising and Design minor is here


In addition to the Fashion Merchandising and Design Major the Department of Art +Design also offers a Fashion Merchandising and Design Minor:


Fashion Merchandising and Design Minor (18 hours)

Required Courses – Total Semester Hours: 9

Additional three (3) courses from the following list to fulfill the Fashion Merchandising and Design Minor, at least one of which must have a FCS prefix:

Careers in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Career Titles  
Accessories Product Technician Museum Curator - Costume Collection
Assistant Fabric Specialist Pattern Maker
Account representative Print Designer
Apparel Import/Export Specialists Product Development Team
Apparel Manufacturer’s Representative Property Manager
Assistant Buyer Productions & Operations Manager
Brand Inventory Planner Print Technologist
Buyer Pre-production Coordinator
Customer Relations Product Development Technical Support
Comparison Shopper/ratings Production Inventory Planner
Commercial Lighting Sales Purchasing Agent
Career Wear Consultant Product Review
Colorist Researcher
Catalog Layout Assistant Designer Regulatory Assurance Manager
CAD Designer, Men's Woven Shirts Regional Sales Manager
Color specialist team Retail Sales Associate-Apparel/Footwear
District Sales Manager Retail Store Manager
Distribution Director Retail Sales Associate-Accessories
Embroidery Work Order Coordinator Sourcing Specialist-Accessories
Exhibit Booth Account Representative Sample Maker
Facilities Manager Sourcing Specialist-Trim
Fashion Copywriter Textile Quality Manager
Fabric Planning Assistant Textile Print Designer
Footwear Designer Technical Development Team
Furniture & Floor Sales Technical Specifications
Interior Design Sales Technical Sales Representative
Inventory Allocation Trim Sourcer
Home Shopping Network Team Textile Laboratory Assistant
Jewelry Merchandise Planner Visual and Store Design
Licensing Director Web Site Sales
Loss Prevention Operations Wall Coverings Designer
Mall Manager Web Site Design Team
Market Analysis  


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Art Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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