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The Fashion Merchandising 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.


Fashion Merchandising major curriculum guide

Fashion Merchandising minor curriculum guide




FMD 4275 Internship is an individually-planned work experience in a business or agency related to a career path within Fashion Merchandising. 

The objectives of the internship are to 1) simulate a job search as you identify and secure an internship site appropriate to your professional goals, 2) provide a relevant professional experience equivalent to an entry-level position, and 3) allow for professional self-reflection.

In order to apply for FMD 4275 Internship you must:

  1. have completed ART 2749,
  2. be in good academic standing,
  3. submit the Internship Application by the due date (see below), and
  4. have internship site approval from FMD faculty.

This pre-professional experience gives you the opportunity to put to practical use the knowledge and skills acquired as a student.  It is expected that you will gain an understanding of the philosophy, organization, and “inner workings” of your site and become familiar with the roles, responsibilities, and limitations within your field of study.

Dues dates for the internship application (all paperwork will be submitted online):

  • November 1st for Spring internships
  • April 1st for Summer and Fall internships

Upon approval of the internship application, you will be administratively added to the correct section of FMD 4275. If you are not enrolled in a section of FMD 4275 by the end of finals week contact Deborah Reifsteck (Art & FMD Advisor) at

Internship Site Supervisor Information - LINK coming soon

Internship Information Packet - LINK coming soon

Online Application

If you have questions about the FMD Internship or the application process, please contact Dr. Katherine Shaw at or Mrs. Deborah Reifsteck at

Careers in Fashion Merchandising

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

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