Fashion Merchandising Degree: What to expect?

Fashion, fashion, fashion. If the topic makes up more than a few of your conversations, then you’ve probably dreamed of running a fashion show or being a Fashion Consultant. It’s a competitive industry, but don’t let that deter you. With a degree in fashion merchandising and some experience, you can make your dreams come true.

And it’s easy to get started. Simply read this article and then check out some of the schools listed to find a fashion merchandising major that’s right for you.


Before you can accessorize that Model or mannequin, expand your knowledge of fashion by enrolling in a fashion merchandising program. You’ll learn about different fabrics, ways to put together a look, and who the major players are in the fashion world.

But there’s more to the fashion industry than eye shadow and heels. There’s a business side that requires you to know about trends, economics, budgets, computers, design practices, and marketing techniques. In addition to taking classes that cover these topics, you’ll also learn about how cultures differ in their fashion philosophies.

To earn your associate’s or four-year degree, scour campuses in your area, consider moving to a fashion-forward city (such as New York), and evaluate programs that offer an online fashion merchandising degree.

Next Step

Take every opportunity to chisel your skills in the industry. Find entry-level positions creating displays at the retail level, work behind the scenes at a fashion show, or snag an internship with a Fashion Designer.

For other opportunities, consider becoming a Personal Shopper or a Fashion Consultant. You could work with a Wedding Planner to advise the bride and groom about tuxedos and dresses for the wedding party, or become a Department Manager for your favorite Designer or retailer.

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