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Fashion Merchandising

Program Description

Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you enjoy mixing and matching fabrics and accessories to design unique and intriguing looks? Working in the creative and fast-paced world of fashion is a career for those who love to be creative.

The ROC Fashion Merchandising program is a one year course that provides students the opportunity to study various elements involved in the design, manufacturing, advertising, marketing, and sale of fashion apparel and accessories.

NOTE: Fashion Merchandising is offered only during ROC's AM session (7:30am to 10:30am). Students requiring a PM session class may wish to consider Retail Sales.


Fashion Merchandising students learn:

  • Technical  and fashion drawing
  • Event & fashion show production
  • Trends & concepts in apparel
  • Fashion designers
  • Concept development
  • Color theory
  • Principles and elements of design
  • Fashion history
  • Basics of display


Fashion Merchandising students should have average or better skills in reading and writing. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of credit (5 units general math, 10 units elective credit) each semester toward their high school graduation. This college prep course also satisfies the UC fine arts requirement for graduation.

FIDM college credit available

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) credit available. ROC Fashion Merchandising is articulated with FIDM courses in GNST 1230 and GNST 1170. Students meeting FIDM’s established criteria will earn up to 6 quarter units of credit in addition to the above high school credit.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Fashion Merchandising students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Merchandise Buyer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Marketer
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Display Specialist for department stores


This program affords students the opportunity to earn FIDM college credits.