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Fashion Merchandising

Location: ROC

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

Professional certification opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Fashion Merchandising program include:

  • Precision Exams 21st Century Success Skills


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 that 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.