Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising

The Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design & Merchandising degree program at the Sanford-Brown is a great place to cultivate your talents. By combining a hands-on education in apparel design with courses in market and trend research, our training program can help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the fashion design industry.

Through our Fashion Design & Merchandising degree program, you can learn how to create original garments, design visually appealing displays and generate effective publicity campaigns. This associate-level program is designed to challenge you to think creatively and learn how to communicate your ideas effectively.

Sanford-Brown's Fashion Design & Merchandising degree program can help you expand your talents as you learn the fundamentals of apparel design, pattern drafting and clothing construction. Through industry-current classes you also can gain an understanding of basic theories and practices used in retail management, merchandising, publicity and promotion. This innovative training program can help you gain important skill sets used in both the fashion design and fashion merchandising industries.

Below is a sampling of course topics included in Sanford-Brown's Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising degree program.* Classes are led by instructors with relevant career experience.

  • Visual Merchandising
  • Introduction To Business
  • Retail Management
  • Salesmanship
  • Introduction To Fashion
  • Fashion Sketching I
  • Clothing Construction I
  • Evolution Of Fashion
  • Textiles For Fashion
  • Fashion Sketching II
  • Clothing Construction II
  • Computer Graphics For Fashion Design
  • Pattern Drafting I
  • Draping I
  • Fashion Design I

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

Prospective entry-level career opportunities for students who successfully complete the Sanford-Brown AAS in Fashion Design and Merchandising degree program can include:

  • Assistant Apparel Technical Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Assistant Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Wardrobe Attendant
  • Seamstress
  • Sales Representative
  • Fashion Event Coordinator

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A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.