Combine your passion for trendsetting styles with a business-focused education that will be an asset in many industries with the online Associate of Science in Fashion Merchandising. This online AS program, with its focus on the application of retailing and fashion merchandising theory, could be the start to an exciting and rewarding career in fashion.
Earn your associate degree in fashion merchandising online and take courses in design and color theory, textiles, retailing and marketing. With an AS degree, you'll be prepared for entry-level careers in buying, visual merchandising, sales and vendor relations in retail or wholesale settings. Plus, if you want to continue your education, you don't have worry about applying to another school. SNHU offers an online BS in Fashion Merchandising.
In the AS in Fashion Merchandising degree program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your associate in fashion merchandising online at SNHU include:
Earning an associate degree in fashion merchandising online will prepare you for roles in buying, sales management, retail operations management, merchandising, retail promotions and vendor relations. Employers who have hired SNHU students and graduates include Coach, Timberland, Reebok International, Jessica McClintock, Kenneth Cole, Macy’s and Saks.
The demand for leaders in the fashion and merchandising industry is growing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment among first-line supervisors and managers in the clothing, accessory and general merchandising industry is expected to grow 17 percent through 2020. Further, the BLS reports that many retailers prefer to hire people with an associate or bachelor's degree in marketing, merchandising or business as management trainees or assistant managers.
The associate degree in fashion merchandising online curriculum will help you build a solid foundation in merchandising and retailing principles and practices. This fashion merchandising curriculum, designed and taught by practicing professionals, includes courses in design, textiles, marketing, retailing and sales promotion to enhance a career in fashion.
Financial Accounting establishes the rules and regulations for preparing accounting information used by internal and external sources to evaluate the financial health of an organization. This course will develop the student's ability to interpret financial accounting information, to communicate this information and to understand the accounting system that produces this information.
Managerial Accounting will explore the financial impact of alternative business decisions and the financial benefits of new business practices. After completing this course, the student will understand how accounting and other productivity information can be used to assess the past and improve the future performance of a business by giving managers essential information they need to make more informed decisions.
This course examines the basic principles of design, including balance, emphasis, proportion and rhythm. The art elements of line, space, texture and color are studied with special emphasis on how they relate to advertising layout and design and visual merchandising. This course is cross-listed with GRA-101.
Fashion principles and procedures used in planning, selecting, pricing and selling fashion goods in retail stores, catalogs and on the Internet are studied. Merchandising systems, assortment plans and inventory control methods are analyzed. A field trip to New York City's market district is a possibility.
Textile information pertinent to merchandising is included in this course. Analysis of fibers, yarns and weaves, fabric recognition, and a detailed study of natural and man-made materials are emphasized.
This course seeks to instill in students a complete understanding of the influence of merchandise planning and purchasing on retail profit. Students analyze profit and loss statement and demonstrate a complete understanding of the factors that influence the retailer's financial performance.
This course examines the organization's functions for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. These functions, designed to meet customers' needs and organizational goals, include marketing research, environmental monitoring, target market selection, product selection, promotion, distribution and pricing.
This course studies the basics of retailing and emphasizes the development of retail institutions, store layout and design, merchandising, pricing and problems retailers experience in today's business environment.
This course focuses on sales promotion in the retail sector. The specific needs of retailers in the areas of advertising, visual merchandising, personal selling, and special events planning are among the topics addressed. The culminating project will be a sales promotion plan that will include a major special event. This project is designed to be flexible to support the range of retailing interests represented in the class.
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
3 credit(s) from the following:
3 credit(s) from the following:
Students enrolled in this program will complete a minimum of 150 hours internship in the fashion field. The internship must pertain to the way apparel products and apparel accessories are marketed and distributed. It has to be approved by the career development center and the fashion program coordinator. It is strongly suggested that students complete the internship in the summer between their first and second year at Southern New Hampshire University.
Free Elective Credits: 6
Total Credits: 60
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.