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Fashion Merchandising and Management

Berkeley College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. A.A.S., Fashion Merchandising and Management, B.B.A., Fashion Merchandising and Management, and B.B.A., Fashion Merchandising and Management with a Minor in International Business are accredited by IACBE. 

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Student Testimonial

“Berkeley College has so many opportunities and so many programs - I’ve always been interested in fashion. As a native of the Dominican Republic, Berkeley helped me get into college even when I couldn't’t speak English very well. Be fearless to begin this new chapter in your life.”

-Odette Tholenaar Inchaustegui, Fashion Merchandising and Management Student

Odette Tholenaar Inchaustegui

Business with style.

The Fashion Merchandising and Management degree programs at Berkeley College integrate the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry. Incorporating current technologies, courses provide students with training in consumer behavior, product development, merchandising, retail distribution, marketing, and sales, covering the complete fashion global supply chain.

Potential career paths include:

  • Product development
  • Retail buying and merchandising
  • Allocation and planning
  • Omni-channel retail management
  • Brand communications

Students benefit from courses taught by fashion faculty selected for their academic credentials and professional experience, in addition to guest lectures and presentations from industry experts. A comprehensive capstone course and participation in a supervised internship allow students to apply their education in the fashion workplace. Field trips to retailers and showrooms, as well as volunteer opportunities during New York Fashion Week, provide additional hands-on learning.

For more information regarding a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

Benefits of a Fashion Degree:

  • An understanding of the complete fashion global supply chain from materials sourcing to omni-channel retail distribution
  • Opportunities to:
    • Explore consumer and buyer trends
    • Develop fashion products
    • Evaluate production needs and costs
    • Determine proper retail strategies
    • Use support technologies
  • The ability to apply proper marketing and sales techniques to fashion business operations
  • Participation in faculty-monitored fashion internships or industry-related activities
  • Access to New York City’s fashion industry and support network
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees 

Career Paths:

At Berkeley College, our career-focused curricula are designed with job preparation in mind. Most of our majors offer specific Career Paths for students. By working with professional advisory boards, these Career Paths recommend elective courses that complement the program curricula and help develop the exact career skills that employers look for when hiring graduates or promoting employees.

Fashion Merchandising and Management Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online.

This program is offered in: Brooklyn, New York City, White Plains, Newark, Paramus, Woodbrigde, Woodland Park, Online 

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

FAS1101 Introduction to the Fashion Business

3 Credits

Provides an overview of the fashion industry and its global reach. This course familiarizes students with fashion history and key milestones. Students learn about business categories including women's, men's, and children's ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, innerwear, and outerwear. Further topics include consumer behavior, marketing, product development, and sales.

FAS2230 Fashion Textiles for Apparel and Home

3 Credits

Provides an overview of the textiles industry. Students acquire the basic knowledge of fibers, yarns, cloth construction, finishes, and embellishments necessary to determine quality and to make appropriate fabric choices for contemporary fashion apparel and home furnishings. Students learn principles of sustainability as they relate to textile development, manufacturing, and reuse.

FAS2245 Merchandise Planning and Buying

3 Credits

Provides an overview of contemporary inventory control systems, sales records, and projections. Students learn the retail method of inventory, how to read operating statements, techniques for planning, and formulas to determine mark-ups, markdowns, open-to-buy, and terms of sales.

FAS2261 Trend Analysis and Product Development

3 Credits

Provides an overview of how color, fiber, and style trends are determined, researched, and analyzed to develop fashion products appropriate to a brand’s unique selling proposition and target market. Students examine the product development process, learn product lifecycle management fundamentals, develop a product line, and apply strategies to achieve profitability.

Prerequisites: FAS1101, FAS2230, MKT2220

Fashion Elective- 3 Credits

BUSINESS CORE COURSES

ACC1111 Financial Accounting I

3 Credits

Introduces the basic structure of accounting terminology and procedures of a business organization. Students learn about recording and reporting functions, adjusting entries and closing entries, the preparation of financial statements, accounting for merchandising operations, valuation of inventories, purpose and significant features of internal controls, preparation of bank reconciliations and the valuation of receivables.

BUS2293 Internship

3 Credits

Students work in a position related to their course of study while at the same time completing online course requirements – including focused online discussions and special online projects – that integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their degree program.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

CIS1115 Computer Applications

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

IBS2201 International Business

3 Credits

Explores the diverse environment, management concerns, financial issues, and marketing questions faced by international business organizations. Students gain a heightened global awareness as they seek the knowledge and skills needed to function competitively in an increasingly interdependent world.

MGT2220 Principles of Management

3 Credits

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

MKT2220 Principles of Marketing

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to fundamental principles and practices in the marketing process, including a detailed study of each marketing mix tool (product, price, place, promotion), along with an introduction to marketing research, target marketing, SWOT construction and analysis, strategic marketing planning, and consumer behavior. This is the gateway course to the Marketing Communications Program.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSE

CDV2000 Career Development I

3 Credits

Introduces students to the fundamentals of career development and planning. Students focus on setting appropriate career goals based on self-assessment in alignment with skills and competencies. Students learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to communicate effectively in multiple media, and how to develop time management skills to help them succeed both academically and professionally.

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week courses.

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES

ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres.

Prerequisite: ENG1105

HUM2225 Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

MAT2215 Statistics I

3 Credits

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

SOC1123 Psychology of Adjustment

3 Credits

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

SOC2231 Human Relations

3 Credits

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

Mathematics/Science Elective 3 FREE ELECTIVE 3 

60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $89.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/static/school_of_business/aas_fashion_merchandising_and_management_nj/gedt-1.html and BerkeleyCollege.edu/static/school_of_business/aas_fashion_merchandising_and_management_ny/gedt-1.html

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Fashion Merchandising and Management Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.)

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online.

This program is offered in: Brooklyn, New York City, White Plains, Newark, Paramus, Woodbrigde, Woodland Park, Online 

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

FAS1101 Introduction to the Fashion Business

3 Credits

Provides an overview of the fashion industry and its global reach. This course familiarizes students with fashion history and key milestones. Students learn about business categories including women's, men's, and children's ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, innerwear, and outerwear. Further topics include consumer behavior, marketing, product development, and sales.

FAS2230 Fashion Textiles for Apparel and Home

3 Credits

Provides an overview of the textiles industry. Students acquire the basic knowledge of fibers, yarns, cloth construction, finishes, and embellishments necessary to determine quality and to make appropriate fabric choices for contemporary fashion apparel and home furnishings. Students learn principles of sustainability as they relate to textile development, manufacturing, and reuse.

FAS2245 Merchandise Planning and Buying

3 Credits

Provides an overview of contemporary inventory control systems, sales records, and projections. Students learn the retail method of inventory, how to read operating statements, techniques for planning, and formulas to determine mark-ups, markdowns, open-to-buy, and terms of sales.

FAS2261 Trend Analysis and Product Development

3 Credits

Provides an overview of how color, fiber, and style trends are determined, researched, and analyzed to develop fashion products appropriate to a brand’s unique selling proposition and target market. Students examine the product development process, learn product lifecycle management fundamentals, develop a product line, and apply strategies to achieve profitability.

Prerequisites: FAS1101, FAS2230, MKT2220

FAS3335 Omni-Channel Retail Management

3 Credits

Provides an in-depth analysis of omni-channel retailing. Students learn to develop and manage a layered, digitally connected, and coordinated shopping experience across multiple channels, including brick and mortar, catalog, ecommerce, and mobile, with a focus on a customer-centric experience.

Prerequisites: FAS2261, MKT2220

FAS3365 Interactive Fashion Communication

3 Credits

Provides an overview on communicating a consistent fashion brand across multiple channels to a target consumer. Students will learn how to develop and create engaging brand experiences, promotions, and content through writing, photography, video, 3D displays, and brand partnerships.

Prerequisites: MKT2220, FAS2261

FAS4475 Fashion Innovation Capstone

3 Credits

Utilizes skills learned in previous courses to develop a successful fashion business. Students analyze current market trends and activities, assess consumer needs, and develop sustainable products/services that will meet market demand. Students develop strategies to sell and promote their products/services competitively across multiple distribution and marketing channels.

Prerequisites: FAS2245, FAS2261, FAS3335

Fashion Electives*- 9 Credits

BUSINESS CORE COURSES

ACC1111 Financial Accounting I

3 Credits

Introduces the basic structure of accounting terminology and procedures of a business organization. Students learn about recording and reporting functions, adjusting entries and closing entries, the preparation of financial statements, accounting for merchandising operations, valuation of inventories, purpose and significant features of internal controls, preparation of bank reconciliations and the valuation of receivables.

BUS2231 Business Law I

3 Credits

Provides students with detailed knowledge of the laws relating to contracts, commerce, property, sales, negotiable instruments, and employment. Students develop an awareness of business situations requiring legal counsel and a familiarization with the overall structure of the legal system.

BUS4483 Internship

3 Credits

Students work in a position related to their course of study while at the same time completing online course requirements – including focused online discussions and special online projects – that integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their degree program.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

CIS1115 Computer Applications

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

CIS2201 Advanced Spreadsheets

3 Credits

Provides students with experience using spreadsheet applications, such as Microsoft Excel. Topics include building complex worksheets; importing and exporting data; using mathematical, financial, and statistical functions; developing macros; consolidating spreadsheets; creating templates; and utilizing “what if” analyses.

Prerequisite: CIS1115

ECO2200 Principles of Economics

3 Credits

Introduces the core principles of micro and macroeconomic theory while emphasizing real-world personal, business, and governmental applications. Topics include tradeoffs and opportunity costs, gains from specialization and trade, supply and demand, the role of government in the economy, inflation and unemployment, and the monetary system of the United States.

FIN3302 Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Provides an overview of the fundamental principles relating to the study of finance, including theories and practices in financial management. Students become familiar with the financial organization and operation of a business. Topics include financial analysis, planning and control, budgeting and forecasting, and financing.

Prerequisites: ACC1111, MAT2215

IBS2201 International Business

3 Credits

Explores the diverse environment, management concerns, financial issues, and marketing questions faced by international business organizations. Students gain a heightened global awareness as they seek the knowledge and skills needed to function competitively in an increasingly interdependent world.

 

MGT2220 Principles of Management

3 Credits

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

MKT2220 Principles of Marketing

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to fundamental principles and practices in the marketing process, including a detailed study of each marketing mix tool (product, price, place, promotion), along with an introduction to marketing research, target marketing, SWOT construction and analysis, strategic marketing planning, and consumer behavior. This is the gateway course to the Marketing Communications Program.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSE

CDV2000 Career Development I

3 Credits

Introduces students to the fundamentals of career development and planning. Students focus on setting appropriate career goals based on self-assessment in alignment with skills and competencies. Students learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to communicate effectively in multiple media, and how to develop time management skills to help them succeed both academically and professionally.

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week courses.

CDV3000 Career Development II

3 Credits

Focuses on the job application and interview process. Students learn how to develop a field search for employment opportunities and apply for jobs in their fields of study. Students observe and critique mock interviews and learn how to negotiate salary offers.

Prerequisite: CDV2000

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week courses.

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES

ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres.

Prerequisite: ENG1105

ENG2215 Public Speaking

3 Credits

Supports students in the development of oral communication skills. This course emphasizes the identification of good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG2205

ENG3315 Advanced Writing

3 Credits

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

HUM2225 Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

MAT2215 Statistics I

3 Credits

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

SOC1123 Psychology of Adjustment

3 Credits

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

SOC2231 Human Relations

3 Credits

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

English Elective- 3 Credits

Liberal Arts Electives- 6 Credits 

Mathematics/Science Elective- 3 Credits

Science Elective- 3 Credits

Social Science Elective- 3 Credits

FREE ELECTIVES- 12 Credits

 

120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*Nine Fashion Elective credits must be at the 3000/4000 level.
**12 Liberal Arts Elective credits must be at the 3000/4000 level.

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $89.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bba_fashion_marketing_and_management_nj_statistics.htm and BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bba_fashion_marketing_management_ny_statistics.htm.

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

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