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Fashion Merchandising & Design

Fashion Merchandising & Design

... A creative business


Combine your creativity and business savviness for a career in the diversified fashion merchandising and design global industry. At JCCC, you will develop an appreciation for style and quality, learn to communicate through traditional and emerging media and gain the technical and business skills needed to develop and promote goods in the ever-changing marketplace.

Networking to Gain Experience

Fashion is an art form. At JCCC, you will gain additional inspiration from the Kansas City Regional Fashion Group International collection that contains more than 1,500 pieces of apparel from top-notch designers. Learn from others by also joining the Fashion and Merchandising Club.

At JCCC, key industry software programs will be shared including PLM–product development lifestyle management. JCCC is one of the few apparel design programs in the country to use this software in its curriculum.

You will also have the opportunity to take course credit for travel to New York City and Las Vegas for MAGIC trade shows and participate in JCCC’s Fashion Show. Instructors with vast industry experience will guide and prepare you in showcasing your work at these events and more including Kansas City Fashion Week. Networking is key and through these programs you will meet new friends, consult with professionals and gain valuable hands-on experience through internships and events.

Career Options

You can choose from two associates degrees: Apparel Design and Technology or Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. You can also earn a certificate in Visual Merchandising.

In the Apparel Design and Technology program you will:

  • Discover how to take a design from concept, to creation, to production
  • Have access to key business techniques through industry-savvy faculty and networking
  • Develop your portfolio through illustration, computer-aided design and pattern making

In the Fashion and Merchandising and Marketing program you will:

  • Study brand management in today’s digital era
  • Learn to combine creative product selection with data analysis to drive sales and revenue
  • Understand the supply chain from manufacturing to buying and promotion to selling person-to-person and online

The Visual Merchandising certificate focuses on:

  • Creative visual presentation using techniques in layout, lighting, figures and props
  • Practical and theoretical techniques
Presentation of design, color theory, concept visualization, trend forecasting and retail graphics.