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What will I learn?

Combine your creativity and business interests for a career in the global fashion merchandising and design industry. 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.

The fashion curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career in retail management, retail sales, apparel design, promotion, display, illustration and market representative positions.

Apparel Design and Technology, AAS

  • 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

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, AAS

  • 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

Visual Merchandising Certificate

  • Learn creative visual presentation using techniques in layout, lighting, figures and props
  • Use practical and theoretical techniques
  • Master presentation of design, color theory, concept visualization, trend forecasting and retail graphics

Why JCCC?

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

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

You will also have the opportunity to take course credit for travel to New York City and Las Vegas for trade shows and to 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.
Joy Rhodes, Chair, Fashion Merchandising and Design

"JCCC’s Fashion Show gives students great experience. In addition, Kansas City Fashion Week is a chance to work alongside professionals, not just other students. Yearly, JCCC students are chosen to participate. You could be next."

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

You can choose from two associate 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

Gainful employment data-Visual Merchandising Certificate


Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.