Fashion Design and Merchandising, Associate in Science

The Fashion Design and Merchandising Associate in Science degree emphasizes the basic principles of design, product development, and the fashion business. The program offers insight to students interested in fashion design and merchandising. It is ideal for those who want to transfer to a university with a fashion design and merchandising program to pursue a career in the global fashion industry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate social and ethical values in their cultural and historical contexts relevant to fashion.
  • Analyze textiles and be able to make appropriate choices for various textile products.
  • Use correct terminology for style, construction and production of clothing.
  • Identify the skills and abilities relevant to careers in fashion merchandising.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
FASH 10Introduction to Fashion3
FASH 15Textiles3
FASH 20Apparel Production3
Select one course from the following:3-4
Introduction to Photoshop
Principles of Economics: Macro
Select one course from the following:3-4
Introduction to Computers for Graphic Arts
Principles of Economics: Micro
Select one course from the following:4
Elementary Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Biology/Social Science/Bu
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.39-41
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
FASH 10 Introduction to Fashion 3
FASH 15 Textiles 3
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 or 18 Recommended) 4
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
FASH 20 Apparel Production 3
MPC GE Area B and Lab 4
MPC GE Area C 3
Electives 5
Year 2
Introduction to Photoshop
or Principles of Economics: Macro
MPC GE Area D 3
Electives 9
Introduction to Computers for Graphic Arts
or Principles of Economics: Micro
MPC GE Area F 3
Electives 9
 Total Units60

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.