Apparel Merchandising

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.26 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:4551 Duration:48 months

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Apparel Merchandising is the perfect major for students who would like to spend their career in one of many roles in the dynamic, ever-changing fashion industry. Careers such as store or department manager, buyer, or visual merchandiser are typical. Students in apparel merchandising acquire a broad knowledge of people and their behavior, an understanding of the world at large and technical knowledge and skills to select fabrics and plan and produce fashion goods.

A special feature of the Apparel Merchandising program at SDSU is our cooperative arrangement with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) located in New York City. Students may spend one year studying fashion in New York while applying those classes directly to their bachelor's degree at SDSU. At the same time, they earn an associate degree from FIT.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 7255 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Requirements:

  • Introduction to Apparel Merchandising Credits
  • Ready-To-Wear Analysis and Lab Credits
  • Textiles I and Lab Credits
  • Socio-Psychological Aspects of Dress Credits
  • Fashion Promotion and Lab Credits
  • Customer Service Credits
  • Apparel Design and Lab Credits
  • History of Dress in the Western World Credits
  • Aesthetics and Lab Credits
  • Trending and Buying and Lab Credits
  • Professional Behavior at Work Credits
  • Retail Management Credits
  • Merchandising and Lab Credits
  • Global Sourcing and Lab (AW) Credits
  • Travel Studies Credits
  • Current Issues in the Workplace Credits

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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