Fashion Merchandising

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StudyQA ranking:2053 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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The Bachelor of Science degree is required by an increasing number of organizations for admission into their executive training programs. This curriculum is designed so that the student may declare a minor (usually 18 semester hours) in suggested related studies such as textile design, advertising, art, international business, marketing, business administration, management, and fashion design. The student is prepared for positions in the creative and executive levels of fashion in the following areas: Fashion Marketing (domestic, international), Personnel Management, Retail Advertising and Promotion, Buying, Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Textiles, Textile Design, E-tailing and Product Development.

All students must fulfill a supervised industry internship between Thanksgiving and Christmas of their sophomore fall semester. The retail organization in which they will work is selected by the faculty of the Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Program. A student must have earned a 2.5 QPR to obtain junior status in the Program.

The degree will not be granted to students who receive less than “C” in Retailing 280. The Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising will not be granted to students receiving more than one “D” in any Fashion Merchandising and Retailing course.

In addition to formal class work, the student is required to participate in a supervised industry internship program with approved retail organizations that include many prestigious New York City stores. Other important aspects of the program are: fashion show productions; resident buying office workshops; field trips to the New York market, trade shows, museums, and manufacturers, at a nominal cost to student. On-campus seminars are led by outstanding industry personnel.

Cooperative Education Program

Fashion Merchandising also offers a program combined with a full-time cooperative education program open to those interested in pursuing a career within the diversified retailing and fashion fields. For further information refer to the Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Cooperative Education brochure.

Study Abroad Semester

The Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Department is affiliated with several Study Abroad Programs. Students may attend the London College of Fashion, the University of Florence, Italy and several universities in Australia. This off-campus semester enables B.S. degree students to participate in a couture study week in Paris plus retail experiences in other countries. Students who wish to participate in this affiliated Study Abroad Program are advised to make application in their sophomore year for the Fall or Spring semester of their junior or senior year. Electives for the B.S. degree are satisfied by all study abroad program semester hours with approval of the Department. Students with prior co-op experience who participate in the Spring semester abroad may opt for a Summer co-op experience in Europe.

Minor Option

Students enrolled in other majors at the University of Bridgeport may declare a minor status if they complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in the following areas: 3 to 9 semester hours may be elected from the following: Fashion Merchandising or Retailing 101, 108, 201, 305; 6 to 9 semester hours from the following: Retailing 102, 207, 213; 3 semester hours from the following: Retailing 300, 308, or 313.

Transfer Students

The Fashion Merchandising and Retailing B.S. degree program easily accommodates transfer students. No courses below a “C” grade are transferable. Transfer Articulation Agreements are in effect with Dean College (MA), Bay Path College (MA), Nassau Community College (NY), Dutchess (NY) and Westchester Community College, Middlesex Community College (CT), Fisher College (MA), Holyoke Community College (MA), Orange County Community College (NY) and County College of Morris (NJ).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
  • USD 30965 Year (National)
  • USD 30965 Year (International)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 121 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

First Semester

  • Engl C101 Composition & Rhetoric General Education Elective
  • A&D 103 Visual Organization I
  • FM 101 Fashion Fundamentals Elective

Second Semester

  • FM 108
  • Product Knowledge-Fashion Accessories Retl 102
  • Merchandising Mathematics Retl 205
  • Textiles I MIS 191
  • Computer Concepts Math C105
  • Intermediate Algebra or Math 108
  • Ideas of Mathematics

Third Semester

  • Retl 180 Seminar in Professional Development
  • Retl 206 Textiles II
  • Retl 207 Strategies of Selling
  • Retl 213 Retail Human Resource Management
  • Retl 280 Industry Internship

Fourth Semester

  • FM 270 Fashion Show (1 credit)
  • Retl 201 Retail Advertising and Fashion Promotion
  • Retl 203 Fashion & Retail Buying I
  • Hum C201 Humanities I
  • MCom 205 Inter Comm
  • or MCom 110 Public Speaking
  • SoSc C201 Social Sciences I

Fifth Semester

  • FA C101 Fine Arts
  • SoSc C202 Social Science II
  • Retl 300 Mass Merchandising/Marketing
  • Mktg 305 Principles of Marketing
  • Hum C202 Humanities

Sixth Semester

  • Sci C101 Natural Science Core
  • IntSt C101 Integrated Studies
  • Retl 313 Retail Management II
  • SoSc C202 Social Science II
  • FM 305 Home Furnishings

Seventh Semester

  • Sci C102 Natural Science Core
  • Acct 101 Financial Accounting
  • Retl 330 International Fashion/Marketing Elective (Core)
  • Retl 304 Fashion & Retail Buying II

Eighth Semester

  • Caps C390 Capstone Seminar
  • Retl 308 Advanced Textiles
  • FM 303 History of Costume Electives (2 courses)

Total Semester Hours: 121 Credits

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:

1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI).
Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).

2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).

3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).

4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of “C” or better in one semester of college English Composition.

5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.

6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.

7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.

8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.

9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.

10. A level of “Advanced” on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.

11. An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.

12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.

13. A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. – Score of “C” or better on English Language exam.

15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).

You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you don’t demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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