Fashion Merchandising and Management, AAS

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Fall 2024
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LIM College’s on-campus Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Merchandising and Management degree program provides a foundation for a career in the fashion business.

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Fashion Merchandising and Management Program Overview

LIM’s AAS in Fashion Merchandising and Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and generally takes two years to complete.

You will learn how to develop products from start to finish – everything from coming up with the initial idea, to bringing it to life, and then getting it to consumers through brick-and-mortar stores and digital platforms. 

This program provides an excellent foundation from which to go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising.

Curriculum & Careers

Fashion Merchandising and Management majors learn how to predict trends, develop professional fashion presentations, create merchandise plans, and more. 

Key courses include:

  • Fabric for Fashion
  • Merchandising Concepts and Practices
  • Sustainability and the Future of Fashion
  • Visual Communication

Wondering how the AAS in Fashion Merchandising and Management differs from the AOS in Fashion Merchandising?
The difference lies in the number of electives and liberal arts courses in each program. AAS students are also required to take Economics.

Review Program Requirements

Practical workplace experience is essential to preparing for a successful career in the fashion business. 

All Fashion Merchandising and Management associate degree students must complete one required internship.

Here are just a few of the places where LIM students have interned:

  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
  • Brandy Melville
  • Macy’s
  • Michael Kors
  • Vans

Undergraduate Internships  Career Development Resources

Students who graduate with an associate degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management can pursue a variety of roles within the multi-trillion-dollar fashion and lifestyle industries.

Foundational business skills, industry knowledge, and hands-on workplace experience prepare students for positions in areas such as:

  • Retail Management and Operations
  • Styling
  • Digital Merchandising
  • Event Production and Activations
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Fashion Merchandising Career Pathway  Life After LIM

Why Study Fashion Merchandising and Management at LIM

LIM’s Fashion Merchandising associate degree program will prepare you for a range of entry-level positions in the fashion business. This degree also serves as an excellent foundation from which to go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising.

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 Students in this program take basic business courses along with fashion-specific classes.

LIM & the Fashion Industry

LIM is highly regarded for the quality of its business education and has deep and longstanding connections throughout the fashion industry. Networking is an essential component of succeeding in the fashion business, and at LIM making those professional connections begins as soon as you become a student.

The faculty members who teach in our Fashion Merchandising and Management program have professional experience in everything from product development and merchandise planning to buying and sustainable sourcing for companies such as American Eagle Outfitters, Target, Cotton Incorporated, and more.

We also regularly host events where industry leaders and alumni share their expertise and career advice. For example, at the “NXT in Retail” panel discussion series, fashion business professionals explore emerging business issues.

Student Life & Support Services

LIM provides a wide range of academic resources and counseling services, comprehensive career development assistance, and extracurricular activities in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

You can also take your academic experience further and make meaningful personal connections by becoming involved in a student-led club or organization, volunteer opportunity, or study abroad program.

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Faculty

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LIM offers several other undergraduate degree programs in fashion. Check out these related associate and bachelor’s degree programs.

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