Fashion Merchandising, AOS

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Fall 2024
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The Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Fashion Merchandising on-campus degree program at LIM College will help you build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the fashion business.

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Fashion Merchandising Program Overview

The AOS in Fashion Merchandising degree program provides a window into the multi-trillion dollar global fashion industry.

This Fashion Merchandising program fuses business with creativity and generally takes two years to complete if attending full time. 

You will learn how to develop fashion and lifestyle products and services from start to finish, and a required internship means you can also gain real-world experience, make connections, and start building a career-ready resume.

Curriculum & Careers

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

Key courses include:

  • Retailing: Global and Omni
  • Fabric for Fashion
  • Merchandising Concepts and Practices
  • Sustainability and the Future of Fashion

Wondering how the AOS in Fashion Merchandising differs from the AAS in Fashion Merchandising and Management? 
The difference lies in the number of electives and liberal arts courses in each program. AOS students are also not required to take Economics.

Review Program Requirements

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

Fashion Merchandising associate degree students must complete a required internship as part of their program.

Thanks to LIM’s industry connections, our students score internship opportunities with some of the biggest names in fashion and lifestyle. 

Here are just of a few of the hundreds of places where our Fashion Merchandising majors have interned over the years:

  • Coach
  • Gucci
  • Free People
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • The TJX Companies

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Undergraduate Internships  Career Development Resources

As a Fashion Merchandising major, you will graduate ready to work for any fashion and lifestyle retailer or brand, ranging from innovative startups to corporate conglomerates.

Your time at LIM will prepare you to pursue the career of your dreams in a variety of areas, including:

  • Beauty
  • Event Planning and Activation
  • Retail Management
  • Styling and Creative Direction
  • Sustainability

Fashion Merchandising Career Pathway  Life After LIM

Why Study Fashion Merchandising at LIM

Earning a Fashion Merchandising degree from LIM means learning directly from industry experts and having access to unparalleled opportunities for real-world, resume-building experience.

Plus, our location in New York City means being in a high-energy environment where you’ll have incredible access to the world’s most influential companies in fashion and lifestyle for completing internships, volunteering at major fashion events, and making career connections.

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Through classes and internships, Fashion Merchandising students learn how to identify trends, develop product lines, and understand buying behavior.

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 in the classroom. The faculty members who teach in our Fashion Merchandising programs 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 bring in industry leaders and successful alumni to share their expertise and career advice. For example, LIM hosts panel discussion series where fashion business professionals discuss emerging industry 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 travel abroad program.

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Faculty

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Learn more about related fashion business and merchandising associate and bachelor’s degree programs offered at LIM.

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Earn an AOS in Fashion Merchandising at LIM College

Channel your passion for fashion into a career-focused business education. Get started on your journey to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in Fashion Merchandising at LIM.

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