Santa Monica College's Fashion Design and Merchandising department offers an exciting and rapidly growing program with enormous application and design potential within the industry. Our program meets the needs of a diverse student body with means to such goals as A.A. degrees, transfers to major universities, and skills development and updating.
Fashion merchandisers select, purchase, promote, and sell clothing and accessories. They study fashion trends and visit manufacturers and merchandise markets. They work as part of a team and consult with managers and buyers, advise the advertising and display departments, and organize and coordinate promotional activities such as fashion shows.
They may advance to become buyers and purchasing agents, sales representatives, and managers.
Clothes designers create new apparel and accessory designs. They may sketch the garment, cut the pattern, select the fabric and materials, and in some cases construct the sample garment. They may arrange for the showing of a line at sales meetings or fashion shows.