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Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising concentrates on the planning, procurement, and promotion aspects of the fashion business. Students learn to research target markets, analyze business results and develop strategies that effectively meet the needs of consumers in the international market. 

The mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design Program is to offer programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs.

Fashion show

A program highlight is the annual Spring Fashion Show, Campus Couture, coordinated by the merchandising students and featuring over 100 designs created by the design students, this show is always a hit. Attracting industry professionals, professors, CSULB students, and guests, the show serves as a network for future career opportunities for students.

Career Opportunities

The Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Design degree prepares students for a career as a:

  • Retail Buyer
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Product Designer / Pattern Maker
  • Store Operations Manager
  • Stylist / Fashion Coordinator / Fashion Director
  • Textiles Testing & Evaluation Specialist
  • Fashion Product Developer
  • Costumer
  • Visual Display Manager / Merchandiser

Fashion Study Tours

FMD offers several opportunities for students to learn about the international fashion industry outside of the classroom.


In each course, seminars are held in a variety of apparel manufacturers, retailers, textile design companies, and apparel design businesses. In addition, students visit museums and other culturally unique sites. Minors are also offered.

Minor in Fashion Merchandising

Eighteen units including FMD 155, 252, 455, and 457; 6 units including at least 6 upper division units, selected from FMD 251, 253, 351, 355, 492E as approved by a Fashion Merchandising and Design faculty advisor. The student is responsible to adhere to all prerequisites listed below. Several prerequisites fulfill general education requirements.

Prerequisites for FMD 351: FMD 258 and FCSE 296.

Prerequisites for FMD 355: ELM passage, ACCT 201; FMD 155, 258; and IS 233, or consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 455: FMD 351, 355; MKTG 300, senior standing or, consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 457: ECON 100 and 101 or 300 (fulfills G.E. Category D2b) and FMD 353, senior standing, or consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 492E: FMD 451, 455 or 457. 

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Fashion Merchandising as your minor:

2020-2021 (PDF)
2019-2020 (PDF)
2018-2019 (PDF)
2017-2018 (PDF)
2016-2017 (PDF)


Mentors go by your last name :
Letter of Your Last Name Mentor
A-M Dr. Mariné Aghekyan
N-Z Dr. Suzanne Marshall


Fashion Merchandising Internship

Fashion Merchandising offers internships (FMD 492)