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Fashion Design and Merchandising (BA)

The Fashion Design and Merchandising (BA) program focuses on the evolving field and multi-billion dollar industry involved in the design, production, and sale of fashion products.

Majors explore the many facets of fashion while learning to analyze and identify consumer needs and determine how a dynamic and complex industry meets these needs. Graduates pursue careers in fashion manufacturing, merchandising, management, and/or marketing of products and services.

What You Will Study

As a Fashion Design and Merchandising major, your curriculum includes courses in textile and apparel manufacturing, fashion merchandising, retailing, consumer action, marketing, administration, accounting and economics. You can also choose from a wide range of art-making courses such as figure drawing, fashion illustration, and costume and interior design. You will be able to gain hands-on industry experience through full-time internships and cooperative education experiences with a range of companies that develop, produce and promote fashion.

For complete Fashion Design and Merchandising BA course requirements and descriptions, go to:

Fashion Design and Merchandising Major (BA) – Undergraduate Curriculum View the 4-Year Plan for Fashion Design and Merchandising
Our Faculty

You will work with outstanding professors and guest artists who are experienced professionals in fashion design and research, brand development, textiles, costuming, and apparel buying. You will have access to the more than 22 full-time faculty members and 86 visiting professionals who mentor the Department of Art and Design each semester.

Learn more:

Fashion Design and Merchandising Faculty All Art and Design Faculty
About Studio Facilities

The Department of Art and Design occupies several on-campus buildings, which house fully equipped studios for all art areas, including new facilities for Fashion Design and Merchandising.

For more information, go to:

Fashion Design and Merchandising Studio All Studio Facilities
About Student Work

An exciting range of student work is regularly displayed in our on-campus gallery spaces.

Visit our Student Work gallery:

Fashion Design and Merchandising Work Student Work – All Programs
Careers and Professional Resources

Today’s successful fashion professionals are as passionate about fashion as they are about retailing and consumer behavior. Graduates are able to market their knowledge, talents, and skills in a wide range of settings, including those in the international fashion center of nearby New York City. Sample career titles include:

  • Accessories Design
  • Cosmetics
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Marketing and Sales
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Production
  • Fashion Publications Management
  • Fashion Retailing
  • Market Research
  • Merchandise Management
  • Public Relations
  • Quality Assurance Management
  • Styling
  • Theatrical Costuming
  • Textile Design
  • Wholesale Fashion Industry

Please visit the links below for additional information: Professional Development – Resources & Links Career Services

Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

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Contact Head of Fashion Design and Merchandising: Dr. May Chae
Calcia Hall