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Top School in Phoenix for Fashion Merchandising Training

Only three schools in the Phoenix, AZ, area have top ranking fashion merchandising programs. Read on to find out what one top school has to offer for fashion merchandising, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Info

The three schools in the Phoenix, AZ, area that offer programs in fashion merchandising include one private, for-profit college and two community colleges. The larger of the community colleges is located less than 15 miles away from Phoenix in Mesa, AZ, and offers a wide range of programs related to apparel construction, design and merchandising.

  • Winner: Mesa Community College offers a specialized fashion design and merchandising program that leads to an associate degree. Qualified graduates may be employed by retail stores, clothing manufacturers, internet-based companies or publications.

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Category Mesa Community College
Location Phoenix, AZ
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $1,974 (in-state);
$7,758 (out-of-state)*
Fashion Merchandising Awards Offered Associate
Fashion Merchandising Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013 22*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 12%*
Noteworthy In 2014, Mesa Community College was the 56th-largest producer of associate degrees in the U.S., according to Community College Week

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Mesa Community College

  • Fashion merchandising program is available on campus and online
  • One-credit internship for fashion merchandising students
  • Fashion merchandising electives allow for a 3-credit study tour

Approximately 23,680 students attend Mesa Community College each year; the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1. In addition to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Merchandising and Design, Mesa awards over a dozen Certificates of Completion in apparel and textiles, image consulting and retail sales management; specialized training in alterations or costume design is also available.

Aspiring professionals in the AAS in Fashion Merchandising and Design program can choose from among three tracks: fashion design, merchandising or retailing. During the first year of the fashion merchandising program, students learn about the cultural aspects of dress, marketing principles and textiles. In the second year, they study display and visual merchandising, buying, clothing construction and fashion management. Fashion merchandising students can also take six credits of electives in human or public relations, computer-aided (CAD) fashion design or advertising, among other related topics.

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