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.
School Info Chart
|Category||Mesa Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $1,974 (in-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.