Retail Merchandising Certificate Programs in Los Angeles, CA

Dec 14, 2018

The Los Angeles area has at least five colleges that offer programs related to retail merchandising. To make an informed education decision, learn about the certificate options and program requirements at three of the schools located within 25 miles of the city center.

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Los Angeles Retail Merchandising Schools

Students interested in retail buying, distribution and visual merchandising might pursue a certificate program in retail merchandising, while fashion merchandising programs may be a good fit for those who enjoy keeping up with the apparel industry. Undergraduate-level education options in these areas are available at the three Los Angeles-area schools profiled in this article. Compare the institutions using the table of stats, and then read an overview of the coursework in their certificate and/or degree programs. Also included is some info on a couple of other colleges in the vicinity.

  • California State University - Los Angeles, located roughly eight miles from the center of the city, offers a certificate program in fashion retailing.
  • Situated about five miles from the downtown area, Los Angeles Trade and Technical College has a certificate option in fashion merchandising.
  • Santa Ana College offers a fashion merchandising certificate as well. The campus is around 25 miles from central L.A.

Comparison of Schools

Take a glance at the table below to get additional school info that could help you decide which institution is -- or is not -- a good fit for your educational needs. There are details on acceptance rates, tuition costs, enrollment numbers and more.

California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles Trade and Technical College Santa Ana College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 28,531 12,984 28,083
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $6,639 in-state; $18,519 out-of-state $1,220 in-state; $7,538 out-of-state $1,142 in-state; $8,032 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 91% 75% 85%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 46% N/A - open admission policy N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 79% for full-time students 65% for full-time students N/A
Graduation Rate* 47% (for students who began studies in 2011) 27% (for students who began studies in 2014) 25% (for students who began studies in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

California State University - Los Angeles

California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) is located near downtown and has an undergrad certificate program in fashion merchandising, which combines coursework in fashion and marketing. CSULA also offers a bachelor's degree program in art with an option in fashion, fiber and materials or a business administration bachelor's degree in retailing.

Certificate in Fashion Retailing

This 18-credit certificate program in fashion retailing trains students for a variety of careers in the fashion industry. Some of the required curriculum includes fashion merchandising concepts and processes, social aspects of fashion, textiles and fashion promotion. Students can elect certain classes in marketing, sales and retailing.

Los Angeles Trade and Technical College

Los Angeles Trade and Technical College (LATTC) is close to downtown Los Angeles and has a fashion school with certificate and associate's degree programs in fashion merchandising. Instructors in the programs are experienced in fashion retail and manufacturing.

Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising

This 45-credit certificate program in fashion merchandising includes classes in retail merchandising, cultural perspectives, fashion promotion, wholesale merchandising, international business and fashion buying. Students can take a number of fashion-related computer courses, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as an internship. Students who wish to enter the Associate in Science degree program must take the courses required for the certificate program, as well as 18 additional academic credits.

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana College (SAC) is southeast of Los Angeles and offers certificate and associate's degree programs in fashion merchandising through its family and consumer studies division.

Certificate of Achievement in Fashion Merchandising

The fashion merchandising certificate program at SAC emphasizes retail merchandising, distribution and promotion. Students must complete 44.5-47.5 credits, which could include classes in fashion selection, buying, textiles and visual merchandising. Some electives might include management, fashion modeling and fashion sketching. The program also includes a cooperative work experience. The school's associate's degree program includes much of the same coursework as the certificate program, but students who wish to pursue this degree should complete required general education coursework in psychology, communications and sociology.

Other Schools

Two schools located roughly 25 miles from Los Angeles have programs related to retail merchandising. Los Angeles Pierce College has a certificate program in retail management, which includes studies in retail merchandising. Graduates of the program earn a certificate from the college and an industry certificate from the Western Association of Food Chains. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona is part of the California State University system and offers a bachelor's degree program in apparel merchandising and management with an emphasis in fashion retailing.

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