Visual Merchandising Career Training in Dallas with Course Info

There are five schools within 50 miles of Dallas, TX, that have programs related to visual merchandising. Read an overview of three of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Visual Merchandising Schools in Dallas, TX

Students in Dallas, TX, can learn to enrich the visual appeal of a store through certificate or degree programs in merchandising. This resource includes a table of essential school information, details about program offerings and a summary of other educational options for aspiring visual merchandisers in Dallas.

  • Tarrant County College is a comprehensive community college that offers a certificate program in fashion merchandising, as well as an associate's degree program in business administration with a concentration in fashion merchandising. At 25.5 miles away, Tarrant County College is the closest to downtown Dallas.
  • Students at Texas Christian University can pursue a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising. The university campus is located 33 miles from the downtown.
  • One of the state's largest universities, the University of North Texas offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in merchandising. At 35.4 miles away, the University of North Texas is the furthest away from downtown Dallas.

Tarrant County College Texas Christian University University of North Texas
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private; not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 52,957* 10,489* 38,276*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state* $44,760* $10,544 in-state; $20,504 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 65%* 80%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions 41%* 72%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 64% of full-time students, 50% of part-time students* 91% of full-time students, 100% of part-time students* 78% of full-time students, 53% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (within 150% of normal graduation time) 20% (21% transfer-out rate) (students who began in Fall 2014)* 83% (14% transfer-out rate) (students who began in Fall 2011)* 54% (13% transfer-out rate) (students who began in Fall 2011)*
Distance from Downtown 25.5 mi. (32 min.) 35.4 mi. (40 min.) 39.8 mi. (46 min.)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in Texas. It has five campuses. Its Northeast campus in Hurst offers a certificate in fashion merchandising and an associate's degree in business administration with a concentration in fashion merchandising.

Certificate of Completion in Fashion Merchandising (Level I or II)

Students may complete the level II certificate program on its own, which takes two years of study. Alternately, they can complete the 1-year level I certificate as the basis of the associate's degree program in fashion merchandising. Students explore topics such as fashion retailing, textiles, merchandising, design principles, manufacturing and buying. In addition to specialized fashion merchandising courses, students also must complete a communications and capstone course.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising

This associate's degree program combines business fundamentals with specialized fashion and merchandising coursework to prepare students for careers as fashion merchandising professionals. Students take the same specialized fashion merchandising courses as in the level I certificate program; in addition to these courses, the associate's degree curriculum also includes accounting, business ethics, business principles and communications courses. A capstone course in business leadership is also required, plus general education courses.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University was founded in 1873. Among the school's wide range of offerings is a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising that prepares graduates for positions with fashion design firms, manufacturers, retail companies and more.

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising

Students in this program investigate product development, buying, promotion and merchandising. In addition to traditional coursework taught by experienced faculty, students also complete a 10-week internship during the summer between their junior and senior years. The program is available through the school's College of Fine Arts and requires students to select a minor that compliments the fashion merchandising major. Common minor choices include business, journalism and communication.

University of North Texas

From humble beginnings as the second floor of a hardware store in the town square of Denton, the University of North Texas is now one of the largest universities in the state. The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism offers undergraduate and graduate programs in merchandising.

Bachelor of Science in Merchandising

Individuals who wish to seek employment as buyers, store managers or other professionals in the field may choose to pursue bachelor's degree programs in merchandising. Graduates of this program have moved on to work for Neiman Marcus, Fossil, Nordstrom and other national companies. The curriculum includes coursework in consumer studies, textiles, fashion theory, merchandising and trend analysis and was developed in cooperation with industry leaders. In addition to merchandising coursework, business courses in accounting, marketing and management are required.

Bachelor of Science in Home Furnishings Merchandising

The bachelor's degree in home furnishings merchandising combines the study of business concepts with the development of creative skills. Students sharpen their drawing skills, both by hand and with the use of computer-aided design software. Coursework includes promotion, textiles, global home furnishing industries and merchandising mathematics. An internship is also required.

Master of Science in Merchandising

This master's degree program in merchandising is offered by the Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing and is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in an international marketplace. The program emphasizes research in the consumer experience, purchase motivation and retailing. Students can decide between a thesis or non-thesis option; students in the non-thesis option must complete a comprehensive written examination in lieu of a thesis. Online courses through this program are also available.

Other School Options

Dallas-area students interested in visual merchandising can also look into the management or marketing programs at Northwood University, situated 19 miles away from the downtown. Its programs offer concentrations in fashion marketing and management and coursework in merchandising. Texas Woman's University, located about 40 miles from downtown Dallas, also offers a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising.

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