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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Fashion Merchandising

Emphasizes all aspects of product development and merchandising textile and apparel products in an international environment.


Mission statement

The mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design Program is to offer programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs.

Fashion show

A program highlight is the annual Spring Fashion Show. Coordinated by the merchandising students and featuring over 100 designs created by the design students, this show is always a hit. Attracting industry professionals, professors, CSULB students, and guests, the show serves as a network for future career opportunities for students.

Career Opportunities

The Fashion Merchandising or Apparel Design degree prepares students for a career as a:

- Retail Buyer

- Manufacturer’s Representative

- Product Designer / Pattern Maker

- Store Operations Manager

- Stylist / Fashion Coordinator / Fashion Director

- Textiles Testing & Evaluation Specialist

- Fashion Product Developer

- Costumer

- Visual Display Manager / Merchandiser

- Many, many more…

Fashion Study Tours

FMD offers several opportunities for students to learn about the international fashion industry outside of the classroom.

- Study tours of New York City are offered every January and July.

-Study tours of Paris luxury fashion industries are offered each June.

In each course, seminars are held in a variety of apparel manufacturers, retailers, textile design companies, and apparel design businesses. In addition, students visit museums and other culturally unique sites.

Minors are also offered in both Fashion Merchandising and Textiles.

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Fashion Merchandising as your major:



University Catalog

Advisors go by your last name:
Letter of Your Last Name Advisor
A-G Aghekyan, M.
H-N Botkin, M.
O-T Ha, Y.
U-Z Kim, H.
All Design Majors Sohn, M.
Issues/Study Abroad Marshall, S.