Management: Fashion Management Concentration
Fashion Merchandising Program at Fisher College
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Welcome to Fisher College's Fashion Merchandising Program located in the vibrant city of Boston, which, by the way, is increasingly becoming one of the major fashion centers in the Northeast. If you are planning a career in the dynamic field of fashion, you should definitely consider joining us in this very successful program. After just two years, you can earn an Associate in Science Degree in Fashion Merchandising. If you continue on for two more years a Bachelors Degree in Management with a Concentration in Fashion Merchandising can be awarded to you.
When you become a member of our Fashion Merchandising Program, one of our primary objectives is to introduce you to the many career opportunities that are part of this exciting world of fashion. To accomplish this, we often step outside of the classroom and take you on field trips that include meetings with executives in top firms in the Garment District of New York City, consultations with entrepreneurs located right here in our great city of Boston, and visits to apparel businesses that operate in the outlying suburbs. We also bring business experts directly to you by way of a myriad of guest speakers who share the paths they took to reach their career goals.
Each of you will be guided throughout your education by our dedicated fashion faculty and your own personal advisor who will listen to your future plans and help to place you in those courses that allow you to strengthen the skills that will most enhance your development. If you choose to enroll in our Fashion Merchandising Internship, your interests will be included in the selection of your work site. Our solid reputation throughout the fashion community in Boston and its suburbs gives us the opportunity to place our students in these internships and provide the work experience that often leads to an offer of advancement within the company.
|First Year||Credit hours|
|CS101||Computer Concepts and Applications||3|
|FM105||History of Fashion||3|
|MA107/117||College Algebra/ Finite Math
|Second Year||Credit hours|
|MG202||Human Resource Management||3|
|PS101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Third Year||Credit hours|
|CS245||Management Applications and Information Systems||3|
|FI201||Principles of Business Finance||3|
|FM301||Fashion Advertising and Sales Promotion||3|
|FM315||Global Retail Markets||3|
|IS210||Professional Development for Internship||1|
|MG304||Leadership and Ethics||3|
|Lab Science Elective||4|
|Social Sciencs Elective||3|
|Fourth Year||Credit hours|
|ENXXX||300- or 400-Level Literature||3|
|FM310||Topics in Fashion Merchandising||3|
|MG441||Business Policy and Strategic Management||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Fine Arts Elective||3|
|* A higher level of math (MA109 or MA 110) may be substituted.|
|** Select 3 credits from FM 106, FM 201 or FM 208.|
|***At least one of the following courses must be taken: FA 101, FA 102, FA 103, FA 111, or FA 112.|
|****Students should select a free elective if FM 200 has been successfully completed, and approved by the Program Chair.
Minimum credits required for graduation--121.
Upon successful completion of this program, the students will be able to:
- Explain how the fashion business works from concept to consumer.
- Describe how the following levels of the industry interrelate: creating and developing new products, marketing newly created products, and buying merchandise.
- Describe all the processes involved in the production of textile materials, and apparel.
- Describe the operations of retail stores that sell fashion merchandise to the public.
- Define the primary careers related to the fashion industry.
- Qualify for entry-level fashion merchandising and retail management positions that have potential for advancement.
- Associate of Science Degree after two years
- Bachelor of Science in Management Degree with a Concentration in Fashion Merchandising after four years
- Computer skills: Microsoft Word; Excel; PowerPoint
Potential Careers and Earnings
- Retailing, Management, Merchandising and Buying in clothing, accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings
- Fashion Advertising and Promotion
- Store Managers
- Event Planners (fashion shows)
- Personal Shoppers
- Visual Merchandisers
- Boston Area Buyers: $38 to 59k
- Retail Managers (General Managers and others):$42 to 72K
Jobs Reported by Alumni
- Business Owner - Papers of Newport
- Event Planner - Chanel
- Assistant Buyer - TJX
- Visual Merchandisers - Gap, Sears, Macey's
- Merchandise Coordinator - Levi Strauss
- Personal Shopper - Bloomingdale's
- Store Managers - Armani X, Thomas Pink, Nine West, Gucci
- Account Executive representing Creed Perfume for Saks, Bloomingdale's, and Neiman Marcus
- Sales Associates - Emporio Armani, Neiman Marcus, DKNY
- Sales Trainee - AXRIS
Kyle Grenier, Class of 2007, Bachelor of Science in Management Degree with Concentration in Fashion Merchandising
Fisher College has played such an integral role in helping me realize that life isn't always what it seems. I began my experience at Fisher in the Fashion Merchandising Associate program and then continued in the four-year Bachelor in Management Fashion Merchandising Concentration. Fisher's family-like atmosphere makes it a pleasure to excel in course work, and it also provides the ability for co-curricular involvement. In the past four years I have learned to effectively juggle a life of education, campus involvement and social pastimes. I have used my creative abilities and gained more business sense thereby increasing my candidacy to compete in a very diverse job market.
The faculty often creates a classroom atmosphere that encourages conversation and participation rather than teaching by lecture alone. They really show their dedication to enriching the student experience. The faculty and staff have also shown me how a combination of education, style, sophistication and diligence can open a world of possibilities that I had not considered four years ago. I came to Fisher thinking I was going to learn about clothing styles and window merchandising. I left with a well-rounded knowledge of fashion, business and life skills.
Fashion Design Faculty
Professor Emily Banis Stoehrer, Program Director, Fashion Design and Merchandising
Prior to joining Fisher in 2010, Professor Emily Banis Stoehrer was a Curatorial Research Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A trained fashion and textile historian, she received a master's degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is currently working towards her PhD in Humanities at Salve Regina University.
In addition to teaching she is just completing her first book, Fashion Design, Referenced (co-authored with Alicia Kennedy) and writes a fashion column for the local lifestyle magazine, Exhale. She has also contributed articles to Adornment, Art Jewlery Forum, and the Textile Society of America Newsletter.
Her personal research interests focuses on 19th and 20th century fashion, fashion theory, and the fashion system. Her academic pursuits have led her to give academic papers as far away as Colonial Williamsburg and the University of Rouen in Normandy, France. She also lectures locally at various museums, guilds, and historical societies, but the classroom remains her favorites place to talk about new discoveries.
Prof. Stoehrer is thrilled to be working with such a diverse student body at Fisher College. As program director for fashion design and merchandising, she teaches course in textiles, costume history, and visual merchandising, bringing students to area retailers and museums to make the experience inside the classroom come to life.
She also enjoys traveling with students to New York to visit archives, industry insiders, showrooms, and retailers to provide an in depth look at the fashion and design business. Next spring she will travel with a group of fashion students to Paris to provide students with an international perspective of an increasingly global industry.
With fashion moving so quickly in the 21st century you never know what's going to happen next. Keep up with the fashion department by "liking" the Fisher College Fashion Club on Facebook.
Professor Karen A. Myers teaches the following courses in the Fashion Merchandising Program: Retail Buying, Retail Management, Topics in Fashion: International Retail Management, Fashion Advertising and Sales Promotion, and the Fashion Internship Course.
"Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well."
While sharing Professor, and Program Director, Teresa Howe's interest in every aspect of "the creative expression" of fashion, I have a varied approach. The business aspects of fashion intrigue me. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and years of teaching experience, it is my delight and pleasure to share the "business" that is fashion with Fisher College Fashion Merchandising majors.
The contemporary retail environment is exciting and complex. Along with nurturing the students' creative side, our future retailers, buyers and merchandise managers require knowledge of economics, manufacturing, marketing, management, accounting, business law, operations, technology, e-commerce, human resources and the global interdependence of business. Making sure that our students have a solid understanding of, and appreciation for, the business environment of fashion is my task and my goal.
While acquiring business knowledge and acumen in the classroom, Fisher students can also choose to intern in the fashion capital that Boston has become. In my role as the fashion internship supervisor, I work with students and their on-site supervisors at fantastic retail organizations such as Armani, Betsey Johnson, Bloomingdales, Chanel, Escada, Gucci, and Talbots. Additionally, entrepreneurial talent from the Boston area guest lecture in my classes and allow us to visit while they share first-hand experience with the Fisher fashion majors.
Along with my students, it is a joy to continue to learn and grow in understanding of the mode and tempo of retailers in the twenty-first century.