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Fashion Merchandising


College of Business

FMD 100. Aspects of Dress. 3 credits.

An environmental approach to the study of dress through the physical, cultural, economic, psychological, emotional, aesthetic and sociological influences.

FMD 200. Apparel Manufacturing. 3 credits.

This course is designed to assist students in understanding garment manufacturing and the decision making involved in marketing, merchandising and producing apparel. A study of apparel manufacturing unifies many of the traditional offerings of textiles and clothing programs, including garment design, pattern making, retail merchandising and textile science.

FMD 220. Survey of Fashion Designers. 3 credits.

An interdisciplinary study of the cultural factors which gifted fashion designers reflect in their work. An artistic and historical approach to study of the fashion cycle and fashion forecasting.

FMD 230. Textiles. 3 credits.

A study of the properties and characteristics of the natural and manmade fibers in relation to their selection, care and use.

FMD 240. Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising. 3 credits.

An analysis of the nature and scope of the fashion industry emphasizing the various aspects of design, production and distribution. This course examines the nature of the fashion business. Emphasis is on the history and development of both men's wear and the women's wear apparel industry.

FMD 300. History of Fashion. 3 credits.

Development of dress throughout the ages. Fashion as it reflects the cultures of the past and present especially its relationship to fashion buying and selling.

FMD 310. Fashion Merchandising Techniques. 3 credits.

Study of the basic elements and principles of visual merchandising. Emphasis is on fixtures, mannequins, props, lighting and signage used in visual merchandising.

FMD 320. Analysis of Merchandise Quality. 3 credits.

A study of current developments in the field of fashion products. Emphasis on product knowledge, including price-quality relationships, durability and serviceability characteristics of a given product, and evaluation of time requirements, labor costs, and retail prices involved in producing products of differing qualities.

FMD 330. Fashion Merchandise Buying. 3 credits.

A review of current fashion buying and merchandising policies. Includes guidelines for effective buying and merchandising practices including definitions and terminology; role of the merchandise manager; knowledge of markups, markdowns, inventory and stock turn; vendor negotiation and pricing for profit.

FMD 340. Mall Management. 3 credits.

The course provides knowledge of duties of a mall manager, and tenant responsibilities. Leases, contracts, fees, security management and tenant responsibilities are studied.

FMD 350. Fashion Promotion. 3 credits.

Promotion as it relates to fashion merchandising, fashion marketing strategies, customer motivation and current developments within the fashion market.

FMD 360. Textile and Apparel Imports/Exports. 3 credits.

To provide students with global knowledge of impact on all economies of textile and apparel imports and exports.

FMD 390. Selected Topics in Fashion Merchandising. 1-3 credits.

Study of selected topics in fashion merchandising. No prerequisite. May be repeated for credit when course content changes.

FMD 410. Field Experience/Fashion Merchandising. 8 credits.

Fashion merchandising experience will be offered in retail stores under the coordination and direction of a faculty member. No other courses may be taken at the same time.

FMD 490. Independent Study in Fashion Merchandising. 1-3 credits.

Individual research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Prerequisite: Limited to fashion merchandising majors with permission of instructor and department head.


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