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Fashion + Visual Merchandising

Fashion is a thriving industry and here at Moore you will acquire the necessary skills for a successful career as an entrepreneur or working with a company where a thorough knowledge of buying, distributing, promotion and visual merchandising skills will set you apart from your peers. The Fashion & Visual Merchandising Certificate is a unique program that provides you with highly sought after knowledge and skills. Through a curriculum that integrates merchandising, promotion, fashion trends, and visual merchandising participants are prepared for working in a variety of fields in the fashion industry including sales, buying, fashion consulting, fashion coordination and store layout, and fashion display. The certificate can be completed through a combination of online and on-campus courses.


  • Fashion Design Essentials 
  • Digital Design
  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • History of Fashion & Fashion Trends
  • Principles of Interior Design
  • Digital Photography for Fashion
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Visual Merchandising

Enrollment Options

Enroll in individual courses according to your interests or complete all eight to earn the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met. It is recommended that students who wish to complete a program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses. 


Quarterly Schedule

  • FALL QUARTER 2018: October 1 - December 6, 2018     
  • WINTER QUARTER 2019: January 22 - April 1, 2019
  • SUMMER 2019: TBD
    Please note that courses are offered in alternate quarters with the exception of a few that are offered each quarter.

Course Descriptions


EVFT110 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA110 $750 Noncredit
Fall 2018 Thursdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Spring 2019 TBD

This course addresses key foundation skills needed for success in all areas of the fashion world. Topics cover analyzing fashion trends, forecasting consumer demand, understanding garment construction techniques, and interpreting the styles of distinguished designers. Hands-on projects include building a fashion line, choosing a target market, creating a mood board, developing fashion sketches, and presenting a cumulative final project that can be used in your portfolio. No prerequisites.


EVFT203 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA203 $750 Noncredit
Winter 2018 Online
Summer 2019 Online

This survey of fashion introduces historic dress as inspiration and design resource for fashion design and fashion merchandising students. The evolution of silhouette and the cut and construction of garments are analyzed. Contemporary examples are compared to historic sources. Topics include design aesthetics, iconic design, key designers, the role of celebrity in modern fashion, sustainability, and the way in which fashion trends mirror contemporary values and culture. No prerequisites.


EVFT303 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA303 $750 Noncredit
Fall 2018 Online
Summer 2019 Online

This course provides a foundation in the principles of fashion retailing communication. It is designed to acquaint participants with a range of promotional activities including visual merchandising and fashion shows. Topics include the characteristics of consumer purchasing behavior. Emphasis is on the practical application of strategies and techniques for promoting goods, services, and ideas within the industry. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation (or Fashion Design Essentials) and Retail Merchandising.


EVFT220 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA220 $750 Noncredit
Winter 2019 Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Summer 2019 TBD

This course examines the buying function and the differences of buyers’ responsibilities in various types of merchandising organizations. Meeting the needs of managers, business owners and account representatives, participants learn to buy and/or to communicate successfully with buyers. Topics include planning, inventory management, pricing, and vendor analysis. Emphasis is on the principles, procedures and techniques practiced by merchandisers of fashion goods in determining what assortments to buy and which resources to select. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation (or Fashion Design Essentials) and Retail Merchandising.


EVFT115 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA115 $750 Noncredit
Winter 2019 Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Summer 2019 TBD

Learn how to create beautiful product images and photographic techniques for constructing a recognizable style.  Projects focus on best practices for developing editorial, high fashion, catalog and e-commerce images that highlight unique selling points and create interest. Areas covered include garment preparation, use of mannequins or live models, image count, lighting, camera settings, web-ready color space profiles and editing.  No prerequisites.


EVFT218 $980 2 Credits
EVFTA218 $750 Noncredit
Fall 2018 Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Spring 2019 TBD

Visual merchandising is the art of presenting products in both physical and digital environments and is a key part of the marketing operation of all major retailers. Projects focus on learning visual strategies for promoting products in stores, catalogs and online. Areas covered include window display, store design, product styling, as well as communicating brand strategy through methods of graphic communication.  Prerequisite: Fashion Design Essentials & Digital Design or equivalent knowledge.


DM101 $980 2 Credits
DMA101 $750 Noncredit
Fall 2018 Mondays 6:30-9:30
Winter 2019 Tuesdays 6:30-9:30
Spring 2019 TBD
Summer 2019 TBD

Develop proficiency in operating the Mac while learning the basic design tools and protocols of Adobe Creative Suite’s major programs. There is a combined emphasis on acquiring hardware and software skills with an understanding of design fundamentals in contemporary digital design. Hands-on projects include creating, importing and editing images, as well as text and graphics in a variety of formats to develop a better understanding of computer-aided design, digital workflow and visual communication. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet navigation skillsNote: Certificate students who do not need this course may substitute another course at any time during their program.


EVIDC200 $980 2 Credits
EVIDCA200 $750 Noncredit

This studio course focuses on the fundamental principles of interior design, as well as the responsibilities and business aspects of the profession. Hands-on projects for both residential and commercial spaces develop skills in applying visual design schemes that integrate color, materials, and textures. Topics include using core elements (scale, proportion, light, and the interdependence of space and form) to translate functional, aesthetic and expressive objectives into creative design solutions. Developing insight into environmental factors such as location and culture and other methods for meeting client needs are explored. No prerequisites.