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Real Internship Experience: Issey Miyake USA
Nissa Levy had selling experience, but had never been involved in actually getting merchandise into a store.

Fashion Merchandising Management

Fashion is a fast-paced world, where style rules and strategy counts!

Every season, designers show their latest creations, “looks” that eventually make it from runways to store racks all over the world. It’s the job of the merchandise manager to choose the best of these looks and trends, mixing and matching colors, sizes, and silhouettes to give customers what they want at a price they’re willing to pay. It’s a challenging and rewarding career that combines the creative skills and analytical thinking. Merchandising management is where fashion meets business.  

New York City provides the best setting for any student who is fascinated with fashion merchandising. Instructed by experienced industry professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to learn real-world skills beyond the classroom by visiting showrooms, specialty shops, and buying offices throughout the city. Internships and capstone classes provide additional firsthand experience and networking opportunities.

Working individually and in teams, you’ll study fashion marketing, product development, planning, and fashion management. You’ll master the skills needed in global retail operations and management, and learn how to combine your sense of style with business acumen.

The Fashion Merchandising Management One-Year Associate Degree program is available online.

Highlights

  • Fashion Merchandising Management at FIT is the largest and oldest degree program of its kind in the country.
  • An Advisory Board of industry executives ensures that the program reflects current standards and practices in the field.
  • The program’s close ties to industry and alumni offer extensive networking opportunities.
  • The International Fashion Merchandising Management Program in Florence and New York—the only one of its kind—allows students to take one year of their bachelor’s program at FIT and one year at the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Italy.
  • Students win industry scholarships.

In this program, you’ll:

  • have opportunities to take field trips to stores and corporate offices and meet with industry executives.
  • collaborate with fellow students on extracurricular projects in student clubs, including the Merchandising Society, Delta Epsilon Chi, and the Black Retail Group (BRAG).
  • learn about global merchandising strategies in classes in New York and see them come to life in study abroad programs in Australia, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, and Florence.
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