Fashion Merchandising - B.S.

College of the Arts
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
226 Rockwell Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-3010
FashionSchool@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/fashion


Description

Students in fashion merchandising acquire a thorough background in the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing competencies in fashion theory; development and marketing of fashion goods; merchandising for apparel manufacturing; retail operations, management and buying; fashion forecasting and promotion.

Combined Baccalaureate in Fashion Merchandising/Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 

Fashion Merchandising majors may enroll in the combined Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Master of Business Administration degree program. The combined degree program allows highachieving undergraduate students early admission into graduate school. Students pursuing the combined degree will complete a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 representing the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and at least an additional 30 representing the Master of Business Administration).

Students enrolled in the combined degree program will complete a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework for the M.B.A. degree during their senior year in the fashion merchandising degree program. This allows student to accelerate their completion of the M.B.A degree after being awarded their undergraduate degree.

To be eligible for the combined program, students must first complete a minimum of 90 credit hours in the fashion merchandising degree with at least a 3.300 overall grade point average. Upon achieving these requirements, students submit an admissions application to the M.B.A. program no later than July 1. Students need to satisfy all requirements for the admissions application, including the Graduation Management Admissions Test (GMAT) exam.

Study Abroad/Study Away Requirement

The School of Fashion Design and Merchandising requires all students to participate in a study abroad/away experience, which include opportunities to study for a semester at its NYC studio and Florence campus, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regent's University in London. For more information visit the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising website or contact the Office of Global Education.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective.

Freshman Students: Applicants must have at least a 3.000 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or an SAT combined critical reading and math score of 980).

Transfer Students: To be considered for admission, transfer applicants need at least a 2.750 overall GPA based on 24 or more credit hours of college-level coursework at an accredited institution. Those students meeting this GPA requirement but with less than 24 credit hours will be evaluated as new freshmen.

Students who do not meet the academic criteria for admission into the Fashion Merchandising degree program will not be accepted and may be eligible for admission to the Pre-Fashion Design and Merchandising non-degree major (PFDM).

Students who do not meet the academic criteria may initiate the process for declaring the Fashion Merchandising major after completing at least 12 credit hours of non developmental coursework at Kent State University with a overall GPA of 2.750.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fashion industry.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of fashion products and services.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of fashion markets.
  4. Demonstrate skills appropriate for the fashion industry.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of technology applicable to the fashion industry.
  6. Articulate conceptual and critical thinking applicable to the fashion industry.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the fashion industry through visual, oral, and written forms.
  8. Demonstrate research processes and practices employed in the fashion industry.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of the fashion industry through reflective experiential learning.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CA-BS-FM]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
FDM 10010FASHION FUNDAMENTALS 3
FDM 10023FASHION VISUALS 1
FDM 10024FASHION VISUALS LABORATORY 2
FDM 10033FASHION FABRICS 1
FDM 10034FASHION FABRICS LABORATORY 2
FDM 10053INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY 1
FDM 10054INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 2
FDM 20030FASHION APPAREL ANALYSIS 3
FDM 20263FASHION RETAIL INDUSTRY 3
FDM 25011FASHION BRANDING 3
FDM 30083PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR 3
FDM 30260PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY 3
FDM 30262FASHION MERCHANDISE PLANNING AND BUYING 3
FDM 35011FASHION FORECASTING 3
FDM 35270COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN RETAILING 3
FDM 40270FASHION MARKETING 3
FDM 40291SEMINAR IN FASHION MERCHANDISING (WIC) 13
FDM 45012TEXTILES AND APPAREL IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY 3
FDM 45192INTERNSHIP IN FASHION MERCHANDISING (ELR) 3
Fashion Design and Merchandising Upper-Division Electives (FDM 30000 or 40000 level) 29
Fashion Study Away Requirement 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 10041INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR) 4
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Additional6
Minor Coursework and General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 422
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement

2

 Maximum 6 credit hours of FDM 45093 can be used toward the FDM electives.

3

Students are required to participate in a study away opportunity. Students must have minimum 2.500 overall GPA to participate in this study away requirement. Choose from the following: FDM 30171; FDM 30172, FDM 30181; FDM 30182; FDM 35070; FDM 35080; FDM 35901; FDM 35902; FDM 35903; FDM 35904; FDM 35905; FDM 45392; FDM 45492; FDM 45592.

4

Student are required to declare and complete a minor as part of the fashion merchandising program. Students may select any minor available at Kent State, but it should be aligned with the student's overall educational and career goals. Number of credit hours depends on the minor selected.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.500
 
  • Minimum 2.500 overall GPA required for study away requirement.
  • Students are required to participate in a study away opportunity.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
FDM 10010 FASHION FUNDAMENTALS 3
FDM 10023 FASHION VISUALS 1
FDM 10024 FASHION VISUALS LABORATORY 2
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
FDM 10053 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY 1
FDM 10054 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 2
MATH 10041 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR) 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!FDM 10033 FASHION FABRICS 1
!FDM 10034 FASHION FABRICS LABORATORY 2
FDM 20263 FASHION RETAIL INDUSTRY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!FDM 20030 FASHION APPAREL ANALYSIS 3
FDM 25011 FASHION BRANDING 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
FDM 30083 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR 3
FDM 30262 FASHION MERCHANDISE PLANNING AND BUYING 3
FDM 35011 FASHION FORECASTING 3
Minor Coursework and General Electives 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Six
FDM 30260 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY 3
FDM 35270 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN RETAILING 3
Fashion, Design, and Merchandising Upper-Division Electives (FDM 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor Coursework and General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
FDM 45192 INTERNSHIP IN FASHION MERCHANDISING (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours3
Semester Seven
FDM 40270 FASHION MARKETING 3
FDM 45012 TEXTILES AND APPAREL IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY 3
Fashion, Design, and Merchandising Upper-Division Electives (FDM 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor Coursework and General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!FDM 40291 SEMINAR IN FASHION MERCHANDISING (WIC) 3
Fashion, Design, and Merchandising Upper-Division Electives (FDM 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor Coursework and General Electives 7
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120