Build Your Story in Fashion Merchandising & Management


Fashion Merchandising and Management graduates find themselves prepared to pursue entry level careers upon graduation or pursue additional education in the fields of Fashion Merchandising, Marketing and Management.

WACTC Fashion Graduates have been accepted to the following colleges: Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, LIM College, CCRI, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Fisher & Lasall College.

If you have a passion for fashion, WACTC Fashion Merchandising and Management students are offered a challenging program that encourages creative and personal growth while teaching the importance of working as part of a team. From the pages of fashion magazines to the racks of upscale specialty stores lies an industry in need of professionals who know how to meet customer demand. Fashion Merchandising blends fashion sense with business expertise.

In this program, students develop knowledge of fashion trends and visual merchandising while creating  eye-catching displays using a variety of mannequins, clothing and accessories. They also learn to market products through creative fashion advertising and fashion show production or develop management skills and ideas needed  to open your own boutique or business. In addition, students attend field trips and meet fashion professionals at various local companies such as Alex & Ani, Kohl’s , JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom.

In their senior year, students gain hands on experience while interning at local fashion company.


The National Retail Federation has designed a curriculum which satisfies the employment requirements of the industry nationwide.

Year One

An immersion into the fashion industry including terminology; fashion movement and history; color, line and design; economic and marketing principles; textiles; men’s, women’s and children’s wear; and accessories.

Year Two

Students advance to window displays, retail institutions, selling and customer service, store safety and security, advertising and promotion, buying, and the math related to the fashion industry.

Year Three

The first semester addresses visual merchandising, store management and small business operations, distribution, human relations, and communications. In preparation for the second semester internships, student study job search techniques, interviewing, and résumé writing.