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Fashion Merchandising

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This comprehensive program prepares students to succeed in any aspect of the fashion industry, from developing, to buying, to presenting an apparel line. That’s because, in addition to a strong curriculum designed to provide an in-depth overview of the fashion industry from construction to marketing, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Through mandatory and voluntary opportunities, such as internships, creation of professional portfolios, participation in the Mercyhurst Fashion Council, experiencing the “Fashion Capitals” around the world, or networking with fashion professionals, there is an emphasis on the need for students to have actual experience in the field prior to graduation.

As a Mercyhurst student, you will also have the opportunity to live and learn in New York City through our Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Visiting Student Program. By studying at this highly-regarded institution during your junior or senior year, you’ll graduate with both a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst and an associate's degree from FIT.

Learn more about the program from our department's informational brochure.

Contest Opportunity 

Enter the and Mercyhurst University Fashion Merchandising department's Contest! would like to give back to the fashion community by offering students in related fields the opportunity to get a hands on experience in the world of fashion and design. One lucky contestant from the Mercyhurst Fashion Merchandising department will win a cash prize of $200.00. There will then be a second round which will involve a more challenging contest, in which a larger cash prize of $1,000.00 is awarded. Finally, certain entrants may be given the opportunity to work at under a paid internship.
The contest is open to all Mercyhurst Fashion Merchandising majors and minors.  For the contest, each student is required to create a Prom 2015 Trend Board.  Students can create their Prom 2015 Trend Board in one of the two format options:
Option 1:By utilizing foam core board and images cut from magazines and/or catalogs as well as features such as fabric and/or color swatches, trims, embellishments, etc.  After completed, each student will take a high resolution photograph of his or her trend board and save a copy of it as a pdf file for submission purposes.
Option II: By utilizing any type of graphic design software program such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign.  With this option students will still use scanned or saved images from websites of dresses, fabric swatches, embellishments, etc. and then save the completed trend board as a pdf file for submission purposes. 
Want to know how to officially enter?
Each student must e-mail the following information to using his or her Mercyhurst email address:
University Name
URL to University page where contest is featured
Students full name
Fashion course(s) they are enrolled in
Name of the professor(s) teaching that (those) courses
What are the deadlines?
All entries must be submitted by November 15th, 2014. 
Winner of first round will be notified on November 22nd, 2014.

A degree from Mercyhurst prepares you for this exciting and dynamic career.

Major(s)        Fashion Merchandising Major
Minor(s) Fashion Studies Minor

Ready to begin your journey in fashion merchandising?  Apply online today -- it's free and getting your application started takes only a few brief minutes.  Interested students may also consult the course catalog for more information.  As a liberal arts institution, all undergraduate students complete Mercyhurst's core curriculum

The B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising at Mercyhurst University is designed to prepare students for professional careers or graduate education in the textile and clothing industries. Our program provides students with the opportunity to develop conceptual and creative abilities in relation to the individual person, the product, and the industry itself. It is our mission to prepare students for professional fashion careers or graduate education by providing teaching excellence in a curriculum that advances creativity, global awareness, and current business practices.

  • Demonstrate data gathering, synthesis, problem solving, and decision-making
  • Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills appropriate to the field of fashion
  • Identify the manner in which historic, cultural, and cyclical environmental factors impact the fashion industry.
  • Distinguish the intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics of all segments within the textile complex, following the progression from fibers to end products.
  • Demonstrate basic planning, production, promotion, and distribution techniques for the men's, women's and children's wear markets
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical concepts and financial statements related to merchandise buying and planning
  • Identify the variety of career opportunities within the fashion industry, the inter-relationships between them, and the methods to gain entry therein.

Abbey Mollo M.A. Instructor of Fashion Merchandising Office: Main 301 Phone: (814) 824-2339

Amy Weaver-Kaulis M.S. Department Chair, Assistant Professor Office: Main 303 Phone: (814) 824-3387

Erin Magorien M.S. Instructor, Admissions and Advising Assistant Office: Main 304 Phone: (814) 824-2510

Jennifer Craven M.S. Instructor of Fashion Merchandising Office: Main 309 Phone: (814) 824-3828