Fashion Merchandising and Design, Bachelor | Online (optional) | Central Michigan University | Mount Pleasant, United States
B.A./ B.A.A./ B.S. On Campus Online Blended

Fashion Merchandising and Design

48 months
20400 USD/year
11376 USD/year
11376 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


To thrive in the fashion world, you need more than a keen sense of style. You also need to translate your vision to a product that sells. This Fashion Merchandising and Design program from Central Michigan University blends the theory of fashion and the knowledge of business practice to create a skillset that prepares you to be a successful fashion business professional.


Fashion Merchandising and Design program, recognized as the best in Michigan, uses industry technology to provide you with real-world skills. We know the fashion industry is going digital, so as a fashion merchandising and design major, you'll get hands-on experience working with CAD, 3-D printers, pattern digitization, and 3D virtual design merchandising software. You can test fabrics in the textile testing lab. 

In the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology test your product prototypes using a body scanner and thermal manikins. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interact with our corporate partners such as Carhartt, Target, and Adidas to help solve real-world problems.

Central Michigan University's courses will give you a foundation in both design and merchandising, resulting in a graduate that is prepared for a variety of careers available in the industry. Can’t decide? We offer minors in design and visual merchandising. We know you are busy and have many things going on, that’s why we offer courses on-campus, online, and hybrid.

In addition to gaining hands-on experience on campus, you'll get on-the-job training as part of your required internship experience. In recent years, students have interned at places such as A&F, Louis Vuitton, Target, and Bloomingdale's.

Careers & Outcomes

Whether you design clothing, manufacture it, or engage in marketing and retailing, a degree in fashion merchandising and design will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fashion Fundamentals
  • Textiles
  • CAD for Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • History of Western Dress
  • Dress and Culture
  • Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Retail Management
  • Preprofessional Seminar in Fashion Merchandising and
  • Design
  • Advanced CAD for Apparel
  • Textile Analysis
  • Internship in Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Apparel Product Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National Fall start : Rolling admission


120 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
  • If your GPA is at least 2.8, we will accept your application using the GPA you provide when you apply. 
  • If your GPA is below 2.8, a transcript is required. 

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We take several things into consideration when evaluating applications for admission, including GPA, test scores (optional) and academic improvement over time.
    • As part of the online application, you’ll need to pay a $40 application fee. If your family is experiencing financial hardship, speak to your high school guidance counselor to see whether you qualify for a fee waiver.
    • You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application, or ask your school counselor to submit your official transcript. We can provide an admission decision and merit scholarship with either one. Keep us updated with new transcripts at the end of each semester. It may mean an upgrade in your scholarship.
    • You don’t have to submit a test score in order to be admitted and earn a merit award.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20400 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11376 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11376 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11376 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11376 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Mount Pleasant

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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