The Fashion Merchandising – AS Degree* online degree trains students on how to become a merchandiser, sales manager, or for work in retail. The course Information Literacy teaches students about using the Internet and basic search engines. Students can expect to learn about topics in marketing, development, production of materials, and retailing.
Essential skills needed when working in fashion include the understanding of color and how to manipulate color. Students learn color theory and the color wheel, as well as the history of fashion and how it has changed. Other important skills to know when working in a business setting are basic accounting and marketing. It is important when working with clients that the professional understands pricing and distribution to ensure fairness and profitability. More specialized courses include Retail Management and Product Development. During theses courses, students learn how to develop pricing, strategies of promotion, and the process of product development.
Penn Foster College’s Fashion Merchandising – AS Degree* allows students to use their creativity while also earning a useful degree from home. In order for students to receive credit for coursework completed before entering Penn Foster College, students must have official transcripts to Penn Foster College for review. The minimum grade accepted for transfer credit is a "C."
*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.