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Fashion Retailing Courses

Career Diploma in
Fashion Retailing

Online Fashion Retailing courses are the most convenient way to prepare for a career as a fashion show coordinator, personal shopper, apparel manager or fashion merchandiser. Our fashion retail training program teaches the professional techniques used by industry experts.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our fashion retail training consists of exciting, practical lessons. Each lesson begins with the objectives of the subject matter and introduces important vocabulary. Thought-provoking practice exercises help you review fascinating concepts such as...

  • Assessing consumer behavior
  • Forecasting trends
  • Inventory control
  • Deciding what and when to buy
  • Factors affecting pricing

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Concepts in Small Business and Self-Employment  

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Fashion Merchandising  

A history of fashion retailing; types of retailers; direct marketing; trends in the retail industry; qualifying for employment; options for self-employment in fashion.

Lesson 4: What is Fashion?  

The fundamentals of fashion; fads and trends; how fashions develop and spread; the role of style and fashion in contemporary society.

Lesson 5: Consumer Behavior  

The psychology of consumer behavior; the sociology of consumer buying patterns; how consumers make fashion purchasing decisions; spending characteristics at different stages of life.

Lesson 6: Store Organization and Management  

Creating an organization chart; departmentalizing and decentralizing; recruiting, training, evaluating, and compensating employees.

Lesson 7: The Buying Function and Other Market Consultants  

The global marketplace; deciding what and when to buy; buyer and assistant buyer duties; negotiating purchases; fashion forecasting; using reporting services.

Lesson 8: Merchandise Pricing  

Markup; factors affecting pricing: competition, quality, inventory turnover, promotional activities, store image, alterations, pilferage, and markdowns.

Lesson 9: Advertising and Promotion  

Sales promotion and advertising basics; promoting the small store; preparing advertising; selecting media; special events; fashion shows; publicity.

Lesson 10: Store Layout and Visual Merchandising  

Selecting the right site; exterior and interior layout and design; changing window displays; interior graphics, signage, and display fixtures; using color; props; selecting a theme.

Lesson 11: Careers in Fashion Direction and Fashion Trend Research  

The responsibilities of fashion directors, coordinators, and stylists; fashion trend forecasting; sources of data.

Lesson 12: Planning and Staging a Fashion Show  

The three types of fashion shows; working with the promotion calendar; how to develop a theme and budget; publicity; staging, lighting, and music.

Lesson 13: Execution and Evaluation of a Fashion Show  

Choosing clothes and accessories; selecting and notifying models; the fitting; packing and shipping merchandise; rehearsing; commentating; the closing; critiquing the show.

Lesson 14: Fashion Direction and Coordination with Other Market Consultants  

The market calendar; working with store buyers, designers, and wholesale reps; the fashion director's roles in a buying office, the textile industry, and manufacturing.

Lesson 15: Direct Retailing  

Why direct retailing is growing; from retailer to cataloger; competition; kiosks; direct mail; targeted mailing lists; opportunities in cable television.

Lesson 16: Personal Shopping  

Essentials for the salesperson; keys to successful selling; suggesting additional merchandise; promoting future business; sources of product information.

Lesson 17: Merchandise Handling and Loss Prevention  

Centralized receiving; branch and chain store receiving; inventory shortages; detecting and preventing shoplifting.

Lesson 18: Retail Information Systems and Control  

Accounting procedures; inventory, dollar, unit, and expense control; stock turnover; the expense budget; classifying the various expenses.

Lesson 19: Credit and Customer Service  

Why retailers give credit; kinds of retail credit; personal shopping; gift wrapping; the gift registry; alterations; approaches to improve customer service.

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  What You Get

Begin our fashion retail training online on your terms. Study on your own schedule and get personal guidance whenever you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Our fashion retail training provides carefully selected content that promises a balance of vital conceptual ideas and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Beautifully illustrated fashion manual
  • Customized lesson book and study guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our fashion retailing courses receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. With a career diploma from an accredited fashion retail training program, you’ll be ready to achieve your career goals.

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We’ve cleared the way. Start your fashion retail training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.