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Fashion Design, Manufacturing & Merchandising Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students will be introduced to the world of fashion encompassing, elements and principles of design, textiles and consumerism.

You Will Learn
  • The fundamentals of fashion.
  • The history of fashion.
  • The use of textiles in fashion.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Fashion Design, Manufacturing & Merchandising - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is the Student Leadership Organization for Family and Consumer Sciences. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teache
  • Fashion Designer
  • Retail Sales Person
  • Retail Buyer
  • Tailor
  • Wholesale Buyer
Workforce Trends
Employers seek designers with a 2- or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.

In 2006, two-thirds of salaried fashion designers were employed in either New York or California.

Job competition is expected to be keen as many designers are attracted to the creativity and glamour associated with the occupation, while relatively few job openings arise.

1 out of 4 fashion designers are self-employed.

Employment growth for fashion designers will stem from a growing population demanding more clothing, footwear, and accessories. Demand is increasing for stylish clothing that is affordable, especially among middle income consumers. The best job opportunities will be in design firms that design mass market clothing sold in department stores and retail chain stores, such as apparel wholesale firms.

Source: Choices and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition

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