Fashion Technology graduates are employed in all areas of the fashion industry. This includes areas as diverse as fashion design, fashion buying, visual merchandising and display, fashion advertising, fashion marketing, fashion production and supervision, fashion entrepreneurs, and fashion styling. With over 150+ career opportunities in the fashion industry, there is much to choose from!
Regardless of what direction you take in the industry, here are some important skills to focus on in order to transform yourself into a fashion professional:
AESTHETICS-You need to know style. What's in? What
season? What's lame? What's hip? What's trending? If your career path is
fashion design, fashion styling, fashion merchandising or fashion
marketing, you need to excel at this or you won't get far in this
AN EYE FOR DETAIL-In all Fashion career paths, you need to be detail-oriented. This means doing everything thoroughly. The devil may wear Prada, but the devil is also in the details!
FASHION AND ART HISTORY EXPERTISE-Constantly study art and fashion history. Become an expert. Read a ton of historical books and transform yourself into a fashion know-it-all. The knowledge you'll gain from all the research will provide you with endless inspiration for career paths that are in fashion design, fashion styling, fashion marketing, and fashion merchandising.
NOTE-TAKING-Unless you have a photographic memory, you need to get in the habit of writing down notes. This will be especially handy for when you land your internship/assistant positions. If you only need to be told once how to do something or what to get, you will earn major kudos. Hand-written, on a tablet, or your phone...just make the notes!
NETWORKING-Fashion is a contact sport and you need to make good contacts wherever you go. Sometimes it's not so much what you know but who you know. Be cool with people and ask for a business card. Follow up with a nice email.
LISTENING-Yes, you will need to listen. Many times you will be given direction and it will be your job to dismantle the information and apply what you just learned.
BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY BULLET-PROOF-If you are in the design route you will be critiqued meaning people are going to pick apart your work. Its constructive criticism so use their opinions and learn from it. If you go the stylist route you are going to mess up and you will need to be able to handle the stress. Learn from the critique sessions your coursework provides you!
AMICABILITY-You are most likely going to be working on a team so you need to be a team player even when you become the team leader a.k.a. the one in charge and the one responsible for success or disaster!
BUSINESS SKILLS-Fashion is big business and you need big business skills. Get your math skills going and become proficient in some kind of accounting or bookkeeping software, hone your buying skills, and learn all you can about reading spreadsheets.
MARKETING-Become an expert at social media, general website knowledge, writing resumes and learning how to self-promote. Sometimes you are the product and sometimes you are selling the product...get good at both. This skill is required in every fashion career pathway.
1767: Fashion Design Associates in Applied Science Degree
This degree is designed to give students an opportunity to study all aspects of fashion design. Includes instruction in clothing production techniques, fashion sketching, fashion illustration, pattern making, draping, computer-aided fashion design, and presentation techniques, fashion marketing, fashion buying and planning, promotion, fashion coordination, advertising, and sales. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
1769: Fashion Production Techniques Associates in Applied Science
The curriculum is designed to provide competency for a wide range of production occupations in the fashion industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are applied in clothing construction, garment sewing, flat patternmaking, designing, textiles, fashion sketching, grading, marking and cutting, and computerized grading and marking. Internship or cooperative education experiences are available to Fashion Production Techniques students. This broad background enables students to select various entry-level occupations such as designer, patternmaker, cutter, or custom dressmaker. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
1771: Fashion Retail & Marketing Associates in Applied Science
Fashion Marketing investigates the relationships between the business of the fashion industry and consumers including the development, promotion, advertising, and retailing aspects of this global industry. Fashion Marketing works by using current trends in fashion to analyze, develop, and implement sales strategies across multiple mediums. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
1773: Fashion Styling Associates in Applied Science Degree
This degree is designed to give students training in the aspects of â€œstylingâ€ in the fashion world. The Fashion Styling student will grasp a clear understanding of the overall basic knowledge one should know when entering a career in the fashion industry, but will give those determined students a chance to actually apply what they have learned through constructive and practical hands-on experience in photo shoots. Students will be able to develop or further extend their fashion styling portfolios. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
1775: Fashion Visual Merchandising & Display Associates in Applied
The Visual Merchandising program provides students the opportunity to experience firsthand the emerging career area of retail and commercial display. Visual merchandising is a visually and aesthetically oriented field that emphasizes display design, display and prop fabrication, and arrangement with the object of influencing sales of all types of merchandise. Principles and philosophies of visual merchandising are learned through exploration of the marketplace and hands-on experimentation with local retail establishments. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
1056: Fashion Studies Certificate of Completion
This certificate program prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and elements, as well as techniques, to the merchandising of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories through the management of fashion development projects.
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