Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate

When you select a career in fashion merchandising, you enter the dynamic and fast-paced worlds of retail and wholesale marketing. Merchandisers are “people-persons” who have an eye for colour, a flair for fashion, and an aptitude for management.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr 1 year Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description


On completion of the Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate Program, graduates will be able to undertake different occupations. Examples include wholesale representatives, buyer, fashion consultant, promotional events coordinator, and retail manager.


This comprehensive core program is offered on a part-time evening basis. It takes a multi-dimensional approach in educating students for careers in the fashion industry by combining studies in business fundamentals with fashion theory. Curriculum is delivered from both a theoretical and practical perspective, depending on subject content. Students will learn to project accurate forecasts for profits in sales and to utilize the varied techniques of visual merchandising that will attract the consumer.

Please note that all courses may not be offered each term due to minimum enrollment requirements and the availability of instructors. Students are required to purchase texts and some supplies. Individuals registered in the program should be prepared to dedicate approximately three hours per week per course to their studies outside of class time. Each course averages 36 hours in length, usually in 3-hour blocks.


Participants may take two courses per term and complete the program over one year.


Evaluation of learning progress is determined by individual instructors and includes theory examinations and assessment of practical assignments and group projects.


Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, the graduate will receive a Vancouver Community College Fashion Merchandising Associate Certificate


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Grade 12 or equivalent (waived for mature students), ability to speak, read and write English clearly and correctly

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Imagination and creative talent
  • A good sense of colour
  • an identifiable personal style
  • Excellent time management skills and a capacity for hard work and long hours
  • Excellent organization and multi-tasking skills
  • Good communication skills both written (sketching ideas) and verbal
  • The ability to handle criticism
  • The ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • An understanding of basic human body shape and how to manipulate fabrics and materials
  • The ability to synthesize information and develop innovative designs

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee
Tuition Fee $3,059.10
Student Union Fee $25.90 / Term
College Initiative Fee $4.00
Other Costs Campus resource fee - 4% of tuition
Supplies and text book costs vary by course.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

The future is in fashion.

Employers in B.C.’s fashion industry frequently turn to VCC to hire our job-ready graduates. Attend this information session to learn about our full-time Fashion Design & Production Diploma and the fashion merchandising program

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
November 5, 2019 Tuesday 5 - 6 p.m. 921 Downtown
December 10, 2019 Tuesday 5 - 6 p.m. 921 Downtown

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Contact us:

Program Coordinators: Sarah Murray and Andrea Korens, VCC Fashion, 604.871.7000, ext. 8668 and 8661
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Fashion, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(FASH 1402) Retail Buying 3.0 credits    $376.02

Learn to effectively manage the planning and buying of appropriate merchandise for a retail department or boutique. This course emphasizes the coordination of the buyer’s varied responsibilities, buying terminology, mathematical equations for retail buying, plan projections and stock planning, and domestic and foreign resources.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30475 DTN Rm. 921
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1830 - 2130
to 10-Dec-2019
de Raucourt, Joan

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2020 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2020 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Fashion Forecasting (FASH 1204)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Fashion Marketing and Promotion (FASH 1405)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Fashion Retail Management (FASH 1401)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Fashion Styling (FASH 1408)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
History of Fashion (FASH 1301)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Merchandising Fashion (FASH 1176)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A
Retail Buying (FASH 1402)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $376.02
Textiles (FASH 2201)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits N/A

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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