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Fashion Buying and Merchandising
OFFICE:  Cluster B, Room 2037, 516.572.7588
CHAIRPERSON: Pat Lupino, Pat.Lupino@ncc.edu.
FACULTY: G. Arend, R. Battle, S. Beganskas, N. Bloom, A. Bruno, R. Casciola, J. de la Lastra, D. Hope, T. Lowenstein, J. Mandel, M. McNamara, H. O’Connell, J. Pescatore, J. Reihing, S. Rose, T. Sands, R. Scarpelli, S. Wolfe.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: D. Rosenthal, D. Velez
COURSES OFFERED: Fashion Buying and Merchandising (FBM), Fashion Design (FSD), Marketing (MKT), Retail Business Management (RET), Interior Design (INT)

The following curricula are offered by this Department:

Marketing (A.A.S.) – This degree is designed to satisfy the requirements of marketing and management organizations that seek competent personnel for positions of responsibility in business. Graduates of this program are trained for employment as entry level marketing and management trainees. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a base for a business career upon graduation or continued education at a four-year institution.

Retailing Business Management (A.A.S.) – Students in retail business management are prepared for merchandising and management careers in such retail enterprises as department and specialty stores, resident buying offices, chain organizations, and small businesses. The program includes an on-the-job work assignment in community department stores and other firms. This practical experience prepares graduates for initial positions as entry-level executives in the areas of buying, merchandising, and store operations. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a base for a business career upon graduation or continued education at a four-year institution.

Fashion Buying and Merchandising (A.A.S.) – Students have the opportunity to specialize in a concentration of applied fashion merchandising courses. Specialized courses include: Fashion Advertising and Promotion, Introduction to Menswear, Fashion Apparel, Introduction to Import Buying, Fashion and Home Accessories, Fashion Coordination and Publicity, and Interior Design. As part of the program, students will study textiles, visual merchandising, retailing, and retail buying. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Cooperative Work Experience Program gaining valuable on-the-job experience. The degree prepares students for positions in resident buying offices, fashion manufacturers, designers’ showrooms, retail stores, fashion publications, and other firms associated with the fashion industry.

Fashion Design (A.A.S.) – Qualified students have the opportunity to complete the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in the field of fashion design. Draping, sketching, patternmaking, and garment construction will be taught using techniques and equipment employed in industry. Students will develop the skills necessary to translate their original sketches into finished garments. In addition to their coursework, students are encouraged to participate in industry-sponsored and community events. During the Spring semester, a fashion show is produced showcasing the fourth semester students' projects. Students will participate in an internship program in a design firm studio. The academic and practical experiences attained in this program provide a basis for employment as a designer, assistant designer, stylist, or patternmaker. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Because of the creative and technical nature of this area of study, applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of their artwork. Guidelines for this informal portfolio interview will be sent to students in a letter requesting they schedule an appointment for portfolio review.

Interior Design/Home Furnishing (A.A.S.) – This program is designed to prepare students for immediate job placement in the interior design and decorating fields as design assistants, stylists, showroom representatives, design sales associates, Computer Aided Design (CAD) assistants, assistant colorists, or trainees for design publications. The program consists of a liberal arts component and technical courses developed in accordance with current industry standards. Students are provided with the required skills to work and grow in the field. The liberal arts background aids in the pursuit of a four-year degree. This program consists of technical courses developed in accordance with industry standards.

Interior Design/Home Furnishing (Certificate) – This certificate program is designed to prepare students for immediate job placement in the interior design and decorating fields as design assistants, stylists, showroom representatives, design sales associates, assistant colorists, or retail home furnishing and decorating sales positions. Technical courses are developed in accordance with current industry standards.