Fashion Merchandising

What is Fashion Merchandising?

Fashion Merchandising involves the business side of the fashion industry. Part fashion, style and creativity mixed with business and analytical skills. Students in the program will learn how to buy, sell, develop and market fashion products to a specific customer. St. Thomas University Fashion Merchandising major is an inclusive, business-oriented program offering students a comprehensive look into the fashion industry. Courses include Personal Styling Analysis, Textiles for Apparel, Fashion Promotion and Visual Merchandising, Product Development in the Fashion Industry and many more!

Why Fashion at St. Thomas University?

Miami is host to a large variety of fashion events, including Miami Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, and various apparel and textile trade shows. Miami Swim week is a globally recognized fashion event featuring men’s, women’s and children’s swimwear, beachwear, active wear, resort wear, cruise and accessories for sale. Over 5,000 buyers from around the world attend the trade shows, the runway shows, and all the other satellite events that are part of the week.

You’ll get personal attention from professors with our 12:1 student to teacher ratio.

You’ll have unique learning and experiential opportunities (Miami Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, tours of fashion companies, etc.).

Opportunity to travel Internationally every other year to Fashion capitals of the world including Paris, London, Milan and more!

You’ll have access to industry experts that work right in Miami as guest speakers.

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning through field trips to manufacturers, retailers, and other fashion industry locations.

Project based learning including Professional Development as the capstone course preparing students for success after graduation in the Fashion Industry.

Many Internship opportunities in Miami for valuable learning experiences.

Having access to the variety of corporate headquarters allow for field trips, experiential learning, hands-on opportunities and intership experiences. Corporate retailer’s headquarters located in the Miami area include:

  • Logo for Perry Ellis International
  • Logo for Vertical Textiles
  • Logo for UA Brands
  • Logo for Eberjay
  • Logo for Chewy
  • Logo for Intradeco Apparel

Graduates of the B.A. in Fashion Merchandising can pursue careers in Fashion which can include:

  • Trend Forecaster
  • Fashion Production Planner
  • Licensing Director
  • Merchandise Coordinator
  • Product Developer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Event Producer
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Brand Manager
  • Buyer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Visual Merchandiser

The program is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information, contact Ashlee Rzyczycki at

For more information:

Ashlee Rzyczycki

Ashlee Rzyczycki, M.A. | Visiting Assistant Professor
St. Thomas University
Gus Machado College of Business
Office: 305.474.6812
Mobile: 814.746.8849

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