Fashion Design and Merchandising
Discover the tactical skills of creating and merchandising clothing that can lead you to a career in fashion

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Industry Preparation

Solid preparation for a career in fashion. You’ll gain the creative, critical thinking, technology, portfolio presentation, and oral communication skills required to succeed in the industry.

Create Your Style

Creative freedom to develop your own unique style. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect your own individual and cultural values and perspectives through your fashion design and imagery work in the program.

Providing Options

Choices regarding which career path to take. Beginning in your sophomore year, you have the option to follow a design or a merchandising track.

Interested in learning more about the Villa experience?

The Career Potential

As a graduate of the Fashion Design and Merchandising program, you can pursue a variety of career paths, including:

  • Clothing designer
  • Footwear designer
  • Accessory designer
  • Jewelry designer
  • Textile designer
  • Furnishings designer
  • Assistant buyer
  • Visual team associate
  • Merchandise coordinator

The Facilities

  • A dedicated studio and apparel construction lab with a classroom of Bernina Activa 240 sewing stations as well as other industry technology.
  • BabyLock Imagine serger, Bernina Industrial sewing machine, Coverstitch with Jet Air, blind hemmer and industry specified dress forms for draping and construction.
  • My Label 3-D pattern software and Bernina Embroidery software.
  • A computer studio with Kaledo, Modaris and Diamino CAD software as well as a large format plotter printer for patterns.


The Requirements

Student Work

Villa students are always making new and exciting pieces that showcase their talents and apply their skills in practical environments.

Our Faculty

Questions about the program? Reach out to one of our professors.

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Dr. Joycelyn Burdett • 716.961.1856 • Bio

Instructor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Shantell Reid • 716.961.2854 • Bio

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