Jul 16, 2024  
Spring 2024 Academic Catalog 
Spring 2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Fundamentals, Skill Set

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Rachel Beach, Fashion Fundamentals Program Coordinator
(304) 367-4367

Program Purpose

This skill set, under the direction of the Applied Design program, 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fashion Fundamentals Skill Set, completers will be able to do the following:

  • Apply knowledge of the consumer expectations of fashion styles or trends to assist in sales and merchandising of product
  • Identify historical design applications in the fashion industry to assist in promotion of products and businesses
  • Communicate with consumers and business associates details within the business of fashion and assisting in growing customer satisfaction
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business opportunities and practices, work ethic, and professionalism through successful store product maintenance and consumer relations in sales


The purpose of this credential is to give people seeking to add the fundamentals in the professional practice of fashion and retail business to their skill sets. Upon completion this skillset has prepared a student for entry level retail sales or clerk employment that requires strong consumer relations and satisfaction with knowledge of the business of fashion. A clothing store job description includes processing payments, handling the return of merchandise, and providing assistance for customers to help them put together or accessorize an outfit, which requires an eye for fashion. This certificate provides a pathway to develop a new skill set or strengthen an existing one-a necessity as jobs rapidly evolve due to technological and economic advancements.

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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