Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design

You can work in the fashion industry across the nation and around the world. In this program, you will learn online from professors with experience and connections in the fashion industry who can get you ready for a career you’re passionate about.

Our program is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country, and 92% of our graduates are working in the fashion industry. You can too as you learn valuable industry specific skills with the support of our expert faculty. Your dream of working in the fashion industry can become a reality.

How online works

The fashion industry is looking for talented creatives with hands-on experience in today’s latest fashion technologies. In CMU's online program you will learn how to think creatively, solve problems, and use software that helps to share your fashion sense with the world.

  • Design with software used throughout the fashion industry.
  • Practice skills you will use on the job in all your assignments.
  • Collaborate with fellow online students and main campus students taking hybrid classes.
  • Learn as a class and 1-on-1 with your professors.
  • Submit your designs electronically.
  • Develop a variety of entries for a professional portfolio.
  • Faculty are available to help enhance your studies with:
    • Internships – Get actual work experience.
    • Study away experiences – Meet professionals at work in the industry.
    • Study abroad – Learn about the global fashion industry in Paris or Asia.


Product Development

Design entire fashion lines and color palettes for fashion companies and large retailers like Macy’s and Kohl’s using computer-aided design programs, 3D modeling and printing. The entire lifecycle of the product is in your hands from initial material selection, to creative exploration and technical drawing.

Student projects

Visual Merchandising

Design store displays, interiors and product presentations using CAD and industry specific software like Mockshop. Your display and presentation skills will set the mood, engage customers and sell products in today’s competitive marketplace.

Student projects

What our students are saying

“The FMD program has provided me with the tools to really dive into the digital aspect of the fashion and merchandising world. I love applying what I learn in classes like History of Fashion as inspiration and creating my own designs using CAD.”
Erynn Santos

“CMU’s FMD online program is a progressive and comprehensive program that covers and connects all major elements in merchandising and design. The courses are extremely engaging and accessible; I see my skills and creativity increase day by day.”
Kelsey Karalus

"When I decided to return to CMU to finish my degree in visual merchandising, I was thrilled that they had an online program. However, I was hesitant and unsure how to juggle working full time and school. But Dr. Mamp and many others helped me realize that it was completely possible. The flexibility of this online program lets me pursue my dreams within my own timeframe while continuing to work."
Chelsee Ecklid

Career Opportunities

  • CAD designer
  • Merchandise manager
  • Color development coordinator
  • Stylist
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Trend forecaster
  • Small business owner, entrepreneur
  • Creative director
  • Textile designer
  • Global product manager
  • Showroom manager
  • Brand manager
  • Material developer
  • Wholesale and trade show representative
  • Product developer