You know a top fashion trend when you see one, now learn how to deliver those products and brands to consumers using visual concepts and designs that will shape and influence purchasing decisions. With our visual merchandising minor, you will receive a foundational understanding of the fashion industry and its trends while utilizing cutting-edge industry technologies to learn strategies to develop, deliver and communicate visual concepts for promoting products, services and brands.
Points of Pride
- CMU's visual merchandising lab is a state-of-the-art facility that allows students to put theory into practice using both fixture and wall merchandise placement and window displays.
- Students have the opportunity to use innovative technologies like FOIL touchscreen displays, Makerbot 3-D printing, a large format vinyl printer and cutter, and specialized visual merchandising software to help prepare them for 21st century jobs in fashion merchandising.
Put Your Degree to Work
Pair CMU's visual merchandising minor with a major in public relations, advertising, marketing, event management or art to gain a full spectrum of knowledge of the business side of fashion. That breadth of expertise in the fashion industry will open the door to careers like visual merchandiser, art director, stylist, display artist and event planner.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2024|
|Art director||$89,760 per year||2% (1,800 new jobs)|
|Display artist||$26,870 per year||3% (3,300 new jobs)|
|Event planner||$46,840 per year||10% (9,900 new jobs)|