How long is the Fashion Marketing and Management program at Fanshawe College?
The program is 2 years in length, consisting of four 15-week terms. 

How do I know if this program is right for me?
Our program trains graduates for various entry level positions in the fashion and related industries. You may want to ask yourself the following questions to see if you are a good fit with the program:

  • Do you love fashion? 
  • Do you like interacting with people?
  • Do you like to network?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you enjoy selling? 
  • Do you enjoy challenges? 
  • Do you like to plan?
  • Do you like to learn new things? 
  • Can you embrace new ideas?

If you answered yes, to any of these questions than this program could be for you! 

When does the program start?
There is only one intake per year. This occurs in September but be sure to follow the proper application procedures and deadlines to have the best chance of being accepted into the program. 

How do I get more information about how to register for the program?
Visit the Ontario Colleges Applications Service website for more information. 

Is there anyone at Fanshawe College who can provide details about the registration process?
Please visit or contact the Registrar's Office at Fanshawe College. 

Who can I contact directly regarding the Fashion Marketing and Management program?
Please contact Program Coordinator, Wella Nolan, at 519-452-4430 ext 4313. 

Can I take this program on a part-time basis?
No, the Fashion Marketing and Management program is only offered as a full-time program at Fanshawe College. Please contact our Student Success Advisor for any personal learning needs. The Student Success Advisor for the School of Design is Kathy Gerber at 519-452-4430 ext 4023 or 

Which high school courses are required to be accepted into this program?
There are no required high school courses to be accepted into the Fashion Marketing and Management program. 

Which high school courses may be helpful for preparing me to attend this program?
To help you prepare for the program you may want to take a few fashion related courses, business/entrepreneurial courses, art courses, and a basic accounting course. 

Do I have to know how to draw to be successful in the program? 
Program instructors will teach you the basics of drawing and help you develop skills that are used by fashion merchandisers in the fashion industry. 

Do I need to have prior retail experience to be successful in this program?
Although a very good idea to have some retail experience before you enter this program, it is not required. Often, students will take a part-time Sales Associate position during their time in our program to gain a better understanding of fashion and retailing. 

Are there Co-op opportunities in this program?
Yes, our program provides a co-operative learning experience for those who would like to graduate with a Co-Op endorsed diploma. Our program has been assigned a Co-op Consultant to inform and connect students with interested employers. Please see the Co-op Information page on the Fanshawe website for more details. 

What supplies will I need to start this program?
Students will be supplied a kit in the first month of the program. This kit will used in various courses throughout the 2 years of the program. This kit is paid for by a materials fee included in your tuition. 

Textbooks are required for some of the courses. You will be informed of the required texts when you are accepted into the program and you should budget accordingly to make sure you have the texts for the first day of class. 

Do I need to have a laptop for this program?
No, it is not required. We have a dedicated computer lab with program specific software. You will be given in-class time to work on assignments and projects. If you feel you are in need of more time to complete assignments you may find purchasing a computer is more convenient. The college has a computer store which sells program related software. 

Are the computer labs PC or Mac?
Our dedicated program computer lab is PC, but there are some homework labs found throughout the college that have Mac's for student use. 

When do classes occur during the term?
Classes will be scheduled from Monday to Friday. Students should be aware that classes can be scheduled anytime between 8am and 8pm. 

When will student timetables be released?
Student timetables are usually released in mid-August and available through WebAdvisor.

How much time should I expect to commit to homework every week?
Students will be expected to complete homework assignments for most classes in the program. Instructors will discuss expectations for next class each week. On average student should spend at least 4-6 hours outside class time to complete assignments, projects, and homework on a weekly basis. 

Where will I find employment when I graduate from the Fashion Marketing and Management program?
The fashion retail industry is vast and always looking to hire new people, so finding employment very soon after graduation is a great possibility. Many of our grads start out in sales, visual merchandising, and product marketing. Please see our Job Descriptions page to learn more about jobs in the industry. 

What opportunities are there for career advancement?
Where there is a good fit between the employer and employee there are many advancement opportunities for graduates. Often employers will hire our graduates as sales associates to provide an opportunity to prove themselves. Graduates who do well in this position can advance to an Assistant Management, Management, Visual Merchandising team, etc. within months of their hiring. Head office jobs are also possible in Marketing/Promotion, Human Resource Recruitment, Assistant Buying, Sales Representative, Brand Management, etc. 

Careers as an Event Planner, Fashion Show Co-ordinator, Photo Stylist, Fashion Consultant, etc. are for those entrepreneurs who enjoy freelance employment. 

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