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Which college courses are most beneficial for people wanting a career in fashion/business?

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Laney’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Isabelle! This is a great question and there are so many classes that could be relevant for a career in fashion/business. I worked at The TJX Companies HQ as an allocation analyst right out of college. Essentially, my role was figuring out (based on fashion trends, previous selling data, and what we had available in our distribution centers) what we wanted to ship to stores each week. This type of sales planning role is where a lot of buyers/merchandisers start so its a great role in the fashion/business industry. I offer this background so you can know the types of classes that may be relevant to this specific fashion/business career path.

I studied and got a degree in Communications from UCLA. This degree is incredibly broad and offered me some really great foundational skills that I knew I could apply to a bunch of different roles but especially those in fashion/business. Below is a short list of some classes I found most relevant to prepare me for a career in general, but specifically one in the creative/arts field:
- Professional Writing: Digital Writing and Web Literacy
- Social Networking
- Interpersonal Dynamics Communication
- Creative Writing
- Design Culture

There are so many other classes that may be relevant as well. Really any class that sounds interesting to you and that you believe you can learn something new from can be applicable and relevant to your career path because it will help you grow both personally and professionally! Here are a few other topics for classes that may be relevant to a fashion/business career as well:
- Data Analytics
- Statistics Class
- Art History
- Photography
- Economics
- Marketing/ Digital Marketing
-Branding
- Business Management

While UCLA did not offer this, I also wanted to note that some schools have specific fashion majors so really any classes within that major would be relevant. And even if you yourself aren't majoring in a specific "fashion" degree, you can likely still take elective/GE classes within that major!

Best of luck Isabelle!!!
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Munazza’s Answer

I would advise you to definitely take some data analytics courses regardless of your industry.
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Anthony’s Answer

Please, note the following
pertaining to college courses as
regards career in fashion/business.
1. Consider your goal/goals.
2. Consider the type of business or
job.
3. The course could be at
certificate/diploma/degree
level depending on your choice.
4. The course could be in
economics, business,
commerce, accounting,
catering, dressmaking,
hairdressing, etc.

Best wishes to you.
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Madison’s Answer

In regards to business courses, I would recommend foundational business courses such as Data Analytics, Marketing, Communication, etc. Colleges will typically have a set of base business courses you're required to take if you are pursuing a business major. Depending on your college, there may be fashion specific business courses ie the business of fashion.
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Ethan’s Answer

Business development
Art and design classes
Abroad programs
Accounting
Marketing
Management
Study the history of fashion

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