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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Communicating Fashion: Trend Research and Forecasting (COM-301)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

April 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: recognize how trend research is conducted and used in the fashion industry; describe the emergence and lifecycle of trends in the fashion industry; identify how macro trends impact the development and adoption of new fashions; analyze their own aesthetic response to a garment, look, or fashion collection and relate that response to the larger trend landscape; and describe how trends are impacted by their relationship to the human body, changes in technology, and other trends.


This course teaches students about the process of trend development and adoption in the fashion industry. It begins by exploring how to look at fashion deeply and from multiple perspectives. Topics include tools and techniques of trend research, the factors that influence trends and the cycle of trend adoption and how trends relate to the human body and how trends relate to each other.

Credit recommendation: 

 In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fashion Merchandising (4/24).