GCU's MSc Fashion Business Creation is a distinctive programme, designed in collaboration with fashion industry leaders to provide students with an insider's view of this unique market. You'll learn at our GCU London campus, in the heart of the fashion industry, benefitting from our high-level connections to the business.
Bringing together the insights of top professionals and the latest academic research on fashion and business, the programme will help you understand the strategies key to creating a successful fashion business with staying power.
The curriculum provides a career-focused overview of the industry, ensuring you'll have the up-to-date knowledge and applicable skills you'll need.
At GCU London, you'll join a welcoming community of entrepreneurial, creative-minded people dedicated to making a positive impact for the common good. Whether you're collaborating with classmates on a group project or learning from the best with masterclasses and industry visits, you'll find plenty of ways to expand your perspective and grow as both a person and a professional.
Anatomy of a Fashion Business
Provides you with a critical review of the anatomy of a fashion business; the essential ingredient elements that secure the viability of a new fashion business. In particular, the module considers the role and function of digital technology in the development of a new fashion business.
Establishing a Fashion Business Strategy
Critically examine the processes and actions associated with strategy development and implementation within new and developing fashion businesses. The module will evaluate the mechanisms by which small scale fashion enterprises, faced with limited business experience and resource capability can secure differentiation, competitive advantage and commercial success.
Global Fashion Branding and Marketing Communications
With an emphasis on digital marketing, you will develop a critical understanding of fashion branding and marketing theory through an examination of key theoretical frameworks relating to brand culture, brand relationships, brand personality and brand identity.
Fashion Growth Strategies and Performance Optimisation
Explores growth strategy opportunities and performance optimisation techniques for fashion businesses and develop an advanced understanding of the key strategic processes and critical success factors of internationalisation for a fashion business.
Research Project: Design and Methods
Introduces students to research approaches and time management skills essential for their research project. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.
Developing Personal and Professional Competence
Enables students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake an internship, volunteer, study abroad or take part in desk based consultancy. Students will be invited to apply the concepts of personal and professional development to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life.
The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides students with the opportunity to create a business plan for their fashion related business or a consultancy project for industry.
You will have access to mentorship programmes via our Honorary Professors and be taught in dynamic environments such as Masterclasses and through collaborative industry briefs. There will be a live fashion business on campus, where you will be able to observe a fashion enterprise first hand. You will also be able to attend our career enhancing Industry Speaker programme, which runs throughout the first and second semester.
When you graduate from GCU's MSc Fashion Business Creation programme, you'll be in a strong position to launch a successful fashion business - or take an existing fashion business to new heights.
Our unique Creative Practices and Direction programme will develop your creative-practice and leadership skills through engagement with practice-oriented theory and new collaborations.
As a student of this programme, you will develop strong relationships with active professionals in your discipline and learn within a leading theatrical conservatoire that benefits from the intellectual stimulus of a major research-led university.
This unique programme is aimed at creative producers and directors and those who train and work with actors and performers to develop and direct their skills.
The programme offers three specialist pathways, including choreography and movement direction, directing, musical theatre creation, and you will also have the opportunity to develop a specialist practice within your chosen pathway.
The programme is primarily designed for graduates in drama, theatre and dance from universities and conservatoires, but will also appeal to those who have established themselves professionally and wish to refresh their skills and perspectives and take on leadership, coaching, creative or directing roles.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and an Advanced Creative Practice module.
Students enter the MA Creative Practices and Direction to a specified pathway, personally supervised by their pathway leader, an expert in the subject area.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Movement Direction and Choreography pathway
Students on this pathway follow and practically investigate a number of techniques and ideas dealing with onstage physicality.
The focus is also on the development of movement language, through the investigation of the ideas and practices of seminal dance-based ideas (Laban, Bausch, Cunningham, Fosse, Graham, Horton, etc.) and methods for working with music and sound.
This programme is a practice-led pathway incorporating methodologies and techniques that focus on approaches to theatre directing, dramaturgy, collaboration with other practitioners.
Musical Theatre Creation pathway
This pathway is designed for those who wish to study writing, and creative roles specifically in Musical Theatre. These might be as a director, choreographer, composer, librettist, musical director or creative producer.
Educational aims of the programme
The School of Arts facilities include the 200-seat theatre in the Ivy Arts Centre, dark and light studios, digital creation stations and editing facilities, scenic, props and costume workshops, and interconnected sound recording and music facilities.
Teaching and workshop activity takes place largely in GSA’s dedicated rehearsal rooms, performance studios and design workshops. Lectures, presentations and seminars will occur in rooms across campus.
The University Library contains the majority of set texts, key journals, scripts, play texts and video materials necessary for the programme. Students have access to extensive facilities through the virtual learning environment, SurreyLearn, and IT Services.
Additional support is available in the Learning Resource Centre in the University Library.
Equipment is provided on a project-by-project basis according to the nature of the work in hand and the parameters of the project, which are negotiated with the tutor.
Facilities and equipment for production work will be booked by students according to specific project briefings and advertised resource parameters.
Academic support is provided by way of ongoing contact with the programme director and module leaders, group briefings and feedback, individual tutorials, and mentoring.
The programme makes use of a peer feedback system designed to provide a useful and supportive account of areas of strength and effectiveness, along with areas for improvement.
You are encouraged to identify personal learning and creative objectives that can be pursued in alignment with group project work.
The School of Arts includes study in dance, digital arts, film, music, sound and theatre, with research activity in all areas, often with significant interdisciplinary connections.
With an integrated approach that comprises documentation, analysis and performance, Surrey’s agenda for research aims to engage critically with the past and present, while rigorously articulating new frameworks for understanding and practising the arts and culture in the twenty-first century.
Research infrastructure includes the Digital World Research Centre and the Laban Archive in the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD).
The School of Arts hosts and supports established research centres, research groupings and networks as well as individual research projects. Our research extends to partnerships with the artistic community, for instance, in support of public debates or in the dissemination of documentation for arts practice through the digital and print media.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Market analysts and industry experts all agree that Luxury Goods firms perform better than others even in turbulent times. The reason for this lies in their ability to fulfil the need for the exceptional expressed by a growing number of customers all over the world.
The International Master in Luxury Management is a unique double-degree programme created jointly by NEOMA Business School and MIP Politecnico in Milan. We have combined our academic and professional expertise and practice to deliver a curriculum specialised in how to understand, create and manage value in the luxury sector.
Associating French and Italian expertise, and with the support of our prestigious partners GUCCI and Champagne Taittinger, the programme covers the creation and the management of value in the luxury sector, from the product design to distribution.
The programme trains specialist managers in the luxury industry for senior positions in Luxury Goods companies.
Thanks to our interactive approach based on active learning with numerous case studies, business seminars and company visits, you will acquire hands-on knowledge of the major aspects of luxury management.
The International Master in Luxury Management is a cross-disciplinary programme delivered in English, in partnership with Gucci and Champagne Taittinger, through which you will:
Taught entirely in English, the curriculum reflects the complementary expertise of NEOMA BS and MIP Politecnico di Milano and of our corporate partners, Gucci and Champagne Taittinger.
NEOMA BS, Reims (France) from September till December.
This phase will give you an overview of the competitive structure and business models in the Luxury sector. It focuses on the key values of luxury assets. You will learn to understand value creation foundation, discover the fundamentals of luxury management and leadership, and then gradually move on to luxury markets (multicultural perspective) and understanding luxury company assets (turning brands into assets).
Study tour in Paris :
At the end of November, the students will benefit from visits of companies and businesses related to the luxury industry in Paris, culminating with a challenge.
This first term ends with case studies on exploiting assets in luxury markets (defining the potential for growth) before you move on to Milan.
MIP POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Milan (Italy), from January till June.
You will explore the creation and delivery of value. You will work on with value management in production, the transformation of cultural products into luxury products and collections, and of superior craftsmanship into outstanding products. You will also study how to convey the luxury experience through communication and retail (Digital Communication, Product & Collection Design, Operations & Quality Management, Supply Chain & Purchasing Management, Channel & Retail Management, and Communication & Promotion).
NEOMA BS, Reims (France), and MIP POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Milan (Italy), from July till December
You will undertake a Project or a Professional Thesis. This is also when you may develop professional experience in a firm involved in luxury management, though an optional internship (4 to 6-month, either in France or abroad).
The programme trains specialist managers in the luxury industry for senior positions in Luxury Goods companies.
A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire:
The two-year Master course in Transportation Design is an advanced training programme designed for Italian and foreign professionals. It provides specific analytic, critical and methodological skills for the creation of innovative and stunning vehicles while developing a personal design style. Thanks to an on-going relationship with companies and design centres, it contributes to the creation of very sought-after profiles. The Master course represents a unique training offer, because not only it prepares students in the Transportation Design field, but it also allows to specialise in the Car Interior Design and User Experience and the Exterior Design majors.
Career opportunities – Graduates from the Car Interior Design major can work as Experts in multimedia products for automotive companies, design centres and firms active in the development of user interaction interfaces. At the end of the Car Exterior Design major, students can hold positions as Car Exterior Design Experts able to face design projects from the concept to its prototype creation.
Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.
The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition, the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.
The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of music performance and creation; the cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and sustainability. Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.
• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world with leading musicians and experts in the heritage and historical context
• Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local settings across the Highlands and Islands
• You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors
• You will also acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe
Core modules include: Music and the Environment: Space, Place and People; Sustainable Creative Endeavour in Contemporary Society
Plus one option module from a range of music and humanities modules
Core module is: Music Creation and Collaboration
Plus one option module which may include: Research and Music Production; Making Music Matter
To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation
BA (Hons) Applied Music
BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music
BA (Hons) Music Business
BA (Hons) Popular Music
This course is available at:
Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ
North Highland College UHI, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX
West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William, PH33 6FF
You will study through a combination of video-conference lectures, online through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and face-to face through attendance at residentials.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
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Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
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If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements