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.
This course will equip you with the strategic decision-making, leadership and problem-solving skills you will need to become an entrepreneurial and visionary fashion business leader of the future. It continues the University’s fashion tradition of a commitment to excellence in developing highly effective, talented and committed professional fashion graduates.
Working closely with fashion industry professionals, role models and mentors, you will receive a relevant, well-grounded, high-quality education and skill base that will enable you to have a wider, clearer understanding of the business you are already involved in. The course offers inside knowledge of industry strategies and cultures on a global basis, combined with key business skills and essential fashion industry management knowledge.
This course equips you for a business management career in the domestic or international fashion industry. Delivered by a teaching team with a wide range of experience both in industry and academia, the course offers an innovative and relevant fashion business curriculum that focuses on preparing your entry into senior roles in business and management within the industry.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules, semester 1
Core modules, semester 2
Over the last five years, students on this course have benefitted from developing projects to a live brief in their Marketing and Innovation modules.
Students are briefed by a brand owner or founder and they develop original research for them, which has in some cases resulted in work placements and prizes for the best students.
Brands involved have ranged from sportswear to children’s wear and accessories as well as men’s and women’s apparel.
Student involvement in these live projects provides an extra dimension and insight for them to realise the challenges and opportunities of owning a fashion brand. How to maximise this and turn their ideas into realistic strategies and a potentially successful direction for a brand.
The idea of a Fashion Business Management MA was formulated in discussion with industry leaders. Building on the success of our Fashion Merchandise Management courses and in particular the close collaboration with industry we spoke extensively to senior fashion executives. Many felt that although doing an MA in Fashion Business Management would not ensure promotion, potential candidates who learn how to apply the knowledge they gain from the course can become leaders who can inspire others. Those candidates need to understand the values and culture of the industry and, most importantly, recognise the difference between information and knowledge and have clearly defined goals.
This support from industry is important both for you as a student and for the future development and relevance of the MA. We will continue to foster and maintain these important links with the fashion industry, and ensure that our Fashion Business Management MA stays at the forefront of education for the future leaders in the fashion industry. We will also continue to invite many prestigious and eminent guest speakers from the industry to participate on all the modules, ensuring that the course remains relevant, informed and up-to-date with current industry practice.
The course is designed to attract applicants with a recognised design, retail management or distribution/manufacturing background. With guidance from the academics and professionals in this field it is anticipated that you will go on to enter senior management positions and move up the career ladder.
Our alumni can be found working in senior positions all over the world in many fashion roles and include such well-known brands such as Aldo, Dior, Dunhill, Harrods, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Marks and Spencer, Nordstrom, Prada Hong Kong and many more.
Several of our alumni, have also gone on to study at PhD level and to further academic research. Others have set up their own business or successfully taken over a family run business.
This innovative and exciting MA Fashion Business & Management course brings creative thinking and innovation to the forefront of fashion management. It is the ideal course for those looking to excel in business within management positions in the fashion industry. The course is global in its focus and works closely with fashion industry professionals and fashion organisations.
You’ll build a portfolio of skills and knowledge that will give you a strong grounding in fashion business practices and the application of innovative thinking in a commercial context.
This new MA builds on the success of the BA (Hons) Fashion Management & Marketing course at UCA Epsom and provides a learning environment where you can develop both creative and strategic skills in fashion business, management and marketing.
You’ll be taught the core principles of fashion business and management through a range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, and will undertake both formative and summative assessment including reflective personal blogs and journals.
The course will support you in developing your practice through relevant research, a deep understanding of how the fashion industry operates, and engagement with global fashion brands, in order to plan and produce a major project that is unique to you.
Running throughout the course is a strong emphasis on both independent research and participatory group work. If you’re a full time student, you’ll have scheduled teaching for up to two days a week, as well as access to workshops and studios for a further three days (as agreed with your tutor). You’ll also have access to the industry lectures and workshops that form part of the wider postgraduate programme around the culture of design, fashion and business.
Our Masters course will help you to develop the skills needed to work at a high level in fashion brand management and operations management, as well as within entrepreneurial fashion business ventures.
Our Postgraduate programmes share a dedicated MA base room and ample workshop spaces. The course also offers both a nurturing learning environment and a strong business-facing culture, enriched by our close connections with the fashion industry, and you’ll develop the skills needed to work at a high level in fashion business and management when you graduate.
The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with both screen printing and digital printing facilities, photography studios and darkrooms, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment.
Graduates will be able to work at a high level within:
-Fashion brand management
-Fashion business entrepreneurs.
Visit our Postgraduate Virtual Media Space to find out more about our courses, see what it's like to study at UCA and gain access to our campus virtual tours.
The Master in Fashion Business is designed for professionals and graduates wishing to acquire high-level skills in new technologies applied to fashion communication. Cradle of fashion thanks to Pitti events, Florence is worldwide recognised as the center of Italian fashion industry and its production process as a whole, from the raw material to the displayed object of fashion. The course integrates advanced technologies, traditional techniques and crafts in favor of innovative products and communication services. Moreover, Sara Maino (Vogue Italia Senior Editor) is the scientific coordinator of the school.
Career opportunities - At the end of the Master, the Fashion Business Manager can work for fashion events, public relations, fashion businesses, advertisement and press offices. Students can find a job as Brand Expert, Fashion Promoter, Fashion Marketing Expert, Creative in advertising and Consultant for new media.
This fashion focused MBA has been designed for fashion managers with relevant experience, to help them build the skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex global issues within fashion business.
This course puts creative thinking at the forefront of leadership and business management and equips you with the core operational management skills – combined with the brand innovation and leadership knowledge – needed to ultimately excel within the competitive fashion business arena.
This course is part of an exciting new portfolio of postgraduate courses which share common units in the first semester.
While this course has a high taught component, you'll be expected to lead and support projects and coursework outside of taught hours with tutorial support. Your learning will initially be based in lectures and workshops and will be aided by individual and group projects and presentations. Sessions then become increasingly workshop and project-led, including a live consultancy project. The final stage of the course is self-led, and you’ll develop strong cognitive skills and become self-reliant in your studies. You’ll benefit from a structured programme of tutorials which will support your course work.
Located on our Epsom campus, you’ll have access to a business focused creative workshop, as well as a dedicated MA base room.
The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with screen printing, photography studios and darkrooms, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment.
Visit our Postgraduate Virtual Media Space to find out more about our courses, see what it's like to study at UCA and gain access to our campus virtual media tours.
This course will provide you with up-to-date management skills in the context of fashion.
You will embark on an innovative curriculum which balances theoretical constructs with practical commercial solutions. In addition to formal learning and teaching, you will engage with industry professionals, live projects, guest speakers and overseas trips to ensure a rich and varied experience.
You will have the option to graduate with one of two pathways, marketing management or luxury branding, depending on your individual interests and choice of modules.
This one-year Master of Science program entirely taught in English aims to prepare future managers of fashion companies, who will be able to deal with competitive global environments, and to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices in the international fashion arena.
The program offers students the opportunity to interact with a dedicated professional faculty, specialized in fashion management; to visit companies including factories, showrooms, and flagship stores; and to learn about new trends and successful business models in fashion and across segments, from luxury companies to fast fashion retailers.
The Fifth edition of the MSc in Fashion Management will start in September 2018 at the IÉSEG campus in Paris, France.
Accredited with the French National Association of Grandes Ecoles (La Conférence des Grandes Ecoles).
- A specialized fashion management education in Paris, one of the world’s fashion and design capitals
- Relevant international partnerships and network
- Mix of case studies, company visits, and guest speakers
Career Opportunities -
Career opportunities may be found in positions in all fields associated with managerial roles in the fashion industry, including
The Master of Science in Fashion Management is the perfect program to specialize in the Fashion Business.
Our Fashion Management students benefit from a dedicated faculty with extensive experience and knowledge of the industry. There is collaboration with many companies and professionals operating in the fashion industry, from luxury to fast fashion retailers. Companies are involved in the program in different ways, including sending guest speakers, offering consulting projects, providing internships/jobs and flagship stores visits.
Courses will be a mix of interactive lectures and traditional classes; guest speakers from the academic and fashion business community; corporate visits and seminars; and problem-based learning cases.
Master of Science in Fashion Management Curriculum
The Master of Science in Fashion Management consists of 90 ECTS credits and is offered on a full-time basis. The program consists of 2 consecutive semesters of courses (September – May) followed by a professional experience (from June onwards). The curriculum is developed around introductory courses to build a common managerial background; core management courses with a focus on the industry; and specialized courses in fashion. It also includes French or other foreign language courses.
This admission is open to students holding an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognized university with good academic performance and a good command of English.
Application process -
The application process is based on students’ online application available at https://application.ieseg.fr/ and review of the required documents.
Rolling admission is offered from October 2017.
- Online application form
- Transcripts and diploma translated into English or French if necessary
- English proficiency test (IELTS 6.5 TOEFL IBT 85, TOEIC 800) if required
- CV / Resume
- Copy of passport
- 80€ application fee
May 30th 2018
€ 16,000 for domestic and international students.
International merit-based scholarships are available.
Funding and scholarship -
IÉSEG has a merit-based International Scholarship Program with a tuition waiver of 15 to 50% per year. Selection is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance and overall application portfolio.
The scholarship application is automatic; students do not need to apply separately.
All international students are encouraged to check with Campus France and their own government to see if there are any scholarships available. For American students please check with Sallie Mae for private loan options.
What do some of our former and current students think about the MSc in Fashion Management?
"The MSc in Fashion Management at IÉSEG was a meaningful and enriching experience! Studying in Paris gave me a first-hand opportunity to understand the exciting and colorful world of the fashion business in a city that is opulent in art, music, and literature. I discovered how to work with different cultures through group projects and case studies with my classmates from Europe, Asia, and Latin America."
The Rome Business School’s Master in Fashion Management is the ideal academic course for professionals seeking a world-class degree programme in these discipline, leading to a successful global career in the the global fashion market.
With the Rome Business School’s international perspective, the programme offers a unique learning experience and a global professional exposure, enabling participants to study in one of the best cities of the world or online. The Rome Business School’s Master in Fashion Management is geared to provide all the tools necessary to interpret, forecast, and follow this sector’s phases and trends, and is aimed at students, professionals, and entrepreneurs in the fashion, design, and luxury industries who wish to acquire the basics of and the ability to interpret the evolution of this special market, setting up and maintaining successful businesses.
In particular, on completing the programme, participants will be able to:
At the end of the Master, the students will be able to strengthen their professionalism or start their careers in relation to professional profiles such as:
The Master Course in Fashion Management is designed both for those who are already professionally employed in the fashion industry and wish to update their competencies and acquire new ones in the field, and for those who intend to get a specialisation before their first experience in the industry.
Thus, typical attendee profiles are:
The Fashion Market
The fashion industry and its evolution in various cultural and geographical contexts;
The fashion system: types of businesses (from haute couture to fast fashion)
Elements of consumer sociology
Elements of fashion history
Business strategy and company organisation
Economics and company management
Accounting and management control
Human resource management
Menswear, womenswear, childrenswear
Beauty and personal care
Fashion Touch Points and Communication Strategies
Targeting, experiential branding, and holistic marketing in fashion
Luxury Fashion: direct marketing, heritage marketing, ambient marketing, and packaging
Naming, branding and guidelines for their use
Visual Branding and Creative Direction: expressing exclusivity
Public relations, the press office, and institutional communication for fashion
Analysis and design of web-based supports, and elements of SEO
Social networking in the fashion sector
Brand monitoring for fashion
Retail branding: point of sale furnishing and layout
Shows and events
Technological innovation in Fashion
Point of sale and interfaces
Online presence and mobile app functionality
E-commerce and new forms of distribution
Fashion in the Made in Italy domain
Case histories, company visits and testimonials
The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree in Fashion Management is structured in:
The Master in Fashion Management may be attended in the following formulas:
Fast-paced, exciting and innovative, the MSc International Fashion Marketing will provide you with the international business knowledge along with the creative and practical marketing expertise to succeed in today's increasingly competitive and global fashion industry.
Our programme's unique design incorporates a broad curriculum focusing on the core concepts and principles of fashion marketing and then provides a specialist focus on the contemporary international issues within fashion marketing, logistics, buying and merchandising, fashion business analysis, integrated fashion communications, consumer insights, marketing planning, brand management.
Designed to challenge and inspire, our programme is intensive and academically challenging. You'll analyse relevant academic theories and apply models, tools and techniques to real fashion marketing situations. Well encourage you to critically develop independent, inquiring and creative approaches to strategic fashion marketing issues and problems.
Contemporary Issues for Business and Society
This core module reflects the fact that organisations do not operate in a vacuum: they are both shaped by and themselves also shape the geo-political, economic, social and technological environments in which they operate. Understanding the interaction between organisations and their wider contexts is essential to effective management and responsible leadership. This module is designed to equip students with the information and analytical skills required to critically reflect upon some of the most significant issues which pose challenges to business managers and organisational leaders in the modern world.
Consumer-Led Fashion Marketing
This module is designed to provide an in-depth and critical understanding of consumer-led marketing practices. Students are introduced to the concept of customer insight and its role in marketing decision making. A range of models of consumer behaviour, including consumer value, are examined in the context of strategic decision making and relationship building.
Strategic Decisions in the International Fashion Marketplace
Core to organisational success is strategic planning, implementation and evaluation. This module considers the challenges facing organisations in the contemporary marketplace and explores the creation and consideration of solutions that arise from such. Adopting a marketing planning perspective this module will equip students with the necessary tools, skills and insights to generate a comprehensive, cohesive and congruent marketing plan.
Digital Fashion Branding and Delivery
The module explores the role of technology and the creative process in the development of brands. Focusing on the emergence and growth of virtual realities and e-communications, students will examine how the creation and delivery of a new brand concept through creative technologies represents a transformational shift in the entrepreneurship, commerce and professional practice of the contemporary marketer.
Fashion Buying, Merchandising and Distribution
This module provides students with a critical understanding of the buying, merchandising and distribution functions with a fashion organisaton. The associated management processes are explored in detail, including analysis of market trends, product concept, sourcing, buying, merchandising, logistics and distribution channel decisions. The aim being to furnish students with the ability to critically examine the inter-relatonships that exist between these different processes.
Personal and Professional Development
Enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.
Develops your advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at a Masters Level.
The research project can assume one of 3 forms: An Applied Research Project, an Inquiry Project or a Business Consultancy Project. The Applied Research project involves collection of secondary and primary data. The Management Inquiry Project is secondary data based and can assume the form of an exploration of an aspect of the development of global trends in the relevant business literature and an assessment of its implications for local practice. The Management Consultancy project is normally primary data based and requires the student to adopt the role of a consultant.
MSc International Fashion Marketing is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (EPAS) and is the only fashion programme worldwide to receive this distinction of high quality education.
Benchmarked against international standards. GCU is one of just 69 international institutions to have EPAS accreditation, and was commended by EPAS for its exceptional commitment to the ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) agenda.
EPAS accreditation is a key achievement of Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS) and gives MSc IFM graduates the assurance that they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the fashion marketing industry as well as being recognised internationally for their excellent Master’s education and experience.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners.
GCU has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.
Find out more about CIM Membership.
The MSc Fashion Marketing Management degree at Cardiff Met is a dynamic and exciting course that blends fashion, marketing and management principles to equip you for a career within the global fashion industry. The overall aim of the programme is to develop fashion marketers who can run and successfully integrate at a managerial level in a broad range of fashion organisations and marketing environments.
The course will be ideal for graduates motivated by the desire to launch or develop an existing career in the fashion industry. Central to our MSc Fashion Marketing Management degree is the opportunity to integrate marketing theory with and principles with practice, especially in relation to your own career needs.
You will gain critical insights into the needs and desires of fashion consumers, understand the importance of brand marketing in fashion and the international scope of the fashion industry. You will explore aspects such as fashion buying and merchandising including trend prediction, supply chain management and fashion forecasting.
You will discover the art of effectively communicating with a variety of fashion customers using both digital and traditional methods through our Multi-Channel Fashion Marketing module. Finally you will apply your knowledge and understanding to creating marketing strategies within International Fashion and Brand Management focusing on all levels of the industry, from fast fashion to luxury brands.
Achieving all of this means our approach to teaching goes beyond merely presenting you with sets of theories and principles of marketing. Instead it extends to you being able to evaluate the usefulness of these theories and principles in practice through the use of case studies and 'live' projects. We believe this programme will give the skills and knowledge to excel within the fashion industry by being equipped with the insights, education and critical understanding needed to operate in what is a dynamic and ever-changing global industry.
The programme is comprised of three distinct stages, Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Fashion Marketing, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDIP) Fashion Marketing, and MSc Strategic Fashion Marketing, with a range of compulsory taught modules (120 credits), and a non-taught element (60 credits). The MSc will be awarded on successful completion of 180 credits.
Term 1: (Certificate = Completing 60 credits):
• Multi-channel Fashion Marketing (20 credits) • Strategic Fashion Buying and Product Management (20 credits) including Trend Prediction, Supply Chain and Fashion Forecasting • Modern Marketing Research for Fashion (20 credits)
Term 2: (Diploma = Completion of stage 1 and an additional 60 credits):
• Understanding the Fashion Consumer (20 credits) • International Fashion and Luxury Brand Management (20 credits) • Academic Research for Business (20 credits)
Term 3: (Masters = Completion of stages 1 & 2) and:
• Dissertation (60 credits) or • Fashion Marketing Plan (60 credits)
•Or Optional Creativity, Marketing and Enterprise (20 credits) and International Fashion Research Project (40 Credits)
The course is delivered with a mixture of lectures and seminars. Many of the assessments will be based on real world cases and therefore specialist guest speakers and visits to businesses will also form part of the learning journey. At Master’s level, self-management and independent research and study is expected with students being directed and encouraged to deepen their understanding of particular areas of Marketing. Moodle is used as an interactive VLE but the development of a learning community is particularly prevalent at Cardiff Metropolitan with excellent student support.
Assessment on the programme is mixed and will include a variety of formats. You are assessed throughout the course on the basis of coursework and presentations, many of which are focused on real-life cases studies.
The MSc Fashion Marketing Management degree has been designed for people wanting a successful and rewarding marketing career in the Fashion Industry. Expected career paths include but are not limited to:
Additionally the course is excellent preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University.