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This is a one-year, industry-led programme, which gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of contemporary fashion buying and merchandising from a managerial perspective. Read more
This is a one-year, industry-led programme, which gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of contemporary fashion buying and merchandising from a managerial perspective. Developed in conjunction with industry specialists to inform innovative projects and maintain contemporary content and foster innovative projects.

Throughout the Master’s you will develop professional, managerial and personal abilities, including commercial awareness, negotiating and relationship management skills, alongside developing your visual skills in a business context to enable you to operate successfully within the global industry.

You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of finance, industry developments, profit margins, pricing, sales strategies and turnover and how to confidently convey your ideas through successful communication and contemporary presentation.

About the Course

You will gain a deep understanding of the role of the buyer and merchandiser, and gain the ability to strategically plan and select a range of high quality garments, while considering the profitable development of a company.

By undertaking a variety of projects, you will learn how to analyse the factors that influence sales alongside personal and practical presentation skills. You will also learn how to build a range of profitable garments for wholesale, retail or online sales.

Assessment details

Assessment includes written coursework assignments, reports, business plans, and project work. The assessments are work orientated.

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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. Read more

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. 

Course Content

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) 

Learning & Teaching

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

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. 

Employability & Careers

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:

  • Buying and Merchandising  
  • Positions in Advertising  
  • Fashion Brand Management  
  • Public Relations and Publicity  
  • Fashion Writing  
  • Fashion Marketing and Consumer Research  
  • Sales and Brand Development  
  • International Fashion Marketing Strategy

Additionally the course is excellent preparation for continuing your study at MPhil or PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 



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A dynamic, relevant and industry-facing course with live briefs, keynote speakers and field trips. Students develop product, market and consumer insight, an understanding of the supply chain and strong negotiating skills. Read more

Introduction

A dynamic, relevant and industry-facing course with live briefs, keynote speakers and field trips. Students develop product, market and consumer insight, an understanding of the supply chain and strong negotiating skills.

Content

The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising is a fashion business course with a vocational focus on buying and merchandising. It combines a post graduate level academic experience with the vocational realities of retailer buying and merchandising operations. The course covers a range of vocational knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying and merchandising, and develops knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector. This is integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links with fashion buying and merchandising offices in the UK and the opportunity afforded by the practical emphasis on skills negotiation in the final project.

The course is designed for graduates aiming at a first career position in fashion buying or merchandising but who need to supplement their first degree with a more relevant academic qualification. The course may also be suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study in related subject areas.

The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising course is based at High Holborn, adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Other green spaces in the area include Gray’s Inn Gardens and Coram’s Fields. Situated nearby are Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, and the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Markets worth visiting are the weekday lunchtime markets in Leather Lane and Exmouth Market. Covent Garden, with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, the Royal Opera House and many of the West End’s theatres, is a ten minute walk away. The John Prince’s Street site, with the library, Oxford Street and Regent Street, is two tube stops along the Central line.

Structure

Weeks 1-10 - level 7

Buying and Merchandising (20 credits)
Marketing and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)

Weeks 11-15 - level 7

Integrated Project (20 credits)

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The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. Read more

The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. The fashion marketplace requires senior managers who can seamless bring together material resources, human capital, and commercial vision to produce a personalised customer offering.

This programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading fashion retailers, represents a new direction in the integration of fashion retail management, fashion marketing, international consumer behaviour and supply chain planning. Its unique structure allows you to study at both the internationally renowned School of Design and Leeds University Business School, one of the top departments of its kind in the world. This means you'll have the opportunity to gain the varied knowledge and skills needed to for a managerial career in the exciting, dynamic and internationally-oriented fashion sector.

Specialist facilities

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at the School of Design. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, EEG/eye-tracking technology and digital photography.

We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time.

Course content

  • The cultural reception, dissemination, promotion and eventual disposal of a fashion product within international markets involves an astoundingly complex chain of activities. This programme allows you to develop a unique blend of management skills, master analytical tools and customer marketing techniques in order to understand and shape global retail operations.
  • You’ll study six compulsory modules in total, covering fashion marketing, retailing and a specialised fashion dissertation in the School of Design, and the management of logistics, supply chains and understanding global consumers in Leeds University Business School. You’ll also study two from a selection of fashion-based optional modules, allowing you the flexibility to specialise in an area of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

COMPULSORY MODULES

Fashion Marketing 15 credits

Dissertation Global Fashion Management 60 credits

Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits

Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits

Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES

Fashion Industry Analysis 15 credits

Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits

Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits

Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Fashion Management MA in the course catalogue


Learning and teaching

This programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group discussions. The modules will utilise methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are appropriate to Masters level study, such as group discussions, presentations, and report writing. Although a proportion of the contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis will also be placed upon the use of group and independent learning. Discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of fashion retail and management further. You will have the opportunity to hear from external academic and professional speakers from the fashion and retail business world, and it may be possible to participate in retail colloquiums.

Assessment

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods. Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to enhance and confirm your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms including: coursework assignments, reports, group work, presentations, examinations and the dissertation. You are encouraged to consider and discuss your work in tutorials using multiple assessment criteria related to modules Including, originality and appropriateness of concepts and treatments, communication strategy, project management, organisation, comprehension and professionalism.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you’ll have the chance to develop a unique blend of skills including management, analytical tools and customer marketing techniques. This will allow you to understand and shape global retail operations by managing multinational fashion organisations, international retail, foreign market entry, and global supply chains and value chains.

On graduating you'll be equipped to thrive in either further study or a diverse range of career paths. The knowledge you’ll have gained will make you especially employable in careers throughout the fashion value chain, including fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing and supply chain management, and e-commerce.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.




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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. Read more

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.

What you will study

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.

Research Methods

Develops your advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at a Masters Level.

Dissertation

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.

Why choose this programme?

  • This programme has been designed in consultation with industry to offer the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in the international fashion marketing arena.
  • The university prides itself on creating a friendly and highly supportive learning environment for all its students.
  • We incorporate the latest academic marketing thinking and theories to ensure the programme is leading edge in all respects.
  • All teaching and learning on the programme is supported by cutting edge e-learning technologies.
  • Teaching is delivered in small groups allowing students to develop their own environment of shared learning and for individual learning needs to be addressed by tutors.
  • Modules are designed to relate directly to real-world business and to give students opportunities to learn about potential career areas.
  • The programme provides students the opportunity to attend Masterclasses from marketing practitioners and leaders of industry.

Professional accreditation

EPAS

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.

Find out more

CIM

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.



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Investigate fashion, dress and style in culture and society. Examine the evolving relationship between fashion and film. MA Fashion Cultures offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. Read more

Introduction

Investigate fashion, dress and style in culture and society. Examine the evolving relationship between fashion and film.

Content

MA Fashion Cultures offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level.

The course has two specific but interrelated pathways: History and Culture; and Fashion / Film. On this course you will have the opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, social and cultural contexts. A dynamic in-depth exploration of theoretical and methodological perspectives will give you a grounding in the history of fashion and an underpinning of social and cultural theory for both pathways. You will then undertake more specialised study on your chosen pathway. On the History and Culture pathway you will investigate fashion as object, representation and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives. On Fashion/Film you will investigate the ongoing changing relationship between fashion, costume and forms of film as well as the relationship between cinema and consumption within a global context. While you will choose one pathway, you will have the opportunity to attend the lectures for the other pathway if you wish to, so you can gain the fullest possible understanding of a variety of disciplines and their impact upon visual and material cultures.

The pathways are led by renowned experts in their respective fields, and they are supported by research fellows, professors, authors, curators and historians who contribute to the course. Based in one of fashion’s most important cities, our students benefit from access to the special collections and archives of many leading institutions in London, including the V and A, Museum of London and the British Film Institute. You will also have the opportunity to work with other graduate students from the Culture and Curation Programme on some units of the course.

We attract students from a wide variety of academic and industry backgrounds, some of whom have completed theory-based first degrees, while others come with practice-based backgrounds. After completing their Masters studies, some students from both former courses have progressed to higher level research degrees, and others have established themselves in a number of related fields including curation, visual merchandising, styling, archiving, fashion buying, lecturing and research.

Structure

Block One September to January

Social and Cultural Theories (20 credits) (both pathways)
Fashion Histories (20 credits) (both pathways)
Research Methods (20 credits) (both pathways)

Block Two February to May:

Cycles of Fashion (20 units) (History and Culture pathway), or
Fashion, Stardom and Celebrity Culture (20 credits) (Fashion / Film pathway), or
Sustainability and Fashion (20 credits) (either pathway)

Gendering Fashion (20 credits) (History and Culture pathway), or
Film Concepts, Global Cinema (20 credits) (Fashion / Film pathway), or
Consumer Behaviour and Psychology (20 credits) (either pathway); Collaborative Unit (20 credits) (both pathways)

Block Three May to September: Masters Project (60 credits) (both pathways)

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The fashion industry is a vibrant and challenging business environment. This Fashion Management with Marketing MA is designed to accommodate a range of career opportunities within this sector, providing you with an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry. Read more
The fashion industry is a vibrant and challenging business environment. This Fashion Management with Marketing MA is designed to accommodate a range of career opportunities within this sector, providing you with an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry.

Our innovative programme is aimed at graduates with a fashion, textiles, design or business degree who wish to gain management knowledge, with the aim to become a manager within this sector. It will also provide a suitable progression route for those who have worked in the industry but want to improve their employment prospects to get to a higher level, as well as for those preparing for PhD study.

You will learn from a range of expert staff about the management practices which are specific to the fashion and textiles business, as well as the inclusion of fashion marketing and promotion techniques, and brand management theories. You will graduate with an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry.

Teaching usually consists of one hour lectures followed by one or two-hour seminars or tutorials for each module. You will also be expected to conduct a substantial amount of self-directed learning, which is important for you to contextualise your studies and to broaden your knowledge. The Fashion Management with Marketing MA is a theoretical programme and assessments are mostly by the submission of fully referenced and structured reports. Presentations are also fundamental as an opportunity for you to present your work to others either for assessment or within a scheduled class activity. One module includes the formulation of a weekly blog for you to keep abreast of topical issues. You will also be required to submit a project proposal which will act as your plan for future research, especially for the dissertation.

The fashion and textile business is highly competitive and we encourage you to develop networking opportunities by becoming a student member of trade associations and to engage in conferences and seminars delivered by industry members.
We expect you to be proactive and attend presentations provided by visitors from the fashion and textiles business to the university, as extra curricula activity. Teaching staff come from a range of art and design disciplines, contributing to their own areas of expertise. Throughout the programme the curriculum is also enhanced by visiting lectures from a variety of business experiences.

Graduate careers include fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing, supply chain management, and e-commerce. Graduates would also be in a strong position to consider developing a new business along with the support from the university's business development unit.

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OVERVIEW. Are you looking to move into fashion, accelerate your fashion career, set up your own business, or extend a family enterprise? This fast-paced, practical course is ideal for a wide range of ambitious, highly motivated students seeking a springboard to a career in global fashion marketing. Read more

OVERVIEW

Are you looking to move into fashion, accelerate your fashion career, set up your own business, or extend a family enterprise? This fast-paced, practical course is ideal for a wide range of ambitious, highly motivated students seeking a springboard to a career in global fashion marketing.

You’ll study in one of the world’s most thrilling fashion capitals, surrounded by iconic and emerging brands as well as linked occupations such as photography, styling, events and publishing. You’ll have endless opportunities for exposure to the world of fashion, from up-and-coming designers and their pop-up shops to global trend laboratories, exhibitions and museums, street markets, high-street stores and luxury fashion brands. 

You’ll have the flexibility of being able to study part-time or full-time. In Term 2, you’ll choose a specialist pathway: either Digital Fashion Marketing or Luxury Fashion Branding. There are opportunities for field trips (including overseas), internships and real consultancy projects.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Analyse the global markets for fashion and retail, and learn to manage fashion brands. Examine global trends in business systems, standards and practices. Explore product development and consumer behaviour, and choose to specialise in digital fashion marketing or luxury fashion branding.

MODULES

• Marketing in a Global Age

• Trend Prediction and Fashion Forecasting

• International Fashion Marketing

• Fashion and Brand Management

• Buying and Merchandising in a Changing Global Industry

• Buyer Behaviour

• Retail and Service Marketing

• Business and Management Research Methods

• Fashion Marketing and Communication in a Global Context

• London Fashion Live Project

Project options

• Internship

• Consulting Project

• Entrepreneurship Project

• Simulation

• Dissertation

ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the programme and selected modules you will be awarded the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership*.

*Subject to registering as a CMI member

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Coventry University London is delighted to have recently launched a number of scholarships to UK and International students. You can find out more about our Scholarships by viewing our website.

START DATES

MSc International Fashion Marketing has start dates in October 2018 and January 2019.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

“I really appreciated the range of work experience options which were available and I would highly recommend an internship module. It helped me bring together everything I had learned and combine it with real-world practices. I am currently pursuing a career in the media and entertainment industry and cannot wait to see what the future holds.” - Samantha Johnson, Germany



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Developed in partnership with George Davies, who has founded three hugely successful fashion retail businesses (Next, George @ Asda, and Per Una) this programme focuses on all aspects of the fashion retail experience, from design right through to the shop floor. Read more
Developed in partnership with George Davies, who has founded three hugely successful fashion retail businesses (Next, George @ Asda, and Per Una) this programme focuses on all aspects of the fashion retail experience, from design right through to the shop floor.


PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Semester 1
• Retail Marketing 1: Understanding the Fashion Consumer
• Retail Marketing 2: Fashion Brand Management
• New Product Development
• Strategic Retail Management

Semester 2
• Fashion Business Development
• Fashion Buying and Merchandise Management
• Fashion Marketing Communications
• Retail Logistics


Following successful completion of the taught modules listed above, students go on to undertake a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation over the summer months.

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Over recent decades the fashion and textile industries has been making changes; responding to enviromental and social needs; publishing corporate social reports and working with industry bodies and NGOs. Read more

Introduction

Over recent decades the fashion and textile industries has been making changes; responding to enviromental and social needs; publishing corporate social reports and working with industry bodies and NGOs. Yet the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013 was tragedy for the workers, their families, the country and the industries, and an imperative for new thinking, new practice, and fresh ethics. It is a horrific milestone for fashion manufacture, communication, consumer awareness and industry responsibilities. The industries are now reaching out to governments, NGOs, charities, unions and radical thinkers for advice and support. They are accountable for their current and future ethics. Without doubt it is time for change in which education is a crucial contributor to the new solutions, and alternative futures for the industries.

The new MSc Ethics in Fashion (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-ethics-in-fashion/ ) is a research led, taught programme, focussed on analysing and understanding the industry, whilst mapping the changes in practice, monitoring the voices and diversity of stakeholders in the supply-chain. The programme offers a chance for ethically aware graduates and established professionals to refresh and extend their knowledge and skillset. An escalating need for an Ethics in Fashion programme has been identified, and Heriot-Watt University is in a unique position with subject specific research faculty, global industry links, outstanding fashion and textiles facilities and an enviable pastoral location, with strong transport connections.

"A Masters of Science on Ethics in Fashion is exactly what was missing in fashion education. Sustainability and ethics are key issues for this industry. Those who are not able respect people and the environment in their supply chain cannot stay in the sector for long. Today, all major players have a CSR officer integrated in their business, a profile that didn’t exist until a few years ago. Having this MSc is a true work of innovation." Simone Cipriani, Head, ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative (United Nations)

Our students

The taught programme has been created for those wanting to work, or already working in the fashion and textiles industries, in design, sourcing management, buying, journalism and corporate affairs. The qualification provides a set of fresh perspectives and insights for an existing first degree qualification, or relevant experience in any of the above areas or similar for those wanting to be part of the dynamic changing industries.

Industry links

The School of Textiles and Design, and the research staff have strong global industry and NGO links in design, corporate social responsibility reporting and corporate affairs, social enterprise. In addition teaching staff are Fellows of the Fellowship of 500, in the Ethical Fashion Forum. There are both courses, and research opportunities to work with local and international industry.

The programme has been designed to utilise selected core postgraduate courses offered within the School and introducing courses specific to Ethics in Fashion, thus encouraging inter-disciplinary participation and discourse, and membership of the a growing research community.

"There is a growing demand from consumers that the clothes they choose to wear haven’t been produced in sweatshops. Tragedies such as the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh have only heightened public concern. This is why it is critical that fashion colleges and universities are incorporating ethics into their programs of work. Ethical sourcing is increasingly becoming the norm for the clothing & footwear industry and we see this only growing in the future." Simon McRae, National Manager, Ethical Clothing Australia

Objectives

- Analyse the ethics in supply-chain practice
- Speculate on, and develop, effective methods of communicating ethics
- Identify and map outcomes and consequences of unethical and ethical practice
- Speculate and apply new criteria within the supply-chain
- Analyse the motivations and roles of consumers in the ethics discourse and practice
- Identify best practice models across the traditional fashion and textiles industries, social enterprise and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Research independently the role of ethics in fashion practice and theory

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of individual and group written course work, and projects and the Masters dissertation. Emphasis is placed on rigorous academic standards as well as acquiring and developing a range of transferable industry skills and individual development. Assessment exercises can therefore include making effective visual and oral presentations, writing reports and as well as team and group work.

How to apply

Applications are made by submitting a completed application form to the Postgraduate Office at the Edinburgh Campus. Additionally, before our final decision can be given, applicants will be asked to supply documentation to provide proof of academic background and suitability as a candidate:
- A copy of your degree(s) certificates and relevant transcripts
- A portfolio of past work where appropriate and/or evidence of relevant work experience
- Proof of having being awarded a first degree(s)
- Proof of your ability in the English language if this is not your mother tongue
- Proof of how your tuition fee and personal maintenance costs are to be met
- Two academic referees

For full details about our application process including relevant forms and guidance notes, please contact us or visit our website http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/textiles-design/

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Pre-sessional English courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) are available for applicants at the Edinburgh Campus to improve on English language usage and study skills. Please note that completion of pre-sessional courses are not a guarantee of admittance.
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-ethics-in-fashion/

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OVERVIEW. This is a challenging, fast-paced and stimulating MBA course, designed to offer the industry-specific business and management skills you need to build a successful career in international fashion management. Read more

OVERVIEW

This is a challenging, fast-paced and stimulating MBA course, designed to offer the industry-specific business and management skills you need to build a successful career in international fashion management.

This course offers a comprehensive understanding of the business of fashion, rather than teaching you to be a designer or producer, so that you can build a career in management or leadership. It focuses on the global and technological shifts which have characterised the industry in recent years; the management of fashion design and product development; and international fashion manufacturing and retailing strategies.

You may have recently completed your undergraduate degree, in fashion or any other discipline. Alternatively, you may have been working for some time and want to accelerate your career progression in fashion, or to make a move into fashion for the first time.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course is helping to develop the next generation of fashion industry leaders, combining the highest-quality teaching and academic support with significant opportunities for exposure to people, brands and experiences in the fashion industries.

Studying in the centre of London offers countless opportunities to immerse yourself in everything from street markets and pop-up stores to luxury brands, surrounded by world-famous designer brands as well as names to watch.

You’ll have many opportunities for experiences, from visiting iconic museums like the V&A to thrilling shows like London Fashion Week and even overseas visits to Paris or Copenhagen, for example. London offers exciting trade events such as Pure London, Scoop and No Jacket Required. You’ll be surrounded by evidence of every aspect of the fashion industry, including ateliers, photographers, model agencies, stylists and glossy magazines.

Students who pass two specific modules can be awarded the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, providing they register as a CMI member and pay the membership fees. With over 100,000 members, the CMI is internationally recognised as the professional body which sets the standards in management.

MODULES

• Sustainable Strategy – from Planning to Implementation

• Marketing in a Global Age

• Finance, Funding and Legislative Frameworks for Success

• Leading in a Changing World

• Business and Management Research Methods or Entrepreneurship

Specialist modules

• Trend Prediction and Fashion Forecasting

• Buying and Merchandising in a Changing Global Industry

• Fashion Design and Product Development

• Project Management

Project options

• Internship

• Consulting Project

• Entrepreneurship Project

• Simulation

• Dissertation

ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course and selected modules you will be awarded the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership*.

*Subject to registering as a CMI member.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Coventry University London is delighted to have recently launched a number of scholarships to UK and International students. You can find out more about our Scholarships by viewing our website.

START DATES

MBA International Fashion Management has start dates in October 2018 and January 2019.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

“I currently work as a Product Manager Assistant for C&A. As an assistant buyer I work alongside different departments, including trend, design, sourcing, quality assurance, visual merchandising and marketing. Coventry University London gave me the perfect base to start my career as a buyer.” - Sofie Gill, Belgium



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See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fashion-design

Overview

This dynamic new course will prepare you for the world of contemporary, global fashion design, improving your professional skills, your academic understanding and your industry knowledge.

You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of the international fashion world, and the business-led factors that influence professional practice.

Our course mixes traditional and experimental fashion design processes with theory and practical work. This will encourage you to think about important issues and future trends in the fashion industry and how you could adapt or improve upon your design, styling, marketing or promotional work. For example, you might explore relationships between your design process, marketing strategy and psychological theories. Or you might look at the connections between mathematics and pattern-cutting; or sustainable design and production processes.

We'll investigate different markets and consumers, too. Having learned more about people's wants and needs, you'll use your insight to create innovative designs, along with branding and promotional strategies.

Throughout the course you'll be working closely with other students. Together, we'll share and debate our ideas and working practices, and learn to critically analyse our work.

Your studies will take place over three trimesters in a single calendar year.

Careers

Our course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and professional understanding you need to work as a fashion designer. You’ll also be well-prepared for related roles, such as styling and promotion, brand and marketing management, PR management/press, fashion production, buying or trend forecasting.

Or you might decide to make use of all these skills by becoming a freelance fashion designer, managing your own brand.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll benefit from our links with industry professionals, academics and freelancers, who regularly contribute to the course, as well as our careers events including Creative Front Futures and Anglia Ruskin's Big Pitch competition, created for students with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Core modules

Process and Practice as Research
Key Issues in Fashion Design
Fashion Design and Brand
Master's Dissertation Art and Design
Master's Project: Art and Design

Assessment

We'll measure your progress using a number of assessment methods that reflect the skills you'll need to demonstrate in the fashion industry. These include sketchbooks; reflective journals; technical files; brand, consumer and market research files; collaboration files; brand and promotion packages; portfolio work (visualisation and styling); 3D realisation and collection creation; presentations (audio visual and oral); written reports; your Master's dissertation; and Personal Development Planning (PDP).

Where you'll study

Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.

Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.

We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.

Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Specialist facilities

You’ll work in our two fashion studios with industrial sewing and finishing machines, mannequins and surface textile facilities. We have a large stock of calico and pattern paper available for you to buy.

You’ll also have access to our life drawing and sculpture workshops, printmaking studios, photography labs, computer suites (with Photoshop and Illustrator), and film-making facilities.

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Introduction

This programme develops entrepreneurs who can build and capitalise on the existing strengths in the UK and international fashion industries.

Content

The ethos that entrepreneurship serves as a catalyst for economic development underpins the philosophy of this specialist course. Strengthened by London College of Fashion’s unparalleled external and internal industry networks, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship aims to develop new fashion concepts through to commercialization. Addressing the need for the fashion entrepreneur who can identify market opportunities in the industry, this programme is firmly aligned to 21st century, global business with all the challenges and potential this brings.

This course will enable individuals to build and capitalize on existing strengths both in the UK and internationally. In depth studies of innovative emerging designers in the UK provide an understanding of the British fashion industry while extra-curricular international study tours provide valuable insights into the global fashion market. Industry presentations and factory tours have taken place previously in Paris, Milan and Shanghai and have explored everything from French Haute Couture to Italian craftsmanship and Asia’s luxury fashion boom.

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship is a dynamic and interactive learning experience that is built through key collaborative relationships in education (such as IFM in Paris) and industry. Through a supported and structured programme that includes entrepreneurial practice, new business models and planning and management of creative enterprise, participants are encouraged to develop new thinking and innovative concepts. Former alumni have launched their own fashion businesses or taken on entrepreneurial roles in fields such as buying, corporate sustainable responsibility and international brand building for perse fashion companies that span luxury to high street.

Structure

12 months level 7 180 credits

Term One

Fashion Branding (20 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Managing Creative Enterprise (20 credits)
Business Development and Planning (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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If brand management and how to develop a fashion collection are your source of inspiration, this Master is the source of your competitive advantage.

The Master in Fashion Direction: Brand & Business Management aims to provide students skills and competences strongly needed by brands and companies. How to manage an omnichannel strategy? From the understanding of the most diffused tools and practices, to the field and deep knowledge of retail processes affecting every touch point with the Client. That’s fashion retail.

The Master will explore the management of retail strategies, main business models, merchandising and buying processes and visual merchandising practices, for concluding with the digital strategy and the CRM policies.

Therefore, the professional figure that is formed is the marketing and retail manager, connecting strategy to customer, integrating the digital environment to the retail formats and experience design.

Fashion Communication. More than a process, a compelling challenge to involve the customer. Fashion brands are leading the innovation, from the digital opportunity to the engagement challenge.

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• Contour Fashion – specialising in the study of intimate apparel, including jersey wear, lingerie, swimwear, corsetry, loungewear and bra design

• Fashion Design – with the opportunity to specialise in womenswear, menswear and fashion knitwear

• Footwear Design and Accessories – with options including women’s, men’s and children’s footwear and accessories for sport, leisure or fashion

• Textile Design – for fashion, interiors and lifestyle, with the opportunity to specialise in print, construct and mixed media

Prior to enrolling onto the course you will choose one of the pathways which will provide the focus of your design practice. The promotion of creative, technical and intellectual knowledge, alongside a critical, contextual understanding will be a key focus. This is complemented by teaching and learning across the pathways to consider design communication, portfolio development and promotion.

The course will prepare you for a variety of careers. Graduates from the School have gone on to work in roles ranging from design, product development, buying, and garment technology to working freelance or starting up a small business. They have also gone on to work for national and multinational companies such as Agent Provocateur, Courtaulds, Abercrombie and Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Superdry, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, French Connection, Jigsaw, Next, H&M, Kurt Geiger, L.K. Bennett, Clarks, New Balance, Tesco, Joules, and Primark.

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