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A programme aimed at students who wish to pursue a management or creative career in multi-channel fashion retailing. MA Fashion Retail Management aims to stimulate creative solutions for multi-channel fashion retailing, and to exploit the design and communication potential of the physical and virtual store. Read more

Introduction

A programme aimed at students who wish to pursue a management or creative career in multi-channel fashion retailing.

Content

MA Fashion Retail Management aims to stimulate creative solutions for multi-channel fashion retailing, and to exploit the design and communication potential of the physical and virtual store. This course bridges a gap between retail disciplines, reflecting a shift in the fashion industries’ demands for a multi-skilled workforce; notably marketing management, information and communication technologies (ICT) and design. It encompasses digital and new media practices to encourage multi-channel practices, interactive communications and innovative solutions within the fashion retail environment.

You will be able to combine cutting-edge media approaches with retail formats and brand management to develop appropriate solutions for specific fashion retail environments. You will have the knowledge to critically evaluate trends in consumption, as well as broader societal, economic and regulatory changes, technological development, retail formats and their application to the fashion retail environment. You will also examine and analyse the influence of lifestyle retailing and multi-channel retailing and explore the concept of customer experience with experiential and sensory design from real to virtual situations. Your creative expertise will be utilised to design and implement creative technologies fitting with the retail brand and the convergence of the physical and virtual store.

Structure

12 months level 7 180 credits

Term One

Fashion Retail Management (20 credits)
Fashion Branding (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

International Retailing Strategies (20 credits)
Creative Retail Spaces (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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The Rome Business School’s Master in Fashion Management is the ideal academic course for professionals seeking a . world-class degree programme. Read more

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.

 

Objectives

In particular, on completing the programme, participants will be able to:

  • identify, analyse, and understand the fashion sector’s characteristics, its market trends and their evolution;
  • identify and develop effective managerial strategies for fashion sector businesses;
  • recognise and understand the specificities and differences between the various types of production and organisation in fashion, haute couture and fast fashion businesses;
  • develop a business plan for fashion companies;
  • identify the specificities of the various types of products in the clothing, accessories, jewellery, home and beauty contexts;
  • analyse and perfect offline, online, and performance integrated fashion system strategies pertaining to marketing, branding, and communication;
  • identify, analyse, and understand the innovative technologies, materials, and distribution opportunities found in the fashion sector;
  • utilise brand monitoring tools suited to continuously work on the constant improvement of a fashion brand’s storytelling and reputation;
  • utilise the experience acquired during company visits and interactions with industry professionals to build their own professional networks in the fashion market.

Professional Outlets

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:

  • Entrepreneur or manager in companies specialising in production, distribution, or commercialisation in the fashion context;
  • Store manager
  • Designer and stylist with managerial and communication abilities
  • Brand manager, marketing and/or communication director for fashion companies (also as a freelance consultant)
  • Press officer or PR director for a fashion brand
  • Social media manager or social media strategist for a fashion brand
  • Event manager specialising in fashion shows and events
  • Personal shopper
  • Fashion blogger

Target Recipients

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:

  • graduates interested in specialising in fashion management and therefore in acquiring the specific competencies needed to operate in this context;
  • entrepreneurs interested in launching or revitalising a retail business focussed on the sale of clothing, accessories, jewellery, and home and beauty products;
  • designers and stylists who also wish to acquire managerial competencies related to the management, distribution, and communication of their own brand or collection;
  • managers, professionals, and consultants seeking to specialise in the fashion industry.

Contents

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

Managerial Competencies

Business strategy and company organisation

Economics and company management

Marketing management

Digital marketing

Accounting and management control

Project Management

Business Planning

Human resource management

Fashion Products

Menswear, womenswear, childrenswear

Accessories

Jewellery

Home

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

Materials

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

 

Structure (12 months)

The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree in Fashion Management is structured in:

  • 6 months of lectures (twice a week)
  • 6 months of international internship and project work
  • Company visits
  • Personalized career services
  • Cultural programme
  • Seminars and events
  • 

Attendance formulas

The Master in Fashion Management may be attended in the following formulas:

  • On Campus, at the Rome Business School Rome headquarters.
  • Online (Distance Learning), through a cutting edge e-learning platform with live lectures and a great teacher-student interaction.


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Compared to the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science in Design for the Fashion System moves the attention from “product” design to “system” design that is the peculiarity of the Italian design. Read more

Mission and goals

Compared to the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science in Design for the Fashion System moves the attention from “product” design to “system” design that is the peculiarity of the Italian design. The main elements that characterize and distinguish the “Politecnico” education in fashion come from the culture of the made in italy, its connection with the fashion companies and its aim to combine tradition with innovation, crafts with technologies, heritage with progress, dreams with discipline.In particular, the course mission and goals focus on three aspects: development of integrated design skills (product- communication-service) orientated to the “fashion system”; development of knowledge of the fashion system and the relations between the various players, development of specific multidisciplinary knowledge concerning economic, humanistic, sociological and artistic disciplines.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/design-for-the-fashion-system/

Professional opportunities

Graduates in Design for the Fashion System are flexible and suitable for carrying out design activities in fashion companies, working on integrated product-service system design. They also find good employment opportunities in professional activities working on product research, trends and development for fashion companies. They can also work on design activity in the field of communication, event organisation and shop-fitting of fashion sales outlets.
The main reference fashion professions are Fashion Coordinator, Brand manager, Product Manager and Visual Merchandiser.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Design_for_the_Fashion_System_01.pdf
This Master of Science programme’s aim is to train highly qualified designers able to manage the competitiveness of the Fashion System on an international scale, both in its product development systems and within the strategic processes of fashion companies. Fashion at Politecnico di Milano is strongly committed to research and innovation, binding together high craft and high tech, the artisanal vision with the technological one, manual processes with the most advanced digital modeling softwares, in order to give the student the capability to work in any reality of the fashion system. Intense laboratory courses are the core part of the crafting investigation. Master students are required to fulfill an internship period within qualified companies.
Career opportunities include: designer activities, professional activities working on product research, trends and development for fashion companies. Working oportunities in the field of communication, event organisation and shop-fitting of fashion sales outlets. Main reference professions: Fashion Coordinator, Brand manager, Product Manager, Visual Merchandiser. The programme is taught in English.
website: http://www.moda.polimi.it/en/

Subjects

- 1st year
TRACK 1: Fashion Design Laboratory (Sportswear Design, Fashion Design, Management and Organisation of Fashion Firms), Workshop (Underwear, Sportswear Design), Retail Design Laboratory (Strategies and Methods for Retail Design, Methods and Tecniques of Representation of Retail Spaces).
TRACK 2: Fashion Design Studio (Sportswear Design, Sportswear Design Materials, Sportswear Design Theory, Management and
Organisation of Fashion Firms).
MANDATORY FOR ALL TRACKS: Communication and Society, Evolution and Innovation in Languages, Innovation of Materials, Technologies and Processes

- 2nd year
TRACK : Final synthesis design studio divided in: Fashion-System design, Fashion Product Design and Man’s wear Advanced Technology Accessories.
MANDATORY FOR ALL TRACKS: Art Seminars , Aestethic, Other courses to be chosen among a list of elective lectures, Final Thesis Preparation

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/design-for-the-fashion-system/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/design-for-the-fashion-system/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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During her 2011 runway show, Miuccia Prada stated that “Fashion is an instant language”. Read more
During her 2011 runway show, Miuccia Prada stated that “Fashion is an instant language”. In an era of massive digitalization in which individuals have indirect communications through the intermediary of a screen, it is psychologically reassuring to believe that the construction of one’s style mirrors its representation as an individual. However, just like any other languages, Fashion has a myriad of nuances and facets that render any reading and interpretation much more complex.

The main objective of the MBA in Fashion Business at IFA Paris is to equip its postgraduate students with keys to decipher the ever changing fashion industry. Delivered since 2008, the course has been completely revamped in order to take full advantage of IFA Paris’ heritage and cultural specificities.

The philosophy of the MBA in Fashion Business revolves around 3 pillars:

Discovery:
Students are being immersed in a workshop environment allowing them to get an intensive and practical training based on each development stage of a fashion collection, from inception to commercialization.

Experimentation:
While travelling between IFA’s campus locations (Paris, Istanbul, Bangkok and Shanghai) our students are able to experience first-hand the intrinsic characteristics of emerging and mature markets thanks to IFA Paris learning by doing pedagogy.

Self-affirmation:
The overarching Capstone thesis reflects the students’ commitment to the development of a unique and individual project.

The overall course structure promotes a holistic approach to the fashion industry enabling participants to analyze complex functions. The MBA in Fashion Business is one of the only postgraduate courses that allows its students to understand the integration of Sensorial Marketing within the strategies of international fashion houses.

The development of special seminars in haute couture, fashion trade shows, celebrity endorsements and fashion ethnography are “windows” into unique activities or phenomenon of the fashion industry. From their implication in the organization of fashion related events to the discovery of the inner sanctum of Paris Haute Couture Ateliers, participants will be able to improve their professional portfolio with experiences that will ultimately render their profile more sophisticated and attractive to potential employers.

Finally, from inception to graduation, and regardless of their location, Postgraduate students of IFA Paris will benefit from the support of a unique department called the “Career and Alumni Center”. The industry relation arm of IFA Paris’ academic programs is in charge of organizing bi-weekly guest lectures and field trips to attune our students with the fashion pulse. They will have access to exclusive brand launch events, fashion shows, art exhibitions or professional trade-shows in order to build their own professional network. The Career and Alumni Center accompanies IFA Paris students even after graduation by linking them with its strong alumni network composed of individuals originating from 50 different countries. The key word here is synergy, whereby IFA Paris, its students and its graduates are all major actors in the reshaping of the fashion industry panorama.

Our MBA Courses are structured with the ECTS framework in mind as set by the Bologna Convention. Upon completion of their studies participants will gather a total of 120 ECTS that they will be able to transfer if they wish to further their studies. The Course is also accredited by IDEL/IDEART* and is certified as “International Master”.

*For more information feel free to visit http://www.idel-labels.eu

Course Structure

Our Fashion Business course covers a wide range of modules clustered into five main module groupings:

Marketing and Management:

This grouping encompasses a series of modules that will be sequentially planned based on the structure of a marketing plan. The overall body of knowledge acquired by the students will prepare them to:

Analyze complex marketing challenges based on practical case studies
Allocate resources strategically to achieve pre-determined objectives
Craft brand DNAs allowing for the achievement of a sustainable competitive advantage

Business Issues:

The capacity to listen and interpret markets’ signals is a key component of today’s managers. It needs to be continuously cultivated. Within this module grouping students will discover the idiosyncrasies of the fashion industry from an economic and financial view point.

Distribution and Retail:

The emergence of fast fashion retailing and the exponential growth of online commerce have changed the distribution landscape for fashion houses. This module grouping explores the importance of selecting the right distribution strategies as well as creating a positive shopping environment to achieve an efficient customers’ return rate.

Fashion Environment:

Programs focusing on Fashion Business traditionally put the emphasis on analyzing strategic and marketing challenges. The MBA Fashion Business at IFA incorporates a more creative accent, sourcing inspiration from the school’s roots in Fashion Design. In this module grouping students will learn and experience first-hand about the different steps involved in the creation of a cohesive collection.

Fashion Lifestyle:

From observing the development of a Haute Couture Collection in a studio in Paris to taking an ethnographic trip in the Northern Tribes of China to understand their contribution to the contemporary fashion scene, this series of seminars comprised within the “Fashion Lifestyle” module grouping will allow our students to experience specific aspects of the fashion industry in a workshop like environment.

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By the end of the program, students will have acquired the key competencies to manage fashion, design and luxury companies successfully and will be able to evolve professionally within the cosmopolitan, culture-intensive and hypercompetitive environment typical of these industries. Read more

Objectives

By the end of the program, students will have acquired the key competencies to manage fashion, design and luxury companies successfully and will be able to evolve professionally within the cosmopolitan, culture-intensive and hypercompetitive environment typical of these industries.

LOCATIONS

Students have the opportunity to follow the MSc in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management program in the following locations:

- Grenoble - http://en.grenoble-em.com/grenoble-vibrant-and-welcoming
- Paris - http://en.grenoble-em.com/paris
- London

WHY CHOOSE TO DO A MSC IN FASHION, DESIGN AND LUXURY MANAGEMENT?

The MSc in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management is designed to provide international companies in these industries with the profiles they need to be highly competitive in a complex environment.

The fashion, design and luxury industries are design-intensive and innovation-oriented industries, providing very good opportunities for growth in a hypercompetitive environment. For this reason, companies in these industries are seeking to recruit experts aware of the specific dynamics of these fields, able to manage companies and develop brands in a successful way.

Students enrolled in the MSc Fashion, Design and Luxury Management will benefit from a high-level faculty with both academic and professional experience.

Taught entirely in English, this program offers students the international perspective and the industry-specific culture they will need in order to become skilled managers in these hypercompetitive industries.

Through their coursework, students will acquire the management tools and techniques and the overall industry culture needed to develop and govern fashion, design and luxury brands in a highly competitive global and complex environment. The course covers essential management skills as well as more industry-specific competencies:

- Principles of luxury and luxury brand management
- Luxury sectorial analysis
- Technology and innovation in the fashion and design business
- Creative fundamentals of fashion and design
- Sustainable design, luxury and fashion management.

Program

MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS

- Intercultural Management and International Negotiations
- Global Leadership and People Management
- International Trade
- Marketing
- Branding and Brand Equity Management
- Strategic Management
- Finance and Accounting

FASHION, DESIGN & LUXURY MANAGEMENT

- Technology and Innovation in the Fashion and Design Business
- Industrial Design
- Interior Design and Merchandising
- Sustainable Luxury and Design
- Luxury Sectorial Analysis:
- Food, Wine and Hospitality
- Boats, Cars and Motorbikes
- Jewelry and Watches
- Perfumes, Cosmetics and Eyewear
- Accessories and Leather Goods

- Distribution Channels and Digital Marketing in the Fashion Industry
- Fundamentals of Fashion and Design
- Principles of Luxury and Managing Luxury Brands
- Integrated Communications Strategy
- Production, Operations, Purchasing and Supply Chain in the Fashion Industry
- Customer Management and Customer Intelligence
- The Legal Context of the Design and Fashion Industry

STUDY TRIPS

Students will take part in an international study trip of one week in one European Fashion Capital. They will have the opportunity to meet with leading industry professionals and visit companies in the fashion, design and luxury industries.

During the company visits students will work on a project relating to one of these industries and in alignment with their future career ambitions.

INTERNSHIP

Each student will undertake an internship of a minimum of three months in a company of their choice at the end of the classroom part of the program. The internship will contribute directly to the content of the Final Management Project and may take place anywhere in the world.

FINAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT

The second year of the program is dedicated to the Final Management Project which will be undertaken under the supervision of a GGSB professor.
Students will focus on a management aspect of the fashion, design and luxury industries; they are also encouraged to choose the subject of the Final Management Project in coherence with their future career goals. It is possible to complete the project in parallel with an employment or an internship in France or abroad.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Foreign language skills are essential in a globally competitive business environment. The program is taught in English, and no prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Students have the possibility of learning French or another foreign language such as Spanish or Chinese during the program.
This language component, although not compulsory, is highly recommended for students who intend to pursue an international career, since companies in the Fashion, Design and Luxury industry are currently recruiting personnel speaking the language of the country in which they are based, in addition to English and in-demand languages like Chinese or Russian.

LOCATION

The MSc in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management will be offered at the GGSB Grenoble, Paris and London campuses.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Students enrolled in the program will:

- Acquire and develop the specific management skills required for a successful career in fashion, design, and luxury industries
- Benefit from teaching staff with extensive scientific and professional industry experience
- Enjoy study trips with visits to companies and industry-specific fairs and events
- Study in a multicultural and creative learning environment
- Understand the creation of value in the fashion, design and luxury industries

Careers

It is expected that graduates of this MSc program will either take up positions in multinational companies in the fashion, design and luxury industries or will become entrepreneurs able to found and develop their own companies.

The program will prepare graduates for positions in sourcing, purchasing, product development, product management, public relations, events, store retail management, people management and entrepreneurship.

Admission

Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills and the motivation to pursue an international career.

No prior knowledge of the fashion, design and luxury management industries is required, but applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in this area and have a clear idea of how the program will help them achieve career goals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject with good grade average.
- Work experience is not compulsory.
- Fluency in English (see test requirements below).

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Course Overview. 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. Read more

Course Overview

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).

Program Advantages:

- 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

Buyer

Product Manager

Merchandiser

Retail Manager

Store Manager

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.

Admission & Fees

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.

Checklist requirements:

- 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

Application deadlines:

May 30th 2018

Tuition 2018-2019

€ 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.

Testimonials

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."

Janize, 2014



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The Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion Visual Merchandising provides a highly focused and vocationally-orientated period of full-time study at advanced level in the field of Fashion Visual Merchandising. Read more

Content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion Visual Merchandising provides a highly focused and vocationally-orientated period of full-time study at advanced level in the field of Fashion Visual Merchandising. It is designed both for graduates (or equivalent) and those with appropriate industry experience, who wish to develop their career in the highly competitive fashion and creative industries. The course is suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study, for example one of the Master’s Degrees within the LCF framework.

The programme builds upon strengths already developed within the college including staff expertise, specialist facilities and close industry links, to provide a suitable learning environment for this specialist study. It is designed to meet both local, regional and international needs for vocational education in aspects of the fashion and creative industries which have a high concentration of activities in London. London College of Fashion is situated in the heart of the fashion district in London, with sites in the West End on Oxford Street, West London in Shepherds Bush and the East End in Shoreditch, a centre for manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and increasingly for young designers.

The course has been established to extend the post graduate provision at the college, and has been developed in conjunction with the Fashion Visual Merchandising industry and specialist staff. The Course leader has appropriate specialist expertise and professional experience and staff continue to engage in professional practice and new developments. In addition to the course leader, teaching staff will be drawn from specialists in the appropriate fields, either from within college or as visiting lecturers from industry.

This is a fashion business course with a vocational focus on Fashion Visual Merchandising. It combines a post graduate level academic experience with the vocational realities of Fashion Visual Merchandising. The content includes application of Fashion Visual Merchandising, branding, technology to case studies and a combination of individual and collaborative work. The course provides a range of vocational knowledge and skills for those seeking or looking to develop and further their career in Fashion Visual Merchandising.

Distinctive features include strong links with the Fashion Visual Merchandising industry and the practical emphasis on the application of skills including the final project.

Structure

Weeks 1-5: Visual Merchandising and the Brand Experience (20 credits, level 7)

Weeks 5-10: Collaborative Project (20 credits, level 7)

Weeks 2-15: Futures and Innovations Project (20 credits, level 7)

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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. Read more
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.

Course content

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.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules, semester 1
-FASHION BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
-CREATIVE TEAM BUILDING
-STRATEGIC FASHION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Core modules, semester 2
-FINANCE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
-FASHION MARKETING AND BRAND MANAGEMENT
-MANAGING CHANGE AND INNOVATION
-MAJOR FASHION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Industry links

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.

Associated careers

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.

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At IED Barcelona Fashion Management is taught by a faculty body of practitioners from Fashion & Business, through the analysis of case studies and the execution of real-industry projects commissioned either by multinational companies competing in the global economy, or local companies competing in the international markets. Read more
At IED Barcelona Fashion Management is taught by a faculty body of practitioners from Fashion & Business, through the analysis of case studies and the execution of real-industry projects commissioned either by multinational companies competing in the global economy, or local companies competing in the international markets. All the contents, methodologies and tools are taught from the specificity of the fashion industry. This approach facilitates the training in decision making, placing the students in a real context for innovation and experimentation.

With the aim of giving a broad and complete preparation to develop their professional careers in the fashion market, students are trained in different and complementary fields. The complexity of managing a fashion business requires a proper knowledge on diverse tools, and the ability to apply critical analysis to quickly react on a changing landscape.

Fashion Managers should manage the complete cycle of fashion, from product conceptualization until the product is set on the store and packed in consumer’s shopping bag. The expertise on the fashion market is approached from the key disciplines involved in the fashion system. Experts in these fields will transmit students their experience on fashion trends, process of product design and production, branding, retail and visual merchandising. The awareness on Fashion Culture, complemented with Semiotics, Market Research and Trends will give a proper awareness to understand the target.

Business skills are taught from the perspective of fashion business. Marketing, sales, finances, distribution and supply chain are tackled from the fashion business specificity, from the big company’s perspective, but also giving the tools to undertake start-up projects as entrepreneurs.

Following the learning-by-doing methodology, students are constantly developing projects in teams. The Fashion Management Master students are hosted in a dedicated classroom, a space that it's transformed in an innovation design studio where students experiment with new tools an knowledge, with the guidance of the faculty. Small groups of students in the class facilitate the application of this hand-on methodology.

Leading managers need to have strong personal skills, to head projects involving heterogeneous teams of people. They should be capable to be the reference for the working team, but also transmit confidence to senior positions and investors. Personal branding, people management and creative leadership will be then integrated during the development of classes.

Fashion leaders must be able to communicate very clearly their concepts, either to the business staff or to the working team in order to achieve the desired results. Therefore the students are taught a very diverse set of tools, to train their skills to a level where they can communicate well.

With the aim of creating synergies between future professionals, some transversal activities will be held for exchanging knowledge with students of different programs is part of IED philosophy.

PERSONAL RESEARCH PROJECT

The Personal Research Project is the single most important piece of written work that students undertake during their RSP Research Study Program. PRP is the culmination Master and should demonstrate that the student has acquired skills, knowledge and analytical capabilities.

The project is an original piece of research involving primary data collection which aim is to undertake an individual work that meets the requirements outlined in these guidelines in order to achieve a passing grade.

The objectives of the thesis process are the following:

.To identify a feasible project in the student’s area of study

.To establish clearly defined objectives and/or questions to be investigated

.To design and implement an appropriate (design research/process) methodology

.To understand the adding value proposition (concept)

.To create a business development plan based on the previous concept.

.To create feasible and concrete design proposals

.To demonstrate analytical skills and produce valid findings

.To apply theory to practical reality

.To draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations where necessary

.To produce a well organized and well-written final document and an effective oral presentation of the thesis

INTERNSHIP

After finishing classes and presenting the two real industries projects, students have the opportunity to implement and prove all the knowledge acquired and skills developed in a three months internship.

In the same period students are working on their PRP so that they can choose to focus their investigation on a personal project or to connect it with the internship.

FIELD TRIPS

To give students a wider understanding of market state-of-the-art, 2 field trips are scheduled in the course curriculum, one to Milano and the other to Paris.

With the guidance of professors and coordination, students will explore different markets and professional contexts in Europe.

Field trips take students for 4 days to European Fashion Capitals to exchange knowledge in different environments. After this days devoted to academic activities, students have the opportunity to discover the city by their own.

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Gain an in-depth knowledge of fashion and management in a creative art school environment. You’ll be taught by academics with extensive fashion management experience, preparing you for a successful career in this fast-paced global industry. Read more

Gain an in-depth knowledge of fashion and management in a creative art school environment. You’ll be taught by academics with extensive fashion management experience, preparing you for a successful career in this fast-paced global industry.

Introducing your course

The MA Fashion Management offers the chance to develop your creative thinking, marketing and business management skills while gaining a comprehensive understanding of today’s fashion world. You’ll learn from academics with a wealth of professional experience, and from external practitioners who bring different perspectives on current sector practices and issues. As you’d expect from a Russell Group university degree, your learning will also be informed by the School’s research. This programme offers the chance to choose a specialist module that will help you to achieve your career goals, on topics such as marketing, entrepreneurship or digital cultures. Based within a close-knit, creative community, you’ll be able to take part in School-wide events and collaborative projects with art and design students to enhance your skills and knowledge. Visits to London exhibitions and fashion shows will complement your campus-based studies.You’ll graduate with an impressive skill set that will help you advance your career or set up your own business venture.

Overview

On the MA in Fashion Management you’ll gain the necessary skills to successfully manage any type of fashion brand, including fast fashion, sportswear, middle market, designer, lifestyle and luxury brands.

It will be of interest to students from a creative or design background who want to hone their management skills, as well as those with business or management training who want to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.

Career Opportunities

The MA Fashion Management will prepare you to start your entrepreneurial venture or join the fashion industry at management level. Potential roles include fashion buyer, stylist, fashion product developer, fashion merchandiser, fashion sourcing or brand manager. Or you could become a supply chain manager, marketing consultant, retail manager or public relations manager in the fashion industry. This degree is also excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including: 

  • Seiko
  • Longines
  • Burberry
  • Arcadia Group
  • Longchamp
  • BestSeller Group
  • Wuyoung


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This course provides a collaborative learning environment where you develop creative and strategic skills in fashion management and communication. Read more

This course provides a collaborative learning environment where you develop creative and strategic skills in fashion management and communication. You work within your selected area and enhance your ability to work confidently and independently across subject boundaries.

The course is designed for students who have previous experience in fashion design, management or communication at undergraduate level or in industry. You continue your education, enhance your professional skills and improve your understanding of how to manage a fashion business from concept to customer. It is ideal for dynamic individuals looking to succeed within the industry at the highest level.

You focus on gaining the skills to work as a fashion manager within the increasingly complex fashion exchange. This includes decision making, interpreting target needs and converting these needs into opportunities by bringing together • product • distribution • branding • marketing • communication and service.

You also enhance your knowledge of the changing online and physical fashion world, including the merging of retail, communication, technology and customer experience. This involves exploring new innovations in fashion management and communication and helps you define your own personal approach.

The course is driven by original thinking, innovation and change. You learn to lead thinking and practice in fashion management and communication by challenging current theories.

Throughout the course there is recognition of the wide reaching roles in the fashion industry and of the fact that practitioners are increasingly finding positions in non-traditional professions.

Vibrant and supportive learning environment

As a student on this course you are part of the Sheffield Institute of Art (SIA) postgraduate community, giving you access to creative networks and the chance to work on live industry projects. You also benefit from the active postgraduate community across the University which offers exciting opportunities for subject discussion and collaboration.

Research-led expertise

Your learning is enhanced by the expertise of our staff, who are high-profile academics and industry professionals working within the University’s Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC). Our Research and Innovation Office (RIO) takes an active part in engaging you in research, knowledge transfer and live projects, ensuring you gain a global and industry-relevant perspective.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.

Course structure

Typical modules may include:

Semester one

  • theory supporting practice
  • fashion brand management and communication

Semester two

  • fashion trend prediction
  • product development
  • optional study including live industry briefs

Final Semester

  • final project: written or practical

Assessment

100% coursework

Employability

This degree prepares you for a wide range of professional fashion roles in a constantly changing industry.

Graduating with a masters degree gives you an advantage in the employment market, meaning you can find work in a wide range of fashion-related vocational and academic fields.

The course also prepares you for a higher level research degree. There are an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects or entering into higher education as lecturers.



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Our MSc Fashion Management degree enables graduates to develop the skills and knowledge required to follow a rewarding career within the fashion industry. Read more
Our MSc Fashion Management degree enables graduates to develop the skills and knowledge required to follow a rewarding career within the fashion industry. For 2015/16 funded places are available for Scottish/EU Students.

This innovative course combines an exciting mix of visual and creative skills modules with those that develop students understanding of communication, retail and business in the global marketplace today.

This course is aimed at those who need to gain specialist fashion knowledge and skills alongside marketing and management techniques specific to the international fashion industry. It is ideal for students who have an undergraduate honours degree in Communication and Media, Marketing or Management as well as Fashion Design students who wish to further their business, marketing and management understanding.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/fashion-management-pgcert/pgdip/msc

Please note: this course does not involve garment design and construction, and does not require a creative portfolio for entry.

Stage 1

•Fashion Business
•Fashion Branding and the Consumer Exchange
•Public Relations Theory and Practice
•Fashion Internationalisation and Distribution

Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Fashion Management

Stage 2

•Fieldwork Placement
•Fashion Buying, Forecasting and Merchandising (double module)
•Research Methods

Exit award: Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Fashion Management

Stage 3

•Dissertation

Award: Masters (MSc) Fashion Management

Format

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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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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The term creative director originated in advertising agencies, but in the last few years has also become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries. Read more

The term creative director originated in advertising agencies, but in the last few years has also become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries. The role of creative director within fashion and beauty is multi-faceted and varied. Generally speaking, creative directors find themselves responsible for the creative direction and visual identity of a brand, publication, website or event.

Solent’s fashion and beauty programmes have strong links with industry, giving students the chance to work with experienced academics and industry professionals. Students can leverage these industry links when they are looking for work placements as part of the essential work-based learning unit.

Students also benefit from a programme of guest lectures throughout the course, with representatives from fashion, beauty, media, retail and other creative industries coming to campus and sharing their experiences. Recent events have included a guest lecture from professional makeup artist Laura Mercier, as well as visits from representatives of MAC, Illamasqua, Trendstop and Charles Fox.

The course culminates in a final major project, where students can either write a thesis or produce a major practical outcome. Students will have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities in support of this project. Available facilities include photography studios; film studios; make-up studios; cameras; location lighting kits; ‘infinity cove’ studios and Mac suites with the latest industry software.

What does this course lead to?

The role of creative director has become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries in recent years. Generally speaking, creative directors find themselves responsible for the creative direction and visual identity of a brand, publication, website or event.

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically aimed at those currently working in the fashion and beauty industry who are aspiring towards art direction. The course content is ideal for building knowledge in magazine publishing, event production, e-commerce and advertising.

What you will study

Year one

Research Methods

The research methods unit prepares students for their MA final project by equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to define a research project, select an appropriate methodological approach and investigate a key research topic utilising secondary and/or primary research.

Professional Practice

This unit will explore and critically analyse the fashion, beauty and creative industries around the world. The unit will equip students with advanced skills to enable them to research the industry they seek to work in and to critically analyse opportunities. Students will be supported to produce a professional development plan - key to this will be an element of work-based learning.

Concept Development

The primary focus of this unit is on developing the wide range of conceptual skills necessary to effectively and innovatively communicate to a consumer audience. This unit provides the opportunity to develop, in response to a range of set briefs, concepts for different outcomes (for example digital, film, print and fashion shows).

Technical Image Design Skills 

This unit covers the technical aspects of creative and art direction. Using a range of software students will focus on understanding technical specifications and design problems aligned to producing web, print and time based outcomes.

Masters Project

In this unit students will design, execute and present an individually demanding piece of work that deploys a systematic and in-depth understanding of the skills and debates relevant to their particular discipline of study. 

Facilities

Available facilities include photography studios; film studios; make-up studios; camera loans; location lighting kits; an ‘infinity cove’ facility; and Mac suites with the latest industry software.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

After graduation, students will be able to apply their knowledge to a range of areas within fashion and beauty including magazine publication, event production, e-commerce and advertising.

Graduates may find themselves working with fashion and beauty brands, magazines, retail businesses, media production companies or communications agencies.

Industry links

Industry professionals share their knowledge and experiences with students through guest presentations, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and portfolio-viewing workshops. 

Recent visiting lecturers have included: Caryn Franklin, Perry Curties, Iain R Webb, Wayne Johns, Bruce Smith, Ellen Rogers, Hannah Al-Shemmeri, Elaine Waldron, Maria Bonet and Richard Billingham.

The programme area and its staff have strong links with the industry, recently hosting a guest lecture from professional makeup artist Laura Mercier, as well as visits from representatives of MAC, Illamasqua, Trendstop and Charles Fox.

Placements

The professional practice unit has been specifically designed to equip master’s students with an in-depth knowledge of their chosen industry and to give them the insights required to plan their long-term career. Students will be supported as they produce reflective professional development plans.

Work-based learning is essential to student development. Students will be required to secure a work placement, freelance assignment or relevant work related experience in order to strengthen their knowledge and refine practical skills.



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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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