The MA in Luxury Brand Management equips you with the management, entrepreneurial, marketing and professional skills to work in the luxury goods and experiential luxury industry.
The luxury brands sector encompasses the fashion and retail industry, as well as sectors such as tourism, hospitality, food and beverage, film, digital media, dance, music and theatre. This MA debates the concept of luxury in a historical and cross cultural context, and offers a strong academic underpinning on theories of luxury and consumption. You will explore the role of luxury in conserving traditional arts, especially with regard to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
The programme combines formal teaching with dissertation research, underpinned with visits to key luxury brand enterprises in London and elsewhere, and draws on Goldsmiths’ alumni for inspirational talks. This programme offers practice based assignments and voluntary intern opportunities in various cultural organisations and luxury corporations that have established links with Goldsmiths.
You will take the following core modules:
Students can make up the remaining credits with the modules below:
This programme has a strong critical and theoretical underpinning, enabling you to write a dissertation that could serve as a stepping stone to a higher level academic study and/or careers within research or academia.
This MA will provide you with the management, entrepreneurial marketing and professional skills required to pursue a career in the luxury brand field.
This sector covers a wide range of creative industries and the combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop specific knowledge and skills, to enhance your career prospects and succeed in relevant career/professional paths.
The Master in Luxury Goods Management - EMLUX is aimed at those students who wish to begin their career path in the luxury industry, a sector that requires both an understanding of the process of creativity and a solid managerial approach in order to succeed in an international multifaceted environment. With a concrete approach, EMLUX allows you to understand the peculiar logic and strategies of luxury companies, who master the ability to craft products that are desired by clients worldwide.
Starting from the necessary cultural foundations of luxury and the understanding of the utmost importance of craftsmanship and of the Métiers d’Art which are vital for this industry, EMLUX proceeds to unravel the managerial tools that dominate the functions of a luxury company, with a particular focus on brand and marketing management, communication, retail, finance and accounting, which are key to obtain economic stability and long term growth. Our cross-functional approach is the key for future managers who need to understand the implications and impact of company decisions.
EMLUX allows you to acquire an overview of all the different functions of a luxury company so you will be able to under- stand the peculiarities of the companies that operate in this sector and choose the path for the professional growth that best suits your interests and passions.
Participants will therefore be exposed to the fundamentals needed to start the following careers:
● Marketing or brand manager
● Product manager
● Licensing manager
● Retail/wholesale manager
● Communication manager
● Area manager
● Luxury: definition, environment and characteristics – introductory course
● Sociocultural analysis of luxury
● Human resource management & business organization
● Cross cultural management & organization
● Marketing management
● Brand management
● Global integrated marketing communication
● Research techniques in the luxury industry
● Accounting, financial management and performance measurement
● Pricing and retail in the luxury industry
● Sales and customer relationship management
● Legal issues
● Supply chain strategy and network design
● Manufacturing, distribution & operations
● Product design and development
● Innovation & trends
● Basic Chinese course
● Beginner Italian or French language course
The teaching method is based upon lessons, case analyses, company visits and presentations, group and individual work sessions, out-of class assignments and finalized by a Project Work with a practical approach to a managerial issue pertaining to the luxury industry. To complete the perspective on the luxury environment EMLUX activities include visits such as Baglietto (yachts), Damiani (jewellery), Van Cleef&Arpels (jewellery), Atelier Pino Grasso (fashion), Excelsior (concept store), etc.
In addition, true to its international vocation, EMLUX has developed a session in Paris, France, with a focus on French luxury that during the past edition was in collaboration with the University of Sciences-Po. The session included not only lectures by French brands such as Lanvin and Chloé, but also a focus on the Champagne and jewellery market, with a visit to the Van Cleef&Arpels atelier and boutique.
EMLUX has been developed in collaboration with the Cologni Foundation of the Métiers d’Art and with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.
The following have lectured in the Master:
● Paolo Balistrieri, Head of Anti-counterfeiting for Southern Europe at Louis Vuitton Mallettier- LVMH Fashion Group
● Christopher Berry, author of The Idea of Luxury: a Conceptual and Historical Investigation
● Davide Castelvero, head of CRM Bottega Veneta
● Alberto Cavalli, Lifestyle and Luxury Goods Correspondent by Vedomosti, the leading Russian financial newspaper
● Michel Chevalier Professor at University Paris Dauphine; author of Luxury Brand Management, Luxury China: Opportunities and Market potential and Luxury Retail Management
● Marco De Angeli, Clients and External Relations Director at ABC
● Alberto Festa, President of Bulgari USA
● Pino Grasso, Haute Couture Embroiderer winner of the Prix Talent du Luxe et de la Création of the Centre du Luxe et de la Création Paris
● Paola Leoni, Founder and Managing Partner at Corporate Advisors
● Matteo Marzotto, President of Fiera di Vicenza, former CEO of Valentino and Vionnet
● Uché Okonkwo Executive Director at Luxe Corp, author of Luxury Fashion Branding and Luxury Online: Styles, Systems, Strategies
● Carl Rohde, Head of Science of the Times, Professor of trend-watching at Fontys University of Applied Sciences
● Andrea Rossi, CFO of Valextra
● Stefano Turconi, Sloan Fellow and Strategy Research Associate at London Business School
● Alessandro Varisco, General Manager of Moschino
EMLUX full-time, now in its third edition, is taught entirely in English by an international faculty to an international class of students. A key element to compete in the luxury environment that is international by nature and definition.
Our program allows students not only to study all company functions through the lens of a company operating in the particular environment of luxury goods, but also to explore different sectors from fashion to jewelery & watches to yachts to accessories.
Our program’s approach is aimed at teaching concrete strategies and tools.
Our faculty, which is a mix of academics and professionals from the luxury industry, is the ideal setup to obtain this objective.
All of the courses focus on both the peculiar strategies and approach of luxury companies in terms of marketing, communication, sales and retail, product development, customer care and operations, which differ highly from those of mass market goods.
All scholarships are assigned on a merit basis and will be mostly given to students who apply by the priority deadline. Some scholarships may also target specific geographic regions.
Scholarship value: €5000
Our MBA Luxury Brand Management builds on GCU London's expertise in the luxury industry. We developed this innovative programme to meet the growing demand for experienced managers who really understand luxury brand management.
Through this programme, you'll master the tools and strategies of the global luxury market, launching your successful career in this fascinating industry. Luxury markets are becoming more competitive, more complex and more polarised; with the relevant, up-to-date industry knowledge you'll acquire in this programme, you'll be ready to meet those challenges head-on.
The curriculum emphasises data analysis to support evidence-based decision-making.
In the MBA Luxury Brand Management, you will explore key brand concepts such as authenticity, exclusivity and craftsmanship, balanced with brand access and immediacy. Then you'll develop your understanding of how these issues intersect with digital technology and contemporary culture.
At GCU, you'll join a welcoming and career-focused community of learners, professors and professionals. You'll find personal support as you work hard to achieve the successful career that's right for you.
Our well-established links with industry together with current thinking and research has shaped the structure of the programme, which consists of 7 modules, plus a dissertation.
Luxury Perspectives and Practice
Designed to critically assess the complexities of the luxury concept and the evolution of the global luxury sector. Students will analyse how perceptions of luxury value evolve across different product/market contexts and will investigate how individual consumers’ characteristics, social dynamics and brand related factors affect decisions to purchase luxury products and services.
Finance and Wealth Management
Develops a critical awareness of modern wealth management and builds on students' previous exposure to the financial management principles and techniques. The module will focus on all three major aspects of wealth management, which would be: wealth creation, wealth preservation and wealth transfer.
Luxury Distribution and Retail
Provides a critical analysis of management trends and developments with respect to the retailing and distribution of luxury goods and services. The dimensions of the luxury retail experience are considered - with a particular emphasis upon the creation of differential advantage through store image creation and customer service.
Strategy Leadership and Social Responsibility
Enables students to critically analyse the roles that managers play in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy within organisations in the luxury sector. Students are encouraged reflect upon the importance of leadership in developing, protecting and exploiting strategic capabilities within organisations. The module is designed to help students take on a significant leadership role in their future careers in the luxury sector.
Strategic Brand Management
Explores the nature and role of the product from the perspective of brand delivery and experience across a range of luxury sectors. It highlights the importance of effective brand management in the luxury goods and services sector through a detailed consideration of the relative literature, supported by contextual examples.
Legal Aspects of Brand Management
Focuses on and contextualises niche aspects of law so as to be accessible to those without prior legal study of intellectual property law or regulation. It provides foundations for critical, analytical and legally creative thinking while exploring legal issues related to trademarks, domain names, passing off, design rights, patent rights, copyright, and issues relating to advertising standards.
Research Project: Design and Methods
Introduces students to research approaches and time management skills essential for their research project. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.
The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of Luxury Brand Marketing. As part of the research, students have the opportunity to apply theories, concepts, theories and frameworks introduced in the modules that were previously taught.
The dissertation can assume one of 3 forms: An Applied Research Project, an Inquiry Project or a Business Consultancy Project.
Students studying the MBA Luxury Brand Management will be part of a small and focused class, a mix of local and international students sharing management expertise and benefiting from teaching by world-class professors, with research and professional experience as well as close links to industry.
The diversity and experience brought to the class by each individual is one of the primary strengths of the MBA Luxury Brand Management in GCU London. The programme is designed to promote informal peer support and knowledge sharing networks, helping them to become effective, independent, lifelong learners.
International academics from France, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, China and the USA have visited GCU London to gain insight into our teaching.
A number of assessment methods are used in the programme, which vary between modules, and include: group work, case studies, written coursework, group presentations, projects and a research-based dissertation.
GCU's MBA Luxury Brand Management produces graduates who are successful leaders and responsible global citizens, with the relevant, practical skillsets that employers value. The programme will help you build on your managerial experience with an in-demand specialisation so you can advance in your career.
Our MSc International Luxury Marketing course enables you to learn about planning and applying luxury marketing management strategies within a framework of international marketing. You will approach luxury marketing and its business challenges from a very international perspective.
The course integrates academic and practical knowledge with practical case studies and live scenarios and you learn to assess situations from financial, commercial and cultural standpoints, to reach decisions on solutions and actions. If you begin your course in September you have the choice to apply for an 8 month paid work placement in a marketing role instead of completing either a dissertation or client project. By gaining this professional experience you will be well prepared for your future career. By gaining this professional experience you will be well prepared for your future career.
With specialist modules in luxury businesses you develop marketing strategies in a luxury context and develop and understand how building customer trust and champion luxury brands is critical. You will gain the insights and critical skills to make decisions about the operational and strategic business activities of luxury brands and their distribution channels in a range of international business environments.
Graduates will be well placed to be employed in marketing roles throughout the world in luxury sectors such as jewellery, fashion, tourism, fine wine, spirits and prestige cars. These positions are not confined to in-house marketing management, but also can be in media, digital, brand and communications agencies, in particular those specialising in the luxury marketplace.
You will study eight compulsory modules and a module which helps develop your professional and academic skills. In addition, you will choose two optional modules and you can complete either a dissertation or client project or, if you start the course in September, you also have the opportunity to apply for an 8 month paid work placement in a marketing role. If you choose not to take a work placement, the course lasts 12 months. If you start in September and take the work placement the course last 17 months.
Please also refer to the course structure charts:
Optional Modules: choose one from the following three modules
Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments and online group-based marketing simulation.
You will gain practical experience and put your knowledge of marketing approaches and theory into practice during live research projects for an organisation. Teaching staff at the Business School are engaged in academic research and/or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from the world of business, consultancies and research bodies augment the programme through leading edge discussions and specialist events.
We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Oxford Brookes Business School.
Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.
If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Take advantage of the exciting career opportunities offered by the expanding luxury industry. One of the most prestigious UK masters courses specialising in luxury brand management, this degree is taught by academics with extensive professional experience and offers an unrivalled level of industry exposure.
Develop the creative and business skills necessary for success in the luxury industry – one of the fastest growing areas of global business. One of just a few courses of its kind in the UK, the MA Luxury Brand Management offers the opportunity to learn from academics with extensive industry experience. They use their network of contacts to create exceptional learning opportunitiessuch as field trips to London and Paris to visit prestigious luxury brands, regular talks by external speakers from companies such as Aston Martin and The Ritz, and the opportunity to work on a real-world industry consultancy project. Studying in a creative art school environment, you’ll learn about brand design and management in a range of premium industries, from fashion and perfume to yachts and automobiles. You’ll also gain an understanding of the evolution of the luxury market and contemporary debates in the field, informed by world-class research. In-depth study for your final project will allow you to become a specialist in an area of luxury that interests you. You’ll be prepared for a career in this exciting international industry, following in the footsteps of graduates who have gone on to work for brands such as Dior, Ferrari and Karl Lagerfeld.
We require our students to have one to two years’ experience in the luxury industry, so you’ll benefit from working within a high-calibre group with a range of existing skills and knowledge. We attract a diverse international cohort, so from day one you’ll be able to build a global network that will be invaluable as your career develops.
The course encompasses the creative as well as the business aspects of luxury brand management. Being based on a dedicated art school campus enables us to tap into a wealth of creative expertise – particularly valuable when exploring luxury from a design perspective.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles in luxury companies around the globe, in brand management, advertising, visual merchandising, PR, and marketing. Some have also gone on to create their own luxury brands. Alumni career destinations include:
Do you have a passion for high-end fashion and lifestyle products? Want to work with the world’s most luxurious brands? Whether you’re interested in fashion, beauty, travel, sport, cars or yachts; Southampton Solent’s postgraduate luxury brand management programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to launch an exciting career.
The course will provide you with an advanced understanding of business management, strategic marketing and creative direction. You’ll work on real project briefs which have been sourced via the course team's close industry links. Projects will give you a range of practical and theory-based skills, all of which are tailored to meet your individual career ambitions.
You’ll graduate with a strong portfolio of real client work, acquired through the course’s industry-focused units, assessments and briefs.
The teaching team's industry links can provide you with a range of contacts at CEO and marketing director level. This presents an excellent opportunity for industry engagement while you are still on the course, and will help you to graduate with a professional network of in-house and agency contacts.
Graduates from this course will be well-placed to pursue senior positions within the luxury brand sector. Suitable areas include brand management, marketing, PR, communications and business management.
This course will appeal to those with a desire to work at a senior level for the world’s most luxurious brands. It’s ideal for candidates who have gained a marketing-related degree, or who have professional experience in this field.
A stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources will help you to make the most of your time here at Solent. These include a 24-hour library, computer resource centres, bookable study spaces and comprehensive sport/exercise facilities. You’ll also have access to our academic support and career development services.
Students on this course benefit from a range of subject-specific facilities throughout their studies. This includes Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing studios and high-end photography equipment.
This course will prepare you for a range of careers, including:
Staff have strong links with industry. This gives students access to live briefs, consultancy projects and a programme of relevant guest speakers.
The course project is flexible to allow for a work placement opportunity. Students are expected to source this opportunity themselves, but will be supported by the course team wherever possible.
The luxury sector is the fastest growing sector of the $6 trillion global hospitality industry. This course has been designed to launch your career into this highly lucrative and competitive market.
This postgraduate course is specifically designed to give you the skills, knowledge and insight to develop a global vision of a business and the ability to successfully design and manage a luxury hospitality brand.
You will learn how to:
• learn new approaches where empathy, intuition and the art of anticipation are dominant approach business challenges from a global perspective
• integrate academic and technical knowledge
• assess situations from financial, commercial and cultural standpoints.
• champion and protect the trusted reputation of brands
• develop action plans based on rigorous theoretical frameworks
• manage change and transfer competencies and know-how
• work in teams to learn how to build commitment
• develop the communication and organisational skills that secures team 'buy-in' and successful project management.
The curriculum is linked externally with leading luxury hospitality brands and enterprises and internally with the academic hospitality community, ensuring your learning is always considered from a practical angle.
• The Luxury Hospitality Business Environment
• Designing the Customer Experience I
• Designing the Customer Experience II
• Business Performance Analysis
• Brand Reputation Management
• E-Strategies and Systems
• Research Methods
The course combines, academic rigor with contemporary managerial and strategic issues in luxury hospitality management. Whilst this enhances your employability in the growing and dynamic hospitality industry, it can also be applied to a range of other professions.
Skills such as brand management or customer experience are also valuable in industries such as PR or advertising, whilst studying business in a global context prepares you for numerous other career paths.
Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about. Progression to MPhil and PhD research degrees are possible.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.