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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 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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Are you fascinated by the fashion industry? Would you like a career that combines creativity with business acumen? Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate fashion merchandise management programme will help you to develop an advanced understanding of merchandising practices, retail space design, product buying, consumer behaviour, marketing and academic research methods. Read more

Overview

Are you fascinated by the fashion industry? Would you like a career that combines creativity with business acumen? Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate fashion merchandise management programme will help you to develop an advanced understanding of merchandising practices, retail space design, product buying, consumer behaviour, marketing and academic research methods.

- Students study under the guidance of veteran industry professionals with strong links to fashion and retail businesses.
- Core units cover contemporary retail innovation, industry contexts, marketing, retail design, research methods, fashion buying and merchandising.
- Students work closely with Solent’s industry contacts. Retailing company B&Q is currently involved in teaching the ‘Retail Futures: Innovation and Enterprise’ unit.
- Previous industry collaborators have included MRA Architecture & Interior Design, and IBM.
- Students will also have the opportunity to work in Re:So, our student-managed high-street retail boutique, or pitch for agency work through Solent Creatives.
- Students are supported by tutors to secure industry work placements.
- Graduates will have learnt transferable business management, marketing and employability skills that are sought after by employers in a range of sectors.
- Available facilities include a 24 hour library; industry-standard design software; photographic and fashion studios; and a range of merchandising equipment.

The industry -

The retail workforce is projected to grow between 2013 and 2020, with job opportunities expected to increase for managerial positions in particular (Prospects, 2015). This unique degree programme will help you to capitalise on the growth, developing key skills that visual merchandising and product buying employers are seeking.

The programme -

With increasing competition in the retail sector, fashion merchandisers play a vital role in transforming ordinary store environments into exciting retail experiences. Students studying on Southampton Solent’s unique fashion merchandise management programme will undertake in-depth study of visual merchandising, retail design and fashion buying – delving into the psychological and cultural factors that influence consumer spending.

The curriculum also covers technical innovation and the place of technology in the modern retail environment. These contemporary innovations are examined alongside retail design, visual merchandising, in-store branding and the benefits of customer interaction.

Students can get involved in retail activities at Re:So, Solent’s student-run high-street store. Re:So stocks a range of fashion and craft products produced by our creative students, making it the ideal place to get hands-on visual merchandising experience. The store’s upper floor ‘learning zone’ has previously hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – all with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

The course concludes with a final master’s project. This is a chance for students to specialise in an area that suits their unique career ambitions, applying the skills that they have learnt throughout the course. Project supervisors are chosen based on the topic of the dissertation, ensuring that students have one-to-one access to expert support.

Course Content

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught through seminars, tutorials and workshops, with an emphasis on creativity and critical thinking. You will collaborate with our industry partners and take part in occasional group projects.

Work Experience -

We can provide support and guidance to help you find relevant work experience at a fashion or design company through our close links with industry. Former students have completed placements in a wide range of areas, including:

- trend reporting for WGSN
- merchandising at the Hobbs Head Office
- design/trend consultancy for Mudpie
- design at Jenny Packham
- marketing at Harvey Nichols
- MRA Architecture and Interior Design
- visual communication at Calvin Klein.

Assessment -

Assessment is through projects, reports and a dissertation.

Our facilities -

You will have access to multimedia and IT suites, photography and printing studios, fashion studios, design-and-make workshops, and excellent library facilities.

Study abroad -

There are opportunities for trips abroad, as well as regular excursions to museums and exhibitions in and around London.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Following this course, you will be well prepared for a career in fashion merchandise management or the broader fashion industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Visual merchandiser
- Buyer/allocator
- Merchandising
- Creative marketing
- Consumer behaviour consultant
- Store planner/designer
- Retail management
- Visual merchandising
- Business owner.

Links with industry -

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.

On this course, we also work closely with industry partners, including MRA and IBM, who are involved in teaching on two specialist units.

Transferable skills -

During the course you’ll develop your research, writing and critical thinking skills, along with experience in presentation, networking and teamwork.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £6,695 per year

International full-time fees: £11,260 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,350 per year

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think a career in fashion retail might be for you? With an expert teaching team, industry-standard facilities and a long history of providing graduates for retail and fashion management roles, Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate fashion merchandise management programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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In a competitive market, where visual communication plays a key role in the success of companies, our program aims at providing participants with the tools and competences for the new profession of the Visual Fashion Brand Communicator. Read more

Overview

In a competitive market, where visual communication plays a key role in the success of companies, our program aims at providing participants with the tools and competences for the new profession of the Visual Fashion Brand Communicator.

This strategic figure will be able to create, through photografic shots, the “fashion message” making the products appealing and so giving an added value to the creativity of designers.

He/She will be the aesthetic coordinator of the point of sale, where the brand values will be highlighted by researching the most effective way to reach the reference target market.

It provides students with the knowledge and tools needed to understand new languages and new trends fashion. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake direct experience of working with top professionals and prestigious brands.

The program includes an internship in a company working in the disciplinary field.

Audience

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate and with a knowledge of the English language (IELTS 5.0 academic or equivalent certificate).
The program is addressed to candidates with a curriculum in Fashion Design, Design, Photography, Architecture and Communication or disciplines related to the program’s field of study, and at young professionals in the fields of Industrial Design, of journalism and media offices for Fashion, Fashion Styling, or Visual Merchandising, and also to holders of fashion companies eager to improve their skills.

Job Opportunities

The aim of the Master is to make the participants able to pursue a career as a Fashion Stylist or a Visual Merchandiser, starting their own business or working for fashion companies advertising agencies, TV, as a celebrity assistants, and in all areas involving visual communication.

Companies

A network of professionals and leaders of different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction and collaboration with the Master in Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising of Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

The Master has worked with: 10 Corso Como, Bonaveri, Future Concept Lab, GQ, Moncler, Marni, Moschino, Patrizia Pepe, PleatsPlease, Stone Island, Salvatore Ferragamo, Muuse, Trussardi.

For more information please visit http://www.domusacademy.com

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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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Fast-paced, exciting and innovative, our MSc International Fashion Marketing will challenge you, inspire you - and give you the creative and practical marketing skills you need to succeed. Read more

Fast-paced, exciting and innovative, our MSc International Fashion Marketing will challenge you, inspire you - and give you the creative and practical marketing skills you need to succeed.

Our internationally recognised programme is designed in consultation with industry. It is the only fashion programme worldwide to earn accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (EPAS), and it is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow or our London campus, you'll get a world-class education at GCU - with coursework directly related to the issues real international businesses face. You'll also enjoy the added benefit of a friendly and highly supportive small-group learning environment and access to cutting-edge technology.

This unique programme gives you both a foundation in core concepts and a specialised focus on current issues in international fashion marketing, including buying and merchandising, integrated communications, consumer insights and brand management. You'll analyse the latest academic theories and develop strategies for success - while also serving the common good. GCU was commended for its exceptional commitment to the ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) agenda by EPAS. We know that success and responsibility go hand in hand.

What you will study

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 within a fashion organisation. The associated management processes are explored in detail, including analysis of market trends, product concept, sourcing, buying, merchandising, logistics and distribution channel decisions.

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/Project

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 international fashion marketing. The research project can assume one of three forms: An Applied Research Project, an Inquiry Project or a Business Consultancy Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment strategies aim to test subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition. They are balanced in accordance with the learning outcomes of each module and include examinations, essays and reports. The various formats allow the development of specific skills, for example, individual as well as group work, case study analysis as well as live projects with leading fashion companies and various forms of academic and management-style presentations.

EPAS Accredited

MSc International Fashion Marketing is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (EPAS). GCU is one of just 77 institutions across 36 countries to achieve EPAS accreditation.

This endorsement provides assurance that the degree is designed and delivered in a manner that is both academically rigorous and has practical relevance for students in today's global environment.

CIM Accredited

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.

Your career

The prospects for graduates from this programme are high. Our graduates have gone on to succeed in a range of organisations, both in the UK and internationally. Employers have identified the key strengths of our graduates as being their commercial awareness and combination of academic and applied skills.

Previous graduates have secured employment in brand management, market analysis, buying and merchandising, marketing communications, direct marketing and media planning. For example at ASOS, Arcadia, Coach, Jaegar, KPMG, Marks and Spencers, Moss Bros, Perry Ellis, Primark, Tiffany & Co and TK Maxx.



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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.

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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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Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. Read more
Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. To address this, the Textile Design, Fashion and Management research group is multi-disciplinary and covers areas as diverse as applied management, textile design, colour, trend forecasting, retail management, fashion merchandising, supply chain management, CAD, digital design, consumer behaviour, internet shopping, retail marketing, product development, enterprise and innovation.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and work with many major retailers, manufacturers and well-known designers.

Research interests

Our current research interests cover a wide spectrum, and include:
-Design communication
-Design education
-Design management
-Digital design
-Emotional aspects of design and consumer behaviour
-Fashion design
-Fashion retailing
-Global operations management
-International supply chain management
-Textile design

Facilities

Facilities in the School are excellent, and include dedicated design and retailing studios and CAD facilities. Software includes Scotweave, AVA, Lectra (PrimaVision, Kaledo Style and Modaris), Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Research projects

Some of the exciting research projects our students have completed, or are completing, include:
-Investigating the relationship between consumer adoption and new product development of wearables
-Development of the Chinese textile sector as an UK/EU trading partner post Multi Fibre Agreement, January 2005
-Strategic Agile Merchandising: a new market opportunity for European textile producers

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Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. Read more
Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. To address this, the Textile Design, Fashion and Management research group is multi-disciplinary and covers areas as diverse as applied management, textile design, colour, trend forecasting, retail management, fashion merchandising, supply chain management, CAD, digital design, consumer behaviour, internet shopping, retail marketing, product development, enterprise and innovation.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and work with many major retailers, manufacturers and well-known designers.

Research interests

Our current research interests cover a wide spectrum, and include:
-Design communication
-Design education
-Design management
-Digital design
-Emotional aspects of design and consumer behaviour
-Fashion design
-Fashion retailing
-Global operations management
-International supply chain management
-Textile design

Facilities

Facilities in the School are excellent, and include dedicated design and retailing studios and CAD facilities. Software includes Scotweave, AVA, Lectra (PrimaVision, Kaledo Style and Modaris), Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Research projects

Some of the exciting research projects our students have completed, or are completing, include:
-Investigating the relationship between consumer adoption and new product development of wearables
-Development of the Chinese textile sector as an UK/EU trading partner post Multi Fibre Agreement, January 2005
-Strategic Agile Merchandising: a new market opportunity for European textile producers

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MBA International Fashion Management aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry. Read more

OVERVIEW

MBA International Fashion Management aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry. It focuses in particular on the global and technological shifts that have characterised this industry in recent years, on the management of fashion design and product development, and on international fashion manufacturing and retailing strategies.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course is designed to address the needs of a new generation of fashion industry managers. Challenging and stimulating, it combines the highest quality of teaching and academic support with direct inputs from the fashion industry.

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 2017.

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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Milano Fashion Institute is the interuniversity Institute set up in 2007 by the 3 leading Italian Universities. Bocconi University, Polytechnic of Milan, and Cattolica University for realizing University Masters in Fashion Direction. Read more
Milano Fashion Institute is the interuniversity Institute set up in 2007 by the 3 leading Italian Universities: Bocconi University, Polytechnic of Milan, and Cattolica University for realizing University Masters in Fashion Direction. An innovative didactical method thanks to the interdisciplinary approach provided by the partners qualifies MFI as a unique in the whole European scenario.

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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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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Our MA Art History and Theory is ideal if you are interested in working in academia, the art world or any other field in which visual, written and analytical skills are essential. Read more
Our MA Art History and Theory is ideal if you are interested in working in academia, the art world or any other field in which visual, written and analytical skills are essential.

At Essex, you have the freedom to study what most interests you. Some of the topics you may choose to explore include Early Modern art and architecture; the history of photography; modern and contemporary art; curatorial practice and exhibition design; as well as more vernacular forms of visual culture, such as body art and activist placards.

Regardless of the topics you pursue, we are committed to research-based teaching, with a particular emphasis on bringing the approaches of art history into contact with other disciplines and discourses. In so doing, we seek to facilitate a critical engagement with artworks and forms of visual culture, both within and beyond the traditional canons of art history.

To supplement what you learn in the classroom, frequent staff-led visits to London museums and galleries will expose you to the some of the world’s best museums and galleries, and you will be strongly encouraged to apply for a placement in order to gain experience in the museum and gallery world. On campus, the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), Europe’s largest collection of contemporary art from Latin American, will provide an invaluable resource for studying art and curatorial practice first-hand.

One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive. Our Art History programme is 6th in the UK for research excellence, with 89% of our work rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014). We also achieved an exceptional 95% student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

This course is available on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Our expert staff

Essex Art History features a dynamic group of art historians who investigate the production and reception of images and built environments, across cultures and media from the early modern period to the present. Our staff are experts on topics as diverse as activist art, 19th-century medical photography, the art of Latin America, urbanism, exhibition design and body art.

We also have significant experience in curation and public engagement. Recent projects include:
-Dr Gavin Grindon curated a section of Banksy’s Dismaland show and co-curated the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which was one of the most well attended shows in the museum’s history.
-Dr Matt Lodder has acted as contributor for various television shows on body art and body modification, including the Today programme, the Jeremy Vine Show, Sky News, BBC Breakfast News, ‘Coast’, and National Geographic’s ‘Taboo’.
-Dr Natasha Ruiz Gómez co-organised a major conference on Collect, Exchange, Display: Artistic Practice and the Medical Museum at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

Specialist facilities

At Essex, you have the best of both worlds: on the one hand, you are part of a tight-knit, campus community with close ties to several small but excellent museums in the nearby town of Colchester; on the other hand, you can travel from campus to London in an hour, which puts the world’s best museums and galleries at your fingertips.

Our facilities enable you to gain curatorial experience and engage in object-based learning, a cornerstone of our approach when teaching the history of art and its modes of display:
-Our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is the most comprehensive Latin American art research resource in the UK and has a state-of-the-art teaching and research space. Many of our students gain work and research experience through our collection
-Our onsite gallery Art Exchange runs an on-going programme of contemporary art exhibitions, talks and workshops by curators and artists, as well as exhibitions organised by our postgraduate curatorial students
-Colchester’s iconic Firstsite gallery features an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions, film screenings and talks, and exhibitions organised by our students

Your future

The visual arts and culture industries have become an increasingly significant part of the national and international economy, and art history graduates leave Essex with the skills to take advantage of this growing opportunity.

Graduates from our programmes are ideally prepared for roles in the media, in advertising, in museums and galleries, in education (in schools, universities, and cultural institutions), as conservators, as auctioneers, dealers and antiques specialists, in charities, in publishing, as specialist arts lawyers, as PR agents, in fashion, or to run their own galleries.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles including:
-A member of the valuation team at Sotheby’s (New York)
-Head of Learning at firstsite (a contemporary arts centre in Colchester)
-Visual Merchandising Manager at John Lewis (Oxford Street, London)

We also offer research supervision for students who wish to continue their studies with a PhD or an MPhil. We cover the major areas of European art, architecture and visual culture from 1300 to the present, as well as the art and architecture of Latin America.

We work with our university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example Structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Art History and Theory - MA
-Dissertation - MA Schemes
-Researching Art History
-Art, Science, Knowledge (optional)
-Collecting Art From Latin America (optional)
-Critique and Curating (optional)
-Curating Inside Out (optional)
-Exhibition (Joint Project) (optional)
-Current Research in Art History (optional)
-Topics in Art History (optional)
-Art & Politics (optional)
-Art, Architecture and Urbanism (optional)

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Our International Management programme is designed to provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills required for managing successfully in an international organisation and for working effectively across different national contexts. Read more
Our International Management programme is designed to provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills required for managing successfully in an international organisation and for working effectively across different national contexts.

The programme will help you develop an in-depth understanding of cross-cultural challenges of international collaboration and leadership, and to analyse the critical success factors of firms operating in an international business environment.

You will gain deep insights into current research and practice, taught by highly ranked international scholars and guest speakers from industry. Through the opportunities of an international exchange or an international virtual team exercise, you will have the chance to develop your own intercultural experience and to apply your newly acquired knowledge in real-life situations.

Students have the option to spend their second semester on an international exchange at one of our partner universities in the EU, Asia, or America.

Core study areas include cross-cultural management, global outsourcing and offshoring of services, international business environment, marketing in the organisation, business environment analysis, international marketing, global strategic management and international management analysis, and skills for employability and personal development.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/international-management/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Accounting and Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Management
- Operations Management

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Analysis
- International and Cross Cultural Management
- International Business Environment

Optional Modules* (choose two)
- Advertising and Consumer Behaviour
- Enterprise Employability and Personal Development
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- International Marketing
- Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Services and Retail Management
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Work Psychology

* Other optional modules are available

Summer:
- International Management Analysis
- Strategic Management

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Example destinations include:
- Oracle (Greece) – HR Assistant;
- Abercrombie & Fitch – Merchandising Manager;
- Morrisons – Marketing Assistant, Trainee Trader;
- British Airways – Tourism Industry Trainee;
- C D Sales Recruitment – Business Development Manager.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/international-management/

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The programme. High-level specialization in superstore marketing, combining the key human and technical skills required for unveiling your professional potential. Read more
The programme
High-level specialization in superstore marketing, combining the key human and technical skills required for unveiling your professional potential.

Module 1: The basics of management
Learning about the basics of management is essential for any job (corporate strategy, Business plan through the Marketplace simulation game, finance and management control, etc.).

Module 2: The basics of superstore marketing
Learning about the basics of superstore marketing (innovation process, the consumer and shopper, brand management and strategy, application of these basics through the simulation game Markstrat, etc.)

Module 3: The principles of expertise of superstore marketing
Broach the specific features of this sector through the tools used and the specific competencies of the sector.
Data analysis, research, merchandising, category management, digital marketing, sustainable marketing strategies, etc.

Module 4: Reveal and Enhance Your Human Capital
Hone your skills and human talents so as to optimize your marketing skills (team building, leadership, creativity technique, project management, professional ambitions, etc.)

The course
400 hours over 12 months
Full-time seminars from October to March on RMS campus
From March on: 6 to 10 months in-company mission (internship, short or long term contract)
Professional Thesis

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