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This course is designed to allow students to explore and produce creative strategies for fashion and retail brands, re-equipping them with the skills necessary to excel in the global fashion industry. Read more
This course is designed to allow students to explore and produce creative strategies for fashion and retail brands, re-equipping them with the skills necessary to excel in the global fashion industry. The course merges practical skills, with leading academic research surrounding areas such as business, marketing, consumer behaviour, branding and fashion theory – giving a solid platform for graduates to move into the industry or progress in their chosen career path.

MA Fashion Retail is designed to accommodate a range of student backgrounds, from those already within employment looking to add to their existing skills, to design graduates looking to expand their knowledge of branding and retail strategy, or even those seeking a change in career. Learning activities will focus on the needs of individual students, allowing them to focus projects on their area of expertise or future career ambitions.

The course has been developed to meet global fashion industry demand for graduates with both creative skills and business acumen, particularly surrounding multi-channel retailing, digital and social media strategies, brand management, retail design, marketing and communication. The course will take an international focus, to ensure graduate relevance across global markets.

If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1557-ma-fashion-retail

What you will study

Students will benefit from an immersion into the contemporary fashion industry, with modules addressing both the creative skills and theoretical application necessary. The course will combine a creative focus with the acquisition of technical skills and professional expertise via experiential learning and the strategical application towards live and industry simulated briefs.

Selection of Modules include:

- Academic and Professional Practice for Fashion
This module is design to cater to students individual learning needs, whether that be focused on research into the fashion industry or towards research and academic skills required for Masters level study. Students will consider their own personal experience and future career aspirations along with a focus on creative digital visualisation skills and industry standard software.

- Fashion Retail Interactions
This module will explore the landscape of fashion retail to encourage students to engage with contextual understanding, looking into areas such as consumer behaviour, sales management, visual merchandising, buying, multi-channel retailing and marketing communication. Students can choose an area of specialism to produce a visual research book, demonstrating their skills in research and analysis.

- Fashion Retail Space and Place
This module will encourage innovative thinking as students question what retail is and what it could be in the future. Students will use industry standard 3D visualisation software to design their own retail space that will be focused on a specific market and consumer base, considering the store environment, use of multi-platform integration across all levels of fashion retail.

- Fashion Brand Design and Communication
This module will critically explore the nature of branding, with both theoretical understanding and creative and practical application. Students will be encouraged to select an existing fashion brand or retailer, researching fully utilising both primary and secondary research methods, before proposing an opportunity for re-branding or re-positioning of the brand. Students will utilise create software to produce promotional materials relating to their ‘new’ brand concept. This module is designed to run as a live brief with a brand.

- Strategic Fashion Retail Innovation
Students will be asked to think globally, exploring the impact of wider factors on the design of fashion retail strategies for innovation. Students will consider a consumer group in a specific marketplace and produce a strategy for international expansion. This strategy will be accompanied by creative promotional material to enhance students research and analytical skills, as well as their visual communication.

The final semester of the degree will include a 60-credit project, which will develop through one of the above modules. The final major project enables students to focus on their area of expertise, designing their own major project brief (with help from lecturers) that will showcase their advance fashion retail knowledge and design skills. Students will be guided on an appropriate project, before working with tutors to create an outcome that can be used as a discussion point in future interviews or exhibitions. Alternatively, students can choose an extended work placement, or reflection on their own work practice, to utilise work placed learning into their MA Fashion Retail.

Common Modules:
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.

We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.

You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

- Research Paradigms
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.

PLEASE NOTE: Modules are subject to change.

Learning and teaching methods

The academic staff have significant fashion industry experience within retail, business, design and marketing and have access to industry to bring guest speakers and attract world-renowned brands for live briefs in order to enhance the learning experience and networking opportunities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course is suitable for those looking to break into the fashion industry, along with those who are looking to take their current career towards a more senior role. This course would also suit those with a background in a more specific industry function (such as design and PR) to help them to enhance their skill-set and knowledge.

The course will give you rich knowledge of the fashion industry and a broad range of transferable skills. The skills and experience gained will allow you to go on to decision-making roles within fashion, in areas such as retail design, buying and merchandising, marketing, brand strategy, creative branding and management.

Assessment methods

The course is 100% course work and will include innovative and research informed teaching practices. Modules will include live project briefs from well-known fashion and retail brands to give you experience that reflects industry practice.

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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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Buying and merchandising are specialist retail functions, which lie at the heart of a fashion brand’s ability to respond effectively to fast changing fashion trends. Read more
Buying and merchandising are specialist retail functions, which lie at the heart of a fashion brand’s ability to respond effectively to fast changing fashion trends.

You will gain the insights and practical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a fashion buying or merchandising career.

Industry knowledge and skills are embedded across modules and are achieved in different ways. These include learning about textiles and clothing manufacture, competitor shopping and analysing trends and sales patterns to make commercial decisions. You will develop and strengthen many skills including numeracy for buying and merchandising, presentation, team working and negotiation.

Why should I choose this programme?

The fashion industry continues to grow in size and significance, as brands and retailers expand their ranges and markets. Fashion buying and merchandising lie at the heart of a fashion company’s ability to respond effectively to fast moving trends with commercially successful seasonal collections.

This programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills associated with adapting trends and developing fashion ranges, commercial understanding and industry insights to access a range of positions in buying and merchandising.

Key skills, aims and objectives

‌•knowledge of how fashion trends emerge, and ability to exploit associated market gaps
‌•ability to edit and select seasonal collections
‌•ability to identify commercial product opportunities and plan a merchandise range
‌•retail pricing and margin management
‌•competitor analysis
‌•teamwork
‌•presentation and negotiation skills

Future opportunities

This programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to kickstart your career in fashion buying and merchandising.

Typical entry level jobs open to graduates of the programme include:

‌•Buying Assistant
‌•Buying Admin Assistant
‌•Buyer’s Clerk
‌•Assistant Buyer
‌•Trainee Buyer
‌•Merchandising Assistant
‌•Merchandising Admin Assistant
‌•Allocator
‌•Distributor
‌•Supply Chain Coordinator
‌•Marketing Assistant

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/pg-dip-fashion-journalism.aspx

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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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This programme benefits from Surrey Business School’s expertise in retail – we have offered programmes in the subject since 1989 – and reflects the demand for highly qualified managers in a rapidly internationalising sector. Read more
This programme benefits from Surrey Business School’s expertise in retail – we have offered programmes in the subject since 1989 – and reflects the demand for highly qualified managers in a rapidly internationalising sector.

Practical at heart and theory driven throughout, we will provide opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout your programme.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The MSc International Retail Marketing programme is designed for those looking to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of retail marketing and its application in the fast changing international business environment. The programme will also deepen your knowledge of business management more generally.

The student experience on this programme combines interactive lecture classes with seminars delivered to smaller groups. This includes the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with students from other programmes across Surrey Business School.

The competitive significance of advanced retail marketing practices is increasingly acknowledged, making this programme highly relevant for future managers in retail and related professional services.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research Methods
-Retail Services Marketing
-Relationship Marketing
-Retail Buying and Merchandising
-Consumer Behaviour
-International Retailing
-Digital Marketing & Social Media
-Consumer Behaviour
-E-Business
-International Retailing
-Strategy
-International Trade
-Introduction to Marketing Analytics
-Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to provide a high quality, vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and other professionals in international retail marketing.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the programmes aim to develop generic management skills necessary to be effective in todays’ challenging business environment.

The programme has a business management orientation related to the retail sector and draws upon a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this sector. It takes an integrated approach so as to provide a coherent exploration of the inter-relationships between the various components.

The programme is international in scope and coverage, and lecturers draw upon the most recent research to inform their teaching. The programmes aim to develop students as independent and reflective learners, able to continue their learning once in their chosen profession.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to retail marketing
-A high level of theoretical and applied knowledge of the management, operation, organisation and provision of business or service sector education
-An understanding of the research process.

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Independently critically evaluate approaches and techniques relevant to management in the retail sector
-Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on own/others’ work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
-Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied

Professional practical skills
-Conduct research and produce a high quality Dissertation: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of the research work
-Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and therefore to propose new areas for investigation, new problems, new or alternative applications or methodological approaches

Key / transferable skills
-Students will have a range of generic skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals, irrespective of their sector of operation. These will include analysis and synthesis, oral and written communication, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working and research.

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Humber’s Fashion Management and Promotions graduate certificate program prepares you to work in the dynamic fashion industry. It focuses on the management, marketing and sales of fashion apparel and accessories. Read more
Humber’s Fashion Management and Promotions graduate certificate program prepares you to work in the dynamic fashion industry. It focuses on the management, marketing and sales of fashion apparel and accessories. Courses cover content in new product development and branding, fashion buying and retailing, multi-channel sales, international marketing, and product management. Visual merchandising skills combined with colour theory skills and trend forecasting give this program a dynamic, hands-on approach to the business side of fashion. The program also covers the rapidly growing promotional side of fashion including courses in integrated marketing communication and social media brand management. You will learn how to leverage and promote a brand through social media, personal blogs, Instagram, Twitter, online selling and personal website development.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Analyze the changing face of the Canadian Textile and apparel industry in context with shifting global sourcing and manufacturing centres.
• Determine strategies and formulate a production plan for developing new fashion/cosmetic/fragrance products that are consistent with evolving market needs using Supply Chain Management principles.
• Strategically analyze the process of brand development, market positioning and new fashion/cosmetic/fragrance trends, and evaluate potential impact.
• Determine entrepreneurship strategies in both large and small companies.
• Develop replenishment processes for product inventory and develop pricing and market positioning strategies which take into account competitive pressures, manufacturing costs and corporate objectives.
• Create visual merchandising promotional images using specialized industry software.
• Formulate a strategic business plan based on the ever changing face of retail operations, and conduct primary research on market and manufacturing conditions in order to determine existing and potential levels of activity for particular fashion and cosmetic products.
• Evaluate the types of multi-channel retailing methods and determine the most optimum strategic mix for an organization.
• Evaluate product marketing in an international market.
• Prepare and deliver a sales/marketing/promotional presentation.
• Apply human resource and leadership knowledge and skills to enhance performance with individuals and teams to contribute to the successful creation of a new product.
• Develop strategies to establish working relationships with clients, customers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and promotional agencies which maintain and strengthen their loyalty to his/her organization.

Modules

Semester 1
• BISM 5000: Computer Analytic Skills
• FMPC 5000: Marketing Fundamentals
• FMPC 5001: Career Development and Pre-Placement Seminar
• FMPC 5002: Trend Analysis
• FMPC 5005: Product Knowledge
• FMPC 5006: Visual Merchandising and Display
• FMPC 5007: Wholesale Sales

Semester 2
• FMPC 5100: Current Issues in Fashion Industry: A Strategic Analysis
• FMPC 5101: International Marketing
• FMPC 5103: Retail Buying
• FMPC 5104: Product Development and Sourcing
• MKTG 5519: Integrated Marketing Communications
• WORK 5121: Fashion Management Field Placement
• WORK 5570: Industry Seminar

Work Placement

Gain first-hand experience in the industry with a four-week (160-hour) work placement, which takes place either part time during the program or full time at the end of the program. Placements provide the valuable work experience employers seek.

Your Career

According to City of Toronto data, the fashion industry employs nearly 50,000 people. Fashion design, wholesaling and retailing have grown dramatically in the last five years, with 10,000 fashion-related jobs. There are 4,600 fashion retail firms in Toronto that generate annual sales of $2.6 billion. Sales have grown by 6.4 per cent in the last year. Employment in the wholesale and retail trade grew by 34.5 per cent or 13,000 jobs in the last five years.

Graduates may find employment in companies that develop, manufacture, market, import, wholesale, distribute or retail fashion apparel and accessories. Employment settings include apparel suppliers, wholesale distribution companies, fashion retail companies, importers and logistics firms, marketing divisions within major retail operations, and up and coming online businesses. The program equips you for roles such as product development manager, private label/brand manager, retail manager, event manager, retail buyer, fashion manager relating to sourcing, logistics co-ordinator, inventory control manager, visual merchandiser, promotion manager or planner. Online retailing offers positions in community management, social media marketing and opportunities in customer service inventory management.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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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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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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Our Master's in International Fashion Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either creative of fashion business degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects, or to move into the fashion sector in roles such as buying, retail management or branding. Read more
Our Master's in International Fashion Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either creative of fashion business degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects, or to move into the fashion sector in roles such as buying, retail management or branding.

Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative marketing and management skills. Applicants to this course will normally have a degree in a related subject such as fashion marketing, promotion and/or fashion retail management in a creative or business discipline or may have been involved in business, managerial or marketing roles or are seeking to move into these areas in the future. Our course is also offered to professionals from within the creative industries with several years experience.

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Our Master's in International Fashion Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either creative of fashion business degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects, or to move into the fashion sector in roles such as buying, retail management or branding. Read more
Our Master's in International Fashion Management offers continuing or recent graduates from either creative of fashion business degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects, or to move into the fashion sector in roles such as buying, retail management or branding.

Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative marketing and management skills. Applicants to this course will normally have a degree in a related subject such as fashion marketing, promotion and/or fashion retail management in a creative or business discipline or may have been involved in business, managerial or marketing roles or are seeking to move into these areas in the future. Our course is also offered to professionals from within the creative industries with several years experience.

We encourage students to work alongside others from related disciplines as well as undertaking subject specific modules in international fashion management.

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Learn how to manage the creation and delivery of products and services in organisations across a wide variety of industries – public and private, small and large. Read more
Learn how to manage the creation and delivery of products and services in organisations across a wide variety of industries – public and private, small and large.

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of opportunities and challenges arising from the increasingly global reach of business.

It covers the service, manufacturing, public and private sectors, showing how operations management, project management, and supply chain management works, whether the customer is a patient in hospital, a traveller on a transport system or a consumer buying a new iPad.

The course provides you with the knowledge and practical skills vital for the professional operations, project or supply chain manager. It also gives you a strong foundation for any subsequent doctoral work or an academic career within the field.

You have the opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management (helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply), project management and process improvement.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Accenture, Aventure, Barinea Partners, Catalent Pharma Solution, Hellermann Tyton Ltd, Hilti GB Ltd, John Lewis, Johnson Matthey, Manchester Airport Group, Micron Technology, North Caspian Operating Company NV, Sandoz International GmbH, Saudi Aramco.

Course structure (All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
––Global Operations Management
––Managing Projects
–– Strategic Supply Chain Management

One elective unit from:
–– Commercial Management of Projects
–– Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support
––Games Businesses Play
–– IS Strategy and Enterprise Systems
Semester 2
–– Research Methods

Three elective units, including at least two from*:
–– Business Improvement Tools, Techniques and Systems
–– Business-to-Business Marketing
–– Data Analytics for Business Decision Making
–– Digital Technologies for Marketing
––Global Supply Chain Management
––Information and Knowledge Management
––Megaproject Leadership and Strategy
––Psychology of Behaviour and Decision Making
–– Risk, Performance and Decision Analysis
–– Simulation and Risk Analysis

** By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Masters course such as Corporate Communications, Business Analysis and Strategic Management, Computing or Mathematics. All elective units are subject to availability, timetabling constraints and what you have studied previously.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Topics reflect the expertise of lecturers and you may be asked to select from a list of options
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
–– The future green supply chain in the retail industry: a shared value strategic perspective
–– Evaluation of cost performance in inventory management in reverse logistics
–– Using e-procurement to improve supply chain management practices
––Globalisation, risk, ethics and global supply chains: an operations perspective
–– The implementation, use and effectiveness of the balanced scorecard

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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MA Fashion Management delivers an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry. The pathway caters for the increasing demand for highly skilled managers and executives in this sector and is equally suited to applicants from design, technological or business disciplines wishing to enhance their career prospects. Read more

About this course

MA Fashion Management delivers an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry. The pathway caters for the increasing demand for highly skilled managers and executives in this sector and is equally suited to applicants from design, technological or business disciplines wishing to enhance their career prospects. The pathway will develop entrepreneurial skills by examining case studies and live situations from industry.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/fashion-management-fts-dtffmt6/

Your course in brief

This MA provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of how the fashion world works, by examining the processes, roles and objectives that define this complex industry, and by exploring how creative management is changing it.

Following intensive study of business management - including an industry-based project - and of the contemporary global fashion industry, students pursue research or a special project tailored to their career aspirations. The final major project is a master’s dissertation on an original topic, or a major management project such as a complex business plan. The subject will be proposed by the student, agreed by student and tutor, and developed under tutorial supervision.

The specialist modules cover essential subjects and are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. These subjects include:
- Ethical and environmental values
- Design and product development
- Trend research and international trend prediction
- Buying and merchandising roles
- Retail strategy
- Sourcing and supply chain management
- Global luxury fashion brands

Entry Requirements

All applicants also require: a Personal Development Portfolio which demonstrates their the potential to meet the requirements of the Masters programme, Academic and/or professional references which must be provided in all cases to be computer literate and familiar with the use of internet technologies.

Who would this Course suit?

The MA Fashion Management course is designed for graduates or experienced professionals from design, technological or business disciplines who wish to enhance their career prospects in the fashion industry.

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Coventry University is ranked 11th in the Business, Management and Marketing subject area of the 2017 Guardian University Guide league table. Read more

OVERVIEW

Coventry University is ranked 11th in the Business, Management and Marketing subject area of the 2017 Guardian University Guide league table. This course will equip you with the knowledge and competence required to take on the challenges of international marketing and can also help you develop successful international marketing strategies.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

All modules are taught by staff with industry experience and during the course you can benefit from lectures delivered by industry professionals and visits to marketing-related events and exhibitions. Past visits have included the Digital Marketing Show.

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
• Digital Marketing
• Buyer Behaviour Analysis – The Psychology of Buying
• Retail and Service Marketing
• Creativity

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 Marketing has start dates in October 2017.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

“Coventry University London has provided me with the knowledge to start my own digital marketing company. I have started New Age Marketing which is a digital marketing company focusing on SMEs in London. Facilities, such as the Enterprise Hub, have helped me achieve success and I look forward to growing my company further.” - Deepak Yadav, India

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This course will suit highly motivated individuals who want to develop fashion marketing and business skills to either work within the fashion industry, explore new ideas to set up their own business or extend family enterprises. Read more

OVERVIEW

This course will suit highly motivated individuals who want to develop fashion marketing and business skills to either work within the fashion industry, explore new ideas to set up their own business or extend family enterprises. Previous experience in allied industries such as advertising will be of a particular advantage.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Our location offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the world of fashion, from up-and-coming designers and their pop-up shops, to global trend laboratories, leading high street names and luxury fashion brands. On campus, you can take advantage of our fashion studio equipped with the latest design software.

MODULES

• Marketing in a Global Age
• Trend Prediction and Fashion Forecasting
• International Fashion Marketing
• Fashion and Brand Management
• Buying and Merchandising in a Changing Global Industry
• Buyer Behaviour
• Retail and Service Marketing
• Business and Management Research Methods
• Fashion Marketing and Communication in a Global Context
• London Fashion Live Project

Project options
• Internship
• Consulting Project
• Entrepreneurship Project
• Simulation
• Dissertation

ACCREDITATION

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

*Subject to registering as a CMI member

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

START DATES

MSc International Fashion Marketing has start dates in October 2017.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

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

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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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