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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

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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. 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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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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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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OVERVIEW. 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 January and October 2018.

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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MA Fashion Art Direction will provide the opportunity for practice-based postgraduate study in the creation of innovative visual communication and imagery for fashion end use. Read more

MA Fashion Art Direction will provide the opportunity for practice-based postgraduate study in the creation of innovative visual communication and imagery for fashion end use. Outcomes could be related to print and pattern design, promotion, marketing, branding, visual merchandising, art direction, illustration, publishing or pursuing further postgraduate study.

You will be encouraged to engage with contemporary fashion audiences through the creation of work that explores original approaches to product, concept and/or communication. Your work should demonstrate a keen sense of contextual awareness, knowing where the work fits in the world and how the world might affect it. The programme will emphasise the importance of being digitally articulate and you will be able to combine this with traditional media and design processes should you choose to. Collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches will be encouraged, as will engagement with the creative industries beyond the School of Art.

Design Network

Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Fashion Art Direction is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities.

While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.

Specialist Environment

Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.

Course Content

The MA Design: Fashion Art Direction is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Fashion Art Direction award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.



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This course will provide you with opportunity for practice-based postgraduate study in the creation of innovative textile designs and concepts for fashion end use. Read more

This course will provide you with opportunity for practice-based postgraduate study in the creation of innovative textile designs and concepts for fashion end use. Outcomes could be related to design, styling, forecasting and prediction, fashion promotion and consultancy, visual merchandising, art direction, publishing or pursuing further postgraduate study. You will be encouraged to develop design content that allows you to explore alternative ways of engaging with fashion and textile audiences. The course will emphasise the importance of being digitally articulate; you are welcome to combine this with traditional media and design processes.

Design Network

Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Textiles for Fashion is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities.

While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.

Specialist Environment

Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.

Course Content

The MA Design: Textiles for Fashion is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere. either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Textiles For Fashion award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.



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MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, will enable you to engage with the complex marketing and branding challenges facing fashion brands in a global industry. Read more

MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, will enable you to engage with the complex marketing and branding challenges facing fashion brands in a global industry. You will develop the skills required to understand and build fashion brands, and how to use design-led solutions to meet modern marketing and management challenges. A distinctive feature of this programme is the focus on understanding fashion consumer behaviour and fashion brands from emerging markets/economies. Whether your interests lie with luxury, fast fashion, lifestyle or other fashion brands, you will gain an understanding of how to apply your knowledge in a dynamic industry. Teaching on this programme is provided by staff with many years of experience in the fashion and creative industries, and you will practise skills that will be directly transferable to a working environment or to further research-based postgraduate study.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fashion Marketing and Branding and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Fashion Marketing and Branding.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

MA Fashion Marketing and Branding at Winchester School of Art is designed to balance the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in marketing roles in international based fashion and textile brands.

This MA programme will explore the specific marketing challenges and opportunities that exist within the world of fashion and its supporting textiles industries. The global nature of the Fashion industry, coupled with rapid advances in communication and digital technologies, have changed the nature of how we view the world of fashion and how consumers' tastes develop. In this context, the world of Fashion demands a focused and knowledge based approach to marketing.

You will critically analyse your ideas in relation to contemporary issues and theories of fashion and textile marketing from a local and global perspective. You will have the opportunity to develop the critical thinking and skills required for a successful career in Fashion Marketing and Branding, enabling you to respond positively to the changing demands of clients and consumers.

Subjects covered include:

  1. The history of fashion
  2. Strategic marketing
  3. Branding
  4. Trend forecasting
  5. Creating value for fashion consumers
  6. Visual merchandising
  7. Market and consumer segmentation
  8. Marketing communications
  9. Corporate social responsibility
  10. Research skills

Students are encouraged from a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing. This programme is open to management based students without an arts portfolio or to students from arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering and science backgrounds.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.



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The world of fashion is one of the globe’s fastest growing industries, as well as one of the most competitive. Our Fashion Management MA course equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager in this exciting industry. Read more
The world of fashion is one of the globe’s fastest growing industries, as well as one of the most competitive. Our Fashion Management MA course equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager in this exciting industry.

You will gain a technical understanding of the sector, combined with a solid foundation of management principles. Both of these qualities will help give you a winning edge that employers really value.

What's covered in the course?

We will help develop your overall understanding of the modern fashion industry, as well as the necessary skills for working in the sector.

The industry looks for passionate, knowledgeable people when it comes to employment, so with this in mind, we will give you valuable insights into the subject. You will look at the fashion supply chain, global fashion perspectives, ethical fashion and how brands are promoted, established and maintained, amongst others.

You will also be trained in marketing and communications, learning how to maximise market penetration and consumer value. You’ll sharpen your research skills to enable you to apply them to different product strategies, evaluating visual merchandising and how to product different fashions effectively.

Alongside gaining intricate knowledge of the fashion industry as a whole, you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a topic or subject of your choice.

Our course covers all the topics you’d need to become successful in the fashion business, from strategies that inform fashion marketing and branding, right up to articulating trend forecasting. This broad approach ensures when you will graduate you’ll be able to perform a number of roles in a competitive, worldwide industry.

Why Choose Us?

-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
-You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
-Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
-Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
-Study at our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which opened its doors in September 2015 and is a hub for our students, boasting state-of-the-art facilities, including a richly stocked library, a new Students’ Union and student support facilities.

Course Structure

Subject specific modules for this course include a lecture and seminar programme, a portfolio of concepts and treatments, research strategy, portfolio – short projects (management), and a major project / dissertation, where you can write about a subject you enjoy in much greater depth.

Theoretical concepts will be delivered in a lecture, followed by smaller group seminars based on case study analysis. Short, post-lesson ‘fact’ tests will be made available over Moodle, with discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of business and management.

You will study the course full-time for one year. Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, and it’ll take on various forms within the modules, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessments, exams and your final dissertation. Formative feedback will be provided by students through a combination of self-reflection and tutor and peer feedback.

Employability

The course generates career opportunities in fashion manufacturing and production, fashion studio management, fashion brand management, fashion supply chain management and research.

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

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

Introduction

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

Content

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

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

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

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

Structure

Block One September to January

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

Block Two February to May:

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

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

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

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Take advantage of the exciting career opportunities offered by the expanding luxury industry. One of the most prestigious UK masters courses specialising in luxury brand management, this degree is taught by academics with extensive professional experience and offers an unrivalled level of industry exposure. Read more

Take advantage of the exciting career opportunities offered by the expanding luxury industry. One of the most prestigious UK masters courses specialising in luxury brand management, this degree is taught by academics with extensive professional experience and offers an unrivalled level of industry exposure.

Introducing your course

Develop the creative and business skills necessary for success in the luxury industry – one of the fastest growing areas of global business. One of just a few courses of its kind in the UK, the MA Luxury Brand Management offers the opportunity to learn from academics with extensive industry experience. They use their network of contacts to create exceptional learning opportunitiessuch as field trips to London and Paris to visit prestigious luxury brands, regular talks by external speakers from companies such as Aston Martin and The Ritz, and the opportunity to work on a real-world industry consultancy project. Studying in a creative art school environment, you’ll learn about brand design and management in a range of premium industries, from fashion and perfume to yachts and automobiles. You’ll also gain an understanding of the evolution of the luxury market and contemporary debates in the field, informed by world-class research. In-depth study for your final project will allow you to become a specialist in an area of luxury that interests you. You’ll be prepared for a career in this exciting international industry, following in the footsteps of graduates who have gone on to work for brands such as Dior, Ferrari and Karl Lagerfeld.

Overview

We require our students to have one to two years’ experience in the luxury industry, so you’ll benefit from working within a high-calibre group with a range of existing skills and knowledge. We attract a diverse international cohort, so from day one you’ll be able to build a global network that will be invaluable as your career develops.

The course encompasses the creative as well as the business aspects of luxury brand management. Being based on a dedicated art school campus enables us to tap into a wealth of creative expertise – particularly valuable when exploring luxury from a design perspective.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles in luxury companies around the globe, in brand management, advertising, visual merchandising, PR, and marketing. Some have also gone on to create their own luxury brands. Alumni career destinations include:

  • Dior
  • Ferrari
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Lane Crawford
  • McLaren
  • Selfridges


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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 MA Surface Pattern Design course offers a unique MA experience in Wales, with its distinctly design driven flavour, tailored to address live briefs; shaping students to pursue employment; launch themselves as freelancers or establish enterprises. Read more
The MA Surface Pattern Design course offers a unique MA experience in Wales, with its distinctly design driven flavour, tailored to address live briefs; shaping students to pursue employment; launch themselves as freelancers or establish enterprises.

The MA is practice based, fast paced and built on the long established success and ethos of our BA Honours Surface Pattern Design programme.

Course Overview

The Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers an exciting and innovative re-thinking of Postgraduate provision that reflects the strategic thinking of Swansea College of Art. The portfolio facilitates migration between diverse thematic disciplines, exploring new ideas and conceptual approaches to allow young artists and designers to confront the issues that face society today and into the future.

The portfolio’s ethos of collaborative dialogues through material practices provides an innovative model of design, fine and applied arts education. This development allows students from all pathways to experience and share creative practices and innovative mind-sets through inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary dialogues. This ethos is enhanced within each programme to stimulate ‘collaborative’ practices and experimentation across a broader spectrum of specialist fields, developing graduates with the contextual awareness, creative thinking and technical skills to operate at the forefront of their discipline.

During the course of your studies you will be supported by specialist staff, leading professionals and practicing artists through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We have exceptional traditional and digital facilities, housed in spacious purpose-build workshops. Through these, we encourage creative freedom within all of our students and support you in challenging conventional thinking and established practices and facilitate new technological advances across a broad range of disciplines. We have found that through collaborative experimentation and innovative design thinking our students are able to produce work that meets the challenges and respond to the demands of the 21st century.

Facilities include:
-Firing kilns for glass and ceramics
-Printmaking, Screen Printing and Digital Textile Technologies
-Traditional and Digital Stitch
-Wood, Metal, Clay
-Cutting Etching and Engraving Technologies - Waterjet, Laser, Plotter
-3D Printing and CNC
-Chemical and Digital Darkrooms
-Specialist computer facilities with commercial standard software

Modules

Core Modules
-Collaborative Dialogues (20 credits)
-Co-Existent Perspectives (20 credits)
-The Thought Experiment (20 credits)
-Explorative Research Praxis (60 credits)
-Confirmative Praxis (60 credits)

Key Features

MA Surface Pattern Design will provide a design-focused and student-led experience with its main aims to enhance creativity, innovation, design, making skills, advance contextual understanding and employability.

The multi-disciplinary programme will appeal to recent graduates of our own undergraduate programme and graduates of similar courses; to those wishing to change careers within the creative industries or to those wishing to revisit academia and the subject area.

Students will have a designated studio space and access to the existing Surface Pattern workshops and specialist facilities.

Students will benefit from a strong practice based grounding in the key areas of traditional and digital surface pattern design before exploring the wider possibilities that the MA portfolio will offer to advance their practice.

Assessment

The main modes of assessment used on this programme are; studio projects, written assignments and seminar presentations.

Assessment at postgraduate level is reflected by your ability to reformulate and use relevant methodologies and approaches to address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors. It includes taking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action that initiate or underpin substantial change or development, as well as exercising broad autonomy and judgement. It should also reflect an understanding of the relevant theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect your area of study or work.

Career Opportunities

We strive to ensure a sustainable future in Surface Pattern for our graduates through a rigorous programme underpinned by skills in employability, creative enterprise and professional studies.

There are opportunities to undertake work placements and address live briefs. Most recently our students have completed briefs with M&S, Tigerprint, Hallmark and Freshwest design companies.

Students are encouraged to establish links with industry and engage in collaborative projects. There is also the option to study abroad with the Erasmus programmes currently running with Universities in Barcelona, Norway and Sweden.

The programme has an excellent track record in design competitions, awards and industry events such as Indigo (Paris) and New Designers.

Graduates from the Surface Pattern programmes have been extremely successful and continue to be recruited in a highly competitive market. Employment roles for graduates from the programme are varied and wide reaching and include:

Freelance working for textiles for fashion studio, fashion brands, designers, retail, interiors studios, on bespoke commissions for clients, producing own name products, large-scale design retail operation. Also formal employment as textiles designer, designer within design brand or retail operation, Stylist, Trend forecasting, Buyer for design related operations, Visual Merchandising. Also employment within arts organisation, museum, gallery, Curator, Self-employed designer maker supplying galleries, retail outlets, selling through high-end craft events, or own website.

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If you do not have the appropriate undergraduate preparation to embark on one of our MA courses, you may apply for our nine-month Graduate Diploma in Art History and Theory, which can constitute a qualifying year for the relevant MA course. Read more
If you do not have the appropriate undergraduate preparation to embark on one of our MA courses, you may apply for our nine-month Graduate Diploma in Art History and Theory, which can constitute a qualifying year for the relevant MA course.

Our Graduate Diploma consists of eight modules at 3rd-year undergraduate level (up to two of these can be at 2nd-year level). You must complete the appropriate coursework and examinations, and can also write a project on a topic of your choice if this is agreed with your course director.

At Essex, you have the freedom to study what most interests you. Some of the topics you may choose to explore include 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.

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. We are 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.

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
-Enjoy regular visits to London galleries, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as many independent and alternative spaces
-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.

Graduate Diploma - Art History and Theory
-Art & Ideas III (optional)
-Curatorial Project
-Art, the Law and the Market (optional)
-Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present (optional)
-Dissertation - Final Year Art History and Theory (optional)
-Final Year Dissertation Project (optional)
-Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
-Photography in History (optional)
-Reworking the Past (optional)
-Study Trip Abroad (Final Year) (optional)
-Study Trip Abroad (Year 2) (optional)
-Art and Power (optional)
-The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet (optional)
-Visualising Bodies (optional)
-Picturing the City I (optional)
-After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
-Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
-Art in Latin America (optional)
-Art and Ideas II: More Art, More Ideas - Critique and Historiography in the History of Art (optional)
-Collect, Curate, Display (optional)
-Picturing the City II (optional)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PERSONAL RESEARCH PROJECT

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

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

The objectives of the thesis process are the following:

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

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

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

.To understand the adding value proposition (concept)

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

.To create feasible and concrete design proposals

.To demonstrate analytical skills and produce valid findings

.To apply theory to practical reality

.To draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations where necessary

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

INTERNSHIP

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

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

FIELD TRIPS

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

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

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

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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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