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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. 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.


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.

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