Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in fashion communication and the promotion of fashion companies, goods, events and brands. Students will be actively encouraged to take part in debates about the professional, educational, political and cultural implications of fashion promotion in modern societies around the world. The course encourages different research methods to investigate the branding and promotion of fashion through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity or public relations.
As a graduate, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to fashion promotion, as well as sophisticated marketing and advertising concepts.
The course focuses on ability to develop and manage project proposals and studies related to commercial fashion, fashion communication and fashion promotion. Students can adopt either an entrepreneurial, academic or creative approach to their studies.
Example projects include fashion magazines or blogs, plans for fashion businesses, marketing strategies. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion and textiles. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.
This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.
Modules undertaken include: Portfolio Concepts and Treatments, Lecture and Seminar Programme, Research Strategy, Portfolio: Short Project, Portfolio, Major Project, Dissertation.
The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written work; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage them to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.