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Fashion Business (MBA)

Course Description

UCA Epsom

This fashion focused MBA has been designed for fashion managers with relevant experience, to help them build the skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex global issues within fashion business.

This course puts creative thinking at the forefront of leadership and business management and equips you with the core operational management skills – combined with the brand innovation and leadership knowledge – needed to ultimately excel within the competitive fashion business arena.

*Course subject to validation

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Course overview

This course is part of an exciting new portfolio of postgraduate courses which share common units in the first semester.

While this course has a high taught component, you'll be expected to lead and support projects and coursework outside of taught hours with tutorial support. Your learning will initially be based in lectures and workshops and will be aided by individual and group projects and presentations. Sessions then become increasingly workshop and project-led, including a live consultancy project. The final stage of the course is self-led, and you’ll develop strong cognitive skills and become self-reliant in your studies. You’ll benefit from a structured programme of tutorials which will support your course work.

Located on our Epsom campus, you’ll have access to a business focused creative workshop, as well as a dedicated MA base room.

Course content

On the course you'll study the following units:

- Entrepreneurship and Brand Innovation: You’ll develop a coherent understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial traits, defining innovation and using it in business, and the relationship between entrepreneurship and new business development. Assessment will be through a new innovative business proposal.

- Understanding the Fashion Business Environment: This unit is built around a fashion lecture series that all of our postgraduate students will participate in. This is a unique opportunity to introduce the very best fashion business professionals to inspire and educate. Additional specific MBA workshops will cover topics spanning management structures in fashion, managing creative people, building effective fashion brands, and strategic thinking for fashion professionals – as well as workshops looking at implementing business methods. Assessment will be through a mini business project and business report.

- Creative Thinking: You’ll explore the notion of creativity and experiment with new creative techniques for business. Assessment will be through a creative business project.

- Social Media, Digital Communications and PR: You’ll explore the impact of new technologies on marketing functions, the impact of social media on brand exposure and the role of PR in a global networked society. Assessment will be through a group blogging project.

- Future Trends and Fashion Brands: This unit will explore trend forecasting and will evaluate how fashion brands utilize forecasting in order to communicate their brand messages. Assessment will be through a mini project.

-Fashion Consultancy with Industry: You’ll have a live consultancy with a recognisable fashion brand, and will be assessed through a business report and presentation to industry.

- Finance in Practice: You’ll explore the fundamentals of finance including profit and loss, balance sheets, financial structures and procedures, through lectures and practical workshops. Assessment will be through an examination.

- People and Management: This unit will look at management structures and processes within the fashion businesses as well as looking at the human aspect of managing people. Assessment will take the form of a project and a practical skills assessment.

- Leadership and Strategy: This unit will look at the nature and principles of leadership within the context of change. It will explore leadership models and traits. It will also examine the role of strategy to leadership. Assessment will take the form of a strategic pitch to industry.

- Individual Applied Business Research Project: This is a self-initiated and self-directed project which builds upon one of the key areas of the course to develop a research lead project. Assessment will be either through a dissertation, a visually expressed research report and business plan or a design proposition project and accompanying report.

Summary course information - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Fashion_Business_MBA_E_PSpecA_201617-1450803360211.pdf


The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with both screen printing and digital printing facilities, photography studios and darkrooms, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment.

Studios and study areas - Dedicated studios and study areas

Photography studios - Bookable photographic studios with a darkroom and digital processing equipment

Digital media suites - Dedicated digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with the latest industry-standard, specialist software such as: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects

Printmaking studios - Open access print studios with extensive screen and digital printing facilities with dedicated technical support

Course staff

Dr Martin Bouette - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/dr-martin-bouette/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is needed for this course - offers will be made on your written application, qualifications, personal statements and references.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Fashion Business (MBA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline & Two years' relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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