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BAFashion Management

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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This course is ideal if you’re looking to combine your interest in fashion products with business management skills. With links to an impressive international network of fashion and textiles organisations, we’ll equip you with a combination of fashion, textiles, product design development, management and communication skills to launch your career in the global fashion industry.

Key features
Opt to undertake a year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad, and gain a Diploma in Professional Practice.
Work on live briefs set by our industry contacts such as John Lewis, Next and Topshop.
Benefit from talks by guest speakers and industry experts from companies such as Jaeger, Courtaulds, Gateley, Goldman Sachs International and The Trend Boutique.
Apply to take part in international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Go on optional study trips to international fashion capitals such as New York, Paris and Florence.
Visit companies, exhibitions and trade fairs in the UK and Europe to learn about industry practice, such as the New York Retail Symposium.
Develop your final year dissertation in an area that really interests you.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
100% of graduates from the full-time course are in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012-13)

Programme structure

hat you study
Year One: these three year-long modules run side by side.

Fashion Textiles Product (60 credit points)
You will be introduced to all aspects of garment and fabric technology, and gain a practical understanding of how garments are constructed. You will also investigate the performance and properties of fabric and learn about the commercial relevance of new technologies in the industry.

Fashion Management and Marketing (40 credit points)
You will develop your understanding of the global fashion manufacturing and retail industries. You’ll learn about the procedures involved with the design, production and retail of a garment, and the roles of the key people who manage these processes. You’ll also be introduced to the basic principles of management, consumer behaviour and marketing theory.

Design and Visual Communication (20 credit points)
You will explore the practical experiences within design activity, including effective research and the presentation of ideas. You will be taught a range of Computer Aided Design skills, including Adobe Photoshop, relevant to visual communication, layout and image manipulation. You will develop an appreciation of fashion trends, predication and forecasting, and apply the principles to the presentation of your ideas.

Year Two

Management and Employment (20 credit points, 1st half of the year)
You will learn about the key management theories in relation to employability, personal and professional attributes, skills and individual development for short and long-term employment in the fashion and textiles industry.

Product Technology (20 credit points, 2nd half of the year)
You will develop your understanding of fashion garments and related fashion products, exploring issues such as sizing and fit, safety standards for clothing and legislation in the retail industry. You will also learn about the purpose and methodology of fashion product technology and performance, and its application in the fashion buying cycle. Assessment for this module takes the form of an exam.

Research Project (20 credit points, 1st half of the year)
This module is designed to prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will acquire and develop research skills, and have the opportunity to integrate and explore your learning and knowledge gained from other modules that you’ve studied so far.

Fashion Buying and Merchandising (40 credit points, all year)
You will build on the key principles and theories of buying and merchandising that you learnt in Year One. You will investigate company strategy from both a retail and sourcing perspective. You will study current theory relating to organisational, strategic and operational principles and practice in global sourcing and supply chain management for the fashion industry.

Fashion Marketing and Communication (20 credit points, 2nd half of the year)
You will explore marketing and promotional strategy in the context of the fashion industry, building on what you learnt in Year One. You will consider the wider external environment and international issues of fashion marketing in a global context. You will investigate consumer behaviour and gain knowledge of marketing promotion theory and practice.

Year Three

Optional Placement Year
The aim of a placement year is for you to combine and apply what you have learnt so far on the course. Your placement will give you the opportunity to experience the realities of the commercial world, and you’ll gain an understanding of different industrial practices and develop a range of transferable skills. Your placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks, and you can work with one or more companies in the UK or overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification, a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Final Year: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Dissertation (60 credit points)
You will complete an investigative study into a specialist subject relating to the Fashion Management course and its global industry. You will negotiate your chosen research subject with your tutor and produce a research methodology report, a presentation and a written dissertation.

Fashion Management (60 credit points)
You will learn about developing fashion business strategies and how to evaluate current management theory, and how to analyse how fashion organisations operate. You’ll also learn how to recommend improvements that can be implemented, producing a written assignment.

Career opportunities

Employability for this course is excellent, with 100% of students from the full-time course, and 96% of students from the sandwich course going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE 2012-13)

Our graduates go into a range of roles working for lots of different companies. Here are some recent examples:

buyers’ administrative assistant, ACHICA
marketing and social media manager, Adel Professional
floor manager, All Saints
store manager, American Apparel
marketing intern, Annoushka
buyers’ administrative assistant, merchandising administrative assistant, Arcadia Group
garment technologist assistant, merchandising assistant, buyers’ administrative assistant, merchandiser ASOS
merchandiser, Aurora HQ
buyers’ associate, buying assistant, junior buyer, BHS
Product development assistant, product development administrator, Burberry
buyers’ administrative assistant, allocator, Claire’s Accessories
assistant garment technologist, Crystal Martin
social media intern, Daniel Hanson
trainee sourcing merchandiser, David Howard UK
assistant merchandiser, Debenhams
trainee assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser, trainee clothes buyer, trainee buyer, web product assistant, womenswear online products assistant, Debenhams
buyers’ assistant, Dunelm Mill Homeware Stores (Head Office)
buyer and merchandiser, Ever Direct
junior garment technologist, Fashion Lab
buyers’ admin, Fat Face
buyers’ administrative assistant, French Connection
assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser, George Clothing
merchandiser, House of Fraser
merchandising assistant, Jaeger
PR Coordinator, Jacques Vert Group
merchandising intern, Jimmy Choo
buyers’ administrator, John Lewis
marketing assistant, Jordan Publishing
buyers’ assistant, Joules
assistant product developer, LKBennett
trainee product developer, Mamas and Papas
content manager, Allocator, buyers assistant, Marks & Spencer
merchandise assistant, merchandise assistant, Monsoon Accessorize
buyers’ administrative assistant, Mountain Warehouse
buyers’ administrative assistant, New Look
trainee buyer, Next
product development assistant, Nicolas Fary
web content and digital marketing assistant, fabric buying assistant, Paul Smith
assistant garment technologist, Phase Eight
trainee buyer, Primark
assistant buying clerk, River Island
press office intern, River Island
buyers’ administrator, Signet Jewellers
assistant merchandiser, Stuart Peters
trainee fabric technologist, Tesco Clothing
marketing assistant, Topman
merchandise administrative assistant, Topshop
product Coordinator, Totes Isotoner
buyers’ administration assistant, Warehouse
buyers’ administration assistant, Whitestuff.
The average graduate salary for graduates from the sandwich course is £18,200 a year. (DLHE survey 2012-13)

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States