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BA (Hons)Fashion Merchandise Management (Sandwich)

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This course was designed to meet the needs of the retail industry directly and was developed with extensive input from the fashion and retail sectors. It continues to meet the needs of this fast-moving industry, and our graduates are much sought after throughout their careers, with current graduates working at Arcadia, ASOS, Aurora, John Lewis, Michael Kors, Reiss, River Island, Selfridges and Thomas Pink.

Companies support the course through guest lectures and student placements, as well as working with the students on industry-related projects. We run an annual networking event where students can talk to representatives from a cross-section of retailers, and our lecturers have all had successful careers in retailing and understand the importance of the role of merchandisers within the industry fully.

Our aim is to develop graduates with strong commercial skills, an excellent understanding of the sector, outstanding communication skills and who are real team players. While being numerate is an essential skill, the focus is much more on analytical ability, and merchandising is a great career choice for commercially minded students with a desire for fashion. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The study abroad option enables you to develop a global perspective on the retail industry, and modules are taken during this period develop your knowledge of fashion.

The course fosters new thinking, new ideas and new possibilities. The teaching is delivered by a team of core staff, all with substantial industry experience, along with additional expertise from practitioners in specific fields. We have an extensive network of industry professionals who support relevant modules throughout the four years of the course.

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars, tutorials, work placements, off-site visits and via the online learning system Blackboard. Assessment methods include group reports and presentations, industry projects, portfolio development, and extended essays and exams.

The business placement year is an integral part of the course which will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of the business environment and is a critical factor in enhancing subsequent graduate career progression.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the course work as merchandisers and senior merchandisers with major High Street brands. They work within the sourcing and supply chain functions and are building careers with major suppliers.

Some have set up their own businesses and are enjoying developing their own businesses in the sector. They may be working ensuring social compliance and maintaining and improving the ethical standards of the industry.

Some of our former students work in PR and Marketing. We have alumni in retail companies including Harrods, Fenwick, Selfridges, Arcadia, Next, River Island, ASOS, Jack Wills and many, many more.

Our graduates are employed in one of the biggest employment sectors in the UK and building the experience and networks that they need for success.

‘The course not only gave me the experiences and opportunities required to start my career in the fashion industry but also taught me the invaluable thinking processes and skills needed to cope with what the future of buying and merchandising will require. I found my placement year at River Island invaluable and the support provided by course staff second to none. The course is recognised within the industry for producing high-quality graduates and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in fashion retailing.’ – Cheyenne Meehan, Graduated June 2016, River Island

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