This one year course is designed specifically for people who have completed two years of a related degree course, or equivalent qualification such as a HND or Foundation Degree.
The course content has been created to suit people who wish to pursue a career path with either a creative or business focus.
- Work on live projects and competitions in collaborations with brands and organisations within the fashion and related industries.
- Develop an international perspective through overseas visits to a major fashion capital such as a trip to Copenhagen Fashion Week.
- Work collaboratively on promotional and live events with brands such as Next and Oasis.
- Focus on an area of study that is of personal interest to you, and relevant to your career aspirations.
- Developing visual merchandising, design and communication, and analytical skills through the use of industry-standard software such as Tex-Store, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
- Visit fashion centres and industry locations throughout the UK and Europe with visits to head offices and trade exhibitions such as Pure and Moda.
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What you study
During this year-long course you will study four modules.
September - February
- Fashion Buying (20 credit points)
This module focuses on the role of the fashion buyer, and the visual, business skills and knowledge needed. It will develop your understanding of the professional skills needed to be a highly successful buyer. You will study how fashion retailers develop product ranges that appeal to their consumers to give the retailer the profits they require whilst maintaining their brand identity.
You will explore the key processes involved in fashion buying around the world, including design and fabric specifications, costing, and sample and selection procedures. You will also develop the research skills associated with the role of the fashion buyer, combing creativity and communication and trend to create a buying strategy and product proposal for a fashion brand.
- Fashion Brand Marketing and Promotion (20 credit points)
Central to this module are two areas; the first is marketing and research skills where science and theory play their part in understanding personality, emotions and motivation to buy. This is balanced against media, image and creating a brand identity.
Where creating the desirable image, choosing the right method of communication and understanding how market demographics play there part in telling the consumer what the brands stands for.
- Lifestyle and Trend Prediction (20 credit points)
This module examines how trends are identified, brands interpreted and adapted for market, and how trends are communicated to the consumer. Knowing how to initiate trend research, manage a creative project, and create a professionally presented assignment within a team is a key industry skill.
This exciting module provides you with an opportunity to work in a team and experience team dynamics to understand how they are organised, operate, and communicate. Through visual investigation and enquiry you will be asked to record, map and analyse the answers to these questions.
February - July
- Fashion Concepts and Innovation Project (60 credit points)
This module gives you a unique opportunity to discover, investigate, negotiate and then focus on an area of personal interest. It begins with chosen themes such as a potential career path, a new creative contemporary concept, or a specialised professional direction within the subject of fashion business.
A series of workshops, team work, supporting lectures and seminars will enable you to create an overview of the contemporary topics and trends relative to international fashion business.
As the module progresses through tutorial sessions, you will develop your own research strategy and final presentation. It will help develop your ability to find your own solutions and initiatives through creating your own research strategy.
Find out what you will cover in each module of our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business (one year top-up) course in more detail .
How you learn
All five modules have slightly different approaches to learning but will include:
- visits to industry head offices and retail stores
- attendance at conference events
- visual technology skills
- team-working workshops.
Group and individual tutorials will give you an opportunity to receive feedback on your work in progress, and to help support you in managing your workload effectively. It is expected that you will keep a written record of tutorial feedback to help you reflect on your progress.
You will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
How you are assessed
Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.
You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade band (1st, 2.1. 2,2. etc.). You will receive feedback throughout the module so you know what level you are working at.
How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but may take the form of:
- written and visual research
- proposals and evaluations
- dissertation or alternative project
- visual and verbal presentations.
The majority of assessments are for you to complete on your own, with one being a group project.
In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to celebrate your studies and showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
Visit our Degree Show website to get a taste of what this event is like.
Links with industry
This course has developed strong collaborations with industry partners at regional, national and international level, which are fully integrated into the curriculum at all levels. Recent visits to the course included representatives from Sainsbury's and Next.
Industry live projects and competitions are a key feature of this course, giving you the opportunity to network and be exposed to real life situations. Recent examples include:
- a fashion buying and range planning competition with Next Plc, leading to a graduate internship position.
- an international fashion trends presentation competition with US textile giant, Ann Inc, culminating in a three month work placement in New York.
- a live project with Mary Portas for her House of Fraser in-store lifestyle brand, leading to a full-time buying position.
- a global sourcing competition with Sainsbury's, resulting in two gradate positions.
- a visit to New York to attend a visual merchandising conference with students from our BA (Hons) Fashion Management course.
Trips and study visits
An international perspective is embedded within the module of this course and reinforced by optional structured visits to major fashion capitals such as Copenhagen, Florence and New York. You'll also go on research visits to cultural and retail destinations such as London and Liverpool.
Learn from expert staff
Our International Fashion Business team is made up of expert academic staff, who have extensive experience in both education and industry.
Course Leader: Ena Brown
What do the course fees cover?
Find out what is included in the course fees for our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business .
Where will I study?
You will study this course on NTU's City site, based in Nottingham city centre.
Our Costume Design and Making facilities are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. You may have some lectures in other buildings across the campus, including our recently renovated Newton building.
When does the course start?
This course starts in September. For more information take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
You will be based in the Waverley building in an area that is dedicated for our Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication students.
The Waverley building is a specialist Art and Design building on our City site. You may have some lectures in other buildings across the campus, including our recently renovated Newton building.
You will have access to an IT resource room in the Waverley building, where the PCs are equipped with the latest design software you'll need for your course.
The University also has other IT resource rooms and PC clusters around the City site. Our PCs will give you access to:
- Microsoft Office
- web browsing
- networked file storage
- high-speed online printing services.
The University's main resource room in the library is available 24 hours a day.
Book and library resources
In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Art and Design. The library’s OneSearch system provides access to all our:
- electronic resources
We have a liaison librarian with specialist knowledge in International Fashion Business. They will be in available in the library to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.
Bonington Art Shop
Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials.
The shop responds to the requirements of our students, and the stock on offer grows each year to support the courses offered within the School of Art & Design.
Bonington Colour Bureau
Located in the Bonington building, our Colour Bureau provides a range of in-house printing for NTU students and staff.
Specialising in graphic arts printing, the Colour Bureau offers high quality prints on a non-standard range of media in any size up to B0. It also operates a drop-off service so you won't have to queue, and aims to offer A4/A3 prints for same-day collection where possible.
Bonington Gallery presents a number of exhibitions throughout the year as part of a comprehensive programme of visual arts and design events.
Exhibitors include national and international artists and designers, current students and staff from within the University and NTU alumni.
Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives to enhance this. Examples include:
- Live projects with industry
- Visiting professional
- Specialist careers guidance
- National and international competitions; and
- Industry visits.
After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including:
- Retail buying
- Product selection
- Global sourcing
- Marketing and branding
- Visual communication
Here are some recent examples of where our students have gone on to work and the type of job roles they’ve secured:
- Biglight, Affiliate account coordinator
- Boden, Buyers administrative assistant
- House of Fraser, Buying Assistant – Mary Portas Department
- Icon Live, Visual Merchandiser
- Pants to Poverty, Coordinator of online brand and retail activation
- Paul Smith, Swatcher
- Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Buyers administrator.
Our graduates have also gone on to work with companies including:
- Ralph Lauren
- Christian Dior
- Vivienne Westwood
- Sonia Rykiel
- George at Asda
- Per Una
- F&F at Tesco.
YouFirst – working with our Employability Team
Our friendly, experience careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about our Employability Team.
Work placement and internship opportunities
Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is career focused and benefits from strong links with industry.
Examples of this includes:
- Collaborations with industry partners, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Industry live projects and competitions, which give you the opportunity to network and be exposed to real life situations.
- Guest lecturers from industry.
You will need to successfully complete one of the following:
- Year Two of a Fashion or Textiles related degree course
- a HND course in Fashion or Textiles or related discipline
- a foundation degree in a related Fashion or Textiles discipline.
You will also need:
- GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C or equivalent
- examples of your work (portfolio, written essays or reports relevant to the course).
If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.
English language requirements and English support
Find out more about our English language entry requirements and English language support whilst you're studying with us.
We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.
If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. For this particular course we would expect applicants who do not meet our minimum entry requirements to have considerable relevant industry experience.
How to apply
You will need to complete the UCAS application form.
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS. You can also find out more about the application process on the UCAS website.
Once you have applied, make sure you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder. We may need to contact you during this time. Good luck with your application.
This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, January 15.
Applications received after this date will be marked as late and only considered if places are still available, after all on-time applications have been assessed.
The admissions process
Selection for this course takes places through UCAS application form and where invited:
- UK applicants – interview and examples of work (portfolio, written essays or reports)
- Overseas applicants – work submission.
Once we have received your UCAS application we will ask you to submit an additional statement to us explaining why you wish to study this particular course at NTU.
- UK applicants
If you are invited to attend an interview, you will bring your portfolio (if one is available) and/or evidence of written work with you. For more information about what we look for during an interview, download our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business interview information.
- Overseas applicants
If you live outside the UK we'll ask you to submit examples of your work (if available) and/or a recent report or essay.
The UCAS application form requires you to write a personal statement as part of your application. For some tips on what to include, use our guide to writing an effective personal statement.
We are committed to ensuring that all UK students have access to higher education. We recognise the need to invest financially in the future of our students, and have introduced a system of scholarships aimed at enabling home students from lower income families to undertake a degree course.
For information about Nottingham Trent University scholarships please visit our fees and funding webpages.
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What was the highlight of your course?
"I found the academic support I received from my Course Leader very helpful, and in some ways I don't think I could have completed the course without her guidance. I enjoyed learning new techniques, for example how to produce layouts in Adobe In-Design, and working with new programmes like textstore. We also had a number of interesting guest lecturers from industry who were invited to the University to assist us with various projects, which was an added benefit.
Can you tell us about some of your final projects?
"I completed a dissertation which I based on menswear fashion, a sourcing project on Sainsburys and a marketing project to re-launch a jewellery company. During the sourcing project I investigated clothing production from field to factory, analysing the sourcing of materials, lead times and working conditions. For the marketing project I had to create a brand identity, a lookbook for spring/summer 2014, and redesign a website. I really enjoyed the process of this project, and was able to combine my creative skills with my aptitude to communicate new ideas and interact with clients.
Tell us about your experience of the Degree Show exhibition
"For me the course was a challenge. I'd previously studied a design-based course and as International Fashion Business is a one year top-up it meant that I had to adapt quickly and learn a lot in a year. The first term I found very challenging and there were new topics that I'd never covered before, such as product development, global production and marketing, however I worked through my difficulties and I was extremely proud of the work I produced for the Degree Show exhibition."
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