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BA (Hons)

Fashion Management

BA Fashion Management
Top
10
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • UCAS code(s): JW42 / 4J38
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Combine your interest in fashion with business management skills. This course focuses on the management of the entire fashion chain – from design development and product sourcing, to buying and merchandising, sales and marketing, and promotion to the consumer.

With links to an impressive network of international fashion and textile organisations, you’ll learn about all the processes and elements of the fashion industry needed to inform and shape your future career in fashion management.

Key features

  • We're delighted to be ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Fashion & Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2020)
  • 94% of students from the sandwich degree would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2020).
  • Gain a sound understanding of fibres, yarns, fabrics, the garment manufacturing processes and the whole supply chain through to the consumer.
  • Complete an optional year-long work placement, in the UK or abroad, gaining a certificate or diploma in professional practice.
  • Work on live projects with brands such as John Lewis, Next, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger.
  • Have guest lectures with professionals from brands such as Boohoo, River Island, Urban Outfitters and #brillthings.
  • Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Amsterdam Fashion Institute and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • Go on optional study trips to places like the Louis Vuitton head office in New York, Première Vision in Paris and Pitti Filati in Florence.
  • Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to take part in Graduate Fashion Week and the ASBCI National Dissertation and Innovation Awards.
  • This course attracts students from around the world, offering you a dynamic experience reflective of the working environment.
  • We are proud to be in the top ten in England and Wales for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
Hear from alumna Jasmine and find out where a degree in BA (Hons) Fashion Management could take you

What you'll study

You have the option of a year-long work placement in your Third Year, allowing you to gain invaluable industry experience and confidence. 96% of students on this route go on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2016/17)

This course will provide you with the skills required for making business decisions combined with effective communication skills required in the global fashion industry.

  • Year One

    Fashion Industry

    (40 credit points, full year)

    Learn about global fashion business practices, including design influences, trend concepts and consumer requirements, through to job roles and business structures. Explore fashion trends and forecasting, and begin to examine marketing principles, consumer behaviour, management and organisational theories relating to the global fashion industry.

    Product Development

    (60 credit points, full year)

    Study the processes by which products are manufactured and the materials from which they are made, alongside an understanding of how and where in the world fashion products are sourced. Explore new technologies and innovations that are changing the global fashion industry, and sustainable and ethical working practices that are key to fashion business success.

    Brand Me

    (20 credit points, full year)

    In this employability-focused module you will learn how to position yourself competitively in the market, recognising your strengths, skills and competencies, and identifying your career aspirations and future employment opportunities. You will also develop techniques that will aid you in application and assessment processes.

  • Year Two

    Buying, Merchandising and Product Management

    (40 credit points, first half of the year)

    Apply the principles of buying, merchandising and product development within the global fashion environment. You will establish the tools and techniques required for successful product planning and range building through different learning opportunities. You will apply your data analytics and trend prediction skills to tailor a commercial range for the fashion consumer.

    Global Sourcing and Sustainability

    (40 credit points, second half of the year)

    Consider the complex issue of sustainability within the global fashion industry, exploring current sustainability and sourcing practices, design approaches, business strategies, and what influences consumer purchasing decisions. In preparation for your major project in your final year, you will choose a specialist area of this topic and develop your research skills, providing innovative solutions.

    Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking

    (20 credit points, second half of the year)

    Through active participation with team-based problem solving, you will work together in mixed teams on a project where you will use your creative ideas to generate solutions to the challenge or brief. This collaborative learning experience will expose you to a range of new processes and approaches that will develop your creative thinking.

    Optional module

    You will also choose one 20-credit module from:

    • The Art of the Video Interview
    • Publishing: Experimental Formats
    • Telling Stories
    • Fashion Product Marketing
  • Final year

    Professional Development

    (20 credit points, full year)

    Building on the skills you developed in the Brand Me module, you will continue to identify your strengths and competencies and realise a strategy for your future career ambitions. Using the tools and support within the module, you will learn how to competitively position and promote yourself within the fashion industry after graduation.

    Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship

    (100 credit points, full year)

    You will cover the management processes and practices of the global fashion industry at a strategic level, identifying and evaluating trends and innovations, developing your knowledge of strategic management theory and entrepreneurship. This will inform your own investigative study of a self-selected specialist subject relating to the industry.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures and briefings
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical fashion and textiles workshops
  • live projects
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • teamwork
  • study trips, conferences, trade fairs and events
  • creative IT skills workshops
  • personal development planning.

Assessment

Assessment is predominantly through coursework. Assessment methods include reports, individual time constrained assignments (TCA), audio and visual presentations, final major projects, as well as group and team-working activities. Your final degree award is based on your final year assessments.

International exchanges and study trips

Fashion Management students in New York during an exchange (image credit: Taksh Dedhia)

The course has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, such as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Amsterdam Fashion Institute, and more. You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

Degree Show

In your final year you’ll exhibit your work as part of your Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU’s art and design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries. There’s an opportunity to work as part of the planning committee for this event – another great thing to add to your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (68%), practical exams (32%).
  • Year 2 coursework (92%), practical exams (8%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year.
  • Year 4 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (18%), independent study (82%).

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 96% of students who took a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2016/17). Graduates from this course go into a range of fields, such as buying and merchandising, marketing and PR, e-commerce and supply chain management, global sourcing, product development, garment and fabric technology roles.

Recent graduate destinations and roles include:

  • ASOS, buyer’s administrative assistant, merchandiser, garment technologist assistant
  • Burberry, product developer
  • Boots, category assistant, buying administrative assistant
  • Cotton On, global fashion buyer
  • Dr. Martens, category assistant
  • Dunelm, commercial leadership graduate
  • F&F Clothing, assistant merchandiser
  • Hunters Boots Ltd, product development coordinator
  • Cath Kidston, buyer’s administrative assistant
  • Debenhams, trainee assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser
  • Joules, buyer’s assistant
  • Mulberry, digital marketing executive
  • Marks & Spencer, buying graduate
  • Primark, trainee technologist
  • River Island, assistant buyer
  • Style Council, fashion editor and community manager
  • Superdry, sourcing coordinator
  • Ted Baker, marketing executive
  • Topshop, footwear technologist.

Hear from a recent graduate



Lana at the Karen Millen head office, London

Lana Quality recently graduated from the Fashion Management course and secured a role as Global Marketing Assistant at Karen Millen, in London.

Read more about Lana's experience and see why Fashion Management at NTU set her up for a successful start to her career.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large employability team.

Our friendly, experienced 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.

Connecting with industry

Fashion Management students installing their work as part of a live project with high street retailer, John Lewis

Benefit from working on live projects with a range of companies. Our students have recently worked on live projects with John Lewis, Wrangler, and Next. The project with Next resulted in one of our final year students being offered a place on the Next Graduate Training Programme.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from industry. Recent guests have visited from companies such as ASOS, Boohoo and Disney. Former editor of British Vogue,

Alexandra Shulman recently visited NTU’s School of Art & Design to talk to students about her 25-year career at the magazine.

The course also has links to:

  • the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI)
  • the Textile Distributors Association (TDA)
  • the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

Work placement and internship opportunities

You can choose to take a year-long work placement during your studies, with the chance to gain an additional Diploma or Certificate in Professional Practice, dependent on duration. A placement year will give you the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience and valuable skills for the future. Course tutors and our Employability team are on hand to support you in applying for placement and professional practice opportunities.

Placement students have been offered graduate level jobs before they return for their final year.

Recent placements include:

  • ASOS
  • Coast
  • Debenhams
  • George
  • Kipling (Belgium)
  • Li & Fung (New York)
  • River Island
  • Timberland
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wrangler (Belgium)
  • Whistles
  • Stella McCartney
  • Calvin Klein
  • Tommy Hilfiger.

Stephanie Bunn on placement at ASOS head office, London

If you decide not to take a year-long work placement, you will be encouraged to undertake short periods of work experience alongside your studies. Our Employability team is on hand to support you – through workshops, drop-in sessions and other activities – in applying for placement and professional practice opportunities.

You’ll receive support from our Employability team, who will put you in touch with companies looking for students, help you to develop your CV, and give you advice for interviews.

This includes:

  • putting you in touch with companies looking for students
  • help preparing your CV
  • helping you prepare for interviews
  • inviting you to placement fairs and seminars featuring employers and former students.

We're delighted to be ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Fashion & Textiles (Guardian University League Tables 2020)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • an Art and Design Foundation Diploma plus one A-level or equivalent; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Foundation courses

If you need to do an art and design foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU applicant portal.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The School will cover the costs of any mandatory study trips.

In Final Year, the School of Art & Design will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work and the exhibition stand.

Additional costs

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Depending on the materials you choose to work with, you should budget a minimum of £100 - £200 in each year to cover printing costs.

Stationery and reading materials

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s.

A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries, which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library. You should budget £110 in Year One and £220 in Year Two for stationery and reading materials. In Final Year, you should budget around £500, to include dissertation printing and binding.

Other module costs, you’ll need to budget £100 - £200 (minimum) in Year One (to include essential books, and 2nd hand garments), £130 (minimum) in Year Two, and £150 (minimum) in Final Year.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

If you choose to join optional study trips, you’ll need to budget:

  • £300 – optional European trip
  • £1,200 – optional New York trip
  • £400 – optional European trip
  • £200 – self-funded research trips
  • £1,600 - optional Asian trip
  • £150 – optional field trips

Placements

You will have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification – a Certificate in Professional Practice on the Full-Time route. Or you may decide to switch to the Sandwich route, which includes a one-year Placement. Whether pursuing the Full Time or the Sandwich route you will need to budget for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on Placement.

Costs will vary depending on whether the Placement is paid or unpaid, local or global. If you are working overseas, you will need to factor in the cost of setting up a bank account and visa applications; some companies pay for the visa as part of the Placement offer.

You should also budget £500 for interview/assessment centres in preparation for your Placement year.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The School will cover the costs of any mandatory study trips.

In Final Year, the School of Art & Design will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to showcase your work at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work and the exhibition stand.

Additional costs

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Depending on the materials you choose to work with, you should budget a minimum of £100 - £200 in each year to cover printing costs.

Stationery and reading materials

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s.

A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries, which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library. You should budget £110 in Year One and £220 in Year Two for stationery and reading materials. In Final Year, you should budget around £500, to include dissertation printing and binding.

Other module costs, you’ll need to budget £100 - £200 (minimum) in Year One (to include essential books, and 2nd hand garments), £130 (minimum) in Year Two, and £150 (minimum) in Final Year.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

If you choose to join optional study trips, you’ll need to budget:

  • £300 – optional European trip
  • £1,200 – optional New York trip
  • £400 – optional European trip
  • £200 – self-funded research trips
  • £1,600 - optional Asian trip
  • £150 – optional field trips

Placements

You will have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification – a Certificate in Professional Practice on the Full-Time route. Or you may decide to switch to the Sandwich route, which includes a one-year Placement. Whether pursuing the Full Time or the Sandwich route you will need to budget for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on Placement.

Costs will vary depending on whether the Placement is paid or unpaid, local or global. If you are working overseas, you will need to factor in the cost of setting up a bank account and visa applications; some companies pay for the visa as part of the Placement offer.

You should also budget £500 for interview/assessment centres in preparation for your Placement year.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418