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BA (Hons)

International Fashion Business (1 year top up)

BA International Fashion Business
  • UCAS code(s): W232
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2020, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

This one-year top-up degree is for those who have completed two years of a fashion-related degree course or equivalent qualification, such as a specialist diploma, Foundation degree, or HND.

Experience an international perspective on how the fashion industry works, investigating areas such as fashion buying, brand marketing and promotion, lifestyle and trend prediction.You’ll have the opportunity to investigate areas of personal interest like ethical and sustainable fashion, or entrepreneurship and setting up your own business.

You’ll also gain an understanding of events, management processes, and methods of visual and verbal communication.

The course content has been created to suit those who wish to pursue a career path with either a creative or business focus.

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).
  • Gain an understanding of events, management processes, and methods of visual and verbal communication.
  • Work on a combination of creative and written projects. We’ll help you identify your strengths so you can tailor your work to your career aspirations.
  • Investigate areas of personal interest, for example ethical and sustainable fashion, entrepreneurship or setting up your own business.
  • Work on live projects and competitions in collaboration with brands such as Wedgewood, Next and Whistles.
  • Go on optional international study visits such as Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • This course attracts students from around the world, offering you a dynamic experience reflective of the working environment.
  • Benefit from the links we have with our sister course at the Hong Kong Design Institute, through teaching and learning experiences.
  • 93% of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • We are proud to be in the top ten in England and Wales for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

What you'll study

  • Year One

    Fashion Industry Trends & Innovation 

    (20 credit points)

    This module aims to encourage students to explore global economic, technological, environmental and consumer trends and assess their impact on the fashion industry. Students will reflect on their findings and analysis to identify and propose creative solutions for their personal project in the second half of the year.

    The Contemporary Global Fashion Market 

    (40 credit points)

    This module aims to introduce students to the structure and key sectors of the Fashion Industry, exploring the areas of Product development, sourcing, buying, location, marketing and the consumer in a global context through research and enquiry. Later in the module, students will select a pathway project that reflects their interests and ambitions to build upon for the second half of the year.

    Professional Practice and Portfolio 

    (20 credit points)

    This module aims to support students to consolidate all of their experiences and project work undertaken in the course so far.  A number of pathway-specialist sessions will inform more in-depth awareness relating to critical issues in the student's chosen field, offering opportunity for a professional edge. Further, the production of a professional package (including an e-portfolio) will help reflect their ambitions and career development aspirations going forward.

    Innovation in Fashion Business 

    (40 credit points)

    This module aims to provide the student opportunity to embark on a substantial personal project that reflects their interests in the fashion industry. The predominantly self-directed project, underpinned through primary and secondary research culminates in creative output to communicate their ideas, skills and abilities across multiple techniques.

Course specification

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

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • personal development plan
  • visits to industry head offices and retail stores
  • creative IT skills workshops
  • fashion trade exhibitions.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework, combining creative and written work. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Visually led projects
  • Creative outputs
  • Portfolio
  • Essays

The majority of assessments are for you to complete on your own. There are two group projects where you will receive ongoing feedback to help you identify ways of improvement. Assessment tasks are designed to challenge you over the year to increasingly demonstrate your own creativity, reflect your own interests and include independent research.

Optional trips and study visits

We provide you with opportunities to visit major fashion capitals to gain an international perspective, such as Copenhagen, Florence and New York. You’ll also have the option to go on research visits to cultural and retail destinations in the UK, such as London and Liverpool.

Degree Show

At the end of the year, you’ll collectively 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.

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

Careers and employability

This course has an excellent employment rate, with 93% of students in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Graduate roles include buying, merchandising, digital marketing, design, visual merchandising and account management. You may also wish to pursue further education or self-employment.

Recent graduate roles and destinations include:

  • Arcadia Group, fashion designer
  • Next, trainee buyer
  • Adidas, visual merchandiser, Amsterdam
  • Calvin Klein, brand coordinator, Hong Kong
  • Eland Fashion, assistant buyer, Hong Kong
  • YM INC, ecommerce coordinator, Canada.

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 for up to three years after completing your course.

Connecting with industry

This course has developed strong collaborations with industry partners at local, national and international levels. Recent visitors have included:

  • Carol Rose, an expert in sustainable fashion life cycle solutions
  • Matthew Dixon, director of Hudson Walker International
  • Food Futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye
  • Andrew and Iain Foxall from Foxall Studio
  • Marketing Consultancy BDA London
  • representatives from Wedgewood, Next, and Whistles
  • visiting alumni who come to share their industry experience.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects and competitions with brands and organisations within the fashion and related industries. This has recently included a fashion buying and range planning competition with Next, leading to a graduate intern position.

This course has an excellent employment rate, with 93% of students in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • completion of Year Two of a Fashion or Textiles-related degree course; or
  • completion of a HND course in Fashion or Textiles; or
  • completion of a Foundation degree in a related Fashion or Textiles discipline.

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.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a portfolio if invited to attend an interview. Download our interview advice sheet.

What are we looking for?

  • completion of Year Two of a Fashion or Textiles related degree course; or
  • completion of a HND course in Fashion or Textiles; or
  • completion of a Foundation degree in a related Fashion or Textiles discipline.
  • digital portfolio

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

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.

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.

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.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a portfolio if invited to attend an interview. Download our interview advice sheet.

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. If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your portfolio.

If you aren't resident in the UK we'll ask you to make to submit a digital portfolio.

Get some digital portfolio advice.

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 annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

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 annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418