BA (Hons)

International Fashion Business (1 year top-up)

  • UCAS code(s): W232
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • The entry requirements may be different while in clearing

This is a unique one year top-up degree which will enhance your understanding of how the fashion industry works. It will give you an international perspective of the industry covering creative buying, fashion trends and product concept. You'll have the opportunity to discuss areas of personal interest such sustainable fashion, or setting up your own business. You’ll also gain an understanding of events, management processes and visual and verbal communication.

This 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.

Key features

  • 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.

What you'll study

  • Year One

    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.

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;
  • seminars;
  • workshops;
  • visits to industry head offices and retail stores;
  • attendance at conference events;
  • visual technology skills; and
  • 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.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.

How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but may take the form of:

  • written and visual research;
  • proposals and evaluations;
  • reports;
  • articles;
  • dissertation or alternative project; and
  • visual and verbal presentations.

The majority of assessments are for you to complete on your own, with one being a group project.

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.

Degree Show

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 showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 92% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE 2013-14)

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;
  • styling; and
  • journalism.

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; and
  • Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Buyers administrator.

Our graduates have also gone on to work with companies including:

  • Ralph Lauren;
  • Christian Dior;
  • Burberry;
  • Vivienne Westwood;
  • Sonia Rykiel;
  • Topshop;
  • Next;
  • H&M;
  • George at Asda;
  • Per Una; and
  • F&F at Tesco.

YouFirst – working with our 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.

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; and
  • a visit to New York to attend a visual merchandising conference with students from our BA (Hons) Fashion Management course.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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; or
  • a foundation degree in a related Fashion or Textiles discipline.

You will also need:

  • GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C or equivalent; and
  • examples of your work (portfolio, written essays or reports relevant to the course).

What are we looking for?

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; or
  • a foundation degree in a related Fashion or Textiles discipline.

You will also need:

  • GCSE English and Maths or Science grade C or equivalent; and
  • 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.

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 site and NTIC can use all of the University's facilities.

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'll find our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests here. 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 to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions 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 in your country.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview and examples of work. Download our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business interview information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

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

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

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and online work submission.

If you are resident in the UK and invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring examples of work with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview download our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business interview information.

If you aren't resident in the UK we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) International Fashion Business work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

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. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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 to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions 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 in your country.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

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;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

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