BA (Hons)

Fashion Management

  • UCAS code(s): 4J38 / JW42
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2017 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

This course focuses on the management of the entire fashion chain, from design development and product sourcing, to manufacture, sales and marketing, and to the end consumer.

You’ll learn about all the processes and elements of the fashion industry needed to inform and shape commercial management decision-making. The course also offers you the option of a year-long work placement, where you will get hands-on industry experience.

This course is ideal if you’re looking to combine your interest in fashion products with business management skills. With links to an impressive international network of fashion and textiles organisations, we’ll equip you with the fashion, textiles, product design development, management and communication skills you need to launch your career in the global fashion industry.

Key features

  • Complete an optional year-long work placement – in the UK or abroad – and gain a certificate or diploma in professional practice.
  • Work on live briefs set by our industry contacts, such as John Lewis, Wrangler, Next, and Jaeger.
  • Benefit from visiting professionals from companies like Gateley, Ashton Brand Consulting Group, and The Trend Boutique.
  • Apply for international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • Go on optional trips to international fashion capitals such as New York, Paris and Florence.
  • Visit companies, exhibitions and trade fairs in the UK and Europe to learn about industry practice.
  • Develop your dissertation in an area that really interests you.
  • Exhibit your final year work at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
  • 94% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey, 2016)
  • 94% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014-15 based on previous course title, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Management)

What you'll study

  • Year One

    These three year-long modules run side by side.

    Fashion Textiles Product (60 credit points)
    You’ll learn about all aspects of garment and fabric technology and gain a practical understanding of how garments are constructed. You will also investigate the performance and properties of fabric and learn about the commercial relevance
    of new technologies in the industry.

    Fashion Management and Marketing (40 credit points)
    You will develop your understanding of the global fashion manufacturing and retail industries. You will learn about the procedures involved with the design, production and retail of a garment, and the roles of the key people who manage these processes. You’ll also be introduced to the basic principles of management, consumer behaviour and marketing theory.

    Design and Visual Communication (20 credit points)
    You will explore the practical experiences within design activity. You will be taught a range of computer-aided design skills – including Adobe Photoshop – relating to visual communication, layout, and image manipulation. You’ll also develop an appreciation of fashion trends, prediction and forecasting, and use this when presenting your ideas.

  • Year Two

    Fashion Buying and Merchandising (40 credit points, all year)
    You will build on the principles and theories of buying and merchandising you learned in Year One. You’ll investigate company strategy from a retail and sourcing perspective, and you’ll study current theory relating to organisational, strategic and operational principles and practice in global sourcing and supply chain management.

    Management and Employment (20 credit points, first half of year)
    You will learn about the key management theories in relation to employability, personal and professional attributes, skills and individual development for employment in the fashion and textiles industry.

    Research Project (20 credit points, first half of year)
    This module is designed to prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will acquire and develop research skills, and have the opportunity to integrate and explore your learning and knowledge gained from other modules that you’ve studied so far.

    Product Technology (20 credit points, second half of year)
    You will develop your understanding of fashion garments and related fashion products, exploring issues such as sizing and fit, safety standards for clothing, and legislation in the retail industry. You will also learn about the purpose and methodology of fashion product technology and performance within the fashion buying cycle. Assessment for this module is by exam.

    Fashion Marketing and Communication(20 credit points, second half of year)
    You will explore marketing and promotional strategy in the context of the fashion industry. You’ll consider the wider external environment, and international issues of fashion marketing in a global context. You will investigate consumer behaviour and gain knowledge of marketing promotion theory and practice.

  • Year Three

    Optional Placement Year
    The aim of a placement year is for you to combine and apply what you have learnt so far on the course. Your placement will give you the opportunity to experience the realities of the commercial world, and you'll gain an understanding of different industrial practices and develop a range of transferable skills. Your placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks, and you can work with one or more companies in the UK or overseas. You'll also have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification, a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

    Our dedicated Employability Team will give you support, advice and access to valuable resources to help you find a placement.

    Our Fashion Management students gain placements with a range design companies, including:

    • ASOS, Buyer's administration assistant;
    • Coast, Allocator;
    • Timberland, Product Development Intern;
    • Walt Disney Company, Fashion and Home department intern;
    • Debenhams, Trainee assistant buyer;
    • George, Assistant branch merchandiser;
    • Li & Fung, Production and Sales Intern (New York, USA);
    • River Island, online marketing assistant;
    • Wrangler, PR and Events assistant (Antwerp, Belgium);
    • Kipling, Merchandiser (Antwerp, Belgium); and
    • Kipling, eComm assistant (Antwerp, Belgium).

    Job roles include: buying, merchandising, allocators, marketing, PR, product development and technology.

    It is important to bear in mind that finding and securing a placement is based on your own efforts, and not something we can guarantee.

  • Final year

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Dissertation (60 credit points)
    You will complete an investigative study into a specialist subject relating to the Fashion Management course and the global industry. You will negotiate your chosen research subject with your tutor and produce a research methodology report, a presentation, and a written dissertation.

    Fashion Management (60 credit points)
    You will learn about developing fashion business strategies, how to evaluate current management theory, and how to analyse how fashion organisations operate. You’ll also learn how to recommend improvements that can be implemented and produce
    a written assignment.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Study the management of the entire fashion chain.

How you’re taught

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

  • lectures and briefings;
  • seminars;
  • workshops;
  • tutorials ;
  • group tutorials;
  • peer group activities;
  • verbal and visual presentations;
  • teamwork ;
  • external visits; and
  • personal development planning.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework and an exam. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • reports;
  • assignments;
  • an exam;
  • presentations; and
  • dissertation.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

This course benefits from an international perspective that is reinforced by optional structured visits to major fashion capitals.

Recent destinations have included

  • Paris;
  • London;
  • New York; and
  • Florence.

Exchange opportunities

We have an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which our Fashion Management students can apply to take part in

The University is also part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe. If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV.

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.

Work on live briefs set by our industry contacts.

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 94% of students who opt for a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014-15, based on graduates from the course when it was titled BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Management )

Graduates from this course go into a range of roles working for lots of different companies. Recent examples include:

  • ASOS, buyer’s administrative assistant, merchandiser, garment technologist assistant;
  • Boots, category assistant, buying administrative assistant;
  • Beales, buying administration assistant;
  • Berties, trainee manager;
  • Burton, buyer’s administrative assistant;
  • Cath Kidston, buyer’s administrative assistant;
  • Debenhams, trainee assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser;
  • House of Fraser, buying assistant;
  • Jimmy Choo, merchandising intern;
  • Joules, buyer’s assistant;
  • Mamas & Papas, trainee product developer;
  • Mintel, graduate research executive;
  • Next, trainee buyer;
  • Seasalt, allocator;
  • Ted Baker, buyer’s administrative assistant, press assistant;
  • Timberland, product developer;
  • Topshop, online production assistant, marketing assistant; and
  • White Stuff, allocator.

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 is based on the reality of the global fashion industry and you’ll benefit from lectures, workshops and live projects with a range of companies, including:

  • Edited;
  • Fashion Track;
  • George;
  • Gerber Technology;
  • John Lewis;
  • L’Oréal;
  • Next; and
  • Sainsbury’s.

You’ll get to listen to guest speakers and industry experts such as Andrew Macmillan from Gateley, Susana Vazquez Liston from ASOS, Ben Muis from Ben Muis Forward Thinking Fashion Business Consultancy, Mike Ashton from Ashton Branding Consulting Group, and Sally Denton from The Trend Boutique.

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

The course also has links to:

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

Work placement and internship opportunities

You can choose whether or not to take a year-long work placement during your studies. A placement year will give you the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience within industry and valuable skills for the future.

Our Fashion Management students have recently worked with a range of companies during their work placement year, including: ASOS, Coast, Debenhams, George, Kipling (Belgium), Li & Fung (New York), River Island, Timberland, The Walt Disney Company, and Wrangler (Belgium).

You must complete 36 weeks, either working with one company, or multiple organisations, in the UK or abroad.

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.

Complete an optional year-long work placement.

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.

We will accept A-level General Studies. No creative portfolio is needed for entry to this course.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

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.

We will accept A-level General Studies. No creative portfolio is needed for entry to this 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.

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 how to apply 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.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418