BA (Hons)

Fashion Management

Top
5
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): JW42 / 4J38
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

FIND US ON

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.

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.

Key features

  • NTU has an outstanding reputation within the industry and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • 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.
  • Apply for an 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.
  • Be assured that 90% of students on the sandwich route are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2018)
Video icon
Get a glimpse of our Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication courses

What you'll study

  • Year One

    These three year-long modules run side by side.

    Fashion Textiles Product (60 credit points)
    Learn about all aspects of garment and fabric technology and gain a practical understanding of how garments are constructed. Investigate the performance and properties of textiles and clothing, and learn about the commercial and sustainable relevance of new technologies in the industry.

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

    Design and Visual Communication (20 credit points)
    Expand your appreciation of fashion trends and forecasting, capturing your ideas on a blog and using this when presenting your ideas. Explore the practical experiences within the role of fashion design. You’ll be taught a range of computer-aided design skills – including Adobe Photoshop – relating to visual communication, layout, and image manipulation.

  • Year Two

    Fashion Buying and Merchandising (40 credit points, all year)
    Build on the principles and theories of fashion buying and merchandising you learned in Year One. Investigate company strategy from a retail and sourcing perspective, and 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)
    This module is about supporting you to get a placement or work experience from our global network of fashion contacts. Develop your business profile on LinkedIn, experience mock interviews and assessment centre exercises. Learn about employment law, professional attributes, skills and individual development for employment in the fashion and textiles industry.

    Fashion Marketing and Communication (20 credit points, first 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.

    Product Technology (20 credit points, second half of year)
    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’ll 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.

    Research Project (20 credit points, second 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 the knowledge gained from other modules that you’ve studied so far.

  • Year Three

    Optional Placement Year
    The placement year will give you the chance to experience the commercial world first-hand. You can work with one or more companies in the UK or overseas.

    Many students say a placement year really boosts their confidence, and helps their final year studies and graduate employability. Some placements even lead to graduate job offers.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification – a certificate or diploma in professional practice. Recent placement destinations include:

    • 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)
    • Kipling, eComm assistant (Antwerp, Belgium).

    Job roles include: buying, merchandising, allocating, 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)
    Complete an investigative study into a subject of your choice relating to the Fashion Management course and the global industry. You’ll negotiate your chosen research subject with your personal tutor and produce a research methodology report, a presentation, and a written dissertation.

    Fashion Management (60 credit points)
    Learn about developing fashion business strategies, how to evaluate contemporary management theory, and how to evaluate how fashion organisations strategically operate and innovate. You’ll also learn how to recommend improvements that can be implemented and produce written reports and visual assignments.

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 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
  • a dissertation.

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

Trips and study visits

We provide you with opportunities to visit major fashion capitals to gain an international perspective. Recent destinations have included Paris, London, New York and Florence.

The BA (Hons) Fashion Management course within the School of Art & Design 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.

Exchange opportunities

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.

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

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 (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (17%).
  • 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 (24%), independent study (76%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).

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. A placement year will give you the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience and valuable skills for the future.

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.

NTU has an outstanding reputation within the industry and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2019)

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.

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

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 creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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.

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

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 creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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 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.

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.

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.

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
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories;
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with 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
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with 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