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 Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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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

  • NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2018)
  • 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).
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What you'll study

  • Year One

    October to February

    Fashion Buying (20 credit points)
    Focus on the role of a fashion buyer, and the visual and business skills and knowledge required. You’ll explore the key processes involved in fashion buying, global sourcing, and sample and selection procedures. Develop the research skills associated with fashion buying; combining creativity, communication and trend awareness to create a buying strategy and a product proposal for a fashion brand.

    Fashion Brand Marketing and Promotion (20 credit points)
    Central to this module are two key areas. The first is marketing and research skills, where science and theory play their part in understanding personality, emotions, and motivation to buy. The second is media, image, and creating a brand identity. Evaluate the power of imagery and how brands select effective channels of communication to engage with their target consumer.

    Lifestyle and Trend Prediction (20 credit points)
    Explore how trends are identified, how brands interpret and adapt them for market, and how they are communicated to the consumer. Knowing how to initiate trend research, manage a creative project and create a professionally presented assignment within a team develops key skills required in industry. This module provides you with an opportunity to work in a team and experience team dynamics. You’ll develop your creative visual communication skills through computer-aided design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

    February to July

    Fashion Concepts and Innovation Projects (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 themes such as potential career paths, new contemporary creative concepts, or a specialised professional direction within the subject of fashion business.

    A series of workshops, supporting lectures and seminars will enable you to gain an overview of the contemporary topics and trends relative to international fashion business. As the module progresses, you’ll develop your own research strategy through tutorial sessions, culminating in a final and body of work.

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:

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

The majority of assessments are for you to complete on your own. One is a group project.

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 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.

NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2018)

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:

  • Acardia 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.

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.

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?

  • 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.

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.

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 creative 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 to 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
  • £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
  • 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.

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
  • 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.

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