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This course is ideal for students who are both creative and analytical, who want to learn about the business of fashion and who still have a desire to design and make, but ultimately want a fashion business-centric career. The course considers the complexities surrounding the global fashion industry to provide an in-depth appreciation of how products are manufactured, supplied and sold. Ultimately, you’ll gain the experience, knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to start your own company or to enter an existing one with a sound understanding of the business of fashion.Our strong collaborations with the likes of Ted Baker, Ally Capellino and Maria Grachvogel open up opportunities for live projects, work placements, competitions and employment.

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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Fashion and Fashion Business award is intended to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in fashion business. The learning will prepare students to take up careers in a variety of fashion business roles including Buying, Merchandising, Sales and Marketing and Communication.  Fashion and Fashion Business is for students that are both creative, and analytical, who want to learn about the business of fashion, who still have a desire to design and make, but ultimately wish to pursue a fashion business centric career.

  • Strong industry links including Ted Baker, Ally Capellino, Maria Grachvogel to name but a few, collaborating through live projects, work placements, competition sponsorship and graduate employment opportunities.
  • Graduates will learn about fashion life cycle, the critical path, market research, sizing and technical fit, the role of a buyer, merchandiser and elements of the production cycle.
  •  Each year we host Design Talk, a series of lectures with guest speakers from industry.
  • Ideal location- 20 minutes from central London.

What job can I get?

Our fashion and fashion business degree equips you with a range of skills suitable for starting careers in the industry. Our graduates are employed in buying, merchandising, strategic marketing, e-commerce, sourcing and allocating, sales, production management and more, and often use their knowledge to start their careers as freelancers.

Key staff

Corinne Metcalfe
Corinne has over 30 years of industry experience, from running her own business to roles such as Designer/Pattern cutter, Head of Design, Design & Development Director and Operational Board member for brands like Nigel Cabourn, Musto, Dubarry and Purdey.

Tony Rosella
Programme Leader for Fashion & Fashion Business. Tony's background is in body size and shape technology for the apparel industry. He has led extensive projects with Debenhams, F&F, Marks and Spencer, Ministry of Defence, Next, Oasis and many more.

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 29th in the country in the fashion and textiles section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Course details

Careers

This courses prepares you with the skills to work in range planning, merchandising, buying, design as well as production management.

Teaching methods

First Year

Learning alongside your fashion colleagues, the focus is on learning core fashion business, design, and technical and portfolio skills.  You will be introduced to the principles of strategic business theories and practices used commercially within fashion through report writing, reflection and analysis. You will be introduced to the ‘language’ of fashion and fashion business, including key roles and their functions and how the sector operates.

Second Year

You will learn how to contextualise the business of fashion; providing a more in-depth understanding through analytical reports such as: market research, branding, strategic business planning and communication skills.
You will continue to study core fashion design, technical and portfolio skills with a greater emphasis on a continuous programme of exploration, risk taking, curiosity and creativity.  We also provide our students with the opportunity to participate in internationally recognised competitions.

Final Year

Working at a greater level of independence, you will study towards a major in an in-depth investigative fashion business study that is achieved through a variety of different communication methods.  Students will negotiate areas of enquiry that reflect a sophisticated awareness of fashion business. In particular management competencies, the successful implementation of providing solutions to complex business problems, and an understanding of key factors that influence commercial fashion.  

Independent study

As a student on our Fashion programme, a large chunk of your time will consist of independent study. Working on set tasks as directed by your tutors, you will be expected to explore and progress your projects independently outside of lesson hours.

Don’t worry though; independent study doesn’t have to mean studying alone. You will be guided by your tutors on the tasks, able to use our state-of-the-art facilities outside of lesson hours alongside your classmates, and supported by our excellent technicians if you have a query or get stuck when your tutor isn’t around. This allocated independent study gives you the ideal opportunity to build your personal style and grow confidence working and making decisions alone, whilst still giving you professional support and personal guidance you need on your academic journey.

Work Placement

Our students will get the chance to undertake accredited work placements during their studies with prestigious companies, building links and networks with industry partners to enhance their career opportunities.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Fashion Design Fundamentals (1): Introduction to Fashion Principles - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Design Skills (1): Introduction to Fashion Function - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Design Studio (1): Introduction to Fashion Application - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Business (1): Introduction to Fashion Business - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Fashion Design Skills (2): Fashion Function - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Design Studio (2): Fashion Innovation - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Business (2): Principles of Fashion Business - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Business (3): The Practice of Fashion Business - 30 Credits
  • Professional Portfolio - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Experience 30: Design - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Fashion Degree Essay - 30 Credits
  • Fashion Business Investigative Study: Major Project - 60 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019/20 Academic Year 

  • 72-168 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C for English and Grade D for Maths if taken before 2015).
  • Formal or informal qualifications in art or design, evidence of skill and experience in portfolio. 
  • Admission subject to portfolio interview. Check out portfolio advice here.  
  • IB - 72-168 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at SL or HL  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).  
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • Find out more about international application requirements

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/09/201925/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/09/202025/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)