Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship MA
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
1 year full-time (September or January start)Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Design Building, City Campus East
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The MA Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship delivers an advanced understanding of the global fashion industry. The pathway caters for the increasing demand for highly skilled managers and executives in this sector and is equally suited to applicants from design, technological or business disciplines wishing to enhance their career prospects. The pathway will develop entrepreneurial skills by examining case studies and live situations from industry.
Your course in brief
This MA provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of how the fashion world works, by examining the processes, roles and objectives that define this complex industry, and by exploring how creative entrepreneurship is changing it.
All postgraduate pathways delivered in London include the module “Ethical & Environmental Values” which introduces our approach to this important area and which will stimulate personal consideration and evaluation of the relationship between commerce, the environment, and people.
Following intensive study of business management, and of the contemporary global fashion industry, students pursue research or a special project tailored to their career aspirations. The final major project is a master’s dissertation on an original topic, or a major management project such as a complex business plan. The subject will be proposed by the student, agreed by student and tutor, and developed under tutorial supervision.
The theoretical modules cover essential subjects and are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. These subjects include:
- Ethical and environmental values
- Design and product development
- Trend research and international trend prediction
- Buying and merchandising roles
- Retail strategy
- Sourcing and supply chain management
- Global luxury brands
Who would this course suit?
The MA Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship pathway is designed for graduates or experienced professionals from design, technological or business disciplines who wish to enhance their career prospects in the fashion industry.
Graduates from the pathway will enter, or return to, the industry at senior levels or may look to develop innovative individual business opportunities. Career opportunities exist in specific fields including: design product management, project and account management, buying, marketing and retail management, sourcing and supply chain management, and within organisations specialising in the fields of ethical and environmental values. The entrepreneurial focus of the pathway is highly relevant for those who may prefer to establish their own fashion related business.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
During the first two semesters you will be assessed on the essays and reports you write, and on individual and team presentations. During the third, you will be required to present your dissertation or major project
At the end of the course, you will be qualified to work in a range of international fashion related areas, including: design and product management, buying and marketing, sourcing and supply chain management, brand management, and working with fashion organisations specialising in ethical trading. Alternatively, you may prefer to establish a new fashion related business yourself.
Applicants to this programme can choose to commence in either September or January.
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