The Executive MBA (Fashion) at LCF is designed for fashion business professionals seeking to develop, strengthen and expand their managerial knowledge and expertise. This exclusive blended learning programme is delivered by a combination of short face-to-face teaching blocks in London, followed by online seminars, discussions and peer-to-peer learning.

Two study routes are available, an 18-month Fast Track option and a Flexible Learning option, a unit-by-unit approach which allows candidates up to 5 years to complete.

Applications open 2015/16

This course is open for applications. Take a look at the ‘Apply’ section on this page for details. For a full list of courses open for 2015/16 applications at all UAL Colleges, visit the Places Available page.

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Lights

Executive MBA (Fashion) Course Director Dr Jonathan Gander introduces the course.

Executive MBA (Fashion) Unit Overview, Human and Financial Resources including a meeting with Superdry

Executive MBA (Fashion) Industry Roundtable on Digital Futures, 14 April 2015

LuxAdvisory’s Concetta Lanciaux with LCF's EMBA students

EMBA students pictured with LuxAdvisory’s Concetta Lanciaux, who gave a presentation at the EMBA networking event

"The Executive MBA (Fashion) is long overdue. A qualification that can help to develop talented visionary people in the fashion industry, and provide them with the requisite management skills to run businesses will be invaluable to those individuals and the industry as a whole."

Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive of UK clothing brand, Whistles

Facts

Course Leader

Dr Jonathan Gander

Course Location

Teaching: Wallacespace Covent Garden

Networking events: The Hospital Club

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModePart time
Course LengthFast Track: 18 month part time programme, designed to complement full time employment.
Flexible Learning: unit by unit flexible approach. All units must be completed within 5 years for the full MBA qualification.
Home/EU Fee

£27,000 (Fast Track)

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only)

£3,000 per 20 credit unit (Flexible Learning)

£9,000 per 60 credit unit (Flexible Learning) 

The 60 credit Consultancy Project unit can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totalling 120 credits.

Please note that the unit fee will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only). 

International Fee

£27,000 (fast track)

£3,000 per 20 credit unit (Flexible Learning)

£9,000 per 60 credit unit (Flexible Learning) 

The 60 credit Consultancy Project unit can only be taken after the successful completion of all other units, totaling 120 credits.

Please note that the unit fee will be adjusted to reflect any changes in the annual tuition fee applicable to the year of study.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount (Fast Track route only).

Term DatesPlease see Content and Structure tab for attendance dates.
Visa information: Please note that students offered a place on this course will NOT be issued with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). The Home Office have previously confirmed that the Short-term study visa route is the appropriate one for a distance learning course for students who need to spend short periods of time in the UK. For more information please check: www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa
Please note that we cannot guarantee that the current immigration rules will remain the same over the period of your study.
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and Structure

Content

The Executive MBA (Fashion) is for fashion business executives, directors, managers and growing entrepreneurs. This specialist programme is uniquely focused on the fashion industry, enabling participants to broaden their careers beyond their own specific experiences, developing a greater strategic approach, confidence and understanding that can equip them for more senior roles and greater responsibilities.

This exclusive blended learning programme is delivered by a combination of 3 day face-to-face teaching blocks in London, followed by online seminars, discussions and peer-to-peer learning, taught by some of the most highly respected professionals that the fashion industry and creative academia can offer.

You will be taught by staff with significant fashion business experience and access to the fashion industry through consultancies and research. LCF maintains close relationships with industry leaders, which underpins the EMBA’s focused content, enabling participants to learn from real-life case studies and from industry specialists. This unique learning experience will provide you with the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills to succeed in the widest variety of fashion enterprises. During the course you will be able to enhance your evaluative, analytical and problem-solving skills by combining your growing theoretical knowledge with the decision-making challenges faced during your work roles.

Modes of learning

Fast track:

  • 18 month part-time programme
  • Designed to complement full-time employment
  • Periods of intensive study
  • Seven units completed in sequence. 

Flexible learning: 

  • Unit-by-unit flexible approach
  • Take one or more units at a time
  • units can be taken in any order (except Consultancy Project)
  • Entry points in October, January, April and June
  • Up to five years to complete full MBA qualification
  • Option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

Structure

This is a blended learning course, which is delivered through a mixture of face to face attendance and online distance learning.

Face to Face teaching

Candidates will be required to attend in person for a maximum six days every three months (three days per unit). Classes will include a mix of tutor and student-led seminars, group and individual presentations, individual and team responses to case studies, and lectures.

Lectures will be supported by guest speakers from fashion and related industries. Case studies will form a further focus for student-led seminar and workshop activity.

Industry visits

Site visits are scheduled for each attendance block, allowing candidates restricted behind the scenes access directly related to the unit of study. Recent site visits have offered candidates the opportunity to visit a working factory at Margaret Howell, and to discuss up to the minute strategies and figures with the HR and Finance Directors in the boardroom at the Superdry Flagship store.

Networking events

Candidates are offered access to exclusive evening industry networking events in the form of panel discussions with high-profile speakers, which are followed by the chance to meet the speakers and academics over drinks and canapés to further discuss points raised during the debate.

Recent events include ‘The Global Menswear Market: Challenges and Opportunities for Growth’ and ‘Global Luxury Consumption: The Future of Exclusivity’, with panel members including Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods; Maurice Mullen, Head of Fashion and Luxury at the London Evening Standard; Eric Musgrave, Drapers Editorial Director; Peter Ruis, CEO at Jigsaw; and Eleanor Robertson, Buying Manager at Selfridges.

Online distance learning

The advanced virtual learning environment offers candidates the opportunity to engage with tutor-led live seminars, discussion forums and chat room facilities. This blend of learning provides an accessible, inspiring and flexible space in which to gain this EMBA degree.

Candidates are expected to engage frequently in self-directed peer communication. The latter will help strengthen the strong networking opportunities afforded by the programme.

International fashion city excursion

The Product Portfolio Management unit encompasses an international fashion city excursion to look at global retailing with particular emphasis on design and retail concepts. In June 2014 the excursion was based on the luxury sector in Paris and included dedicated visits to Dior and Galeries Lafayette.

Course units and attendance dates: 

Consultancy Project (60 credits) (only available after completion of all other units)
Attendance dates: Monday 5 October 2015 - Friday 9 October 2015

Global Supply Chain and Distribution (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 5 October 2015 - Wednesday 7 October 2015
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 7 October 2015

Socio-cultural, Organisational and Economic Context of Fashion (20 credits)
Attendance dates: Thursday 8 October 2015 - Saturday 10 October 2015
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 7 October 2015

Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
Attendance dates: Monday 11 January 2016 - Wednesday 13 January 2016
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 13 January 2016

Consultancy Project (60 credits) (only available after completion of all other units)
Attendance dates presentations: Monday 21 March 2016 - Tuesday 22 March 2016

Strategic Human Resource Management and Leadership (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 11 April 2016 - Wednesday 15 April 2016
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 13 April 2016

Strategic Branding and Marketing Management (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Thursday 14 April 2016 - Saturday 16 April 2016
Industry networking evening event: Wednesday 13 April 2016

Product Portfolio Management (20 credits) 
Attendance dates: Monday 4 July 2016 - Wednesday 6 July 2016
International Fashion City Excursion: Thursday 7 July 2016 - Saturday 9 July 2016

Careers

The Executive MBA (Fashion) offers an opportunity for you to combine the value of a professional education with practical business experience, and is expected to add value to your career as a senior manager by enhancing your capacity to innovate and create by fostering openness of mind, team spirit and responsible behaviour.

Exposure to wider academic life at the College such as access to lectures and research seminars will enrich your understanding of fashion and the industry.

The course is a specialist management programme providing applicants with a tailored qualification that will be of optimum practical use to you in the workplace. We are confident your learning experience on the course will enable you to accelerate your career progression.

Staff

Dr Jonathan Gander is Director of the Executive MBA (Fashion). Jonathan is an experienced academic having held roles at business schools at Westminster University, Kingston University and most recently the University of East Anglia. He has also held visiting professorships at universities in Shanghai and Moscow. His specialism is the creative industries, publishing work on strategy in popular music organizations, alliance management in design consultancies and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. Read full profile →

Liz Gee studied Psychology at the University of Bristol and then went on to train as a Chartered Accountant with one of the “Big Four” firms, Ernst & Young in London. After qualification she moved straight out to industry, joining Internal Audit at The Burton Group (now Arcadia), fondly known in the industry as the “University of Fashion Retail”. Several years and many different Finance Manager roles later, Debenhams plc de-merged from the Group and Liz went on to be Corporate Treasurer. She then moved to Barclays Bank plc where as a Relationship Director she was responsible for the corporate banking affairs of many retail and wholesale fashion clients including Liberty, Select, Hawes & Curtis and Blue Inc to name just a few. Soon, a few hours as a Visiting Lecturer at London College of Fashion became a full-time role as Liz brought her practical finance experience from all types of companies to life in the classroom. Liz is now leading an Integrated Masters in International Fashion Management, is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is registered as a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute, which is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK.

Matteo Montecchi is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Management. Previously Matteo worked at the Istituto Marangoni, where he held the position of Programme Leader for the Department of Fashion Business, and he has lectured on luxury marketing for the European Business School, Regent’s University London. On being awarded a degree in Business Economics in 2004, he began a career in Marketing and Corporate Communications, and completed an Executive Masters Programme in Marketing and Sales at SDA Bocconi School of Management and ESADE Business School in 2009. In 2012 he obtained a Master in Research (MRes) in Marketing from Birkbeck College, University of London, and maintains a research interest in how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands.

Nathalie Khan teaches fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She is also a guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, the University of Bologna and The Condé Nast School of Fashion and Design in London. Khan is a leading theorist and writer on contemporary fashion media and the impact of new technology on the traditional catwalk show and fashion photography. Recent publications include ‘The Fashion Show and Liminal Time’ (Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters: 2014), ‘Fashion as Mythology - Considerations on the legacy of Alexander McQueen’ (Fashion Cultures Revisited, Routledge 2013) ‘Cutting the Fashion Body: Why the fashion image is no longer still, (Fashion Theory, Bloomsbury 2011), as well as ‘Stealing the moment: the non-narrative fashion films of Ruth Hogben and Gareth Pugh’ (Fashion, Film and Consumption, Intellect 2012). Recent curatorial practice includes a project titled I know simply that the sky will last longer than I, with the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere during the 28th International Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, 2013). Nathalie is currently co-editing a reader on fashion photography and theory for Bloomsbury. Before pursuing a career in academia Nathalie worked as a brand consultant for Kurt Geiger and as a sales and distribution manager for global brands such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Pollini and Prada. This experience offered her an insight into the way the industry operates and taught her to manage and develop professional relationships on a national, as well as international level. 

Industry Experts

Speakers from 2013/14 programme:      

Andrea Cartwright, HR Director Superdry lectured on HR Strategy at Superdry

Chrissie Gibson, CEO Connectivity Associates Ltd lectured on Leadership and the Fashion Industry

Conchetta Lanciaux, CEO LuxAdvisory lectured on the Golden Age of Luxury (with a comprehensive history of Louis Vuitton)

Dr Gilles Hilary, MBA Associate Professor INSEAD lectured on Financial Statement Analysis

Duncan Highet, Communication Professional 2iis lectured on Presentation Skills for the Board Room

Elizabetta del Ponti, Specialist Brand Consultant lectured on Retail Innovations

Helen Clarke, Production Manager Margaret Howell lectured on UK Production of Luxury Brands - The Challenges

Jan Heere, International CEO M&S lectured on How Fast Fashion has Transformed the Fashion Retail Landscape

Jo Jackson, Director Protein lectured on How Brands Adapt to Reach New Young Consumers

Jonathan Chippindale, CEO Holition lectured on Augmented Reality for the Fashion Brands

Malcolm Newbery, Director Malcolm Newberry lectured on Changing Global Supply Chains for Fast Associates Fashion

Mathew Zorpas, Creative Consultant The Gentleman Blogger lectured on Fashion Blogging

Matteo Fontanelli, Buyer Luisa via Roma lectured on Buying and Distribution Models for Luxury Goods

Sennait Ghebreab, International Sales Manager Pringle Scotland lectured on Signature Style Marketing and Branding

Shaun Lewis, Financial Director Superdry lectured on HR and Links to Financial Strategy at Superdry

Sue Goodman, Director Change Associates lectured on HR and the Fashion Industry

Theresa Haffer Fontanelli, Merchandising Manager Prada Fashion Brands lectured on The Prada Buying Cycle for Luxury Global

Tim McLoughlin, Social Media Director Saatchi and Saatchi lectured on Using Linkedin as a Social Media Strategy

Virginia Norris and Kate Malkin, Head of PR and Head of Marketing Whistles lectured on Fashion and Identity

Wendy Malem, Director Centre for Fashion Enterprise (and Dean of Graduate School) lectured on Strategic Challenges for Emerging Fashion Labels for Production and Sourcing

Entry Requirements

Course entry requirements

Applicants are invited to apply who can demonstrate the following:

  • a good honours degree in a related discipline (2:1 or above) or equivalent qualifications

AND

  • a minimum of 3 years relevant industrial experience

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team decides that the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors. 

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. 

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • a strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion media or fashion industry
  • an awareness and relevant experience of fashion
  • appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course 

Portfolio and interview advice

All applications will be considered by the course team, and suitable candidates will be invited for interview. You are not guaranteed an interview.

How to Apply

Home EU Applicants

Apply direct to College on a postgraduate application form, accompanied by two industrial or academic references and a copy of your highest qualification to date.

Please send your completed application form to the address below: 

Student Administration
London College of Fashion
20 John Prince's Street
London, W1G 0BJ

If you wish to email your application, please complete the word document and save as an attachment and email to student.admin@fashion.arts.ac.uk.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344 

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form 

International Applicants

Please apply directly to the College using the International Application Form, accompanied by two industrial or academic references and a copy of your highest qualification to date.  

Please send your completed application form to the address below:

International Recruitment Office
London College of Fashion
20 John Prince's Street
London, W1G 0BJ

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7677  

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form  

Guidance Notes

What Happens Next?

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.

If the course team considers you to be a suitable candidate, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Course Director, either in person or by Skype. 

Course Units

Global Supply Chain and Distribution     20 credits

The emergence of new routes to market and marketing, such as the development of B2C e-tailing and of viral marketing, has created new levels of complexity in supply chain management. Responding to this challenge requires the application of analytical thinking to develop and deliver creative solutions. This unit therefore explores the challenges and issues of vertical integration and alternative supply chain strategies, their impact on critical supply paths and delivery to market. It will also cover the opportunities of alternative distribution routes, their costs and benefits, the potential of the growth of e-tailing, ethical and sustainability issues within the supply chain and after-market concerns globally. The core of this unit is, therefore, on the fashion industry’s fundamental concern with the flow of product, from its sourcing to its delivery to customers, enabling you to evaluate business problems and opportunities arising from buying and merchandising activity across the global fashion retailing sector.

Socio-cultural, Organisational and Economic Context of Fashion     20 credits

Organisations and brands frequently need to be refreshed and repositioned as the global competitive environment changes around them. This unit aims to analyse the various contexts in which fashion product and services are produced, marketed, distributed and consumed. These contexts influence decisions, strategies and procedures within the business and thus demonstrate the importance of contextual environmental factors on the business itself, as well as explore the definition of fashion as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Considering these as a whole the unit will provide tools and perspectives available to organize analysis, identify strategic challenges and begin designing an organisational response. Even though internationalisation is now considered an unarguable characteristic of the fashion industry, cultural and legal diversities that exist at country level can have significant repercussions on actual performance, whilst advances in technology have the power to cause dramatic shifts affecting the fashion industry at a global level. The unit will engage with these issues through the use of case studies and input from key speakers and you will be encouraged to apply your understanding of these issues to business problems.

Strategic Financial Management     20 credits

This unit introduces candidates to the financial aspects of running a business and how the management of various forms of capital is critical in the formulation of successful strategies. It is important to trace different kinds of decisions from the strategic to the operational by reviewing and being able to interpret financial statements, budgets and the impact that these different decisions may have on the financial bottom line. You will examine how finance and accounting interact and learn how to tackle the main financial problems you may encounter. You will also be able to understand and analyse the accounts of different fashion companies.

Strategic Human Resource Management and Leadership     20 credits

The bigger an organisation gets and the higher up in the organisational hierarchy an executive is positioned the more he/she manages work flow and delivers results via other people's work outputs. Creating teams, motivating individuals and managing outcomes therefore become crucial in determining strategies. This unit will enable you to analyse and apply leading-edge thinking in the practice of HR management in the context of leadership and business ethics, employee resourcing, talent cultivation and development/performance management. The unit focuses on exploring the nature of 'leadership' as a personal attribute and the development of skills that are essential for effective management. Communication, negotiation, presentation skills, team building, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship are some of the areas covered within this unit. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your current skill set, develop a set of personal aims and engage in actively enhancing the skills that support your own chosen aims.

Strategic Branding and Marketing Management     20 credits

This unit critically examines the main principles of brand management within a global fashion context. In conjunction with an understanding of the fundaments of consumer behaviour, you will have the opportunity to view the fields of branding and marketing in a holistic manner, examining them both from a strategic and operational perspective. Broader corporate objectives need to be aligned with market positioning and branding strategies so that they maximise performance by using resources effectively. You will have the opportunity to explore the interdependence and impact of these factors on business performance via the use of case studies, analysis of theoretical frameworks and discussions with industry practitioners.

Product Portfolio Management     20 credits

Fashion products are by nature cyclical and ever-changing, subject to trends and wider socio-economical influences. Yet a fashion company needs to manage the creation of a product line in a strategic way that transcends short-term fluctuations and reflects a conscious longer term direction. In parallel to this, the complex nature of the fashion industry will be explored to re-define ways in which we create and develop fashion using flexible collaborative networks for global markets. This unit explores how 'Product' (be it an entirely new design concept, the development of a whole range or even a service) needs to be created in a manner that is congruent with corporate objectives and values, whilst fashion ranges can be viewed as a portfolio of investments yielding varying returns according to desirability and demand.

Consultancy Project     60 credits

This unit is the capstone of your course. It provides the challenge and opportunity of applying the learning and skills you have gained during the EMBA course to pursue, with tutorial support, a personally directed research project. The research project will be focussed on addressing and solving a problem within a company of your choice. With a tutor to guide the construction of the report and an expert supervisor helping you focus on the theoretical and practical specifics of your enquiry you will explore, accurately diagnose and analyse a problem within a company. You will use available theoretical models, evaluate alternatives and propose effective solutions. In your final submitted project you will need to have demonstrated your competence in evaluating and analysing the complex factors revealed by your project.  Having analysed the issues you will then need to explore a range of solutions, demonstrating a clear understanding of their effects in terms of costs and benefits to the company and its market position. You will finally put forward a proposal articulating fully the rationale of your chosen solution. To accompany your written report you will deliver a presentation to a panel of fashion practitioners and academics.

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