Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

Combine creative and business knowledge and skills to develop a solid understanding of the fashion industry in this international course.

Grad Dip students class of 2015/16 in an afternoon workshop facilitated by LCF Library showing our extensive collection of Visionaire.

Grad Dip students class of 2015/16 in an afternoon workshop facilitated by LCF Library showing our extensive collection of Visionaire.


Course Leader

Tim Williams

Course Location

High Holborn

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee


International Fee


Autumn Term Dates26 Sept - 9 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 Apr - 23 Jun 2017
Application Route

Direct to College

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

Content and structure

PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. 

A one-year conversion course for students who have a 2.1 or higher first degree in an area unrelated to fashion management, this course will enable students who come from different paths of study to progress onto fashion management postgraduate courses or enter employment.


The international student body on the Graduate Diploma Fashion Management, reflects the internationalisation of the fashion industry. Students are encouraged to draw on their own experience to develop a global understanding of the relevant dynamics affecting the fashion industry.

Drawing on the field of International Business, Marketing, Operations Management and Creative Management, this inter-disciplinary course will cover a wide range of topics, including the establishment of the fashion industry, its internationalisation drivers, product development and product life cycles, fashion forecasting, fashion marketing and marketing communications with a specific focus on social media, consumer behaviour and fashion branding.

This provides students with a rich and stimulating learning experience from which to progress, culminating in a final project that is self-negotiated and relevant to their future aspirations. Many students progress onto MA study while others move into employment, defining and establishing their roles within the sector including positions in PR, marketing, management and product development.


Fashion Research in Context
The emphasis of this unit is on developing your ability to engage in independent academic research that will underpin your practice. You will develop your critical thinking and academic writing skills in preparation for Master’s level study. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical models and perspectives as relevant to your course. You will extend your knowledge of research methodologies and techniques and apply them in the development of a written assignment. Through this unit you have the opportunity to enrich your own understanding by engaging in debates and exchanging ideas with peers.

The introductory units Fashion Business Environment and Creative Fashion Management will provide a variety of specialist knowledge required as a solid base for study. The second term will build on that knowledge with Fashion Marketing Management. The Fashion Business Project unit will enable you to specialise in your own interests and to research a self-selected topic from three subject areas of management.

Fashion Business Environment (20 credits) will consider strategies and concepts for different types of business from small and medium enterprises to large corporations. Creative Fashion Management (20 credits) looks at key requirements such as innovation, creativity and new product development. A more specialist in depth approach to Fashion Marketing Management (20 credits) will explore branding and marketing communication theories and practices.

The final term offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas of expertise, retailing, marketing and creative management for the final Fashion Business Project (40 credits). This unit enables you to follow your own specific interests and create a project title of your choice with the support and approval of the Course Director.

It is foreseen that students will work on live project briefs from the industry. LCF works with professional partners from the fashion industry who have sponsored or provided monetary prizes and work experience for fashion management students. Companies include Asprey, Oasis and Marks and Spencer.

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.


Tim Williams - Course Leader

On graduating from CSM’s MA Fashion, Tim went onto work for Sir Hardy Amies as his menswear designer, and gained first-hand experience in how British high street brands develop through Hardy’s involvement in Hepworth’s, which later became Next.

He went on to work as a designer for Chelsea Girl designing private label ranges and sourcing from the far east and Europe, giving him insight into manufacturing and designing across three different supply chains - UK, Turkey and the far east for the English fast fashion market .

Tim gained a senior position at Conran Design Group and became associate director of menswear design; later moving to Debenhams as team leader, menswear. He started his own design manufacturing company making high fashion ladies lingerie for Luella Bartley and Agent Provocateur and worked very closely with Joe Corre in the early days of AP developing special ranges for him using specialised machinery; and later had a concession in Selfridges and Le Bon Marche in Paris.

He developed contour cutting techniques and taught on the CSM PG cert in creative pattern cutting course, whilst also working as Associate Lecturer on the BA Knitwear course. This gave Tim a taste for teaching and he was offered the course leadership for the LCF Fashion Marketing course that was delivered online.

He worked as academic liaison for the Fashion Retail Academy’s Fashion Retail Management course.


The Graduate Diploma in Fashion Management enables creative and ambitious individuals from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to respond to the ever increasing industry demands in the areas of buying and merchandising, retailing, marketing, brand management and design management from a theoretical and practice-based perspective.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in a number of roles within the industry, at companies including Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo. Graduates from this course are also equipped to develop and further their academic lives through Masters courses, and some to continue on to Research Degrees and PhDs.

With support from LCF Careers and the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, students are supported throughout the course to progress into the fashion industry or onto further postgraduate study.

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

  • A demonstration of the understanding of the skills required for fashion management and marketing will be assessed on the application statement/proposal and at interview. You must be able to demonstrate creativity and an understanding of the benefits of organisational and management skills in the workplace. A mature study commitment has to be demonstrated in the application and at interview as entering the fashion management industry is highly competitive.

It is anticipated that the majority of applicants will come from overseas and this is indicated in target numbers.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references, one of which should be academic).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Applications for 2017 will open shortly.

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