• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length1 year (September to June)

Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

Graduate Diploma Fashion Management combines creative and business knowledge and skills to develop a solid understanding of the fashion industry in this international course.

About this course

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.

Please note: this course is being reviewed to enhance the curriculum, therefore the content is subject to change.

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.

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.

Facilities

  • LCF Library

    Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

  • Business facilities at High Holborn

    Take a tour of lecture theatres and tutorial rooms across our central London sites.

  • LCF's social spaces

    Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course detail

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.

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.

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.

Course units

Fashion Research in Context is focused 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.

Staff

Tim Williams is Course Leader on the Graduate Diploma Fashion ManagementOn 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.

Johnny Martin FCA is Entrepreneur in Residence at London College of Fashion. He is professionally, The Numbers Coach – an experienced director who now passionately explains business numbers and jargon to help young businesses find their business model. He is a British Library Business & IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Application form

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

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:

Curriculum Vitae

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.

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).

Apply

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have a first degree (2:1 or above) or FDA with a merit/distinction profile in any discipline, or equivalent qualifications / awards. Please refer to the International Qualifications Guide.
  • 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.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 

This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.

International fee

£17,920

This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.

Additional costs

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

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Career paths

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.