• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length1 year (September to June)

Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

The full time Graduate Diploma in Fashion Management offers you an intensive experience in acquiring specialist knowledge and understanding as well as the personal skills needed in the global, highly competitive, and complex fashion business environment.

About this course

It is a conversion course located in the Fashion Management Programme of the Fashion Business School (FBS) at the London College of Fashion. The location of the course is in central London - one of the key centres for the fashion and creative industries which hosts international fashion and film events and numerous specialist trade exhibitions. 

The course provides an approach to learning that encourages you to work autonomously and creatively whilst enabling you to develop confidence through becoming a reflective and independent learner, strategic thinker and decision maker.

A round table discussion, presented in association with Shaftesbury PLC, where some of the industry’s most forward-thinking retail experts predict what the future of retail will be.

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 2:2 or higher first degree in an area unrelated to fashion management, the course emphasises the importance of sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry when responding to consumer behaviour and demand. Business and management theories are explored and combined with practical applications.

It also has a range of specialist academics with advanced knowledge and experience pertinent to the disciplines of the course. Throughout the course your personal and professional development is informed through the UAL Creative Attributes Framework (CAF). This framework emphasises the transformative education that we are committed to provide to develop your creative employability and enterprise attributes, supporting your ambitions. The course is divided into two blocks of 15 weeks. After an induction week, the first block of the course will take you through an understanding of the fashion consumer and their relationship to fashion business organisations with the internal and external facing operations of these businesses.

The course culminates in the second block with your final major project, which requires you to produce a body of work through independent study that demonstrates research, advanced critical and analytical skills, and an innovative approach to problem solving in your specific field of practice.

It will be expected that the students make industry and academic connections using the resources available at LCF and UAL for their Final Major Project. This final project enables students to prepare for the next stage of their career, whether that be an MA in a related field or a personal entrepreneurial project.

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

The course is run in two consecutive blocks of 15 weeks.

The first block of the course facilitates your academic study by providing fashion management knowledge in a global context. The second block enables the demonstration of your learning in a self-directed project aimed at either further study or commencement into a career in fashion management.

Block 1 (weeks 1 to 15)

Fashion Contexts (20 credits)

This unit introduces an understanding of the fashion consumer in a cultural and demographic context, exploring identity, patterns of consumption and issues relating to the concept of sustainability.

You will develop your critical thinking and academic writing skills by engaging in academic research in the field of fashion management. This will underpin your practice of fashion management in the context of historical, economic and social-cultural discourse in order to understand key global production and consumption practices from the perspective of the fashion consumer.

The unit submission comprises of:

  • an individual academic essay
  • an individual contribution to a group presentation

Fashion Organisations (20 credits)

This unit examines different types of business organisations in the fashion sector, from large international organisations through to independent small, medium enterprises (SMEs). You will examine the internal operations needed to meet the demands of the organisation’s customers, be they businesses or end consumers.

This unit examines the importance of continual innovation, design, research and development of fashion products and services to ensure they match the consumers’ requirements as explored in Fashion Contexts. It explores and considers how creativity and innovation are nurtured in a business environment through a range of business models and functions including fashion forecasting, fashion buying, supply chain and distribution channel management.

The unit submission comprises of:

  • an individual case study.

Fashion Communications (20 credits)

This unit explores the management of customer facing operations of fashion businesses, including specialist marketing strategies, communication models, public relations, corporate and social responsibility, and their management implementation in different types of business models. It considers the changing transactional environment that is facilitated through digital data, to inform appropriate strategies. The unit emphasises the interpretation and analysis of information that is presented to and exchanged between consumers and business organisations.

This unit submission comprises of:

  • an individual contribution of 2,000 words to a group business report

Block 2 (weeks 16 to 30)

Final Major Project (60 Credits)

The Final Major Project represents the culmination of your Graduate Diploma, preparing you for either progression to postgraduate study or to commencement to a career in the fashion industry.

This unit will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of management theories and practices acquired in earlier units and your ability to apply and contextualise these when developing a substantial piece of individual work. You are expected to conduct rigorous primary and secondary research and to synthesise theoretical and operational issues relevant to current debates within the fashion industry.

Your Final Major Project is an independent and self-directed piece of work undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor. You may choose between an empirical dissertation or a practice based project focusing on issues relevant to fashion management. In this unit you will also be given the opportunity to reflect on your personal development throughout the course and how this has shaped your future career plans.

This unit submission comprises of:

  • A dissertation or business report of 7,000 words
  • A Professional Portfolio to include a reflective statement of a 1,000-words together with Curriculum Vitae and examples of professional practice in a variety of chosen media.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Development of team ideas and projects
  • Class presentations Moodle (VLE) with a very extensive set of links to key academic papers, ‘fashion television’ and online academic media resources.
  • Blogging Team work on shared drive (Microsoft SharePoint)
  • Development of CAD skills using Lynda.com
  • Self-directed study using the extensive resources available on our library site, including academic journals, specialist commercial databases that specialise in Fashion management.

Assessments methods

  • Essay
  • Case study
  • Reports
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Personal tutorials
  • Formative feedback in class presentations
  • Formative feedback on Blogs

Staff

Tim Williams is Course Leader on the Graduate Diploma Fashion Management. On graduating from CSM’s MA Fashion course that included teaching at LCF, Tim went onto work for Sir Hardy Amies as his menswear designer, and gained first-hand experience in how British high street brands developed 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, 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 worked very closely with Joe Corre in the early days of Agent Provocateur developing special ranges for him using specialised machinery; and later had a concession in Selfridges and sold to 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. Tim had been working for the Fashion business school for ten years, teaching at undergraduate level across a wide variety of fashion business courses and supervising final year dissertations.

Course staff

  • Malcolm Newbery
  • Liz Parker
  • Lorna Dallas-Conte
  • Milly Patrzalek
  • Ronit Zilka
  • Louise Trainor

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.

Home / EU and international applicants

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.

2018/19 entry

Both Home/EU and international students 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.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

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 (2:2 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

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

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

£9,500

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.

International fee

£19,350

This applies for the 2018/19 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.