Graduate Diploma Fashion Management
Combine creative and business knowledge and skills to develop a solid understanding of the fashion industry in this international course.
Applications for 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.
MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation course develops entrepreneurs who can build and capitalise on the existing strengths in the UK and international fashion industries.
The ethos that entrepreneurship serves as a catalyst for economic development underpins the philosophy of this specialist course. Strengthened by London College of Fashion’s unparalleled external and internal industry networks, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation aims to develop new fashion concepts through to commercialisation.
Addressing the need for the fashion entrepreneur who can identify market opportunities in the industry, this programme is firmly aligned to 21st century, global business with all the challenges and potential this brings.
Please note: the previously advertised flexible mode of study for this course is no longer available.
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MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation equips fashion creatives and entrepreneurs with the essential skills and toolkit to launch and scale new businesses effectively, and offers unrivalled networks across all sectors of the fashion industry.
In-depth studies of innovative emerging designers in the UK provide an understanding of the British fashion industry while extra-curricular international study tours provide valuable insights into the global fashion market. Industry presentations and factory tours have taken place previously in Paris, Milan and Shanghai and have explored everything from French Haute Couture to Italian craftsmanship and Asia’s luxury fashion boom.
MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a dynamic and interactive learning experience that is built through key collaborative relationships in education (such as IFM in Paris) and industry. Through a supported and structured programme that includes entrepreneurial practice, new business models and planning and management of creative enterprise, participants are encouraged to develop new thinking and innovative concepts. Former alumni have launched their own fashion businesses or taken on entrepreneurial roles in fields such as buying, corporate sustainable responsibility and international brand building for perse fashion companies that span luxury to high street.
12 months - 3 terms - level 7 - 180 credits
Fashion Branding (20 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Managing Creative Enterprise (20 credits)
Business Development and Planning (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more
Masters Project (60 credits)
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.
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.
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.
The international fashion consumer increasingly seeks the tangible and intangible benefits of a wide variety of local and international fashion brands. Fashion brands and their associated marketing communications have now reached revered status throughout the global economy. The design, development, marketing and retailing (DDMR) of fashion brands have now become an increasingly important and integrated part of many fashion businesses. In Fashion Branding you will investigate and examine all aspects of international fashion brand marketing and look at its significant modern growth from both a European and global perspective. This will enable you to acquire a sound theoretical and practical understanding of strategic fashion brand development and management.
In a highly competitive global fashion marketplace, entrepreneurs generate new business models and seek disruptive ways to offer value through products and services in the fashion industry. Small and medium sized enterprises are the catalysts for economic growth and employment and require managers who are skilled at understanding market and business trends, handling uncertainty, measuring progress and building sustainable businesses through continuous innovation.The Entrepreneurship and Innovation unit explores theories of business modelling, innovation and opportunity analysis and examines their application to fashion start-ups, SMEs and established companies. The skills of critical thinking, analytical evaluation and real-time decision-making will be explored and applied where possible through live projects with fashion companies to enhance the development of your entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning.
The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. The Research Methods unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods, including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.
The management of a fashion enterprise requires knowledge of business and project management, competencies in digital communication and online platforms as well as leadership and collaborative team working skills. The ability to define, create and run a successful enterprise in fashion is linked to the effective management of creativity and continuous innovation and the development of a proactive organisational environment. The Managing Creative Enterprise unit investigates the capabilities, conditions and resources that sustain entrepreneurial strategies and harvests creative and innovative solutions in fashion companies. You will begin to build knowledge and understanding of the diverse creative and sustainable enterprise business models, and identify the organisational and funding models for enterprise creation that are particular to the sector.
The Business Development and Planning unit encourages you to explore the commercial parameters, techniques and tools of business development and entrepreneurial strategic planning in theory and in practice. You will be able to acquire a focused understanding of an innovation within a particular fashion industry context and explore the concept of feasibility including forecasting, financial planning and resource management as tactics that support the implementation of an entrepreneurial strategy in fashion. You will begin to build a sound theoretical and practical understanding of benchmarking for business development and the techniques of planning for the survival and growth of new and existing businesses.
This Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to innovate, engage in developmental processes and participate in collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to develop the professional negotiating and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries.
The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course. Further details will be available in your unit handbook.
The Masters Project is an important piece of work central to achieving the course aims, which will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in relation to the course learning outcomes. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format.
Chitra Buckley is Course Leader - view her video profile
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 and IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.
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.
This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.
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.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
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.
Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).
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:
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.
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:
Write a 500 word essay (excluding references/bibliography) on the following topic:
‘Define and discuss the role of Entrepreneurs in the creative industries’ management in the 21st century.’
Your study proposal should be a maximum of 300 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices). The proposal should include the following:
If you’re a designer, you may submit a digital portfolio containing six images. Ensure all work is carefully labelled.
You may include examples of:
Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement and the supporting written statement. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring examples of previous written work and to undertake a written aptitude test.
The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.
The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.
For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.
The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.
International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
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.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Examples of expected Graduate destinations:
Graduates of MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation have gone on to work in many roles within the industry, including Innovation team at Swarovski, Future Academy resident at AKQA and VIP Communications at David Morris.