• CollegeLCF
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length12 months

MA Strategic Fashion Marketing

A fashion marketing and management programme with a global reputation for success in launching fashion industry careers.

About this course

The MA Strategic Fashion Marketing provides a learning environment in which business graduates can develop both creative and strategic skills in fashion marketing and management.

It has an established record of recruiting high calibre international and home/EU students who predominately go on to develop successful middle management fashion marketing careers across the fashion industry spectrum.

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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

The MA Strategic Fashion Marketing provides a learning environment in which business graduates can develop both creative and strategic skills in fashion marketing and management.

Course structure

12 months 3 terms level 7 180 credits

Term one

Fashion Business Strategy (20 credits)

Fashion Branding (20 credits)

Research Methods (20 credits)

Term two

International Marketing Strategies (20 credits)

Marketing Communications (20 credits)

Collaborative Unit (20 credits) - find out more

Term three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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 quality of the business environment in which fashion companies operate determines the strategy and competitive behaviour of firms. This unit explores various strategic models and theories and examines these in the context of the fashion business. The Fashion Business Strategy unit opens windows into strategic and creative thinking, analytical evaluation, and business strategy developments/models and decision-making. The global business environment is constantly changing and this affects the market condition, business structure, strategy and style. Emerging patterns of customer behaviour, demand value chain, saturation, substitution, barriers to entry and exit, the position of rival and potential firms, and corporate social responsibility strategies will be investigated and examined in the context of online/offline business models for the domestic, international and global marketplace.

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 the Fashion Branding unit 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.

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.

With the increasing globalisation of fashion brands, a knowledge and understanding of international market structures are essential requirements for those wanting to pursue a management career in the fashion industry. The International Marketing Strategies unit will enhance your analytical and planning abilities in developing appropriate strategies for both market entry, motivations for international growth and market expansion development stages and positioning. The internationalisation of retailer/brands marketing strategies will be explored to guide new multi-channel / omni-channel and digital routes to market for established and emerging markets.

The Marketing Communications unit will enable you to build a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the formulation and management of the marketing communication process. You will examine marketing communication strategies in the context of the highly competitive and fast moving global fashion industry. The changing marketing channels used by retailers/brands such as PR, digital/marketing social media, multi-media promotions, e-marketing communications and ethical and cause- related marketing will be explored to inform innovative marketing communication platforms and strategies. The return on investment and the financial accountability and pressure to deliver business results are also considered in the context of integrated marketing communication strategies.

The 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.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Staff

Craig Crawford is Founder of CrawfordIT (www.crawfordit.cc), a London based consultancy that drives momentum and growth through digital innovation for brands such as Hugo Boss, Jaeger, matchesfashion.com, Diane von Furstenberg, MaxMara, and Tory Burch. Prior to this, Craig Crawford was Burberry’s VP in IT Strategy, Architecture and Relationships for seven years. As a creative with nearly 30 years’ experience in global fashion brands, Craig is often referred to as “the right brain of IT.” Craig is also Chairman of Product Innovation Apparel, where he connects global industry leaders and technology innovators. He advises fashion tech start-ups in both the UK and US. His articles, videos, and webcasts appear on both sides of the Atlantic. As an Adviser for London College of Fashion, Craig brings industry relevance to the classroom.

Helen Beney is Programme Director for the Fashion Business Programme within the Fashion Business School. She has an MA in Higher Education, is a fellow of the Higher Education academy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked in the fashion industry for thirty years and has held Buying, Design  and Merchandising Director roles in a number of British brands including Arcadia. Helen specialises in product strategy and consumer insight development.

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.

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.

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).

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.
  • Outline 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).

Essay

Outline two contemporary fashion marketing trends that will be influential over the next five years in the global fashion industry. Please consider these questions when writing your response:

  • Why you consider these fashion marketing trends to be important.
  • What are the challenges for fashion marketing in the future.
  • What impact will these have on international business growth.

Write 1,000 words.

Study proposal

Write a study proposal of no more than 600 words (excluding references and bibliography), outlining the topic you would like to explore in your final MA dissertation.

If your application is successful, you will be able to change the topic once you join the course if you wish.

  • Briefly state the rationale (reason for interest in topic), referring to critical ideas that may underpin your study.
  • Set out clearly and concisely your aims and objectives.
  • Briefly outline the proposed methodology.
  • Please use academic citations/references as relevant.

Portfolio

There is no requirement to submit a portfolio for this course. However, if you wish to include a portfolio or other evidence to support your application, a digital portfolio can be submitted.

You may include a URL link to your portfolio within your personal statement.

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Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

  • An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications;

OR

  • Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years.

We welcome applications from mature students.

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.

Student selection criteria

The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.

What we look for

The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of fashion business or fashion marketing.
  • Awareness and relevant experience of fashion.
  • Appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the course.

English language requirements

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.

International applicants

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 lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

UAL Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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.

UAL International alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

Masters graduates have an acknowledged advantage in the employment market, obtaining work in a wide range of vocational and academic fields related to fashion.

The MA also provides an excellent preparation for higher level research degrees (MPhil or PhD), with an increasing number of graduates undertaking research in fashion related subjects, in practice or theory or entering into education as lecturers.