BA (Hons) Fashion Business (Part time)
This part-time fashion business degree, at LCF’s Fashion Business School, takes place in the evenings and weekends to fit in with your professional working life. The degree focuses on marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship within the fashion and design industries.
|Study Mode||Part time|
|Course Length||4 years|
£6,750 pro rata (tbc for 2017/18)
|Autumn Term Dates||25 Sep - 8 Dec 2017 (tbc)|
|Spring Term Dates||8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (tbc)|
|Summer Term Dates||16 April - 22 June 2018 (tbc)|
Direct to College
|Application Deadline||Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.|
Content and structure
BA (Hons) Fashion Business (part-time) is part of the Fashion Business School and is designed for students who are interested in fashion business, but for a variety of reasons, such as finance or family commitments, cannot study full time. This course allows you to complete your Honours degree over four years, rather than the three years of a full time Honours degree. The part time Honours Degree programme has been developed in consultation with industry and is committed to forging new industrial and creative partnerships that will enrich the vocational nature of your selected route. The course take place on two evenings per week and on Saturdays. The programme is divided into clear vocational building blocks that aim to provide a balanced educational experience and which will develop a sound knowledge combined with a realistic and practical understanding of the demands of the industry. This course will equip you with the relevant professional, academic, communication and business skills that you will need to be employed by the industry in a graduate level position. You will explore developments and strategies underpinning the key business skills within the organisation of fashion, and will gain understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relevant to business and cultural understanding of the fashion cycle. These will include the concepts of fashion innovation and technology, product sourcing and supply chain, marketing and entrepreneurialism, and you will learn to appreciate the importance of reacting and responding effectively to the constant changes in consumer demand and global challenges. Graduates from this course are employed at a number of fashion companies. We welcome applications from mature students who have current or previous experience in the fashion related industries.
BA Fashion Business is based at High Holborn, adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Other green spaces in the area include Gray’s Inn Gardens and Coram’s Fields. Situated nearby are Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, and the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Markets worth visiting are the weekday lunchtime markets in Leather Lane and Exmouth Market. Covent Garden, with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, the Royal Opera House and many of the West End’s theatres, is a ten minute walk away. The John Prince’s Street site, with the library, Oxford Street and Regent Street, is two tube stops along the Central line.
The course team arrange a variety of optional trips and visits to supplement your studies. These trips are often local and where possible provided at nil or reduced cost. Opportunities for extended trips to fashion industry events or areas of interest are usually offered in the first and second year and where these trips involve accommodation and travel costs we aim to offer good value for students.
Stage One - Four Terms - level 4 - 120 credits
Term One (Autumn Term academic year one): Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits)
Term One and Term Two (Autumn Term and Spring Term academic year one): The Fashion Design Environment (20 credits)
Understanding the Business of Fashion (20 credits)
Term Two and Term Three (Spring Term and Summer Term academic year one): Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Term Three and Term Four (Summer Term academic year one and Autumn Term academic year two): Marketing the Fashion Product (40 credits)
Stage Two - Four Terms - level 5 - 120 credits
Term One and Term Two (Spring term academic year two and Summer Term academic year two): Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Term One (Spring Term academic year two): Product Development and Sourcing (20 credits)
Term Two (Summer Term academic year two): Fashion Buying and Merchandising (20 credits)
Term Three and Term Four (Autumn Term academic year three and Spring Term academic year three): The Fashion Brand (40 credits); Creative Collaborative Project (20 credits)
Stage Three - Four Terms - level 6 - 120 credits
Term One (Summer Term academic year three): Research Planning for Fashion Business (20 credits)
Term One and Term Two (Summer Term academic year three and Autumn Term academic year four): Innovation and Leadership (40 credits)
Term Two, Term Three and Term Four (Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term academic year four): Fashion Business Final Major 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.
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 structureThe 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.
Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.
The facilities at High Holborn include excellent lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms and breakout spaces. The building is shared between the College and many of the central services of the University, including the Student Centre next to the Students’ Union, the Learning Zone and the Cafe and Bar.
Nicole Dunlop has been the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Business (Part time) since 2009. Nicole’s retail career began with a degree in clothing and management at Manchester University where she was sponsored by Marks and Spencer. She started her career with Jaeger, as a member of their buying team, and eventually moved on to become the Sourcing Manager for Adams.
Having gained a qualification for Marketing with the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Nicole moved on to manage various consultancy projects with various retailers throughout Europe including Etam, Graduate Fashion Week, Harrods, Karstadt, La Rinascente, London Fashion Week, Matalan, Tencel, and Wrangler. One such project raised sales of jeans by over 45% in a 3 week period TY vs LY. She became Head of Marketing for the Hunter family of brands, transforming it from the historic work-wear brand into the fashion icon that it is today.
Nicole gained a distinction in her postgraduate teaching degree and has extensive experience teaching at degree and masters level at several London business Universities, and CIM. She has also taught in China. She is also a fully qualified coach/mentor, and an active member of the UAL Coaching Network. Nicole is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nicole is a CIM recognised Chartered Marketeer.
Jessica Saunders is the Programme Director for the Flexible Learning Programme.
Rosemary Varley is the Subject Director (Marketing and Retail) and Research Coordinator for the School of Management and Science and is responsible for academic curriculum and research development. She teaches fashion brand strategy across courses and her research interests focus on the relationship between fashion brands and their retail environment. She has authored Retail Product Management, co-authored Principles of Retail Management, and presented a wide variety of conference papers.
Rob Lakin is the Creative Director for the School of Science and Management, and started his career designing fashion menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, working for a number of brands within Coats Viyella plc and the Sears Group plc. He has extensive experience of Far East product development, manufacturing, sourcing, and CMT operations. From 2008 to 2013 Rob headed up London College of Fashion’s Flexible Programme: a unique specialist portfolio of part time undergraduate courses representing Fashion Business, Fashion Media, and Fashion Design. He has been responsible for enhancing the student experience through the development of a creative curriculum, with a variety of live industry collaborative projects including CoolBrands, Brands Incorporated, and Amnesty International. Rob continues to make a major contribution to the creative identity of the School through the design and development of new courses aimed at international students allowing them to successfully prepare for an exciting academic undergraduate career at London College of Fashion.
Developing your skills
All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies.
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.
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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.
Course Entry Requirements
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
- have minimum entry requirements of 2 Advanced Level passes at grade C or above supported by passes in 3 subjects at GCSE grade C or above to include Maths and English
OR equivalent awards.
This course requires a minimum 160 UCAS tariff points.
- be currently employed or have employment experience in the fashion related industries
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
Applicants are expected to show evidence of work experience or placement.
English Language Requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.
Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.
Student Selection Criteria
What We Look For
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
- A strong interest in the different roles of management within the fashion industry
- An analytical problem solving approach
- An ability to multi-task
How to apply
All applications to study the course should be made direct to the College using the Application Form.
- Download Home/EU Part-time BA Application Form (Word, 71KB)
- Download Home/EU Part-time BA Application Form (PDF, 197KB)
Please send your completed application form to the following address:
Address: Admissions Service, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY
Contact us on:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form.
This course is only available to UK/EU applicants.
Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.
What Happens Next?
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.
If you are selected for interview the interview process will include a written test and an interview with members of the course team, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the course. Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
Showing your Work
All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.
Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.
The Fashion Design Environment unit combines a theoretical view of design with practical design processes from idea to product, and looks at design in both generic and fashion-specific terms. Through examining recent and archival fashion collections you will see how fashion trends inform the creative process. You will begin to understand the role of design in creating fashion brands, and will look at the importance of factors such as product, retail environment and point of sale graphic design in a global context.
Understanding the Business of Fashion gives you an introduction to business and management processes and skills that characterise successful fashion organisations. You will be encouraged to evaluate your own skills and predispositions and develop an action plan to supplement them. Theories of interpersonal and group dynamics and management theories will provide you with tools to utilise during the course and in future employment.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second stage Cultural and Historical Studies Option.
In the Marketing the Fashion Product unit you will gain an understanding of what the fashion product is, why consumers buy fashion products and the value-added function of the selling environment. The unit will address the concept generation stage from market research and product/service augmentation to advertising and promotion. You will develop a critical appreciation of information about fashion markets available in a range of media, as well as learning how to analyse, interpret and present financial and numerical information.
The Cultural and Historical Studies Option unit will allow you choose a topic that interests you to broaden or deepen your learning in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Product Development and Sourcing develops your knowledge of the principles of the product development function within the context of the global fashion industry. These areas are given a practical focus through analysing the processes of critical path management. This is supported through focus on the linked areas of sourcing and range planning which are necessary in order to achieve profit-bearing and ethical priorities. You will gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability issues related to sourcing and product development.
Fashion Buying and Merchandising addresses the complexity of this subject, and you will develop your knowledge and understanding of buying and merchandising through a critical path scheme of work of “going from an empty shop to a full shop” in clear and sequential stages. You will learn about the principles of the buying and merchandising functions within a retail organisation. You will also focus on the sourcing and range planning aspects so that the company’s positioning and budget objectives are achieved.
The Fashion Brand unit will develop your understanding of branding in the fashion context and how this contributes to a business and the economy. You will learn how fashion brands are created, expressed and managed to provide value to the business and consumers. Various expressions of branding will be addressed from product to retail environment and corporate identity.
The Creative Collaborative Project unit gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers from other specialist areas of the part time programme. You will gain first hand vocational experience of working as part of a creative team in response to a commercial brief. The unit requires that you work within a team environment, drawing upon your subject specialist knowledge and experience to date in the conceptualisation, development and production of creative and challenging solutions. The ability to collaborate, network, communicate and present are essential work based skills that are required to successfully operate within a global creative arena.
The Research Planning for Fashion Business unit allows you to build a formal structure of research into your course. You will draw on your existing skills and add to them through an examination of the philosophy and practice of research. This will give you the opportunity to use and explore the various approaches to research, and will empower you in the complex process of selection of the most appropriate form within your chosen research project. You will also identify and evaluate personal strengths and aspirations and establish clear strategies for future planning.
The Innovation and Leadership unit has a strategic focus. It highlights how the latest management and business thinking, as well as information technology applications, can benefit the competitiveness of the fashion business. People management will receive particular attention as the key strategic resource of a fashion organisation. This unit consolidates your previous learning and provides a fresh perspective and inspiration to a new generation of leaders in the fashion industry.
The Fashion Business Final Major Project unit takes up the major part of the last three terms of the course. You will identify and construct an individually negotiated project brief whilst researching and developing fashion related outcomes through practical and/or theoretical investigation. This will synthesise your knowledge, skills and experience to produce a highly individual final major project. You will also be able to demonstrate academic and personal skills appropriate to your future career and life aspirations.
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