This course equips students with the skills required for a successful career in management in the global fashion industry.
Course Location Study Level Undergraduate Study Mode Full time Course Length 3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry) Home/EU Fee
£9,000 per year
£15,180 per year
Autumn Term Dates 29 Sept - 12 Dec 2014 Spring Term Dates 12 Jan - 27 Mar 2015 Summer Term Dates 27 Apr - 26 Jun 2015 Application Route Application Deadline 15 January 2014 UCAS Code WN22 University Code U65
Content and Structure
BA Fashion Management is situated in the School of Management and Science, and is designed for students who are interested in business, management and the fashion industry. This industry is complex, global and highly competitive, and covers the full spectrum from luxury to value end markets. It therefore requires graduates who can respond effectively to the constantly changing challenges and opportunities presented to the fashion industry.
This course will equip you with the relevant professional, academic, communication and business skills to tackle these challenges and exploit any opportunities. Interaction with industry is through a number of industry-led projects, and by meeting the experts when interesting people in the industry come in to share their ideas and opinions with you. In the current year we have welcomed in Jane Shepherdson from Whistles, and representatives from Mulberry, New Look, Ted Baker, Reiss, Jaeger, Mintel, Deloittes, TK Maxx, Debenhams, Beyond Retro and others.
You will have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences, and to visit a European Fashion City on an optional trip in the first year.
Some of you may wish to take advantage of the option of doing a placement year between the second and final year of the course. This placement can be in the UK or overseas, and can include a period of international study and work. Successful completion of this year will give an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Studies, and throughout the course we support you with career planning sessions enabling you to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before graduation. Recent placements have been with Debenhams, Polo Ralph Lauren, ASOS, White Stuff, River Island, TK Maxx, Mulberry, and Asprey, as well as placements abroad in Europe, New York, Australia, India and Hong Kong.
Graduates from this course are employed throughout the industry, both in the UK and internationally, in a wide range of roles. This reflects the breadth and depth of the course, and the mix of transferable skills that students gain while studying. Students who have recently graduated are, for example, currently working for John Lewis, Gap, Primark, Mulberry, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Harrods, Arcadia, Burberry, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and Christian Louboutin.
BA Fashion Management 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.
Year One Stage One level 4 120 credits
The Fashion Industry: the Principles of Fashion Management (20 credits)
Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Introduction to Fashion Management (20 credits)
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Fashion Analysis (20 credits)
Fashion Enterprise Management (40 credits)
Year Two Stage Two level 5 120 credits
Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Supplying the Fashion Product (20 credits)
Managing the Fashion Brand (20 credits)
Fashion Business Research (20 credits)
Fashion Consultancy Project (40 credits)
Professional Placement Year (optional)
Diploma in Professional Studies and Diploma Supplement
Final Year Stage Three level 6 120 credits
The Future of Fashion: A Business Perspective (20 credits)
Terms One and Two
Strategic Fashion Management: Case Study (40 credits)
Terms Two and Three
The Dissertation (60 credits)
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.
Matteo Montecchi is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Management. Previously Matteo worked at the Istituto Marangoni, where he held the position of Programme Leader for the Department of Fashion Business, and he has lectured on luxury marketing for the European Business School, Regent’s University London. On being awarded a degree in Business Economics in 2004, he began a career in Marketing and Corporate Communications, and completed an Executive Master’s Programme in Marketing and Sales at SDA Bocconi School of Management and ESADE Business School in 2009. In 2012 he obtained a Master in Research (MRes) in Marketing from Birkbeck College, University of London, and maintains a research interest in how digital technologies and emerging social platforms influence the creation, development and management of fashion and luxury brands.
Heather Pickard is the Programme Director for Fashion Management and has been involved with the fashion industry for over 30 years, having joined Top Shop as a retail management trainee before moving over to head office and moving up the career ladder to the role of Buying and Merchandising Controller. After working for several High Street businesses her career changed direction and she joined the University of the Arts, London. Her teaching draws on management experience acquired in industry, and with a PG Dip in Professional Practice building to a MA, her research interests lie in retention, achievement and employability.
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. Examples of companies currently employing our recent graduates include Mulberry, John Lewis, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Harrods, Arcadia, Primark and ASOS.
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.
‘A’ level passes at grade C or above to total at least 280 UCAS tariff points PLUS passes in six GCSE subjects at grade B or above to include Maths and English
OR equivalent awards
Preferred subjects include History, Sociology, Textiles, Business Studies, Economics, Science, Maths, Geography and a foreign language.
This course requires a minimum 280 UCAS tariff points.
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 6.5 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
- A proactive attitude
- Self-motivation and an independent approach
- An ability to multi-task
- Strong numeracy skills
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 will be expected to evidence reasons in the application for:
- why you want to come on the course and what you will bring to the course
- an understanding of the different management roles within the fashion industry
- an awareness of current affairs
- an awareness of fashion and the role it plays in the culture of a society
- the ability to work in a team
- a motivation to succeed on the course
- a motivation for working in management in the fashion industry
How to Apply
Home EU Applicants
You apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.
You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.
Contact us on:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7563 / 7582 / 7344
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
For advice about how to apply as an international applicant please visit the UAL International Application Advice page.
The International Recruitment Office at 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.
Our contact details are:
International Recruitment Office, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0BJ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
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.
International applicants will undertake a business numeracy test and an interview (in person or by telephone) and the outcome will be communicated to you.
If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack, sent by email, including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.
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.
Some courses charge a fee for the bulk purchase of materials and/or equipment used on the course. Further details will be supplied at Open Days and/or Interview.
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Introduction to Fashion Management 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 Industry: the Principles of Fashion Management unit explores, from both practical and theoretical perspectives, the main concepts, principles and processes associated with the nature of the fashion industry and the discipline of fashion management. You will develop an understanding of the complex relationships between fashion businesses and their macro and micro environment, including ethics/corporate social responsibility (CSR), enterprise and the adoption of technology.
In the second term you will study two units.
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 year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.
Fashion Analysis provides you with an understanding of economic concepts and theories and how these can applied to the fashion industry; in particular, you will examine market demand, supply, consumer behaviour and the nature of national, international and global competition. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of the information systems that aid the decision making process in the fashion industry.
In the third term you will undertake the Fashion Enterprise Management unit which allows you to apply a range of knowledge and skills previously acquired to the start up of a small fashion business. This unit provides the opportunity to start up and trade a small fashion business by working in a collaborative team, assuming the functional roles frequently found in small fashion businesses. You will be able to acquire techniques and skills of project management, teamwork, presentation and research to support the successful development of your business. There will be a focus on acquiring and using financial skills to develop your business plan and utilising key entrepreneurship and creative skills to formulate your brand proposition and turn your concept into tradeable products.
In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests 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.
Also in the first term, the Supplying the Fashion Product unit examines the breadth and complexity of a modern fashion supply chain and its relevance within international fashion businesses. You will build on your skills and knowledge acquired in Stage 1 to apply and evaluate the roles and processes involved in the research, creation, sourcing and delivery of a profitable and balanced fashion product offer that is relevant to the demands of the consumer.
In the second term the Managing the Fashion Brand unit gives you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the operations that bring a fashion brand or product to the global consumer. You will explore the various techniques used by fashion companies to communicate their brands, in terms of the product ranges and the company identity. These techniques include the use of the retail environment and various forms of media, including digital media. You will understand how these various techniques are blended to create an integrated marketing campaign for a fashion brand. You will gain an understanding of the interconnections between outward, customer-facing operational activity, and those operations involved in presenting the fashion offer from concept to the consumer through the physical and digital environments.
Also in the second term, the Fashion Business Research unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your practical research skills in the context of the fashion industry. The work done on this unit will support you in your future units of study, both this year and in the final year. You will learn how to access and interrogate the secondary resources available to you through the College and the University, and how to consider the selection and design of a range of primary research methods. You will also investigate how to analyse and present the results of your primary research.
In the third term the Fashion Consultancy Project brings together the theoretical and operational fashion business management principles you have previously studied. It provides a bridge between the team work in Stage 1 and the independent study required to complete your final year. You will relate academic theory to practical business operations, and so explore different approaches to fashion management. You will source and work collaboratively on a specific negotiated project as business consultants to a fashion company.
Professional Placement Year
You can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma), a University of the Arts London Award for a period of industrial placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken during the third year of the four-year Bachelor’s degree during which you normally will be working full-time in a company. You will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry through your involvement in the day-to-day activities of a fashion business. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations in the fashion industry that you have studied on your course. There is flexibility to combine a work placement overseas (minimum 20 weeks) with a period of overseas study (minimum 10 weeks). You will be required to write a negotiated report on your placement, which will focus on issues or opportunities related to the placement company. This will develop your study skills and allow you to demonstrate your research, analytical and evaluative skills. Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualifications of a Diploma in Professional Studies and a Diploma Supplement.
In the first term you will study The Future of Fashion: A Business Perspective unit. You will look at current issues affecting the fashion industry as a whole, and at sectors of the industry that are undergoing particular change. This unit will develop your understanding of change within the fashion industry, and how the industry responds to changes in socio-economic trends.
In the first and second terms you will undertake the Strategic Fashion Management: Case Study unit. This gives you the opportunity to integrate your knowledge and understanding of conceptual frameworks applied in industrial and commercial frameworks through a case study of an actual fashion company. You will investigate the management structure and functions, and examine the strategic problems faced by the company, analyse the background and causes of the problems, suggest solutions and make recommendations.
Alongside these units in the first term you will start to work on The Dissertation unit. This gives you the opportunity to negotiate an individual research topic on an aspect of fashion management. This will involve you in substantial study of a topic relating to a particular facet of the fashion industry. The identification of the brief, and the research, preparation and completion of the dissertation will require a disciplined and organised approach. The dissertation provides an opportunity to explore a topic of particular interest to you, and may well reflect your future career aspirations.