BSc (Hons) Fashion Management (S2V)

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available for international applicants. View the How to apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Fashion, visit the Places available page.

This fashion management course equips students with the skills required for a highly successful career in management in the global fashion industry.

Subject to validation: This course replaces BA (Hons) Fashion Management.

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Graduating students receive a CMI Diploma in addition to their degree.

Students on graduation day.

Read the article on LCF News

For the first time yesterday, 6 students from the Fashion Business School received the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI) London and South East Regional Boards Award.

Drapers Roundtable discussion recently hosted Senior Lecturer James Clark. Courtesy of Drapers

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Students in a classroom, BA Fashion Management

Girl in front of pinboard, BA Fashion Management at London College of Fashion

BA Fashion Management students.

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Facts

Course Leader

Peter Stepman

Course Location

High Holborn

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year.

International Fee

£17,230 per year.

Autumn Term Dates26 Sep - 9 Dec 2016
Spring Term Dates9 Jan - 17 Mar 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 23 June 2017
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeWN30
University CodeU65

Content and structure

BSc (Hons) Fashion Management has evolved from the well-known BA (Hons) Fashion Management course and is a key part of the Fashion Business School. The course is designed for students who are highly interested in business, business numeracy and quantitative skills and management within the context of the fashion industry, and is planned to be accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – subject to revalidation. This is intended to give you the opportunity to graduate with a CMI Diploma level 5 in addition to your degree.

The fashion 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 full time course will equip you with the relevant professional, academic, communication and business skills to tackle these challenges and exploit any opportunities. As part of the course BSc (Hons) Fashion Management students will develop the necessary skills to manipulate data and to evaluate, estimate and model a range of business problems, functions and phenomena. Interaction with industry is through a number of industry-led projects, and by meeting fashion experts who will share their ideas and opinions with you. Recently we have welcomed in representatives from Savile Menswear, Tiffany and Co, Deloitte, Joseph Wan from Harvey Nichols, a womenswear manager from Harrods, and Caroline Issa, Executive fashion Director of Tank Magazine, amongst others.

Over the course of the degree students have the opportunity to enter external prizes and competitions. Sophie Nolan, a graduate from 2014, was awarded first prize in the National Dissertation Competition sponsored by Marks and Spencer and presented at the Annual Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) conference. You will have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences such as the one arranged by the ASBCI 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 the 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. Students have taken up recent placements with Debenhams, Polo Ralph Lauren, ASOS, River Island, Adobe, Levis, Hobbs, Fenwicks, Jimmy Choo and Dr Martens, as well as placements abroad in Europe, New York, Australia, India and Hong Kong. Throughout the course, in conjunction with LCF Careers, we support you with career planning sessions enabling you to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before graduation.

The course 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. Lamb’s Conduit Street with its independent shops is a five minute walk, and 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. 

Our John Prince’s Street site, with the library; the retail and leisure facilities of Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Regent Street, are merely two tube stops along the Central line.

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 academic year for this course is divided into Period 1 and Period 2.

Period 1 is of 15 weeks duration from early October to mid-February.

In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December. Period 2 starts in mid-February and runs to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year One  -  Stage One  -  level 4  -  120 credits

This introduces you to fashion organisations and their external environment and the principles of fashion management.

 

Period One

Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Introduction to Fashion Management (20 credits)

The Fashion Business Environment: economics for business (20 credits)

Fashion Management: principles and practice (20 credits)

Period Two

Finance and Management Accounting (20 credits)

Fashion Operations and Enterprise Management (40 credits)

Students are eligible for the interim award Cert HE Fashion Management on completion of 120 credits at level 4

Year Two  -  Stage Two  -  level 5  -  120 credits

Building on the foundation of the first year you will now look more at the management of specific functions with fashion organisations

Period One

Fashion Product Management (20 credits)

Fashion Marketing Management (20 credits)

Fashion Consumer Insights (20 credits)

Period Two

Technology, Innovation and Digital Fashion Management (20 credits)

Fashion Consultancy Project (40 credits)

Students are eligible for the interim award Dip HE Fashion Management on completion of 240 credits (120 at level 4 and 120 at level 5)

 

Professional Placement Year (optional)

Diploma in Professional Studies (120 credits)

Final Year  -  Stage Three  -  level 6  -  120 credits

A review and evaluation of the strategic management of resources and capabilities

Period One

Future of Fashion (20 credits)

Strategic Fashion Management (with multiple curriculum streams) (40 credits)

Period One and Period Two

Fashion Management: final major project (60 credits)

Students are eligible for the final award BSc (Hons) Fashion Management on completion of 360 credits (120 at level 4, 120 at level 5, and 120 at level 6)

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.

Additional Costs

All courses will require you to spend money on necessary materials during the course, (stationery, and variables according to your subject) and, in some cases, equipment so that you start the course with what you need. Details of approximate additional costs for this course will be available as a download shortly. Please note that prices may change and we cannot guarantee that costs quoted will be exact.

Staff

Resources

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.

Peter Stepman is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Management. Peter has been on the cutting edge of most major transformational technologies from the personal computer to the Internet and mobile technology. He has worked in consumer insights, strategy, innovation and marketing departments for a variety of global consumer entertainment and lifestyle product companies including Warner Music Group, Nokia, and Siemens. In addition to his previous university lecturing positions in the Netherlands and London, Peter has built a start-up company focused on service design innovation through technology, building Internet of Things devices that will measure customer happiness in retail service environments. Peter received his MA degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Heather Pickard is the Programme Director for Fashion Management and a key member of the Fashion Business School. She is registered as a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK. Heather has been involved with the fashion industry for over 30 years, having joined Topshop 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 MA in Academic Practice, her research interests lie in supply chain and sustainability, student retention, achievement and employability.

Rosemary Varley is the Subject Director (Marketing and Retail) and Research Coordinator for the Fashion Business School and is responsible for academic curriculum and research development. She teaches fashion strategy across courses and her research interests focus on the relationship between fashion brands and their retail environment. She has authored Retail Product Management (3rd Edition), co-authored Principles of Retailing (2nd Edition) and presented a wide variety of conference papers. Rosemary is registered as a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute.

Rob Lakin is the Creative Director for the Fashion Business School 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.

Careers

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. Recent Fashion Management graduates have joined leading companies operating in the wider fashion industry in the UK and abroad, services agencies and fashion startups in a wide range of roles. Examples of companies currently employing our recent graduates include John Lewis, Gap, Primark, Mulberry, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Harrods, Arcadia, Burberry, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, and Prada. Many graduates also return to be key participants in family businesses, and more recently several have launched new businesses in partnerships or on a self-employed basis in both national and international arenas.

LCF Careers

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.

Entry requirements

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 Maths, Business Studies, Economics, Science and subjects from the Social Sciences area.

Applicants are expected to show evidence of work experience or placement.

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.

 

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 can 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 7973 / 7582 / 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

International Applicants

For advice about how to apply as an international applicant please visit the UAL International Application Advice page.

To apply, visit the Undergraduate section of LCF's Support for International Students 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 / 7940

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

Deferred Entry

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.

Course units

This course is currently undergoing validation so the titles and content of units may

change. 

Year One

In the first period of delivery you will study three 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 Business Environment: economics for business unit will provide you with an opportunity to look at the global economic, political and social factors that affect fashion organisations operating at national and international levels. This enables you to explore fundamental micro and macro-economic concepts and learn a range of quantitative techniques to investigate various business problems. It is essential that you acquire specialist knowledge and skills in these initial stages of the course to successfully undertake more complex units later in the course.

Fashion Management: principles and practice focuses on processes, procedures and practices for effective management of fashion organisations across the fashion spectrum. You will look at the application of management theory and practice to people management, performance and organisational behaviour, and at the significance of people in achieving Key Performance Indicators and management objectives. This will provide you with a good working knowledge necessary to undertake subsequent stages of the course.

In the second period of delivery you will study two units.

Financial and Management Accounting allows you toexplore how fashion managers effectively use resources and manage financial, accounting and other information systems for planning, control, decision making, and managing financial risks. You will examine a blend of theoretical and practical approaches to financial analysis, planning and control. You will also be introduced to information systems that underpin management decision-making processes.

Fashion Operations and Enterprise Management explores the management of fashion operations with a particular focus on global sourcing, supply chain management, production processes and international fashion retail operations, and will allow you to apply a range of knowledge and skills to the start-up of a small fashion business. By working collaboratively in a team you have the opportunity to start up and trade a small fashion business 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 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.

Year Two

In the first period of delivery you will study three units.

Fashion Product Management examines the breadth and complexity of a modern fashion supply chain and its relevance within international fashion businesses, with a particular focus on the roles and responsibilities of the key product managers, buyers and merchandisers. You will build on your skills and knowledge acquired in the first year 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.

Fashion Marketing Management gives you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the operations that bring a fashion brand or product to the global consumer. The unit focuses on marketing management and marketing planning as you 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.

Fashion Consumer Insights allows you to explore consumer behaviour and psychology through investigation of how and why we buy fashion goods and services. Using relevant data you will develop your understanding of behavioural economics, fashion psychographics and cross-cultural values, and how these may inform fashion business practices.

In the second period of delivery you will study two units.

Technology, Innovation and Digital Fashion Management looks at how technology plays a key role in developing a sustainable competitive advantage and in activating innovation processes. This is particularly true in the digital environment. Prospective employers expect graduates to be able to understand the complexities of digital business models, how consumers operate on digital platforms, and how they use digital technologies and devices to purchase fashion products and to interact with fashion brands.

The Fashion Consultancy Project has anemphasis on research design. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate a wide range of business data (primary and secondary) and sources of information, and how to construct a research project by using appropriate methodologies. By working in small groups you will learn how to apply the outcomes of rigorous primary and secondary research, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, to real business problems, and to formulate solutions and recommendations by building on these research findings. This will support you in making evidence-based decisions, and in responding to a live brief developed in collaboration with a fashion company.

Professional Placement Year

You can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies 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.

 

DIPS Application Process

Access to the Diploma in Professional Studies (DIPS) is by application only. Candidates are expected to successfully complete year 1 and 2 of the Bachelor’s degree and to meet the entry requirements for DIPS consideration. Your DIPS applications is reviewed by the academic team and, if accepted, you will work with a tutor from the academic faculty and a member of the LCF Careers team to secure a work-placement or study abroad opportunity. If your application is unsuccessful or if a placement / study abroad opportunity is not secured then you will progress directly to the final stage of the Bachelor’s degree.

Final Year

In the first period of delivery you will study two units.

In the Future of Fashionunit you will look at current issues affecting the fashion industry as a whole, and at sectors of the industry that are undergoing particular change. You will develop your understanding of change within the fashion industry, and how the industry responds to changes in socio-economic trends.

In the Strategic Fashion Management unit youwill have the opportunity to select between four different curriculum streams:Corporate Governance and Leadership;Strategic Management of Financial Resources; Strategic Brand Management; orEntrepreneurship and small business management.You will have the opportunity to explore in more depth specific areas relevant to the strategic management of fashion organisations. You will be required to attend two curriculum streams, and only those streams which reach a minimum number of participants will be delivered. You will express your preferences at the end of the second year.

In the first and second period of delivery you will undertake Fashion Management: final major project. You will have the opportunity to choose between different formats: an empirical dissertation or a practice-based project in fashion management (developed in collaboration with a fashion company).  

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