International Business Strategy, Management and Leadership unit will enable you to explore a range of strategic business models and conceptual frameworks in the context of the fashion business environment. You will identify and analyse the importance of strategic planning to the achievement of organisational goals.
The need to source and develop commercially viable products is core to fashion retailing. The Fashion Product Development and Global Sourcing unit will provide an opportunity for you to explore the operational issues relevant to developing, sourcing and manufacturing fashion product and develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of fashion product development and supply chain management.
The dynamic global fashion marketplace is extremely demanding with consumers increasingly more sceptical and informed. You will explore in the Fashion Marketing and Consumer Insights unit how individual factors, social dynamics and brand relationships influence perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of fashion consumers. This will enable you to assess how different marketing strategies and programmes support fashion organisations to achieve corporate, business and/or functional objectives.
The Finance and Risk Management unit provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international financial operations, financial risk management, corporate finance as well as the practical skills in financial and analytical techniques and their use in fashion. Applying the main financial management tools of analysis such as valuation, financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and capital structure, you will assess the various types of financing available to fashion businesses and gain knowledge of how risk dynamics affect how financial markets operate, and what implications they have on the fashion industry and brands.
Servicing the needs, wants and demands of fashion consumers requires agility in the operational structures that plan, distribute and sell fashion products in a range of fashion markets. As part of the Servicing Fashion Markets unit you will explore the theories, models, technologies and systems of procurement and trading to develop an understanding of the key performance indicators used in fashion operations management and build cross functional awareness relevant to outbound logistics.
As fashion retail is highly dynamic and innovative you will explore change management, market disruption and crisis management frameworks applied to the contemporary fashion retail ecosystem. You will examine tools for future proofing alongside emergent models of consumer behaviour and retail management thinking to develop a toolkit for sustainable Innovation & Retail Futures.
The course culminates in the Project Management and Consultancy Project unit. This is a significant piece of work that gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the course. Focusing on practical and academic issues and reflecting any of the subject areas covered over the course from a strategic management perspective you will seek out consultancy opportunities and apply the project to a specific organisation. Project management will underpin this unit and will develop leadership and problem solving techniques.
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.
Learning and teaching methods
- Student-led seminars
- Group tutorials
- Individual tutorials
- Technical workshops
- Multi-media presentations
- Academic databases / internet sources
- Self-directed learning
- Directed reading
- Case studies
- Guest speakers
- Peer critique
- Business games
- Formative feedback
- Professional development workshops
- Consultancy project (scoping and planning)
- Consultancy project report
- Group projects
- Visual report (text supported with infographics)
- Business reports
- Case-studies and case study based timed essays
- Critical essays
- Portfolio based project
- Live negotiations
- Presentations through a range of media
- Professional development digital portfolio