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BSc (Hons) Fashion Management

College
LCF
Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years / 4 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
WN30

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

This fashion management course equips students with skills in financial accounting and financial analysis and knowledge in supply chain and business analysis for a successful career in the global fashion industry.

Note: this course replaces BA (Hons) Fashion Management.

About

BSc (Hons) Fashion Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Key areas include finance, supply chain, quantitative skills and management within the fashion industry. Students graduate with a comprehensive range of relevant professional, academic and communication skills.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates of this course have started careers in various roles at leading companies in the UK and abroad.
  • The opportunity to graduate with an additional Chartered Institute of Management (CMI) Diploma level 5.
  • Learn from visiting fashion experts from companies such as Yoox, Net a Porter, Adidas and Harvey Nichols.

Location

The course is based at High Holborn. Find out about the local area, including Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Clerkenwell, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

Chartered Management Institute

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

Fashion talks: Fashion Business School Summit 17

Selected BA, MA and EMBA students and graduates present talks on topics pertinent to their study and the wider fashion business. Titled Fashion Talks, this is an unmissable opportunity to see the exciting and varied views of these future fashion business leaders.

Fashion Business School Summit 2016

Graduating students from across the Fashion Business School took part in FBS Summit 16, a showcase of student work that included talks, film and products.

Drapers Merchandising Roundtable

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

Latest news from this course

Portfolio gallery

Facilities

Library, John Princes Street

LCF Library

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Business facilities at JPS and High Holborn

Fashion business facilities

Take a tour of our fashion business facilities at John Prince's Street and High Holborn.

Canteen, Mare Street

LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course details

Over the course of the degree students have the opportunity to enter external prizes and competitions. Phoebe Ruscombe-King, a graduate from 2016, 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.

Course structure

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

Block 1 is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Management
  • Principles of Business
  • Marketing Management
  • Product Management
  • Financial Management
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • Business Analytics
  • People Management
  • Fashion Futures
  • Consumer Insights
  • Consultancy Project

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)

Final year

  • Project Proposal
  • Strategic Management
  • Final Major Project

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.

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Management aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

Principles of Business will provide an introduction to the business environment of the global fashion industry. You will be introduced to a wide range of technological, consumer, legal and ethical factors alongside the opportunity to study in depth fundamental micro and macro-economic concepts. A range of analytical techniques and skills will also be introduced to underpin your later studies.

Marketing Management provides you with the opportunity to explore marketing principles and management in a world where customers’ needs and behaviours are constantly evolving, the economy is unpredictable, competitive pressure is a constant factor and technology is continually developing and advancing. You will evaluate the current market position of a specific fashion business and present viable marketing and communication strategies in the form of a marketing plan.

Product Management will examine the breadth and complexity of fashion production management within a modern global supply chain environment by reviewing the activities and processes involved in the creation of a product range. The unit identifies via a linear process map, the journey from the creation of fibres to the presentation and promotion of product to the consumer and includes the demonstration of theoretical and practical approaches to the subject. The unit will contribute to future study, by developing your knowledge and understanding of the forms and functions of product management within the context of different fashion organisations.

Financial Management serves to introduce you to the financial environment and the operations of financial markets relevant to global fashion businesses. It explores how fashion managers can effectively use different sources of finance. You will learn the basic principles of financial accounts and how the accounts of small businesses are prepared to support your learning on other units. You will also learn to apply this knowledge to the analysis of the financial statements of public companies. You will be introduced to the principles of management accounting and the application of costing, pricing and investment appraisal techniques in making decisions and controlling fashion businesses.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Year two

Business Analytics continues the investigation of a sustainable global supply chain and trading fashion product using business analytics in multiple business environments both online and offline. You will review the activities and processes involved in the trading of a product range and consider the levers available within different business models to optimise trading.

People Management will introduce you to key theoretical approaches to organisational behaviour, corporate culture and people management relevant to the effective contemporary global fashion business. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of approaches to people management practice in the context of the competitive environment in which fashion companies operate. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of human resources management as a key competence for achieving sustainable competitive advantage in the contemporary fashion business. You will also be given the opportunity to apply this theory to your own career goals and learn how to operate as a fashion industry professional.

Fashion Futures as prospective employers expect graduates to be able to understand the complexities of digital business models this unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of how consumers operate on digital platforms and how they use digital technologies and devices to interact with fashion brands and purchase fashion products. The unit will also examine the associated managerial implications of technology and innovation.

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

Consumer Insights In order for fashion organisations to achieve their business and marketing objectives, they must understand the buying behaviour of consumers. This unit will introduce you to theoretical concepts of consumer behaviour, investigating how cultural, social, personal and psychological factors affect buyer behaviour. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical research skills by conducting a research project exploring an aspect of consumer behaviour. Specifically you will learn how to interrogate secondary sources, how to select and design a range of primary research methods, and how to analyse research findings to uncover consumer insights pertinent to managerial decision- making.

Consultancy Project brings together the theoretical and operational fashion business management principles previously studied. It provides a bridge between the teamwork in Stage 1 and the independent study required to complete the final year. The unit allows you to relate academic theory to practical business operations and highlights different approaches to fashion management. You will work collaboratively in a small team on a specific negotiated project as business consultants to a fashion company, which you will source.

Diploma in Professional Studies (optional professional placement year)


The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.

The Diploma in Professional Studies aims to:

  • develop an appreciation of the culture and practice of the work place;
  • put course content and study into perspective;
  • develop transferable skills;enhance students' opportunities for career or academic progression.

There is flexibility to combine a placement in industry either in the United Kingdom or overseas (of at least 20 weeks) with a period of studying abroad (of at least 10 weeks). It is recommended that the placement in industry be with one organisation for a minimum of 30 weeks (if you are not undertaking a period of studying abroad) to benefit fully from your placement experience. In exceptional circumstances more than one placement in industry can occur to meet the minimum requirements for the award of the Diploma. During the placement, your academic studies continue through the compilation of a written report and reflection, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges relating to the professional placement. This not only continues the development of your study skills but also allows the ongoing development of your research, analytical and evaluative skills.

Final year

Project Proposal will give you the opportunity to construct and visually present an appropriate research design around a self-developed fashion management research topic. This will develop your communication skills and understanding of the proposed context of your Final Major Project. In order to realise a robust project, your research must be underpinned by sound methodologies. You will be expected to consult and develop a wide range of specialist resources. From initial ideas discussed at preliminary workshops, you are able to review and revise your focus in line with the interests you have developed during the earlier years of the course. A staged process of development and review culminates in the presentation of a project proposal for assessment.

Strategic Management provides the opportunity to gain a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the principles and practice of strategic management. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of different topics including:

  • Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Leadership;
  • Strategic Financial Resource Management;
  • Strategic Brand Management;
  • Entrepreneurship and small business management.

You will gain in depth knowledge of the management challenges in that particular area of fashion management. You will develop relevant skills and acquire knowledge of the systems and processes that impact contemporary management practice.

In the first and second period of delivery you will undertake Final Major Project. The Final Major Project represents the culmination of your degree. This unit will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of management theories and practices and your ability to apply and contextualise these when developing a substantial piece of individual work. You are expected to conduct rigorous primary and secondary research and to synthesise theoretical and operational issues relevant to current debates within the fashion industry. Your Final Major Project is an independent and self-directed piece of work undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor. You may choose between an empirical dissertation or a practice based project focusing on issues relevant to fashion management.

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

Angie Lench is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc in Fashion Management. Her strengths lie in her industry experience spanning more than 20 years working in international fashion retail management as well as buying and merchandising. She has held numerous positions with successful retailers such as Selfridges and TK Maxx including Senior Buyer and Head of Merchandising. Her teaching career has been previously established at the Fashion Retail Academy, having been instrumental in developing fashion retail-specific courses including a Foundation degree in Fashion Retail Management for over 10 years, maintaining her connection with the fashion industry. In addition she is already an established final year dissertation tutor in the Fashion Business School at LCF. Angie has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership & Management.

Liz Gee is Associate Dean (acting) of the Fashion Business School. Liz has been teaching financial management and corporate strategy at the London College of Fashion since 2006. Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and as a Chartered Manager is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Liz has fashion industry financial experience as Treasurer of Debenhams plc and as a Corporate Banker with Barclays plc. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Liz completed her MA in Academic Practice at UAL in 2014 with a thesis on the pedagogy of enterprise and employability and recently received a UAL award for Teaching Excellence. Liz’s subject-related research interests lie in new funding paradigms for fashion businesses and she is currently writing several chapters of a textbook of Strategic Fashion Management. - view full profile

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 & IP Centre partner and runs regular workshops, as well as being a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit.

Heather Pickard is the Dean (acting) 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. - view full profile

Kirsty Herd is Lecturer in Retail Management/Operations/Strategy. Kirsty has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years as buyer and then a business development and innovation expert working for Harrods, Lyle & Scott and Gloverall in Europe, the USA and the Far East. Kirsty has extensive experience in fashion retailing from store management and retail operations to buying, merchandising and new business innovations. She is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Business and an MSc in Fashion Marketing. Her research interests lie in the future of fashion, with particular interest in how new technologies in both retail and product are engaging, converting and retaining consumers.

James Clark is a Senior Lecturer in buying and merchandising, as well as being Acting Course Leader for the Executive MBA at London College of Fashion. He is the author of Fashion Merchandising: Principles and Practice (Palgrave). James has lectured in buying and merchandising since 2007 and prior to that worked in numerous roles within UK fashion retail businesses such as Debenhams, Viyella and House of Fraser, with his last substantive position being that of Head of Merchandising. He has consulted with a number of brands including Gant and House of Fraser. Since joining UAL, James has taught on the BSc (Hons) Fashion Management, MSc Strategic Fashion Management and BA (Hons) Buying and Merchandising courses. As part of his academic work he has supported undergraduate students throughout their studies and is an established final year dissertation tutor. In addition to these activities, James has worked on behalf of the university in several countries including China, Korea, India, Russia, Dubai and Panama. He has also published his first academic book, Fashion Merchandising: Principles and Practice, to support his teaching and research interests. - view full profile

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. - view full profile

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.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: WN30

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.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344

Or you can use the register your interest form

Please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants may apply through the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: WN30

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on 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.


Entry requirements

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

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level Passes in at least 3 subjects to total a minimum 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points) Preferred subjects include, Maths, Business Studies, Economics, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages;
  • or IB Diploma 25 points;
  • or BTEC Extended Diploma DMM
  • or 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications;
  • AND Passes in at least SIX GCSEs at grade B or above including English, Maths and a Science reflecting the course rationale and Business and Management Benchmarks statement (QAA, 2015).

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 each 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

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and What we look for sections.

International applicants will have 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.

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.

Interview week

Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing lcf.international@arts.ac.uk about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: 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 use the register your interest form above.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350

This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

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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Careers and alumni

All of 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.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

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.

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