Fashion Buying Management BA Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2016
|International Baccalaureate||29 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSEs.
At the interview, you must show your creative skills through a portfolio, if you have studied an art-based subject.
A fashion buyer is responsible for the profitable development, sourcing and selection of a range of products that meet the needs and desires of the target customer, by working closely with the merchandising, design and marketing teams.
As a Fashion Buying Management student, you will combine your creative flair with robust business management skills in a fast-paced, industry-focused course which enjoys widespread support throughout the fashion and retail industry. The extensive contributions from industry leaders include guest lectures, live retail projects and student placements and internships. Key fashion and retail relationships include ASOS, Debenhams, John Lewis, L.K.Bennett, Net-a-Porter, River Island and Urban Outﬁtters.
While the prime focus of the course is to develop the academic, aesthetic, practical and commercial skills you need for the buying role, you will also be equipped for a career in product development and supply chain management, brand management and wholesale, PR and marketing, and trend forecasting and retail management. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
The course emphasis is placed on developing your creative, technical and interpersonal skills, commercial flair and business acumen. The focus of the course is global, to reflect the nature of the industry, and the additional opportunity to advance language skills and study abroad is offered to meet the increasing standards of global competition and the needs of the business environment. The work placement in the third year is an essential component of the course and can be taken as a full-year work placement or a combination of work placement and a study abroad option.
Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. Teaching and learning are interactive, covering academic, practical and applied elements. Our teaching staff have had successful retail careers and understand the pivotal role of buyers within the decision-making hierarchy. Assessment methods include individual and group reports and presentations, industry projects, portfolio development, and extended essays and exams.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
The first year modules provide a fundamental underpinning of business knowledge and creative skills that will build and deepen throughout the course. Subjects of study include:
- Fabrics and Garment Technology
- Fashion Marketing
- Fashion Trends and Consumer Culture
- Polylang Language module
- Range Design and CAD
- The Buying Process
- The Fashion Business
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
The second year develops both your practical and academic skills and includes live project work for a fashion brand. The expectation is that the additional skills and knowledge gained will enable you to undertake a successful work placement year. Subjects of study include:
- Career Development
- Creative Encounters
- Fashion Promotion
- Global Retailing
- Polylang Language module
- Textiles and Garment Sourcing and Manufacture
- Trading and Concept Development
- Visual Merchandising and Styling
Year 3 – Sandwich year
You will be given substantial support in ﬁnding suitable work placements, and the course has excellent relationships with many well-respected potential employers. You are ultimately responsible for securing your own placement. You are supported throughout the year by a placement tutor.
Year 4 (Credit Level 6)
At this level, you are expected to develop a more strategic perspective and draw together your academic and work experience. You will study subjects that further develop your general business skills, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest. Alongside your Final Major Project, Subjects of study include:
- Commercial Skills
- Fashion Branding
- Fashion Consumer Behaviour
- Fashion Entrepreneurship
- Global Fashion Sourcing
- Luxury Fashion Management
- Polylang Language module
- Sustainable Fashion
- Trends and Change Implementation for Fashion Retail
This list is indicative of what you will study on this course. For more specific and detailed module information, please refer to full course document.
This list is indicative of what you will study on this course. For more specific and detailed module information please refer to full course document.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
- Nicola Mansfield, Course Lecturer
- Josie Misick, Course Lecturer
- Sally Heale, Course Lecturer
- Beth Jelly, Course Lecturer
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To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
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