This course is designed to produce the fashion leaders of the future, whether you choose to go into design, manufacturing, the supply chain or retail, or into associated trades such as publishing or PR. You’ll learn the strategic business skills you’d expect from an MBA, and how to apply them to the specific challenges of the fashion industries.
Where better to study fashion than here in the heart of London? From Mary Quant’s iconic 1960s mini skirt to Vivienne Westwood’s dramatic punk frock, from Carnaby Street to Brick Lane, London has always been at the forefront of fashion. You’ll be encouraged to explore all the city has to offer – from London Fashion Week to museums like the V&A, fabulous street markets like Camden or Portobello Road, high-street retailers, and exclusive luxury brands. You’ll be surrounded by world-famous publishers, designers, photographers, stylists and retailers – all coming together to create fashion in one exhilarating place.
You will be taught by tutors with exceptional career experience in a diverse range of fashion disciplines. They have strong track records working in fields such as high-end luxury fashion, publishing, styling, retail and PR. They are extremely keen to enthuse and guide you, and always apply their extensive networks of contacts to create opportunities for their students.
This course has been designed in collaboration with experts from industry and takes into account the requirements of professional industry associations. This ensures that the course remains relevant for current business practice and delivers the skills which employers need. You will explore the business of fashion in the round, including issues of globalism, ethics and sustainability. Successfully completing two particular modules qualifies you to achieve a CMI leadership qualification.
Both within and beyond the classroom, your learning will always be applied to the workplace. You might have opportunities for ‘work tasters’ – perhaps assisting with a renowned photographer’s shoot or helping an organisation with its marketing activities. You’ll have the opportunity to do a consultancy project for a real client, or an internship; past internships have included accessories brands, UK-based marketing agencies for overseas brands, and European fashion labels.
Fashion is an industry with change built-in – even so, it has been through a number of significant economic, technological and sustainability challenges in recent years. You’ll learn to track and respond to all kinds of changes, from shifting consumer appetites and spending patterns to design
preferences and business imperatives. You’ll learn to adapt positively to constant change, be able to think on your feet and to steer your organisation safely through shifting conditions.