CONTEMPORARY FASHION BUYING

From showroom to store: buying fashion for a living

Master's Course**

11 Feb 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
it · en
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enrolment fee € 5.500
 
tuition fee EU € 25.480
tuition fee non-EU € 27.040

** Courses taught in Milano are awarded an Istituto Marangoni diploma.

1 Oct 2019 - 5 Jun 2020
it · en
fees
enrolment fee € 5.500
 
tuition fee EU € 25.500
tuition fee non-EU € 27.600

** Courses taught in Milano are awarded an Istituto Marangoni diploma.

Programme Specification

Master's Degree*

1 Oct 2019 - 29 Jan 2021
en
fees
enrolment fee € 5.500
 
tuition fee EU € 25.500
tuition fee non-EU € 27.600

* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12-week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/ for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.

Programme Specification

Highlights

Master's Degree*

4 Feb 2019 - 22 May 2020
en
fees
enrolment fee £ 4.400
 
tuition fee EU £ 18.590
tuition fee non-EU £ 20.240

* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12-week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/ for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.

1 Oct 2019 - 29 Jan 2021
en
fees
enrolment fee £ 4.400
 
tuition fee EU £ 19.600
tuition fee non-EU £ 21.300

* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12-week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/ for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.

** In London School the payment is available in GBP only

Programme Specification

Highlights

Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on display next season and operate within a new fashion environment. They plan the purchasing of seasonal items, identify upcoming trends and choose the right product and brand mix. Fashion buyers are the main drivers in the global fashion retail industry, a pivotal area and influential role in any successful fashion business.

At postgraduate level participants will have previous undergraduate level studies in economics, marketing, fashion design with marketing or similar, or proven work experience completing the course with highly specialised skills in fashion buying. Providing current and future business models, encapsulating innovation, new media and technology in the global buying process, this 15 month course (including placement) covers contemporary issues in product selection and purchasing methods. Buyers need to be business-minded with strong analytical skills and the ability to negotiate and work alongside many departments including marketing and sales, ensuring new collections and items are commercially viable either in store, or via online retailing and e-commerce platforms.

Participants learn the technical and theoretical aspects of a buying campaign analysing different retail formats and key macro trends leading towards a research-based dissertation. By studying the organisation of the buying team and undertaking a fashion industry placement, they fully understand the role and responsibility of buyers and merchandisers in the global market. Key buying processes include stock mix and import-export techniques as well as pricing strategies and the ability to forecast the profitability of a fashion product. Participants analyse the buying calendar and correctly plan the purchase of a seasonal collection using a balanced combination of products and brands responding to current trends and influences in a multi-disciplinary approach.

By understanding how the consumer perceives a collection they are able to put together an appealing, desirable and winning fashion collection. The relationship of visual merchandising and sales, negotiation techniques, and soft skills in communication, decision making, time management, leadership, and team working enable participants to successfully perform on real commercial projects developing effective buying strategies for a benchmark company. Participants apply the experience acquired on industry projects taught by qualified industry professionals, working to real company briefs, to prepare their own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.

* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in Paris and London will be awarded with a Master’s Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; Master’s Degrees include a 12-week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA course. All candidates should meet specific entry requirements (please check www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/ for international equivalents); for further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office at the chosen school.



** Courses taught in Milano are awarded an Istituto Marangoni diploma.



LEARNING FOCUS

  • Fashion Buying Management
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Finance for fashion Buying
  • Digital Technologies for Fashion Buying
  • Big Data, Analytics and Digital Disruption
  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Fashion Retailing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Fashion buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product manager
  • Brand manager
  • Crm strategist
  • Logistics & retail manager

STUDY UNITS · LONDON

  • Buying Management
  • Fashion & Culture
  • Contextual and Cultural Studies
  • Product Development & Supply Chain Management
  • Research Methods
  • Industry Placement
  • Future of Retailing
  • Dissertation


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