FASHION BUSINESS & BUYING

Predict next season’s trends

Three-Year Course (Pathways)

1 Oct 2019 - 5 Jun 2020
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enrolment fee € 4.000
 
tuition fee EU € 16.700
tuition fee non-EU € 19.800

3 Feb 2020 - 18 Sep 2020
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fees
enrolment fee € 4.000
 
tuition fee EU € 16.700
tuition fee non-EU € 19.800

Programme Specification

Highlights

BA (Hons) Degree* ** (Pathways)

1 Oct 2019 - 5 Jun 2020
3 Feb 2020 - 11 Sep 2020
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fees
enrolment fee £ 3.300
 
tuition fee EU £ 13.300
tuition fee non-EU £ 16.500

** Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; 120 credit points must be earned for each year of study in order for an honours degree to be awarded, so students will obtain 360 credits upon successful completion of the three-year course. Participants on the four-year sandwich course will receive 120 practice credits for the additional year. All candidates should meet specific requirements (please check the website www.mmu.ac.uk/international indicating your nationality and study level). For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.

English and EU domiciled students may be eligible for tuition fee support, to contribute towards the annual fees, via Student Loan Company (SLC) and maintenance support dependent upon eligibility. Full information can be found here. For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only. Student Finance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: the London School of Fashion and Design does not have specific course designation for 19/20 in any of the other devolved nations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you are a student domiciled in one of these countries, you should be aware that you may receive only partial, or no tuition fee loan to support your studies. Before submitting an application to study, you should contact the relevant funding authority in your home country to discuss this to ensure you are able to partially cover the cost of your preferred programme: For Northern Ireland: studentfinanceni.co.uk For Scotland: saas.gov.uk For Wales: studentfinancewales.co.uk

** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only

Programme Specification

Highlights

THE COURSE

Specialise in fashion buying and decide what’s in store next season. Professional fashion buyers know how to select a balanced combination of products and brands that fully satisfy company sales targets, consumer demands, and market needs, planning and following strategic buying processes that are essential when taking a collection from the design showroom to the store.

This three year full time course forms business professionals with core fashion buying skills covering all sectors of the fashion and luxury markets. Participants progress to learn the selection and purchasing of luxury fashion products for high street brands, boutiques, innovative independent fashion labels and e-commerce retail outlets using existing and contemporary business models, encapsulating innovation, new media, and technology in the global buying process.

The course explores trends, stock mix, the buying calendar, range planning, pricing strategies and profitability, all crucial when planning the purchase of a seasonal fashion collection. Excellent negotiation techniques with suppliers are fundamental, together with issues in pricing, merchandising, budgets, JIT ordering, distribution channels and supplier lead times. Buyers need to be both creative and business-minded, with strong merchandising, analytical skills in order to understand and successfully manage the supply chain. Accurately predicting sales and customer demand is crucial to the success of a fashion company. Buyers may work just a few months in advance, or at times years ahead depending on the product and market positioning.

Participants learn how to anticipate trends through careful analysis of fashion weeks, through research and investigation of the target audience, and by evaluating tendencies and current issues in the fashion industry, including sustainability and new media influences that affect consumer taste and essentially, consumer buying habits. They learn how to make detailed analyses of past sales records in order to predict future sales, exploring the technical and theoretical aspects of a buying campaign and the impact of merchandising and visual display on sales, both in store and in online retailing (e-commerce).

Participants learn real-world skills working on buying campaigns, seeing how collections and launches are viable, and in collaboration with international companies on industry projects and case studies. Meanwhile classes in fashion context and culture provide the necessary skills to make a critical assessment of a brand or client’s lifestyle and legacy, completing the course with a highly sought after professional profile in fashion and luxury buying.

This course is part of the fashion business study pathways. With fashion business as the core subject, participants specialise in the chosen area of interest (buying), completing the course with a distinct professional profile.

This course is also available as a BA (Hons) four-year course (including Sandwich Year Placement).

* Participants who successfully complete the programmes taught in English in London and Paris will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK; 120 credit points must be earned for each year of study in order for an honours degree to be awarded, so students will obtain 360 credits upon successful completion of the three-year course. Participants on the four-year sandwich course will receive 120 practice credits for the additional year. All candidates should meet specific requirements (please check the website www.mmu.ac.uk/international indicating your nationality and study level). For further details please do not hesitate to contact the information office.



** For the London School, payment must be made in GBP only



LEARNING FOCUS

  • Fashion buying strategies
  • Contemporary buying and e-commerce
  • Fashion buying and product development management
  • Fashion marketing management
  • Purchasing budgets and range planning
  • Supply chain management & distribution
  • Stock management and merchandising mix
  • Communication, time management, leadership
  • Professional research & presentation methods
  • Fashion history & cultural contemporary perspectives

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Fashion buyer
  • Product manager
  • Retail manager
  • Project manager
  • Distribution manager
  • Operations & logistics manager

STUDY UNITS · LONDON

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion
  • Alpha Marketing
  • The Luxury Fashion Product
  • Principles of Business

Year two

  • Visual and Emotional Branding
  • The Contemporary Product
  • Fashion Next
  • Finance and Management Control

Year three

  • Omnichannel Distribution
  • Honours Project Fashion Business & Buying
  • Future of Fashion

BOF · BADGE OF EXCELLENCE

Discover the excellence

Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.

  • Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
  • Learning Experience – The students’ experience while in school assessing the quality of teaching and the resources available at the institution.
  • Long-Term Value – The students’ preparedness for the real world, based on student progression rates provided by the schools, assessing student satisfaction around employment, career preparedness and accessibility of alumni.

An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.

 



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