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Grace Mcgee, MA Fashion Business & Management, UCA Epsom

Fashion Business & Management MA/MSc

Fashion Business & Management MA/MSc

Course overview

If you are seeking a high-level career in management in the fashion industry, then our dynamic MA/MSc Fashion Business & Management course at UCA Epsom is an ideal way to get there.

This globally-focused and innovative course brings creative thinking and innovation to the forefront of fashion management and is based at our Business School for the Creative Industries. Here, you will build a portfolio of skills and knowledge that will give you a strong grounding in both fashion business practices, and the application of innovative thinking in a commercial context.

This course builds on the success of UCA's undergraduate business courses and provides a learning environment in which you can develop both creative and strategic skills in fashion business, management and marketing.

You will be supported to reach a deeper understanding of how the fashion industry operates, and engage with global fashion brands as you plan and produce a major project that is unique to you.

As well as conducting important individual research, you will be taught the core principles of fashion business and management through a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, and will undertake both formative and summative assessment, keeping reflective personal blogs and journals to chart your progress.

Our Postgraduate programmes share a dedicated MA base room and ample workshop spaces. The course also offers both a nurturing learning environment and a strong business-facing culture – enriched by our close connections with the fashion industry – equipping you with the skills to work at a high level in fashion business and management when you graduate.

Length of study 1 year full-time
Campus Epsom
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2021, Feb 2022, Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures and Creative Industries: Leadership
These units are delivered in parallel, through an integrated series of guest lectures, inter-active presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. 

The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Postgraduate Bootcamp 1: Creativity & Orientation
Bootcamp 1: Creativity is designed to introduce you to the Business School for the Creative Industries highly effective learning community and professional global network orientation. Through a series of exciting and engaging fast paced workshops, tasks and peer sessions you will access resources, build relationships and develop a vision of the function of business for the creative industries.

Fashion: Theories & Histories
This unit will give an overview of the historic development of fashion as an industry as well as a form of social, cultural and artistic expression. You will hear, read and discuss a whole range of ideas, theories and writing about fashion, from the historical and sociological to the feminist and the economic.

Creative People & Organisations
This module is designed to provide an insight into the complex theories and contemporary management practice within the creative industries both in the UK and globally. 

Global Fashion Industry & Business
This unit provides you with the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of current theories and practices for managing Fashion business and process in a global context. There is a strong focus on contemporary business and marketing concepts enabling you to position yourself and your practice within this constantly changing and demanding landscape. 

Marketing, Design & Communications
By examining concepts and developing research and practice, there is an opportunity to not only understand and broadly examine Marketing, Design & Communications but to also consider and apply appropriate solutions to current global issues facing brands in a meaningful, focused and professional way. 

Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures and Creative Industries: Leadership
These units are delivered in parallel, through an integrated series of guest lectures, inter-active presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. 

The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Bootcamp 2: Forecasting & Predictive Analysis
Through examples from empirical research, you will have an overview of main concepts, statistical models, methods, tools and underlying principles used to improve business decision-making. You will learn fundamentals of exploratory data analysis and how to aggregate and visualize datasets.

Managerial Accounting & Finance
This unit analyses perspectives and techniques in accounting and financial control and considers how they are used by modern enterprises to effectively manage in competitive business environments. 

Fashion Branding
This unit gives you a theoretical framework and critical knowledge of fashion branding and strategic brand management. It will enable you to position your own creative business practice using your critical knowledge of how brands create value for the consumer through the marketing mix, developing new brand concepts and strategies.

Digital Marketing Analytics
This unit explores the evolution of digital marketing and technologies, theories and practice of marketing, and the digital consumer. You will analyse trends and digital communications to innovate, explore and create digital marketing/media strategies and plans to reach various audiences from stakeholders and clients to consumers.

Fashion Buying & Merchandising
This unit aims to provide critical insight into roles of buying and merchandising in an ever-changing fashion landscape. You will explore a variety of fashion typologies and the differentiated approaches to fashion buying and merchandising to gain understanding of what their role is, and the processes involved and how they are managed in order to achieve business success.

Human-centred Innovation & Design
You will learn how to design and develop systems by applying HCD and innovation principles and techniques through various relevant activities in planning and management to satisfy user needs and requirements in business, social and global contexts. 

Creative Industries: Global Industry and Futures and Creative Industries: Leadership
These units are delivered in parallel, through an integrated series of guest lectures, inter-active presentations, fireside chats and engaging PechaKucha sessions scheduled across 45 weeks of programming. 

The focus of the series is your individual development providing rich insights applicable to your personal transformational learning journey and provides a holistic view of the global creative industries context and foresight for future trends. 

Bootcamp 3: Competitive Intelligence & Research
Bootcamp 3: Competitive Intelligence Research is designed to familiarise you with the gathering and analysis of competitors, customers, distributors, technologies, and other relevant stakeholders and features in the environment for proactive decision making in the face of threats and opportunities. 

Retail Experience Design (Elective A)
The Design for Retail Experience unit explores environmental, communications, products, people and services using insights into human behaviour and eco-systems (supply chain & critical path).  

Circular Economy in Fashion (Elective A)
In this unit you will establish the fundamental objectives and differences between a linear economy and a circular economy. Through the lens of the global fashion industry, you will explore and assess the opportunities and complexities of this transformation with particular focus on business models, resources, and solutions relevant to future strategy and processes.

Augmented & Synthetic Experiences (Elective A)
This unit aims to holistically approach the subject of “experience” within technological contexts; looking to the practical, critical and theoretical positions that surround this subject. The unit begins by outlining some of the origin stories for technology – and their intersection with notions of the “synthetic” or “augmented”. 

Trends & Forecasting (Elective A)
This unit will require you to engage in both perceptive and analytical approaches to trends research. You will be introduced to the key theories of prediction and forecasting alongside the fundamental framework of trend research (recognise, analyse, and translate).

Business Analytics (Elective A)
This unit explores how to acquire, process, analyse and interpret data to provide meaningful value for creative organisations. It will look at how data is used in the creative industries, how AI and machine learning are advancing this area, and what the future may look like for the creative industries.

Creative Business Start-up (Elective B)
This unit will explore the concept of developing creative businesses and the new paths for start-ups.  It will analyse the evolution of business structures and explore the new market opportunities and challenges arising from geo-politics, trade relations and the global pandemic. 

Strategy & Planning (Elective B)
This unit first focuses on defining strategy, looking at the process of strategy formulation and describing the role of management within that process. It instructs how to craft vision and mission statements, how to identify and manage external strategic influences, and includes discussion on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.  

Investment in the Creative Industries (Elective B)
This unit covers the various means of investment in the creative industries: investing in the companies, ideas, and entrepreneurs that will drive the evolution of the creative industries.

Behavioural Studies & Consumption (Elective B)
In this Unit, you will overview main behaviour theories from marketing, sociology and psychology, and their recent trends, to analyse and get acquainted with the decision-making processes of consumers, and their main factors, with a particular application to cultural and creative goods.

Masters Project
The Masters Project is an opportunity to create value for yourself at the highest strategic level in a tangible and measurable way as a culmination of your learning experience. It requires you to approach a real problem or opportunity, analyse it and develop a recommended strategy and implementation plan, while applying some relevant concepts and frameworks from your studied programme. You will have the opportunity to also select a project applicable to your company that might be working already in order to find solution to a real business problem. 

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for September 2021 and February 2022 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £10,400

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for September 2021 and February 2022 entry. The details for September 2022 will be available here in due course. 

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with extensive screen printing facilities, photography studios, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment.The bookable photographic studios have darkrooms and digital processing equipment, and the print studios have extensive screen printing facilities.

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Course connections

Course Connections

Graduates will be able to work at a high level within:

  • Fashion brand management
  • Operations management
  • Fashion business entrepreneurs.

You may also like to consider continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level with us at UCA

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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