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Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

This broad-based degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of business concepts and models with specialist knowledge of fashion design management, fashion cultures and the fashion industry.

You study business organisation, management, leadership and enterprise combined with specialist modules in the business of fashion. This programme will be particularly of interest to those seeking to pursue careers in fashion management and related roles in the wider fashion industry internationally, including key management roles in leading companies, services agencies and fashion start-ups.

Professional accreditation

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

 
 

Course details

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. You explore key business and management concepts and are introduced to your specialist area of fashion.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via self-identified project, you also study two modules in the area of fashion.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You consider the strategic and applied aspects of fashion and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Business Finance

You gain an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting and finance techniques in decision making, control, management and adding value to performance.

Introduction to Fashion Management

Learn the fundamental principles and practices essential to managing a commercial fashion enterprise. You are introduced to the basic considerations of the design manager and operational processes of a creative director within the fashion industry. You gain an understanding and appreciation of issues around planning and researching your range, design of the product and product cycles, ethics and sustainability, sourcing and production, the supply chain, distribution and retail.

Organisational Theory and Research

You are introduced to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. You consider the theoretical aspects of organisational theory, research skills and broader academic skill development.

The Market Environment

You are introduced to basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using segmentation, targeting, and positioning framework.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

In a world of relentless and fast paced change the most important question for any company is ‘are we agile?’ In other words are we able to deal with new situations and changes quickly and successfully. For many the answer is no. In this module you will learn how to get to yes through the greatest resource available: people. You will develop knowledge and understanding of why much of management is no longer fit for purpose (management 1.0), and how a new alternative is emerging (management 2.0) is an alternative fit for the 21st century.

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

Fashion and Textiles Futures

You gain the professional practices, knowledge, attitudes and understanding required to successfully compete in the contemporary fashion and textiles industries through an understanding of the macro perspective on global trends and future thinking in fashion and retail. Learning will develop contemporary themes from the fashion and textiles theory and examines issues of fashion as identity, economic shifts and change, omni channel retailing the individual, social and gender identity, representation, the erotic, consumption and clothing as communication.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

The Fashion Project

You develop critical thinking and an understanding of current issues and debates in the field of fashion marketing, design and related practices including styling and retail. You create an effective final solution whether text, visuals or a mix of the made and critical object as a result of reflective methodologies and decision making that engages the process of synthesis, analysis and evaluation from an initial concept or investigation. You apply analytical skills to reflect upon and evaluate your work throughout a project and through this iterative practice to progress in their chosen field of fashion. You explore a variety of themes to extend your skills in research, analysis, independent study and communication as you investigate and develop solutions through your project work.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Professional Practice: The Fashion Industry

You undertake one or more live projects, simulated external workplace activity or fulfil a live project brief. You demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills, process and knowledge in the context of external evaluation that will influence the direction of your chosen career and be meaningful to prospective employers and/or clients. Areas of research are tailored to your chosen areas and focus of interest and nurture your career strategy.

You demonstrate business skills in a professional approach to work related and real time external projects and industrial experience. Areas of practice and activity will be tailored to the your areas and genres of interest.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills in effective strategic management and responsible leadership in the wider context of business and enterprise. The current context of the macro environment will be explored and contemporary issues will be considered by specifically relating to leading change along with leading and implementing strategy. You will identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

Studio

This module enables you to develop your own field of interest and negotiate a personal programme of study. It encourages the continued growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work and focuses on conceptual and experimental exploration. You may also decide to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent), together with maths and English at GCSE, grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

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International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the degree our students are able to demonstrate progression within their current employment in a range of businesses and sectors and also secure roles from general business manager to fashion buyer, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and retail manager to new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits.

We offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third years to ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for you to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N2W3 BA/BwFA
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 
 
 
 

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