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Fashion Buying and Merchandising (with Foundation Year)

Fashion Buying and Merchandising (with Foundation Year)
BA (Hons)

W239 BA/FBMFY

 
 

Course overview

A fashion buying and merchandising degree at Teesside prepares you for a successful career in the global fashion industry. Benefit from key expertise in the global business of fashion. Develop an understanding of international fashion markets, trends, visual communication and product development with supply chain management, range planning and distribution, sales analysis and international business management.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

You consider how marketing, buying and selling contribute to the fashion business, including internationalisation, sustainability, customer enhancement, business management, entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Contextual Studies

You are introduced to the contexts of creative and design history, investigating problem solving and themes to inform your current studio practice. You research and learn to analyse ideas about past British and international styles, design and theory. This develops your understanding of the role of the designer, the meanings and vocabulary of space and design, and the relationship between design, society and the environment. You develop skills in research, analysis, communication and critical thinking, and produce and present interpretations of historical material.

Portfolio Project

Building on your skills in the design process, you develop a project portfolio directed towards your favoured design discipline, demonstrating your creative ideas, development and final concepts. You are encouraged to take a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work. You focus on experimental exploration, as well as challenging your ability to motivate and organise yourself to manage a design project and work to a deadline. This project culminates with a short presentation of your completed design work.

Research and Analysis - Sketchbooks and Research

You are introduced to the creative design process and methods of researching and recording inspirational ideas which you can then develop for your own project work. You gather inspiration, stimuli and precedent ideas from a multitude of sources and sketchbooks – these are key in developing and experimenting your design, helping you curate ideas and document your design activity.

Specialism Project

You take part in a range of specialist studio activities. You investigate, experiment and explore pathways in fashion, textiles, graphics, interiors and product design. You study creative processes and develop independent project skills to help identify the specialist subject which best suits your interests and abilities.

Thinking Through Drawing

You are introduced to a range of fundamental drawing approaches for a variety of purposes. Practical workshops include measured drawing, scale, composition and perspective as well as creatively using colour, materials and expressive mark making. These experiences increase your observational skills that help you visualise and realise ideas for potential design projects.

Thinking Through Making

You further develop and deepen your knowledge gained from the induction programmes, enhancing your skills in model construction, prototyping, printmaking, and production analysis. You gain greater insight into the complexities of model construction and printmaking by working in detail with various materials, developing techniques and creative skills. This module is project-based – you transfer your knowledge from lectures to hands-on demonstrations in a workshop environment. You primarily learn through producing models and prints from drawings.

 

Year 1 core modules

Design Project: Range Planning and Development

You gain a basic understanding of the processes, working practices and design communication involved within a practical design framework, in the production of a basic collection of a range of fashion samples that bring together visual realisation, design development, garment manufacture and presentation skills. Through the negotiated lerning plan you experience the translation of initial ideas into finished design proposals, giving you an appreciation of the process of production of fashion design from concept to completion.

Fashion and Textiles Cultures

Covering the period from the late 17th century to the present day, you consider how the evolution of culture through industrialisation, technological change, social movement and political transformation has informed the changing face of fashion and textiles. This module will highlight key changes, movements and issues that have changed the landscape of fashion, textiles and the fashion retail environment.

Foundations of Marketing

You are introduced to the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing as it impacts on a changing and competitive environment. The module focuses on the fundamental theoretical principles of marketing, in addition to a range of topical issues, including advertising, public relations and retailing. In so doing, the module will expose you to areas of marketing that you may wish to study further.

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.

Professional Skills for Fashion and Textiles

This module helps you apply creative ideas and innovative methods to turn ideas into action. You explore and investigate fashion and textiles as a space for innovating, experimenting and initiating inspiration arising from guided workshops and interventions – these instil the notation of creative thinking as applying creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking or beliefs. This module explores the concept of the studio as the iterative lab through active and experiential learning.

This module introduces you to key skills within the design and creative project planning process including research, trends analysis, critical and visual evaluation, and digital processes, equipment and the fundamentals of key software applications used in the fashion and textiles industry. You develop technical knowledge across a range of platforms with the potential for visualising and generating creative ideas, research and storyboarding, developing designs, managing projects and presentations.

The Relationships of Buying and Selling

This module introduces you to the concepts of buyer behaviour and discusses the various actors involved in the processes and influences in the pre-purchase and post-purchase decision-making process. This will be based on consumers and organisational buyers and sellers. You also develop an understanding of the influence buyer behaviour has on marketing strategies of organisations, and have the opportunity to apply theories related to buyer behaviour and marketing practice.

 

Year 2 core modules

Connect

Designers operate in a commercial world. It is crucial that you understand the needs of all the stakeholders that your design will impact upon and that you strategically develop products that will service specific market sectors, be user focused and fulfil the needs of business. 

You build your knowledge and understanding of design in a business context. Develop your skills in project management, applied research methods and the design process. You relate the work to real-world business scenarios, problems and situations, considering both manufacturing and end-users. A significant project draws your skills together to consider the strategy behind new product development. You prepare for your third-year studies by developing more independence in your choice and direction of project work.

Fashion and Textiles Enterprise

You are introduced to key skills within the design and creative project planning process including research, trends analysis, critical and visual evaluation and digital processes, equipment and the fundamentals of key software applications used in the fashion and textiles industry. You develop technical knowledge across a range of platforms and explore their potential for visualisation and generating creative ideas, research and storyboarding, ideas generation, design development, project management and presentations.

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.

Marketing Communications

The module ensures that you understand the potential linkages between key marketing communication options and formats, including online and offline advertising, sales promotion and public relations. Building on previous concepts in marketing, such as targeting, segmentation and positioning, you will be encouraged to think about the problems faced by brand managers involved in the marketing communication industry. You will learn to apply marketing communication models and creative concepts to develop an integrated marketing communications campaign.

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.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

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.

Fashion Buying Project

You devise and undertake a major project that helps to consolidate and celebrate your strengths and skills in fields including, marketing, fashion business, fashion retail, styling and design. You initiate and/or select an appropriate negotiated brief and increase your ability to manage a complex project through all its stages, informed by an awareness of the relevant contexts and the needs of clients/users/contexts and applications.

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.

Professional Production Realisation

This module develops your own field of interest and allows you to negotiate your personal programme of study. You are encouraged to adopt a questioning, creative and innovative approach to fashion, marketing, enterprise and media, and focus on conceptual and experimental exploration.

You strengthen your self-motivation and develop your approach to proactive and self-directed independent study. You initiate, develop and expand your project with effective and focused research, presenting your completed design work in an appropriate method and media. You take responsibility for directing your own learning, and organising and managing your own time.

You have the opportunity to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

A full range of digital resources and workshop facilities, using up-to-date equipment and processes, supports the studio environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff. Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective discussion.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways including practical assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects. Formative feedback supports your learning with detailed feedback at key points in the semester, developing a reflective and evaluative approach to learning.


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

Year 1 entry
32-88 tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications or equivalent. Consideration will also be given to students without formal qualifications but with evidence of relevant experience at an appropriate level.

Interviews
The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

If you are unable to attend an interview at the university, we can organise a virtual interview over the telephone or internet. If you have a portfolio of work to submit in support of your application, this can be sent to us electronically.

English language and maths requirement
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade C, or 4 under the new grading system. Other equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio/written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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

Career opportunities

Fashion retail, fashion management, fashion business, fashion buying

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Useful information

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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: 4 years (including a foundation year) or 5 years (including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W239 BA/FBMFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers are tailored to individual circumstances

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 
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