In this unit, you will research and develop an original idea and transform this concept into a viable business or design proposition. You will combine visual, theoretical, technological and commercial ideas to inform and inspire the development of innovative business propositions, fashion artefacts, or other relevant outcomes. The work in this unit will be informed by knowledge of international culture, research into consumer behaviours and social and ethical implications.
This unit includes an industry internship of up to four weeks, which will provide you will the valuable opportunity to apply your learning to industry practice and to gain real world experience in the fashion industry.
Industry Projects (Design Practice pathway)
If you have opted to study the Design Practice pathway, you will take this unit.
The Industry Projects unit includes live briefs that require rigorous design research and development and the application of innovative manufacturing and finishing techniques through investigation, sampling and prototyping. You will respond to set briefs taking fashion concepts through from primary research and the design development process through to final prototype garments, specifications and professional portfolio projects. The briefs require exploration and innovation whilst also responding to defined markets or consumers.
Global Strategy (Business Practice pathway)
If you have opted to study the Business Practice pathway, you will take this unit.
This unit enables you to develop your knowledge of global strategies adapted by organisations and apply critical thinking to explore new opportunities and strategic directions. You will then focus on different organisations’ international marketing strategies, and develop innovative and sustainable market entry strategies.
Your project management skills will be further developed and applied through implementation plans.
The Business of Global Fashion
This unit introduces you to the complexities of the contemporary fashion industry and the global supply chain. You will examine how fashion products are designed, developed, sourced, bought, merchandised, manufactured, promoted, marketed and retailed from a number of international perspectives; taking into account the impact of issues such as the global economy, political and cultural influences and sustainable and ethical practices.
The projects within this unit will facilitate your development of key professional skills, including employability and entrepreneurial attributes.
In this unit, you will carry out an individual project focusing on a topic of your choice within the broad framework of critical and contextual studies. You will undertake lectures, seminars and workshops in research methods, literature reviews, critical thinking and writing, source location and analysis, critical reading and research ethics. You will use the skills you have developed in these sessions to inform your project and communicate your findings.
This unit enables independent and action-based learning, as you will work in a team to develop a new fashion business start-up. You will adopt the role of Company Directors with specific remits within the group, and work together towards the development of an appropriate business proposal, which informs the production and presentation of a cohesive business plan. You will have the opportunity to put theory into practice and to utilise and reflect upon industry practices and the development of your professional skills in preparation for employment.