BA (Hons) International Fashion (Top Up)

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Overview

This one year top-up degree offers direct entry at Level 6 to students who have previously completed a relevant HND (or equivalent), or Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree, who wish to use their current qualifications to develop skills in international fashion practices.  

The BA (Hons) International Fashion top up degree will equip you with a thorough understanding of fashion practice throughout the global fashion supply chain. The course offers a strong element of internationalisation and it will prepare you for entry into the competitive global market, whether in your country of origin or international employment destinations.

This dedicated final year programme allows you to specialise in your chosen field. The final exit award for successful completion of this course are:

Employability and industry focus is at the heart of the programme. Our exceptional links with industry will ensure that your learning is enhanced through guest lectures, live industry project briefs and study trips.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The unique mix of cultural and business awareness that this course provides will enable successful graduates to locate their own practice and ambitions firmly within international industry and social contexts. Students exiting with a strong portfolio of work will have the opportunity to progress directly into postgraduate level.

Successful graduates of the Business Practice pathway will be equipped with a skill-set that can transcend the complex functions of ever-changing fashion organisations. Graduates will be able to take on a range of roles in the fashion industry in areas such as marketing and brand management, e-commerce strategy, retail management, merchandising, buying, project management as well as data and digital analytics.

Students who successfully complete the Design Practice pathway will go on to work as skilled fashion professionals in roles such as Designers, Product Developers, Pattern Cutters and Garment Technologists. Graduates will have the confidence to adapt in the fast-changing environment of the fashion industry, and will have the literacy and understanding of contemporary and emerging technologies that will set them apart from other fashion graduates. 

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no component less than 5.5.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

BA (Hons) International Fashion is a one-year top-up degree programme for applicants who have previously studied and successfully completed a relevant HND (or equivalent), or Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree. 

International students will be required to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 with no component less than 5.5. English language qualification in line with the University’s entry requirements is required for students whose first language is not English. Further information for international students for application with non-UK qualifications can be found on our international website http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/international/

Applicants and returners from industry seeking recognition for prior learning will be assessed in line with the University’s RPL policy on their ability to meet the pertinent learning outcomes.

All applicants, both overseas and at home, will be interviewed, either in person or via the internet and will be required to submit a portfolio or examples of work, which will serve to establish suitability for the programme and determine, which pathway will be best suited to the applicant based upon prior knowledge.  

Course details

The course offers two pathways in Business Practice and Design Practice. This flexible pathway structure will allow you to specialise in your chosen field whilst also working collaboratively on industry projects across both pathways.

Through the Business Practice pathway, you will explore real market insight and future global trends, whilst developing the management, leadership, strategic and financial skills required to become a forward-thinking fashion business practitioner, capable of making clear and responsible management decisions within an international framework.

Through the Design Practice pathway, you will develop creative and technical design skills needed to succeed in a creative or technical role in the fashion industry. You will explore contemporary approaches to fashion design, production and communication, employing the technologies used in industry and developing innovative techniques and processes. The creative studies will be underpinned with business and cultural acumen.  

The unique mix of cultural and business awareness that this course provides will enable successful graduates to locate their own practice and ambitions firmly within international industry and social contexts. Students exiting with a strong portfolio of work will have the opportunity to progress directly into postgraduate level.

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Core Units

Negotiated Project

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.

Option Units

Research Project

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.

Fashion Entrepreneurship

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. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Assessment

Placement options

At Manchester Fashion Institute, employability is at the heart of our teaching. As part of the Negotiated Project unit on the International Fashion programme, you will have the opportunity to undertake a four week integrated internship. This will allow you to experience a professional environment, observe current business of design practice and apply your learning to a real world environment.

We have a dedicated placements team with over three decades of experience sourcing and securing outstanding placement opportunities and facilitating £3 million industry investment each year for placements. They will provide you with support in securing an internship and will continue to support you during the four weeks that you are there. 

Manchester Fashion Institute

Manchester Fashion Institute is a multi-disciplinary partnership that brings together fashion expertise and talent from across the University, Manchester and the world.

An international hub that connects education, research and enterprise to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, the institute empowers students to create opportunities for academic and professional development by taking advantage of our cutting-edge resources and unrivalled connections.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

WN24

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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