Fashion Buying and MerchandisingUCAS Code: N590
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Main entry requirements
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% applicants receiving offers91%
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This course is undergoing a review over the next year, which may mean a change to the course title and units of study. If you are interested in business and love fashion, this degree combines both. The fashion industry is very competitive and companies are meticulous in assessing customer demand and market trends when selecting their product ranges; the roles of a buyer and a merchandiser are key in this process. This degree gives you an understanding of buying practice, finance, sourcing, product development and a knowledge of how fashion business operates in order to maximise profit and so will help you to become a successful professional in a truly exciting field of work. The course is aimed at developing your fashion awareness alongside your business acumen and you are encouraged to be innovative and engage with business issues. You will also have the opportunity to go on placements in the UK or abroad and undertake study trips; previous students have been to Florence, Shanghai and Paris. You can also opt to study a language. Technology and creativity are at the heart of our courses with a major emphasis on developing your business skills, and exposure to a wide range of businesses and employers. Our courses give you the option of spending a year working in industry to gain valuable skills and contacts. Features and benefits; - We’ll provide you with practical experience of the international fashion industry through optional overseas study trips. Previous destinations have included Shanghai, New York, Istanbul and Paris. - You’ll benefit from the multi-million pound, newly refurbished facilities, with access to industry-standard equipment including more than 150 specialised sewing and joining machines and equipment, 3D bodyscanner, sew-free bonding equipment, automated and laser cutting equipment, 3D printing and the latest digital pattern-cutting software. - Our students and graduates win many awards, including most recently the Arts Thread/Urban Outfitters Award, Humen Cup Silver Award, Drapers’ Company Award for Technical Textiles, the Survitec Group Award for Innovation in Functional Clothing Design, Best Gap Stylist at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, and finalist at Graduate Fashion Week.
In Year 1 you will concentrate on fashion buying and merchandising theory, concepts, principles and their influences on clothing manufacturing. You will study the fashion industry from the viewpoint of a buyer and gain an understanding of the information technologies a buyer uses. Year 2 allows you to demonstrate a critical understanding of fashion buying principles and their application. You will study the use of financial and quality management to gain a detailed understanding of production and information technology. If you decide to opt for the four year sandwich route, Year 3 will be spent on a full-time placement, with opportunities available in both the UK and abroad. In your final year you will develop a strategic approach to the evaluation of international fashion markets, organisations, opportunities and consumers in manufacturing and retail environments. You will undertake either an honours project or a business project to show your individual strengths and specilaism.
MMU is a thriving and diverse community of students from all professions ranging from artists and teachers to business leaders and scientists. Whatever course you choose you'll have access to great industry links and opportunities in one of the UK's most popular student cities. We're two thirds of the way through a £350 million building programme including a new students' union planned for 2014.
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