International Fashion Buying Management BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

Do you love fashion and have the drive, desire and determination to develop the skills to lead you into a pivotal fashion role? Do you aspire to work for a global fashion brand or an international retailer, or for yourself as an entrepreneur in the fast-paced and exciting fashion industry?

Studying on this course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Creatively manage the buying process using a unique skill set. We provide an environment where you can experiment and personalise your learning to develop a wide range of skills to help you become a confident player in this exciting international business.

  • Participate in innovative focused projects that simulate industry practice to develop the experience you'll need to succeed in the global industry. You'll be equipped to research new solutions, identify market opportunities, solve problems creatively, work collaboratively, manage professional business relationships effectively and take the initiative in all aspects of fashion business.

  • Experience reflective industry practice and as such you will work collaboratively as well as individually on a variety of projects.

Our course gives you the skills and knowledge to develop your creativity and expertise within a commercial framework that directly reflects current fashion industry practice. The dynamic environment of fashion buying provides diverse, challenging and exciting opportunities in roles such as trend analysis, fashion buying, merchandising, new product development, and sourcing.

The International Fashion Buying Management course prepared me for the fashion world that I have now entered in to. It gave me the confidence to believe in my own creative ideas and vision. Throughout the course I have designed a range of plans, learnt new software and on my placement year I even got to work with brands such as Disney, Boden and George.

Katy Kitchen-Dunn

Katy Kitchen-Dunn, Graduated International Fashion Buying Management BA(Hons), 2019

Course detail

Core modules:

Fashion Contextual Studies

This module aims to provide you with a broad contextual understanding of the history and culture of fashion and the fashion industry. It will give you foundational knowledge and understanding of the history of fashion and its key cultural, political, social and economic contexts. The module will also cover the relationship between fashion and society, its connections to other creative and commercial disciplines, and explore the positive and negative impact fashion exerts on individuals and the environment in a global context.

Fashion Professional Development

This module aims to develop your understanding of industry-appropriate digital design software applications, and your appreciation of creative and commercial professional practices. Design software will be used to create and publish information with a focus on image editing, layout, and typography in a variety of printed and digital media. The module will also give you an opportunity to reflect on and enhance your professional practice by introducing you to Personal Development Planning (PDP), a structured and supported process in which you will reflect on your own learning and achievement, and develop personal, academic, and professional skills to achieve your potential.

Creative Fashion Industry

This module offers a broad introduction to the multi-faceted global fashion industry. Through examination and exploration of the four key elements of the fashion system you will come to understand how fashion works in practice. You will study trend forecasting, fashion product life cycles, seasons, the circular economy, global fashion markets and the production of fashion from fibre to product.

Fashion Practice

This module explores the theoretical and practical principles of buying management, brand marketing, and creative direction. The fashion industry will be examined from a variety of perspectives, including consumers, manufacturers, and retailers. The module will also develop your understanding of the diverse and dynamic nature of the fashion industry and how its processes and protocols are managed in a business context. The module will also examine the diverse and dynamic nature of processes and activities within the fashion industry and how they are managed within fashion businesses.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students from our suite of fashion courses have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Andrew James, Anthropologie, J Barbour & Sons, Boden, Dr Martens, Paul Smith, Missguided, Jimmy Choo, George, and Tesco and internationally at Karl Lagerfeld (Amsterdam), Next and Ferragamo Retail (Taiwan).

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you may consider starting your own small business by applying for our unique Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. The Enterprise Placement year immerses you in real-world fashion entrepreneurship, and you will benefit from bespoke business advice, mentoring, and networking sessions. This is an exciting and innovative course option that could lead you and your business idea to the very top of British fashion. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

On my placement year I worked as a Trainee Lingerie Buyer at Primark. I was able to contribute and present at meetings, voice my opinions and work on product development. My year at Primark has been extremely valuable and has taught me a lot regarding buying and the fast-paced fashion industry.

Profile photo of Remy Martin

Remy Martin, International Fashion Buying Management BA(Hons), current student

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career


Graduates from this subject area have gone on to enjoy successful careers in buying, merchandising, product development, sourcing, e-commerce and management consultancy. Fashion graduates have gone on to work for companies including Burberry, Ted Baker, Next, Missguided, Zalando, ASOS, M&S, Tesco, Boohoo, White Stuff, and Arcadia group brands Topshop and Topman.*

We've also had students delivering exciting live projects for brands such as Coach, L.K. Bennett, Topshop, and Primark. Enriching your learning will be a series of field trips to exhibitions and other appropriate cultural and commercial events; these will complement your studies and inspire your ideas

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available, 89-92% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Source: **GEMS

89-92% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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