University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Fashion Buying Management

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Course summary

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Do you love fashion and have the drive, desire and determination to develop the skills to lead you into a pivotal role within retailers and brands? Do you passionately aspire to work for a global fashion brand or an international retailer, or for yourself in an enterprise business start-up? International Fashion Buying Management BA (Hons) 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 within roles such as trend analysts, fashion buying, merchandising, new product development, and sourcing. Studying on this course will give you the opportunity to -

  • Creatively manage the buying process requiring a unique skill set. We provide an environment where you can experiment and personalise your learning to dynamically develop a wide range of skills to help you become a confident player in this exciting international business. You'll share first year modules with students on other fashion industry courses enabling you to develop a broad understanding of the industry and learn about the business of fashion in preparation for internships and focusing on your specialism
  • Emphasise innovative and industry-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 product solutions, identify market opportunities, learn how to solve problems quickly and creatively, learn how to work collaboratively and manage professional business relationships effectively and how to take the initiative and communicate effectively. Retailers and brands are currently investing heavily in the digital tools to unlock value in new product development and supply chain processes and to enhance the customer journey
  • Gain hands-on experience of these innovative digital platforms, including 2D/3D design visualisation, digital storyboard, and product lifecycle management (PLM), that are transforming the future of the fashion business. Industry players from trend agencies, designers and buyers, through to merchandisers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers are increasingly digitally connected in order to work collaboratively in this fast-paced world. You will become confident and professionally skilled in the latest industry concepts and technologies and our aim is to provide you with experiences that equip you to be unique and stand out in the graduate market, ready to move on to a successful career
Reflecting industry practice is at the heart of this degree, and as such you will work collaboratively as well as individually on a variety of projects; in the past, for example, students have delivered 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.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Fashion Contextual Studies Fashion Professional Development Creative Fashion Industry Fashion Practice Year 2 Core modules: Creative Research for Fashion Fashion Futures Fashion Identity Fashion Practice 2 Year 3 - optional placement year Final Year Core modules: Advanced Fashion Practice Fashion Buying Management Dissertation Fashion Buying Management Major Project

Assessment method

We use a range of assessment methods to relate the course material to current commercial practice, which include individual and group assignments, essays and seminar presentations. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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. 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 of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

You'll need to cover the costs of printing and presenting your work during the course. The total cost of this in recent years has been approximately £85. Fees may rise by RPI-X, which is set by the Government. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the exact amount of the 2020/21 tuition fees in the Spring of 2020 and will update these web pages accordingly. The University operates a fair fee policy which offers a guarantee about the costs of studying on your course. Please find out what's included in your tuition fee here - Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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