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International Fashion Design Management MA 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Our Master's in International Fashion Design Management offers continuing or recent graduates from eitherfashion or management relate degree courses an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and employment prospects. It is tailored towards students who wish,to move into the fashion sector and manage either their own or others creative outputs.

Our course aims to combine subject specialist knowledge with creative and collaborative management and research skills. Applicants to this course will normally have a degree in a related subject such as fashion design, management promotion and/or fashion retail management or come from a business or marketing background. Our course is also offered to professionals from within the creative industries with several year's experience. A distance learning route enables students to study online and from their own homes/places of work

We encourage students to work alongside others from related disciplines as well as undertaking subject specific modules in international fashion design management.

Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. Students are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of their studies with us at the University of Huddersfield. As part of the course you will be able to become a part of a relevant research centre within the School. For more information about our relevant research centre's, please visit:

Fashion Thinking Research Centre: and Textile Thinking Research Centre:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full time – September start

Entry requirements

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways.

The normal entry requirements are:

•  An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

•  Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.

•  For applicants whose first language or language of instruction 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, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

•  Students will be accepted from a wide variety of backgrounds.


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What can I research?

For more information about our relevant research centre's, please visit:

Fashion Thinking Research Centre: and Textile Thinking Research Centre:

Course content

The course is one of a suite of Master's courses within the School of Art, Design and Architecture. Our modules offer a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the subject and provide an opportunity for you to explore new and innovative fashion design management and marketing research strategies. You will be encouraged to develop a rigorous understanding of the current mechanics and issues within the global international fashion industry and its implications for the design and implementation potential of fashion design management strategies.

Term 1

Research Methods and Project Proposal

On this module you will be encouraged to explore how different research methods underpin all kinds of creative practices. As thinkers and practitioners you will work to develop an understanding of the different research approaches you might design and use to enhance and transform your ideas. You will be introduced to a range of practice-led methods which may include: creative and design thinking, user-centered methods, practice-led approaches, cultural analysis, historical/archival research and market-driven data capture and analysis. The module helps to equip you with a tool kit of research skills to guide you in the development a project proposal or working brief for your Master's study. The module is made up of lectures and guided seminars which will help you to build a solid foundation to lead you through your studies.

Research Methods and Project Proposal

Mechanics of International Fashion Management

This subject specific module aims to enable you to learn about key concepts within the global fashion industry. You will be encouraged to develop your expertise by examining the concept of fashion, the structure and dynamics of the industry, new product development processes in fashion and the relationship between design and retail in the fashion/textiles industry. Through examination of the industry you will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the management of a range of issues, including design and manufacturing processes and fashion marketing and communications related to the process of developing fashion for the marketplace. You will be encouraged and guided to conduct literature reviews and digital design skills for marketing presentation centered around key issues and identify a particular issue to develop into your final major Master’s project.

Mechanics of International Fashion Management

Term 2

Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This module aims to introduce you to key features of innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of the cultural and creative industries. Depending on your future aspirations we will help you to build your knowledge and understanding of different approaches to creative innovation (social, ethical and sustainable aspects), provide guidance on business start-ups, and assist you in your professional skills development (commercial awareness, self-management, problem-solving, team working, communication strategies), including searching for marketing, promotion, consultancy and funding opportunities specific to your subject. The module involves lectures, seminars and practical projects where you will experiment with the tools and techniques of creative innovation. There will be opportunities for group projects and multi-disciplinary working on this module.

Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Strategic Issues In The Fashion Industry

This module will enable you to further develop your understanding of fashion design, product development, fashion marketing and communications, retailing and consumerism by examining key strategic issues regarding the fashion industry such as trend forecasting, branding promotion, manufacturing networks (supply chains and value chains) and sustainability (environmental and ethical issues). You will be introduced to a range of research studies to assess their impact on the current fashion climate and you will examine the techniques of report writing at Master’s level to develop your own research strategy for your final major project. You will work through lectures, workshops,seminars and one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to develop your assignment for this module – outcomes can be a combination of written reports and practice-based portfolio.

Strategic Issues In The Fashion Industry

Term 3

Major Project

The major project module builds on your development work in previous modules to culminate in the realisation of your ideas. You will select a 'Major' or 'Minor' weighted approach to your project which will allow you to pursue an 'academic/written' or 'practice/led' focus to your submission. You will revisit your project proposal to develop a final stage framework to help realise your intended outcomes. This could include a group project subject to negotiation with your specialist supervisor.

Major Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies include lectures, workshops, seminars , tutorials and projects. Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, visual presentations, and the production and critique of professional development, culminating in an exposition of work in the form of theoretical and/or practice based work. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.* *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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

There are many exciting opportunities for innovators within the creative industries in areas such as design management, production and manufacturing management, enterprise development, buying, range selecting, product development, retail management, merchandising management and visual merchandising. The education sector or further doctoral study are also options.

Students studying within the subject area of Fashion and Textiles have gone on to be successful within the following roles: Wardrobe Manager at Northern Ballet; Head of Design at Rael Brook Shirts; Design Maker at Beverley Kendall and Dora Dolls; Senior Fabric Manager at Avery Dennison;Graduate Supervisor at Warehouse Fashions and Visual Merchandiser in Signet Jewellers.*


Postgraduate students are able to access a wide range of facilities within the School as well as those that are particular to the course. We have a large well-equipped computer suite carrying a range of design, graphic design related software. Students on the MA have access to a multi-disciplinary design studio and in addition there is access to workshop facilities at the Design Development Centre, photography studios and print facilities. The central library has a superb array of resources and additional digital resources.

How much will it cost me?

Fees and finance

For information, in 2017/18 we provided the following details:

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). 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. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

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 or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


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.You'll be encouraged to arrange your own research trips during the course to support your learning, although this is not compulsory. Guidance and recommendations will be given to students wishing to do so. If you choose to undertake a research trip, you will need to cover the cost.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards

A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

Our specialist staff and research expertise in the department brings students into contact with a wide range of academic staff, many of whom have industry experience. All of our staff are research active and are involved in the events of our research centres. You are welcome to participate in these wider research contexts as part of your studies with us at the University of Huddersfield.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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