Selected entry requirements English language: Grade C or above in GCSE English language. Grade C or above in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency. IELTS average score of 6 with not less than 5.5 in any one component. Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) minimum score of 550 (paper based); 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet-based). A level: Grades ABC. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language, Science, Mathematics and either Art, Design or Texiles. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 32 points overall. This should include Art or Art and Design. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
With design now playing an increasingly important part in the lifestyles of consumers, there is a growing demand within retailing organisations for professionals who can combine an awareness of design and fashion with the necessary retail and management skills. This multi-disciplinary programme allows creative individuals to develop expertise in ICT and CAD alongside a sound knowledge base in retailing, design communication, fashion management, buyer behaviour, product performance, trend forecasting and supply chain management. The programme is taught via studio-based projects, tutorials and lectures with problem-based learning forming an important element throughout the programme. Creative computer-based design projects are an integral part of every year and a major design/retail research project is undertaken in the final year.
The programme can also be taken over four years. The third year can be spent either on industrial experience or with study abroad in an English speaking institution in Hong Kong, Sweden or the USA.
Employers are looking for design professionals with retail knowledge. Graduates from this programme go into various retail sectors of the fashion and textile industries as design or retail managers, buyers, stylists and merchandisers. Recent graduates have been employed by Arcadia, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Matalan, Next and House of Fraser.