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PG Cert. in Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

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  • Objectives
    The Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion provides a highly focused and vocationally orientated period of full time study at advanced level, leading to a recognised qualification in Buying and Merchandising.
  • Entry requirements
    The course is designed mainly for successful graduates aiming at a first career position in fashion buying or merchandising. The course is also suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study and for those lacking the necessary level of knowledge and experience for direct application to MA. The course covers a range of vocational knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying and merchandising. The course develops knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector, integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links with fashion buying and merchandising offices in London and the opportunity afforded by the practical emphasis on skills negotiation in the final project. The pathway is structured into two taught units, which gives students a basic understanding of modern buying and merchandising management practices, and a final project.
  • Academic Title
    PG Cert. in Fashion: Buying and Merchandising
  • Course description
    The Buying and Merchandising unit develops students' understanding of the integration of buying, merchandising, design and garment technology functions in contributing to a fashion range. Students will consider a variety of factors in range planning.

    In the Marketing and Supply Chain Management unit, students gain an understanding of the market context in which fashion buyers and merchandising function and the commercial implications for product ranges. Factors affecting the supply chain are studied including product market strategies and implications of external forces.

    The final Integrated Project provides students with an opportunity to apply the range of knowledge and skills developed on the course to a complex buying scenario requiring applied problem solving and negotiation skills. Students prepare a response to a negotiation problem set within a hypothetical buying scenario between a clothing supplier and retailer, working towards both team and individual responses.

    Time Required - work/study balance


    Postgraduate study is based on a balance between tutor contact in seminars, lectures and tutorials and time spent on independent research and study. The programme is delivered over two days of scheduled contact periods, plus further independent study time during the remainder of the week. The course is full time over a period of 15 weeks and starts in February and October.

    Career Prospects

    Graduates aim to be in a position to gain employment in fashion buying and merchandising departments of retail organisations.

    What are we looking for?
    Students should have a good first degree in fashion or business or sufficient relevant retail or manufacturing experience in the fashion industry. Students should have IELTS level 6.5 if English is not the first language.

    Application Process
    Applications must be made direct to the college on a postgraduate application form, accompanied by two references. Selected applicants will be asked for interview and will be required to take a short aptitude test. Applications can be made throughout the year, subject to the availability of places.

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