Through a dynamic combination of creative design and practical business this inventive programme develops innovative and entrepreneurial graduates ready to succeed in the fashion industry.
You'll be equipped with a deep understanding of the global fashion industry, exploring marketing and business modules that you will apply to the world of fashion. You will explore the sustainability of the fashion industry in depth, gaining insights into how to be a responsible leader in the sector. You will be building a wide range of technical and practical skills, including pattern cutting, garment construction and computer-aided fashion design software.
Much of the practical work is carried out in our Fashion Factory, our industry standard Design and Cutting Studio. We have a purpose-built Design and Cutting Studio designed to replicate an industrial environment which provides a central hub for Fashion Design with Business students. This facilitates an authentic practitioner experience from the design process through to the production of garments.
This programme has strong links with industry. We regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to give you an up-to-date employer and industry perspective.
You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through 'live' case study challenges and field trips giving you an insight into the workings of some of the most successful fashion companies. This unique programme will position you with the business and fashion skills that will allow you to enter a wide range of careers in the industry or even start your own business.
Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Introduction to Textiles; Introduction to Garment Construction; Fashion Design Principles; Principles of Fashion Brand Management; Fundamentals of Financial Management
Ethics and Responsible Leadership; Fashion Design Concepts 1; Garment Production and Sustainability 1; Fashion Design Concepts 2; Garment Production and Sustainability 2; Fashion Brand Promotion
International Marketing Strategy; Fashion Design for Industry 1; Fashion Buying and Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Fashion Design for Industry 2; Work Placement Experience
Honours Dissertation; Fashion Design Practice 1; Changing Perspectives in International Marketing; Fashion Design Practice 2; Option module
The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
A Level: CCD at plus GCSE Art/Textiles at C, Maths at C and English at C (CDD at is acceptable as long as you have a relevant subject such as Business Management/Applied Business/Accounting/Economics, as well as the GCSE requirements)
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion Design or similar at MMP. Applicants must have either studied Fashion Design or Art & Design/Textiles to be eligible as well as GCSE Maths and English requirements
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: ABBBB including Art & Design and English at B plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: BCC plus GCSE Art/Textile, Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H3, H3, H3 including English and Art at H2 or above plus Maths at H5 or O2
IB Diploma: 25 points must include Visual Arts, English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM plus GCSE Art/Textile, Maths and English at C/4
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
Array of materials for starting study, including messenger bag, scissors, bobbins, etc. (£135 in Level 1)
Annual fee for materials, fabric, etc. (£40 per student per year)
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
Gillian Purvis study abroad scholarship
Students on this course have the opportunity to apply for travel bursaries.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
Glasgow School for Business and Society has been awarded four out of a possible five QS Stars. This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which our graduates benefit.
We believe it's the resources on campus that make a real fashion experience, making high quality learning accessible and reflecting our values and aspirations to be dynamic, inclusive and accessible to all.
As well as the industrial environment and equipment, Lectra CAD software packages are the most up-to-date and relevant as used in industry and include:
- Kaledo Print
- Kaledo Style
International exchange is encouraged through formal and informal links with fashion-relevant institutions, for example: America - Iowa & Delaware, Canada Ryerson, Finland Lahti & Metropolia, and Paris.
Visits to fashion retailers and guest speakers from international fashion brands are a regular feature of many of the modules on this programme.
In addition, students can take part in an annual international study trip to gain first-hand experience of the fashion industry and its international impact. In recent years we have visited Paris, Milan, Rome, New York and Barcelona.
These visits have included meeting designers such as Fiorucci in Milan, behind the scenes tours of major retailers like Gucci and Macys as well as tours of the fashion districts and lectures at local Universities and Colleges.
On this programme a range of different assessment methods are utilised to build your skills and confidence in fashion and business.
Assessments include the following modes: practical and design portfolios, unseen examinations or class tests, web-based assessments, essays, reports and assignments (individual and group), business simulations and critical analysis of case studies (individual and group), oral, poster, audio-visual or e-presentations (individual and group), event presentation, academic research paper, personal development plan, research proposal and project.
We emphasise learning methods that encourage you to actively participate, to function in teams, to analyse real-life fashion and business situations and problems, to apply ethical and sustainable business thinking and to use professional skills to communicate solutions. We have purpose-built, industry-standard fashion facilities where you'll work on your practical modules.
Through GCULearn, the University's virtual learning environment, you'll have access to course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback online. Using GCU Learn, you'll undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs, wikis and Twitter-based learning activities.