BA (Hons) International Fashion Business (year 3 entry)

Through a dynamic combination of creative design and practical business, this direct entry and renowned programme develops innovative and entrepreneurial graduates ready to succeed in the fashion industry.

Enter at year 3 and take your knowledge of business and management in relation to the fashion world and explore marketing, economics and managerial finance, together with a wide range of technical and practical skills, including pattern cutting, garment construction and computer-aided design. Much of the practical work is carried out in the Fashion Factory, our industry standard Design and Cutting Studio.

You will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of the fashion industry and its international impact through live industry projects as well as study trips to major fashion capitals, such as New York, Paris and Milan.

You may also be able to study part of your degree at a partner University abroad. Throughout the programme we'll look at how issues of sustainability, environmental impact and social justice influence the fashion industry from the global supply chain to consumer buying behaviour.

Your career

Our graduates are highly employable with a wide range of career options including design, computer-aided design (CAD), pattern cutting, technical management, retail management, marketing, buying, styling, PR and visual merchandising.

Previous graduates have secured employment with ASOS, House of Fraser, New Look Group, Hollister, Ted Baker, Mulberry, Arcadia Group, Coach Inc. L.K.Bennett, Karen Millen and Cruise Fashion. Other graduates have established their own businesses.

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Marketing Strategy, Contemporary Fashion Design, option including Language, Fashion Buying and Visual Merchandising and Digital Fashion Branding.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation, Changing Perspectives in International Marketing, Fashion Design for Industry, option including Language, Fashion Buying and Visual Merchandising and Applied CAD Fashion.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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.

Year 3

College HND: Fashion: Design and Production with Retail or HND Fashion Design and Manufacture with AB in graded units.

English Language

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.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International Pathways

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.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

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.

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Array of materials for starting study, including messenger bag, scissors, bobbins, etc. (£135 in Level 1)

Studio Fee

Annual fee for materials, fabric, etc. (£40 per student per year)

Gillian Purvis study abroad scholarship

Students on this course have the opportunity to apply for travel bursaries


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 million per year.

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We believe it's the resources on campus that make the difference, making high quality learning accessible and reflecting our values and aspirations to be dynamic, inclusive and accessible to all. 

We have a purpose-built Design and Cutting Studio designed to replicate an industrial environment which provides a central hub for International Fashion Business students. There you’ll work with industry-standard facilities and equipment. This facilitates an authentic practitioner experience from the design process through to the production of garments. 

As well as an 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
  • Modaris
  • Diamino

You may be able to choose to study language modules as part of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, Spanish, German and Italian from beginners to professional level.

To enhance your global outlook you may have the option to go on a study exchange at one of our partner institutions in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

On this programme a range of formative and summative assessment methods are utilised within modules.

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 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.

Throughout the course, you'll get involved in live projects with industry partners setting design briefs and providing one-to-one student feedback. The annual fashion show is an exciting event that students love to become involved with. As well as promoting GCU, the fashion show exposes student work and profiles to a wide audience from both industry partners to the general public.

International exchange is encouraged through formal and informal links with appropriate institutions, for example: America - Iowa & Delaware, Canada Ryerson, Finland Lahti & Metropolia, and Paris. Annual study trips are organised to major fashion cities such as New York, Paris and Milan.

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.

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