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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Fashion Management at Nottingham Trent University

This course focuses on the management of the entire fashion chain, from design development and product sourcing; to manufacturing, sales and marketing; to the end consumer.

Learn about all the processes and elements of the fashion industry needed to inform and shape commercial management decision-making. The course also offers you the option of a year-long work placement, allowing you to gain industry experience.

You'll combine your interest in the manufacturing of fashion products with business management skills, gaining a sound understanding of fibres, yarns, fabrics and manufacturing processes. With links to an impressive network of international fashion and textiles organisations, this course will provide you with an excellent foundation for effective marketing, buying and merchandising decisions, combined with strong communication skills required to launch your career in the global fashion industry.

Key features

  • Complete an optional year-long (36 week) work placement in the UK or abroad. Many placement students have been offered a graduate level job before they return for their final year.
  • Work on live briefs set by our industry contacts, such as John Lewis, Next and Wrangler.
  • Benefit from visiting professionals from industry (Liz to provide examples.)
  • Apply for international exchanges to places like the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Amsterdam Fashion Institute.
  • Go on optional international trips to places such as The Retail Collective Conference and Louis Vuiton head office in New York, Première Vision in Paris and Pitti Filati in Florence.
  • Visit companies, exhibitions and trade fairs in the UK and Europe to learn about industry practice.
  • Develop your dissertation project in an area that really interests you and inspires your career.
  • Exhibit your final year work at our Degree Show in Nottingham and have the opportunity to take part in Graduate Fashion Week Awards and ASBCI National Dissertation and Innovation Awards.
  • Benefit from working alongside students from other cultures, students from all over the world study this course.
  • NTU is ranked 7th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2015/16).

Get a glimpse of our Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication courses

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures and briefings
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • group tutorials
  • peer group activities
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • teamwork
  • external visits
  • personal development planning.


Assessment is by coursework and an exam. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • reports
  • assignments
  • an exam
  • presentations
  • dissertation.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

This course benefits from an international perspective that is reinforced by optional structured visits to major fashion capitals.

Recent destinations have included

  • Paris
  • London
  • New York
  • Florence.

Exchange opportunities

We have an exchange agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which our Fashion Management students can apply to take part in.

The University is also part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe. If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (17%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year.
  • Year 4 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%).
  • Year 3 optional placement year (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).

Careers and employability

Employability for this course is excellent, with 100% of students who opt for a year-long work placement going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015-16)

Graduates from this course go into a range of roles working for lots of different companies. Recent examples include:

  • ASOS, buyer's administrative assistant, merchandiser, garment technologist assistant
  • Boots, category assistant, buying administrative assistant
  • Beales, buying administration assistant
  • Berties, trainee manager
  • Burton, buyer's administrative assistant
  • Cath Kidston, buyer's administrative assistant
  • Debenhams, trainee assistant buyer, assistant merchandiser
  • House of Fraser, buying assistant
  • Jimmy Choo, merchandising intern
  • Joules, buyer's assistant
  • Karen Millen, global marketing assistant
  • Mamas & Papas, trainee product developer
  • Mintel, graduate research executive
  • Next, trainee buyer
  • Seasalt, allocator
  • Ted Baker, buyer's administrative assistant, press assistant
  • Timberland, product developer
  • Topshop, online production assistant, marketing assistant
  • White Stuff, allocator.

Hear from our Fashion Management alumni

  • Lana Quality graduated from our course in 2016 and has secured a Global Marketing Assistant role at Karen Millen, in London. Read more about Lana's experience on the course.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Links with industry

This course is based on the reality of the global fashion industry and you'll benefit from lectures, workshops and live projects with a range of companies, including:

  • Edited
  • Fashion Track
  • George
  • Gerber Technology
  • John Lewis
  • L'Oréal
  • Next
  • Sainsbury's.

You'll get to listen to guest speakers and industry experts such as Andrew Macmillan from Gateley, Susana Vazquez Liston from ASOS, Ben Muis from Ben Muis Forward Thinking Fashion Business Consultancy, Mike Ashton from Ashton Branding Consulting Group, and Sally Denton from The Trend Boutique.

Our students have recently worked on live projects with John Lewis, Wrangler, Jaeger, and Next. The project with Next resulted in one of our final year students being offered a place on the Next Graduate Training Programme.

The course also has links to:

  • the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI)
  • the Textile Distributors Association (TDA)
  • the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Work placement and internship opportunities

You can choose whether or not to take a year-long work placement during your studies. A placement year will give you the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience within industry and valuable skills for the future.

Our Fashion Management students have recently worked with a range of companies during their work placement year. These include ASOS, Coast, Debenhams, George, Kipling (Belgium), Li & Fung (New York), River Island, Timberland, The Walt Disney Company, and Wrangler (Belgium).

You must complete 36 weeks, either working with one company or multiple organisations, in the UK or abroad.

You'll receive support from our Employability team, who will put you in touch with companies looking for students, help you to develop your CV, and give you advice for interviews.

This includes:

  • putting you in touch with companies looking for students
  • help preparing your CV
  • helping you prepare for interviews
  • inviting you to placement fairs and seminars featuring employers and former students.


You will be based in the Barnes Wallis building at the heart of the City Campus, with its modern teaching rooms, collaborative working spaces and Mac suite. These facilities are dedicated to students studying:

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding
  • BA (Hons) International Fashion Business (one year top-up).

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13450 per year
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13450 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • an Art and Design Foundation Diploma plus one A-level or equivalent; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will accept A-level General Studies. No creative portfolio is needed for entry to this course.

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

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