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Fashion & Textile Retail Management

Overview
* This course is undergoing academic validation. Please note that the information displayed here is subject to change as part of this process.

The course develops resourceful, flexible and creative managers and entrepreneurs to lead and innovate within the fashion and textile retail industry.

Summary
You may be a recent graduate who wishes to develop the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to pursue a managerial career within the dynamic Fashion and Textile Retail Industry. You may aspire to starting your own business or brand or may already have your own business. You may work in fashion and textile retailing and wish to increase your employability, confidence and potential for career advancement. You may be passionately interested in countering some of the ethical, political, social and economic implications surrounding the industry. This course helps you to increase your knowledge and understanding of the industry and challenges you to develop creative and innovative strategies, products and systems to create a sustainable and commercially viable future vision for fashion and textile retail.

About
The MSc in Fashion and Textile Retail Management gives graduates and industry returners the opportunity to engage with the retail management knowledge, international retailing perspectives and creative direction skills demanded by fashion and textile retailers within a competitive global environment. You will Investigate contemporary issues within fashion and textile retailing including branding, disruptive technologies, innovative creative retail spaces, consumer retail experience and behaviour, trend prediction, ethics, sustainability and potential futures. Supported by industry mentors, collaborative projects and industry and academic networking opportunities, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in; project management, creative business problem-solving, visionary product and brand development as well as organisational development strategies. You will also have the opportunity to engage with a range of optional practical workshops including: styling, design and garment construction, fashion illustration, photography, fabrics and functionality and CAD.

You will explore design thinking strategies and investigate innovative retailing formats and branding strategies through case studies, industry speakers and collaborative projects. This will also increase your awareness of a range of appropriate solutions for a variety of fashion and textile retail environments.

The course will help you develop sector-specific professional skills and provide a research environment that will give you opportunities to collaborate and engage with external industry, cultural and government bodies. You will improve employability and interpersonal skills and be encouraged to expand entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking through real-life, project-based learning collaborations.

The course encourages the examination of design futures, fashion and textile design theory, fashion thinking, ethics, politics, marketing and sales, sustainability, consumer behaviour and new methods of production and fabrication to develop individual, critical responses to the fashion and textile retail industry.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University's General Entrance Requirements.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a degree with at least 2ii Honours standard in any design practice, visual Arts or cognate subject or equivalent.

Applicants are welcomed with degrees from different disciplines accompanied by a rationale for applying for the programme

Applicants may wish to demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

The programme supports and encourages continuing lifelong learning Applications from professionals with extensive professional, industrial and/or commercial experience but lacking recent or higher level academic qualifications. APL (Advanced Prior Learning) will be considered as evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to the course.

Applicants will be required to provide a short written statement outlining their areas of interest, relevant experience, skills and knowledge and provide evidence that they can deal with the intellectual and practical rigours of the programme.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview.

English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment
Teaching is delivered on one day a week per semester ( half day for part-time), usually a Thursday or Friday.

Careers or further progression

Career options
Many varied career options exist in both the local, regional and international market.

Work placement / study abroad
There are a number of opportunities for industry placements subject to employer application and interview.

Further enquiries

Contact
Maureen Collins, Course Director
T: +44 (0)28 9012 3456
E: m.collins@ulster.ac.uk

Course fee

Attendance
Full time:
1 day per week block teaching over 1 calendar year (3 semesters)

Part time:
1/2 day per week over 2 calendar years (6 semesters)

Additional optional workshops, visits and demonstrations may take place on other days.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018.

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University's online application system.

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