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The course develops resourceful, flexible and creative managers and entrepreneurs to lead and innovate within the fashion and textile retail industry.
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.
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About this course
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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.
1 day per week block teaching over 1 calendar year ( 3 semesters)
1/2 day per week over 2 calendar years ( 6 semesters)
Additional optional workshops, visits and demonstrations may take place on other days.
- September 2018
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.
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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 & opportunities
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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.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- £13,680.00 Scholarships available
Additional mandatory costs
Students purchase materials for their own coursework.
Consumable workshop contribution of up to £100 is optional and contributes to materials used by students.
Field trips may incur additional costs.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.