MDes International Fashion Production Management
|Study Level||Higher Education|
|Study Mode||Full Time|
|Course Length||4 years|
|IELTS level||6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill|
£9,000 per year
£13,800 per year
|Autumn Term Dates||26 Sept - 09 Dec|
|Spring Term Dates||09 Jan - 16 March|
|Summer Term Dates||16 April - 22 June|
The MDes International Fashion Production Management course is situated in the School of Design and Technology and is a new course which has been developed to address the contemporary requirements of the fashion industry. A global economy has led to truly international supply chains within most product areas and this is especially true within the fashion industry. Sourcing, production and management of international supply chains has meant that fashion companies have needed to redevelop their skills in order to be successful. It has been recognised that more traditional fashion education courses are not fully addressing the skills needed within such an international management role. This course addresses the needs of the industry and offers you a dynamic and potentially highly successful future career path. Through live projects with industry and a supply chain management placement, your understanding and expected level of delivery will progress to the degree which is required within the work place. This will also bring a level of reality to all your work, a richer understanding of industry expectations and overall will present you as increasingly employable.
The integrated Master’s award is a four year programme which allows you to develop your skills and knowledge through a series of units which begin at undergraduate level in the first year, progressively move through the second and half of the third year at this level, and then move into postgraduate level from the middle of the third year and conclude at the end of the fourth year, where on successful completion you will be a awarded a postgraduate Master of Design qualification. The integrated Master’s programme affords you the opportunity to have a holistic educational experience, moving from undergraduate into postgraduate study all in one specialised subject field, without having to identify and apply for additional courses. The course is taught firstly in the undergraduate School of Design and Technology and then in the postgraduate School of Graduate Studies, with an over-arching management structure to ensure quality and parity throughout the entire course.
MDes International Fashion Production Management is based at Mare Street in Hackney. The surrounding area boasts a number of east end art galleries, fashion and clothing enterprises, interesting shops and the famed Hackney Empire theatre. London Fields, with its excellent open air lido (heated in winter), and Victoria Park provide nearby green spaces, and the Regent’s Canal runs through the area from east to west. A short bus ride will take you to the V & A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and the Geffrye Museum in Kingsland Road.
Year One Stage One Level 4 120 credits
Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits); Concept to Product (Sourcing and Development) (20 credits);
Term Two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Product Technologies (20 credits);
Term Three: Production Management (40 credits);
Year Two Stage Two level 5 120 credits
Term One: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Product Economics (20 credits);
Term Two: Research Methods for Product Development (20 credits); Product Futures (20 credits);
Term Three: Industry Practice (40 credits);
Third Year Stage Three Levels 6 (60 credits) and 7 (60 credits) 120 credits
Term One and first half of Term Two: Industry Challenge (60 credits);
Term Two second half and Term Three: MDes Proposal and Planning (40 credits); Global Contextual Studies (20 credits)
Fourth Year Stage Four level 7 120 credits
Term One: Research and Development (40 credits);
Terms Two and Three: MDes Final Project (80 credits);
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.
The Concept to Product (Sourcing and Development) unit explores the international fashion supply chain and key stage management within the product lifecycle of taking a concept through to realising an actual product stock on the retail floor. You will explore case studies for this within the continually changing global fashion industry and have the opportunity to make your own suggestions and test learning-based theories around this subject area.
In the second term you will study two units.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.
Product Technologies introduces you to the essential technical skills required for the development and production of fashion products. Through workshop demonstrations and practice you will learn about the materials and processes involved, together with the pattern cutting, construction methods, production techniques and prototyping skills that are necessary to become a successful product developer.
In the third term the Production Management unit introduces you to the management process for the development and production of fashion garments. You will explore fashion trend predictions, textile treatments, pattern cutting, Gerber technologies, fit, and sourcing and development for a 3D realisation of a directional fashion product for a specified market level.
In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Also in the first term, the Product Economics unit explores the detail of international production management through looking at areas such as realistic costing, legal issues, shipping, sustainability and ethics, and lead times. You will study international cultural awareness to understand how the business practices of different countries can affect aspects of the process. You will produce a product logistics report on a fashion product which takes into consideration the factors studied in the unit.
In the second term the Research Methods for Product Development unit provides an overview of the philosophy and practice of different modes of research. You will examine relevant marketing tools, customer markets, and business analysis in order to expand your research skills. This will enable you to choose the most appropriate research methods for any given project, thereby helping you to explore what research you need to do, how you will do it, and how you will manage and evaluate the process.
Also in the second term, the Product Futures unit gives you the opportunity to look at new and emerging technologies and their products. These often trigger the development of new fashion products, and you will be able to explore the potential for both redeveloping existing fashion products, and offering new and directional products for the consumer.
In the third term the Industry Practice unit develops your skills to date by exposing you to the reality of working within the fashion industry through a live project that is set and supported by a fashion industry partner. You will look at the partner company’s current supply chain and production management strategies, and undertake research, analysis and experimentation to produce new and viable opportunities for that company. The industry partner will review your work at key stages, including your final presentation at the end of the project.
For the whole of the first term and the first half of the second term you will undertake the Industry Challenge unit. This will involve you in an industry placement with a company that has global supply chain and production infrastructures. This will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the reality of working day to day in a company, which may be a manufacturer, supplier or retailer. This will take place in the summer break and/or in the first half of the Autumn term. During your placement you will be exploring the company’s global operations, understanding the systems and processes, making contacts and identifying future opportunities. When you return to college you will produce an evaluative dissertation of your findings which uses and references personal, industrial and academic research. From this research you will build and support case studies, and identify new opportunities for your placement company. You will conclude with a series of recommendations that will be beneficial to your host company.
In the second half of the second term and the third term you will move into the postgraduate phase of your degree and undertake the Global Contextual Studies unit. This gives you the opportunity to appreciate and draw upon the perspectives of other countries and cultures in order to fully understand and analyse the economic, technical, cultural, ethical and business issues that will impact on the future of the fashion industry. There will be a forum for debate around the relevant issues within the design, technical, cultural and communication industries. Where possible, visiting speakers from industry and leading researchers will be a feature of the programme.
Also in the second half of the second term and the third term you will undertake the MDes Proposal and Planning unit. Research methodologies will be further explored, and a series of workshops, presentations and case studies will support you in the development of your final project proposal. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences so far and decide on your focus of interest for your MDes.
In the first term you undertake the Research and Development unit, which helps you to build upon your previous knowledge and experience to develop an innovative skills set. It is envisaged that many students will work at the boundaries between existing accepted disciplines, developing practical experimentation, management, innovation and/or technological development to create new ideas and possibilities to support projects. These will be of direct relevance to industry or education, or will lead on to further study. You will undertake in-depth background research to consolidate the knowledge, ideas, context and resources necessary to achieve the realisation of your project. You will be expected to self-direct your study and skills development, although formal interim reviews to assess your progress will be built into the unit, as will the final assessment review.
The MDes Final Project unit takes place over Term Two and Term Three. It is the culmination of four years of study that support your personal ideas and investigations, leading to the realisation of an original body of work. You will be guided and supported through your project by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation, and the project in its final negotiated format will be presented for assessment, together with an evaluative commentary on the development of the project. Your MDes final project realisation work will also build upon the collaborations and contacts that you have made to date through working with existing fashion retailers and their suppliers and manufacturers.
Learning and Teaching at UAL
Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.
Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.
Assessment Methods at UAL
Assessment always sounds austere and foreboding, but it is not. We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.
Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.
Developing your skills
All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. PPD (Personal and Professional Development) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.
Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access Officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.
The course will be located in newly developed work spaces at Mare Street, which combine industrial sewing machinery, pattern cutting, IT, including CAD CAM, and flexible study spaces within the one base area for the course. The course is located next door to the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, which is London’s pioneering business incubator that supports and nurtures emerging fashion design talent, and there may be opportunities to work with these emerging fashion brands.
Julie Wilson is the Course Leader and also Programme Director for Fashion Product. She brings a wide range of industrial experience to the College. She has worked as an International Production Manager, both in the UK and overseas, for a number of global brands and their suppliers. These include Gap. Ellesse, Ted Baker and Debenhams, and she has maintained links with the industry through research consultancy, most notably with Puma on the world cup football kit for the winning Italian team. Julie’s work through the National Council for Work Experience has included championing student employability and promoting the benefits of work experience to employers.
Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology and his career started in fashion womenswear, menswear and illustration. He worked at publishers Benjamin Dent as Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine, and as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, preparing students to develop their full potential and make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including the recent collaboration between LCF, English National Ballet and the V&A. He also curates the School’s fashion shows and exhibitions, and is fully engaged with all external events and competitions.
Future Careers and Graduate Prospects
Graduates who wish to continue their education at a higher postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable research options within the College, the University or elsewhere.
Many postgraduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their MDes. This is a new course, so as yet we have no final year graduates, however we are confident that when we do our graduates will be highly employable within the global fashion industry.
Enterprise and Employability at UAL
We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. Staff in our dedicated Centre for Student Enterprise and Employability Service (SEE) are specialists at supporting you onto the right career path and at helping you to build up work‐relevant skills, knowledge and experience throughout your time here. You will also benefit from our many relationships with industry, which give our students exclusive opportunities and access to networks and funding.
Artists and designers tell us they value UAL’s informed engagement with their career development concerns across a whole spectrum of activities and practice interests and our ability to offer them practical advice, guidance and opportunities across the possible pathways open to them - as entrepreneurs and employees. Staff value the resources and skills UAL makes available to help them deliver effective professional and career development through the curriculum.
Showing your work
All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.
For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers Support page.
Opportunities for All
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
Course Entry Requirements
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
Three ‘A’ level passes at grade B or above PLUS passes in three GCSE subjects at grade C or above
OR equivalent awards
Preferred subjects include Maths, Economics, Business Studies, Science subjects, IT, Geography, Psychology and Languages.
This course requires a minimum 300 UCAS tariff points.
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
This course requires evidence at interview of work that reflects your interest in international fashion production management. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry before your interview.
English Language Requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.
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Student Selection Criteria
What We Look For
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
- Intelligent independent thinking
- An engagement with analytical and evaluative activities
- An ability to think three dimensionally
- An ability to communicate verbally, visually and through the written word
This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
Portfolio and Interview Advice
For this course you should show evidence of work that reflects your interest in international fashion production management.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: why you want to come on the course and what you will bring to the course; an awareness of the management roles and responsibilities within international fashion production; an awareness of national and international current affairs; an awareness of fashion and the role it plays in the culture of a society; the ability to work in a team; the ability to multi-task; motivation to succeed on the course; and motivation for working in the global fashion industry.
You apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at http://www.ucas.com
Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.
The University code is U65.
The UCAS code for this course is WNG2.
The deadline for equal consideration of your application is 15 January 2013.
Contact us on:
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7563 / 7582 / 7344
- Course enquiry form
For specific details on how to apply as an international applicant please visit:
The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.
Our contact details are: International Recruitment Office London College of Fashion 20 John Prince’s Street London W1G 0BJ.
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656/7678/7629
- Course enquiry form
Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.
What Happens Next?
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed under What We Look For. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited for interview by the course team. Before your interview you will be asked to complete a short written answer to a question relating to issues in the fashion industry. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.
If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.
Applicants have the right to ask for feedback if their application is unsuccessful. Requests must be made in writing to the Student Administrator, and we will respond within 20 working days.
Some courses charge a fee for the bulk purchase of materials and/or equipment used on the course. Further details will be supplied at a later date.