University of Westminster

Course Introduction

Westminster is famous for producing highly creative fashion professionals, and our alumni include Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer of Burberry; Stuart Vevers, Creative Director of Loewe; and Claire Barrow and Ashley Williams. Our courses have incredibly strong links and support from the fashion industry, providing guest lectures, live retail projects and student placements and internships. We foster new thinking, new ideas and new possibilities. Taught by active practitioners in a research'intensive environment, you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, art and design, and journalism ' a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. During London Fashion Week our students work with designers which have included Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Celine, Christopher Kane, Mulberry, and Stella McCartney; others undertake internships internationally with companies such as Balenciaga, Givenchy, Lanvin and Dior in Paris, and Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Thom Browne in New York.

Course Modules

Year 1: Students study modules designed to give both an introduction to generic business skills and an opportunity to study fashion and retail specific subjects: law, management of information; financial and management accounting; fashion marketing; merchandising in the fashion industry; buying cycle and range planning; fashion in society; career planning and development; plus 1 option. Years 2 and 3: Includes the 11 month work placement and the semester studying in the US; students study: Merchandising calculations; the role of design in the fashion industry; people, work and organisations; management research methods; the business placement starts in January continuing to December: all business placements are within the merchandising departments at the head offices of major retailers; in the final semester of the 3rd year, students who achieve an average of 50 percent or above in the 1st semester modules may go to the US; in the US the students learn about the product development side of retail, studying subjects such as: the fundamentals of textiles; apparel manufacturing and product development; students in the US also have the opportunity to do an internship within a US fashion company. Year 4: Students are expected to have developed their learning and practical skills and are therefore well placed to continue their studies at a deeper level; team dynamics and strategic management; supply chain management; the future of fashion merchandising; options include: brand management; multi channel merchandising; global sourcing; commercial skills and application.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Sandwich
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Sandwich
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBC
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

Key Course Information

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53% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 73%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 62%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 62%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

24% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 11%

Total Coursework: 57%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation