University of West London

Course Introduction

Overview

There has never been a better time to start a business in the UK creative industries.

Do you have an idea for a creative industries start-up, such as an innovative lifestyle app? Or do you want to kick-start a creative designer collective? Or ?simply? take your fashion brand from your living room to the next level? Then our MA courses in Fashion Entrepreneurship might be for you.

This postgraduate course has been developed to complement the incubation and acceleration of a business in the fashion sector. You will cover market research and analysis, the application of knowledge in entrepreneurship, governance and operations, plus innovation management and negotiation.

From day one, you will have the opportunity to start building networks and interact with experienced industry professionals, which will help you develop the key attributes of a successful professional, such as independence, entrepreneurship and negotiation skills.

Personal tutors, project supervisors and mentors from the creative communications and fashion industry will support you as you work on your own start-up idea, on case studies and live briefs.

Course detail

If you consider yourself to be creative, then you already have one of the essential traits of a successful entrepreneur. Your creativity may help you with building a business plan and solving unique problems, but you will also need to think about how to get new clients, how to maintain creativity in business, engagement via social media and much more.

Our MA Fashion Entrepreneurship course will give you:

* the opportunity to develop your start-up idea into an industry-aligned business within the creative industries

* chances to collaborate with a range of industry partners

* the opportunity to establish a network of industry connections

* valuable peer relationships

* entrepreneurial skills.

The first term focuses on your development of essential entrepreneurship know-how and your engagement with both real-world best and worst practice cases to learn for your own fashion business and refine your start-up idea. You will get opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and established industry practitioners, and attend specialist workshops that you can tailor around your specific start-up needs.

The second term is dedicated to incubating your start-up idea and providing you with the chance to apply the knowledge gained throughout the course to develop a robust business plan. Your final project, in the third term, will be used to launch your creative initiative, which could be anything from starting a fashion event to kick-off your business or launching an app prototype to securing funding for your fashion brand.

Study & career progression

This course is designed for early-career professionals in the creative and cultural industries or in small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is very attractive to entrepreneurial undergraduates and professionals who have studied or are working in an area of creative practice-whether that is a new fashion brand, or a start-up with a product that enhances society through a fashion or cultural initiative.

Throughout the course, we will incubate and to some degree also accelerate your start-up idea and help you develop concepts so that you are ready to pursue your goal after graduation

Once you complete the course, you could go on to:

* launch your own business

* get funding for your own business and/or

* use your entrepreneurial skills (and postgraduate degree) to find a role in a creative organisation.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2020, EXPECTED JAN-2020. EXPECTED SEP-2020.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,000 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,000 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion management, or other relevant subject within the creative industries. We may also offer you a place based on relevant experience or training; however, it is essential for our Creative Industry Entrepreneurship MA courses that your previous experience is based within the creative industries.
  • International entry requirements: You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion management, or other relevant subject within the creative industries. We may also offer you a place based on relevant experience or training; however, it is essential for our Creative Industry Entrepreneurship MA courses that your previous experience is based within the creative industries. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 or above. You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).