Fashion Buying with Design BA (Hons) module details
First year (Level 4)
Core Buying 1
Reviews the role and responsibilities of the buying office, has an introduction to ‘comp shops’, trend forecasting, negotiation and the buying cycle
Textile Materials 1
Provides you with an awareness of textile materials. It includes theoretical and practical activities based on fibres, yarns, woven, knitted and physical testing methods. Practical sessions enhance knowledge of materials and products, and how they relate to industrial technology
Fashion Communication (CAD)
The module provides the opportunity to develop your visual communication skills with a garment design focus using digital methods. Practical work is supported with the theoretical study of working with digital design applications.
Introduction to Fashion Design Technology
This module is designed to introduce you to pattern cutting through 2D and 3D methods. Garment construction methods will also be covered.
The study of historical and contextual influences, relevant to the fashion industry. This module allows students to develop their creative writing and presentation skills.
Second year (Level 5)
Core Buying 2
Involves an in-depth review of how the buying process works and how garment designs are produced overseas then shipped back to UK stores. This is a complex process involving many stages with one of the most intricate critical paths in industry. This module explores the strategic and trading elements of a buying office. It also includes careers support, CAD development and technical aspects
Textile Materials 2
With a focus on product performance students will be introduced to the importance of quality through the creation of performance specifications via material analysis using industrial test laboratory apparatus. The product performance element will introduce testing methods that assess how products are evaluated for different applications and what limits and tolerances may be acceptable.
Style and Colour
Offers an exploration into trends and how industry uses them. Through extensive research you are given the challenge to create your own fashion prediction for the years ahead
The study of historical and contextual influences, relevant to the fashion industry. This module allows students to develop their creative writing and presentation skills, building on what is learnt in year one to further develop their writing style
Design development and pattern cutting skills are developed further. Experience will be developed in fitting and critically assessing garments to create technical specifications that relate to industry practice.
There is the option to study a language as part of the second and third years of study. You will be able to choose between Spanish and Mandarin with the focus on conversational skills and business etiquette.
Third year (Level 6)
Sourcing and supply
This module focuses on the global sourcing of a textile product and examines some of the challenges faced by buyers and merchandisers. You will consider how to source a textile product, flexibility of supply and quick response, managing quality, international distribution and supply chains, international political legislation and other issues.
Major Project – Final collection
This module covers all areas of the buying process from market and customer research, through to trend research to create a capsule collection for a specific retailer and market position
Collaboration with industry
This module runs alongside the major project and develops your portfolio and product development/merchandising skills. The module will be based around, external client projects from industry of national and international competition briefs.
This is an optional module. The knowledge learnt in the second will be built upon, developing the language skills further. If a student chooses this option then dissertation will be a smaller project
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current