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Fashion Buying with Product Development BA (Hons)

This programme is aimed at students who are interested in a career in the fashion industry, in particular in a buying or product development role, where technical strengths and strategies are valued.

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Overview

Watch: Fiona Bailey discusses the different pathways students can study with Fashion Buying at DMU.


We’ve created this course in response to industry demand for graduates with technical expertise in the clothing industry. Join us and you’ll develop a sound knowledge of product realisation in our practical and theoretical sessions. 

You’ll learn about textile materials, production, garment ‘fitness for purpose’, the life cycle of a product from concept stage through to delivery to the shop floor, and key aspects of trading. We’ll also offer you the opportunity to work on live projects with industry insiders and to hear from expert visiting lecturers.

If you’re aiming for a career in the fashion industry, we cover broad career options that include design, buying, merchandising, garment technology, product development, sourcing, and marketing.

We are delighted DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Fashion and Textiles in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2020 and DMU was named best in learning experience in 2019 by The Business of Fashion, the internationally renowned website which assesses the world’s top programmes.

Key features

  • Gain the fundamental skills you’ll need in the fashion and buying industry – with the option to specialise in product development, and to learn a language from year two.
  • Learn directly from fashion industry experts – work alongside them and discuss your own ideas.
  • Gain valuable knowledge of the research and development process, from market analysis, design, pattern cutting and manufacture, to assessing fit and garment success.
  • Learn about the latest technical advances affecting product development, and gain confidence with specifications, sourcing decisions and planning.
  • Choose to take a one-year industry placement within or outside the UK. Fashion Buying with Product Development students have experienced life at Tommy Hilfiger, O'Neill, Marks & Spencer, Next, George, Joules, G-Star Raw, River Island, The Global Brands Group, and at supply bases. Many have gone on to work for these international brands and suppliers.
  • 100% of our Fashion Buying graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17).
  • Study in the award-winning Vijay Patel Building where our well-equipped design workshops and photography studios enable you to explore your design potential while making and testing products.
  • We provide  core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials and printing costs*.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W23B

Duration: Three/four years full-time with optional placement year, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

 Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Key facts for international students

Duration: Three/four years full-time with optional placement year.

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

 Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A-levels, including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Art and Design and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade 4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement)

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Fashion Buying with Product Development BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

First year

  • Core Buying 1
  • Introduction to Fashion Design Technology
  • Textile Materials 1
  • Fashion Communication (CAD)
  • Design Cultures

Second year

  • Core Buying 2
  • Textile/Garment Technology
  • Fashion Realisation
  • Textile Materials 2
  • Design Cultures
  • Language Option

Third year

  • Sourcing and Supply
  • Product Development
  • Major Project
  • Language Option

Structure

This includes design studio practice, formal lectures, group seminars, tutorials, lab work and practical workshops. There are regular tutorials and reviews which allow you to reflect and develop your work ready for your final presentation at the end of the year.

Contact hours

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Art and Design facilities

The award-winning Vijay Patel Building brings all of our art and design courses together providing inspiring, flexible spaces, studios and facilities which invite creativity and innovation.

The creative industries require imaginative graduates who can develop new ideas and products. Students use our state-of-the-art workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry, while the open and transparent spaces in the building encourage collaboration between disciplines. In doing so, the building supports students to be both ready for industry and future leaders in their respective fields.

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all of our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences. Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your chosen career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.

We have excellent links with the fashion industry, ensuring you work on industry relevant projects and client briefs to gain more experience and build your external reputation before you graduate. This invaluable experience can enrich student capabilities as well as their final-year projects. This year, some of our students have gone to companies including Primark, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, George, F&F Tesco, Timberland, Matalan, and O’Neill (Amsterdam).

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have recently been to Porto, where they learnt about the fashion manufacturing cycle by visiting spinners, knitters, dye houses and manufacturers – culminating in a simulated design and negotiation task with suppliers. New York trips have involved visits to local museums, colleges, suppliers, product data management head offices, and a tour and talk at Gap’s head office. 

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Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas within fashion buying. Recent employers include Pretty Little Thing, Next, Marks & Spencer, Piarossini, Boden, F&F Tesco and O'Neill.

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