Equip yourself with the expertise required for a high-flying career in fashion merchandise management in the UK or international fashion industry.
The goal of this stimulating MA Fashion Merchandise Management course is simple: to be an innovative, challenging and inspiring programme for those who want to be future leaders in fashion merchandise management/the fashion industry.
With competition in the retail sector at an all-time high, the role of professionals responsible for visual presentation has taken on greater importance than ever before. Exploiting innovation and creativity allows modern retailers to transform the most pedestrian environments into exciting shopping arenas.
This course will maximise your ability to create design solutions that work in the real world. It aims to progress your understanding of contemporary visual merchandise practice and teach you how to manage the wider requirements of the fashion retail industry. You will gain a thorough understanding of how design can contribute to a business's decision-making process and influence the strategic planning of fashion retailers and their approaches to marketing.
The key elements of this course focus on research, with an emphasis on practical skills and portfolio development. Working closely with professionals who offer insider knowledge of industry strategies, we encourage you to develop pioneering approaches to fashion merchandise management. You will analyse new technological methodologies, creative marketing concepts, display and retail environments and innovations in business for the fashion industry.
Professional Contexts and Practice: This multidisciplinary unit explores current debates, emerging areas of research and professional practice within fashion. Guest lectures will help you develop your critical awareness of the cultural and professional contexts associated with your chosen fields. This will help you to prepare for your future career.
Retail Space Analysis and Design: Youll look at the importance of visual merchandising, in-store branding and increased customer involvement with the product through the retail store. You will also consider how display techniques can enhance sales opportunities and the customer experience.
Consumer Behaviour, Marketing, Innovation and Enterprise: This unit explores the psychological and cultural factors that influence consumer shopping habits and behaviours. We look at new ways of shopping and improving competition across consumer markets in response to global, technological and ethical developments and considerations.
Research Methods: This unit focuses on the principles of academic research, presenting the variety of research methods available for your chosen study path. You will develop confidence in independent research in preparation for the final masters project.
Buying and Merchandising: Youll explore the theory of fashion buying and merchandising and its application to retailing procedures. You will build a detailed understanding of the responsibilities involved in running a fashion business.
Master's Project: You will create a design portfolio, enabling you to showcase the knowledge and skills developed on the course and reflecting your career aspirations.
(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)
We encourage you to seek relevant work experience at a fashion or design company while on the course. This is part of the ethos of the Fashion School, where flexible programmes and strong links with industry have led to placements in important areas of the industry and organisations such as:
You will have access to fashion studios, design-and-make workshops, multimedia and IT suites, photography studios and excellent library facilities.
There are opportunities for trips abroad, as well as regular excursions to museums and exhibitions in and around London.
Solents virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The primary purpose of our National Scholarship Programme is to benefit individual students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education. This scheme is available to new home and EU under graduate students starting a programme of study with us in 2014-15, who have no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award and whose tuition fees are over £6,000 for the year. To be eligible to be considered for a National Scholarship, applicants will need to meet both the Government national eligibility criteria and the additional University eligibility criteria, as detailed below.
Government national eligibility criteria:
University eligibility criteria will include one or more of the following:
Please see further information about the National Scholarship Programme here: http://www.solent.ac.uk/student-life/welfare/funding/undergraduate-funding/national-scholarship-programme.aspx
Sport Solent and Southampton Solent University have developed the High Performance Academy (HPA) to help students who are studying at the University, whilst competing on the national and international stage. The programme provides financial and mentoring support to assist athletes in reaching their sporting potential whilst pursuing higher education.
Minimum requirements for entry on the Sport Solent High Performance Academy
Full-time or part-time undergraduate, or post-graduate student
Applicants must have an outstanding ability in a particular sport
Applicants must compete at a semi-professional level or show strong evidence of the potential to do so
The High Performance Academy programme offers different levels of support to student athletes based on their sporting talent and potential. There are three categories that a successful applicant can fall under:
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the application form below and email it back to the High Performance Academy
International Scholarships Scheme 2014
We are pleased to offer some scholarships to students applying from overseas.
Who can apply?
You can apply if:
you are applying for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University for 2014 entry, and
you are from one of the following areas: Africa, Bangladesh, Japan, North and South America, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey and you are not currently studying or residing in the UK, and you are a self-funded, full fee student (not applicable to Erasmus/Study Abroad students).
How do I apply?
Simply complete the Overseas Scholarships Application form and return it to our International Office, once you have received an offer from us.
The scholarship form is accessible at:
What will happen next?
You will need to accept our unconditional offer and pay the required deposit.
We will then send you the Scholarship Award of £1,000 towards your tuition fee payment for your first year of study.
Sport Solent continues to provide and support top level athletes that strive for academic success alongside their sporting careers. Southampton Solent University offers the opportunity for selected athletes to access a sporting scholarship in many disciplines.
Please note: the Sport Solent scholarship is available for athletes who excel in basketball and cricket.
If you compete at a national and/or international level in another sport, and want to get financial support and mentoring from Southampton Solent University, you can apply for the High Performance Academy|.
The Sport Solent scholarship
Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the university for each successful applicant:
Scholarship fees Undergraduate Postgraduate
Year 1: 100% Year 1: 100%
Year 2: 50% Year 2: 50%
Year 3: 50% N/A
Applicants must fill out the registration form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration form can be accessible through the link below: