Reasons to study Fashion Buying with Merchandising BA (Hons) at DMU:
- Gain specialist knowledge
in the merchandising pathway giving you the opportunity to prepare you for your career, exploring areas such as business strategy and effective analysis and planning, vital to successful merchandising
- Develop buying expertise
applicable to the demands of the industry, including range building, negotiation and presentation skills, and sourcing and sustainability
- Learn the specialist areas
of fashion buying across womenswear, childrenswear and menswear
- Work on live projects with industry
and meet buying experts
- Option for a year’s industrial placement
where you will apply your learning and gain valuable experience in companies such as George, Timberland and ASOS
- 100% of our Fashion Buying graduates
from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Next, Marks & Spencer, River Island, and Selfridges
are where some of our recent graduates have progressed onto careers at, and some have also and set up their own labels, such as Beth Widdowson and Lizzie Leary who started the successful online retail company Kindred Sole
- Fashion Buying with Garment Technology BA (Hons)
is a related course where you will be taught aspects of textile materials and commercial garment production as well as fabric testing, garment fit, pattern cutting and creating technical specification
- International opportunity
through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience, with previous field trips to Antwerp, Amsterdam and New York
- The new Vijay Patel building
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You will also be introduced to the roles and responsibilities within a typical buying office and will be taught about the life cycle of a product from concept stage through to delivery on to the shop floor, and key aspects of trading.
Structure and assessment
- Core Buying 1
- Introduction to Fashion Business
- Textile Materials 1
- Fashion Communication (CAD)
- Design Cultures
- Core Buying 2
- Fashion Merchandising
- Textile Materials 2
- Design Cultures
- Language Option
- Sourcing and Supply
- Advanced Fashion Merchandising
- Major Project
- Language Option
Facilities and features
The excellent fashion and textiles facilities include state of the art sewing machine studios, textile testing labs, knitting, dying, spinning, weaving and printing facilities, CAD labs and designated studio workshop space.
You also have access to the most up to date trend prediction publications and databases.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements give students the opportunity to work for a year in industry. They will gain key skills that prepare them for a graduate role, and invaluable experience that can aid with their final year studies. DMU have excellent links with industry and a credible reputation. Some previous companies that have offered our students placements include Marks & Spencer, ASOS, George, F&F, Timberland, Matalan, and 0’Neill (in Amsterdam)
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 #DMUglobal, 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.
Fashion Buying is a global business and it is highly likely that international travel will be required from a buyer in industry. DMU is enthusiastic about supporting and encouraging international links and the Fashion Buying Programme feeds into this initiative. Students will have the opportunity to visit a European city in their 2nd year, and New York in their 3rd year. Previous trips have involved visits to local museums, colleges, suppliers, product data management head offices, and a tour and talk by Gap Head Office in New York.
This course is designed for students who are aiming for a career in fashion buying, and also offers broader career options which include fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, garment technology, sourcing, design, and fashion marketing. Students will be equipped to work in retail and the extended supply base.
Recent graduates have succeeded into careers at ASOS, Selfridges, Next, George, M&S, River Island, and Joules amongst many others.