MA Fashion Business Futures

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

Program Description

MA Fashion Business Futures

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

MA Fashion Business Futures

It explores global fashion networks and will enable you to identify current future fashion supply-chain trends and relationships.
You will be expected to show awareness of ethical, sustainable and corporate social responsibilities, and an understanding of the impact these can have on the fashion business environment.
You will learn about the wide range of new technological and marketing opportunities available to suppliers and practitioners.

Study routes

You can study this course:

    •    full-time over one year

    •    part-time over two years as MA Fashion Business Futures by Registered Project.

Our MA by Registered Project is a flexible route that can be adapted to your individual studying needs.


The School of Art & Design is offering a number of scholarships for full-time Masters study.

Course focus

A flexible and lateral approach to the future development of the fashion industry is encouraged through intellectual and skill development.

You will develop your own ideas and project management skills to produce a project that has real benefit to the industry, and supports your career aspirations and development.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this course is through coursework and a verbal presentation at the end of each stage.

At the end of the Masters stage you will submit a 20,000 word dissertation or report that contains a business plan. You’ll also take part in an exposition towards the end of the course.

Course content includes:

    •    structure of the fashion market

    •    research and planning

    •    fashion industry forecasting

    •    understanding the global fashion market

    •    fashion consumption

    •    visual communication and branding

    •    visual merchandising and display

    •    cross channel retail

    •    fashion promotion

    •    supply chain management; and

    •    business planning.

How will I learn?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials (both group and individual) which will help you to review and re-evaluate your existing experience.

Teaching takes place alongside the MA Fashion Marketing and Communication course, and you will benefit from taking part in collaborative projects and workshops with other students.
Input from visiting fashion industry professionals, designers, artists and creative professionals will help you develop your knowledge and experience.

You will receive support throughout your studies from our specialist teaching staff, and have email contact with tutors as well as access to lecture notes and course information.

All students will be allocated a personal supervisor who will provide academic support and guidance throughout the course. Your supervisor will help you to develop your learning agreement and all aspects of your personal project throughout your studies.

Special facilities

You will be based in our dedicated MA Studio in the Bonington building and our modern, spacious studios and workshops will give you access to a range of specialist equipment. The Boots library also offers extensive learning and research facilities.

Learning opportunities

Lectures and guest seminars are run by professionals from the contemporary fashion industries. Recent high-profile speakers have included the fashion designer and artist Simeon Farrar, fashion expert and broadcaster Caryn Franklin, designer Christopher Raeburn and author of Eco Fashion, Sass Brown.

The course also offers study visits to a number of international fashion capitals such as Brussels, Paris, New York and Tokyo. These trips enhance your understanding of modern global markets.
Workshops and projects offer exciting opportunities to work collaboratively with other courses. Recently students took part in our innovative textile recycling and upcycling ‘transformation’ workshops run by Orsola de Castro.

Recent collaborative live MA projects include Luàn (creative chaos) and Styling Project 2.

There are also opportunities to visit and research shows and exhibitions in leading design cities. Recent trips include those to Première Vision and Trend Union, Paris and the Martin Margiela and Walter de Birendonck retrospectives at Mode Museum, Antwerp.

Career destinations

This course will enable you to pursue a range of career opportunities in the creative and fashion-related industries. Whether you are hoping to start your own business, work as a consultant or practitioner, or continue your professional development, you will gain the skills and experience employers are looking for.

Recent graduates have:

    •    set up their own successful businesses

    •    progressed to PhD or MPhil study

    •    secured employment in fashion retail, fashion design, product development and trend forecasting

    •    worked as brand managers, design directors, fashion consultants and agents

    •    worked for magazines; and

    •    developed their own blogs and Internet retail spaces.

Entry requirements

You will need:

    •    a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience

    •    a personal statement.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

Application deadline

Applications should normally be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Overseas applicants must take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying for an MA course.

Project Proposal and Personal Statement

The project proposal is a very important part of the application and needs to form part of the personal statement that you are required to submit with your application.

Your course of study will be based on the research, development and production of a major project, which will be initiated and proposed by you.

In order to understand how we can support your studies, we would like to understand your thinking of what your project may be therefore within your personal statement please include the following in order that your application can be assessed, this should be no more than 500 words.

    •    What might the title of your Masters Project might be?

    •    Describe the specific area of interest or specialism you have in your chosen subject area.

    •    Outline what relevant skills you have, and what further skills you might want to learn.

    •    Explain why you want to research and create work within this area, what you hope it will achieve, and how you might do it.

    •    Suggest the audience for your work; for example, which kind of viewers, consumers, employers or publishers is your work aimed at.

    •    Describe what resources (technical or other) you might need to do complete your project.

    •    Let us know which artists / designers / creative practitioners have influenced your work.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2016
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