British School of Fashion

Introduction

The British School of Fashion is an innovative academic hub developed by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to create and disseminate strategic fashion business insight through its provision of leading-edge education, research and consultancy.

Dedicated to its mission statement of achieving “the common good,” the British School of Fashion advances business and management thinking and practice through the co-creation of knowledge with its industry partners, esteemed Honorary Professors, alumni network, research active staff and diverse student population.

In demonstration of its entrepreneurial nature, the British School of Fashion designs and delivers globally unique executive and postgraduate programmes which offer participants a trans-discipline learning experience across its campuses in London and New York.

Who are we?

Our first steps in fashion date back to 1875 and to our founding colleges in Glasgow, Scotland. In that era our primary aim was to provide women with opportunities in design, textiles and retail, with a keen awareness of the economic, social and environmental needs of the time. British fashion has evolved to encompass so much more than just manufacturing and the education provided by the GCU British School of Fashion reflects those changes.

For decades, GCU has contributed to the business of fashion through the creation of pioneering courses. We were the first UK Institution to offer an MSc in International Fashion Marketing in 2000, and are still one of only a few Universities worldwide to offer a dedicated MBA in Luxury Brand Management.

The British School of Fashion intends to build upon the foundation provided by our strong heritage and fashion industry expertise through continued innovation of new programmes and investment and development of our academic faculty.

What do we teach?

We offer differentiated Masters degree programmes co-created through industry expertise from our honorary professors, the knowledge of academic experts and the innovation and energy of our students.

We integrate the latest academic thinking with the wider business insights we derive from our research and consultancy of contemporary business practice. Our teaching is also fully engaged with the fashion industry and we have partnerships and collaborations with a diverse range of fashion companies including Marks and Spencer, Converse, ASOS, The Retail Trust, Arcadia, Folk, All Saints, Lyst, House of Fraser, Margaret Howell, Farfetch and Topshop.

Through these close links, we are able to provide master-classes from world leading businesses, as well as opportunities for valuable internships, visits and live project briefs.

We ensure that our graduates have the skills and expertise needed to manage a fashion business in today’s global market. We challenge our students to become critical thinkers, with a competent grasp of the theories and concepts that help explain and advance best practice in business. We encourage them to challenge the status quo, to be creative in their thinking, to be entrepreneurial in their actions, and to recognise that good business is better business.

Why are we different?

Our University motto “For the Common Weal” – meaning “for the common good” – is the main thread throughout every one of our British School of Fashion initiatives. Our Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yunus, is our foremost representative in this respect, having received the Nobel Peace Prize for achievements in economic and social development. Professor Yunus also remains one of only seven people who has been recognised with a Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

“It’s not about passing old knowledge to a new generation. It’s about solving problems, now. The moment you turn something into a social business, it becomes an engine that doesn’t need refuelling.”

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chancellor of GCU.

The British School of Fashion at GCU embodies the University’s endeavour to promote enterprise, innovation and learning underpinned by a deep-rooted social conscience. We recognise that the fashion industry has a responsibility to conduct business in an ethical manner, to promote and practice fair trade.

Our New York Campus houses The Fair Fashion Center. This initiative acts as both a repository and conduit of information, and the centre is focused on examining the business case for sustainability in the fashion industry.

Furthermore, the British School of Fashion has responded to a worldwide call to put social responsibility, ethics and sustainability at the top of the agenda for training future business leaders by becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact-backed initiative: the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Our participation in PRME exhibits our long-term mission to deliver economic and social benefits at home and across the world, and the values of PRME underpin the entirety of the British School of Fashion’s portfolio. Through this commitment, we will continue to improve engagement with the cause. We will regularly report progress on the application of the principles, and in so doing, contribute to the learning experience of academic institutions worldwide participating in the PRME initiative.

How do we co-create our knowledge?

Our specialised fashion knowledge is generated through a unique and critical balance of leading edge industry practice and underpinned by the latest academic research.

Fashion business is a major economic driver in the UK and internationally and the British School of Fashion is committed to becoming a leading centre for the understanding of consumers’ behaviour towards fashion. By adopting innovative and experimental research methodologies, we are already advancing understanding of fashion consumption – across all distribution channels.

The knowledge that we generate shares three common characteristics:

  • It is rigorous, independent and based upon sound research methodologies
  • The outcomes always have relevance and add value to the fashion business sector
  • It improves and advances the competitiveness of people and organisations

Our insight is the product of intellectual curiosity and a mature understanding of the realities of doing business in today’s global, omni-channel fashion environment. In recognition of this, many leading fashion businesses commission us to undertake a diverse range of bespoke consultancy and business development projects.

One of the most important ways we obtain and maintain our knowledge is through the relationships that we foster with our Honorary Professors and Industry Partners.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Fashion Business Creation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

This pioneering programme has been designed in collaboration with leading fashion businesses to reflect the distinctive nature of business creation in this sector. Students will develop insight into the strategies and practices key to developing and sustaining a successful fashion business. [+]

The MSc Fashion Business Creation is a pioneering, distinctive programme, integrating the latest academic research insights in fashion and business generally, with practical experience drawn from high-level connections within the industry. The programme includes a critical review of the anatomy of a fashion business and examines the process and actions associated with strategy development and implementation within new and developing fashion areas. Students will develop a sound understanding of global advancement strategies, including how to create and market a fashion brand in today’s digitally-focused world. They will also have the option to deepen further their insight into fashion strategies by completing an internship or industry consultation project thanks to GCU London’s strong links with leading organisations within the fashion industry. On graduation, students will be well positioned to set up and run a successful fashion business enterprise, or take an existing business into a new phase of growth and development. Applicants must go through an interview stage. Why Choose This Programme We'll help you develop your intellectual skills together with the contemporary skills and practices needed to excel in the industry. You will also build a wider appreciation of management issues, such as globalisation and sustainability, while developing branding and marketing skills. You will have access to mentorship programmes via our Honorary Professors and be taught in dynamic environments such as Masterclasses and through collaborative industry briefs. There will be a live fashion business on campus, where you will be able to observe a fashion enterprise first hand. You will... [-]

MSc International Fashion Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Fast-paced, exciting and innovative, the MSc International Fashion Marketing equips students with the international business knowledge as well as the creative and practical marketing expertise to succeed in today's increasingly competitive global fashion industry. [+]

The MSc International Fashion Marketing is an innovative programme which will provide students with the vital combination of international business knowledge plus creative and practical marketing skills, to enable them to succeed and excel in the highly-competitive international fashion industry. Our stimulating programme incorporates a broad curriculum, concentrating on the core concepts and principles of logistics, buying and merchandising, fashion business analysis, integrated marketing communications and brand management. Students will also gain practical and creative skills in key areas of fashion marketing centred on consumer insights, marketing planning, branding and use of digital technologies. Designed to inspire, challenge and motivate, the MSc International Fashion Marketing will develop and deepen your international business knowledge, fashion marketing expertise and the personal skills required to establish a successful career in this exciting and creative sector. Course Overview This programme has been designed in consultation with industry to offer the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in the international fashion marketing arena. The university prides itself on creating a friendly and highly supportive learning environment for all its students. We incorporate the latest academic marketing thinking and theories to ensure the programme is leading edge in all respects. All teaching and learning on the programme is supported by cutting edge e-learning technologies. Teaching is delivered in small groups allowing students to develop their own environment of shared learning and for individual learning needs to be addressed by tutors. Modules are designed to relate directly to real-world business and to give students opportunities... [-]

MSc Luxury Brand Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Our Masters in Luxury Brand Marketing is an unparalleled new programme, which provides students with the specialist skills, industry knowledge and expertise necessary to forge a successful career in a niche, inventive industry. [+]

Our Masters in Luxury Brand Marketing programme provides students with a rich breadth of knowledge and understanding of marketing specifically related to luxury brands. It includes a focus on critical insights into luxury consumer behaviour, luxury branding and marketing communications, and an examination of legal aspects of branding within a luxury context. It will allow you to develop your intellectual ability together with the contemporary skills and practices needed to excel in the industry. There will also be an opportunity to complete a work placement, volunteering work, desk-based consultancy or even study abroad. Students are also encouraged to engage in an independent research project. The programme allows students to study luxury marketing within a global context while at the same time developing a greater awareness of the wider obligations of business, including responsible leadership. The primary aim is to equip students with a contemporary understanding of luxury brand marketing in order to meet the constantly-changing needs of the luxury brand industry. To help achieve this, the University has built upon a wealth of expertise in the luxury sector through our distinguished range of academic and honorary professors, who are all current leaders in industry. Graduates, equipped with their specialist knowledge, analytical and personal skills, can expect to be well-placed to command managerial positions within the increasingly competitive, digitally-orientated global luxury brand sector. Module Information Our well-established links with industry together with current thinking and research has shaped the structure of the programme, which consists of 6 modules, plus a Dissertation.... [-]

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