Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying & Management
Full time - DT389

Programme co-ordinator

Dr Dee Duffy
DIT Aungier Street Dublin 2
T: (01) 402 3214

E: dee.duffy@dit.ie

Duration

Full Time - 1 Year (Jan - Dec)

Closing date

Closed for applications for Jan 2014 intake

Start date

Monday 27th January 2014

Introduction

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

To make a full and complete application for this programme you must include a current CV along with a cover letter stating why you are applying for this postgraduate diploma and outlining your suitability to the course.

The DIT School of Retail and Services Management has devised this Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying and Management and customized it to the needs of the Fashion Industry. This highly anticipated route of study is one year full-time in duration.The design reflects the educational requirements and learning opportunities necessary to succeed as a fashion buyer in today`s competitive environment.The Postgraduate Diploma programme will bring together both industry experts and educators in the respective module areas.

 

Course Content

The first semester introduces participants to the principles of Fashion Buying I. Materials and Fabrics, Sociology of Fashion, Finance for non-financial Managers, and Marketing Luxury Brands and Retail Merchandising Analytics.

In the second semester students study a more specialist area with Fashion Buying II, complemented by modules such as Store Environment, Fashion Public Relations and Communications, Retail Operations Management and International Fashion Retailing.

Throughout the year, a series of Fashion Seminars will be delivered. These seminars will allow for the students to interact with key industry figures and be kept informed of the latest industry developments. International travel will also be an important feature of the programme.

The first trip to Paris takes place in February. The aim of this trip is primarily to attend the Premiere Vision fabric trade fair and experience firsthand the demands of the apparel industry. In addition students attend a fashion buying seminar either with one of our Parisian partners or a Parisian Fashion House of interest. The learning outcomes of this trip our examined by continuous assessment.

Later in the semester, students travel to the Galashiels campus of our Scottish partners - Heriot Watt University. Their School of Textiles & Design specialises in the education of professionals and practitioners in the global textile and clothing industry and has established a reputation as one of the world's leading textile institutions. Here DIT students will partake on an intensive programme which primarily constitutes the core of their course delivery for the Materials & Fabrics module.

Location

School of Retail and Services Management, Faculty of Business, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

Timetable / Hours

While the timetable for 2014 is obviously yet to be finalized there are normally circa 20 to 25 contact hours per week. Given the intensive nature of the postgraduate programme and the fact that subjects are new, students are advised to keep a clear working week and to minimize other commitments in order to participate in the programme. Students are also advised to be aware of time commitment needed to complete the work placement element of the programme.

Entry Requirements

CONVERSION PROGRAMME

The Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at honours graduates (minimum 2.2 Honours) of universities or similar third level institutions who have a strong desire to succeed in the fashion industry. Holders of equivalent professional qualifications, by examination, will also be considered. The programme is conducted in English so a strong working knowledge of English (Minimum 6.5 IELTS or equivalent) is required.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Award

Graduates are eligible for the Level 9 award of Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying and Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Career Opportunities

The combination of modules on this programme will equip graduates with an enviable insight into the industry, making them very attractive to employers looking to recruit fashion buyers and managers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects does the Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying and Management include ? 

The first semester introduces participants to the principles of Fashion Buying I. Materials and Fabrics, Sociology of Fashion, Finance for non-financial Managers, and Marketing Luxury Brands and Retail Merchandising Analytics.

In the second semester students study a more specialist area with Fashion Buying II, complemented by modules such as Store Environment, Fashion Public Relations and Communications, Retail Operations Management and International Fashion Retailing.

Throughout the year, a series of Fashion Seminars will be delivered. These seminars will allow for the students to interact with key industry figures and be kept informed of the latest industry developments. International travel will also be an important feature of the programme. In February, students will travel to a European fashion capital to attend an acclaimed international trade fair and fashion-related seminar customised especially for the programme. In March,the students will spend a week on the Galashiels campus of Heriot Watt University with the university`s School of Textile and Design. This week will be an intensive and practical element of the Materials and Fabrics module of Semester 1.

A work placement will feature as key to the successful completion of the programme, and will take place at the end of Semester 1.

What is the duration of the programme ?

The programme runs for one year full-time, with a work placement element included in the duration.

Does the course have industry links ?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying and Management is very closely aligned to industry, in order to offer the best and most relevant education in this field. The Industry Advisory Panel is made up of key industry figures and organizations, both local and international. Experts from key institutions around the world also offer important support, from the London College of Fashion, to Heriot Watt University in Scotland, to Mod`Art International in Paris. Support from the Industry will be evident in the line-up of speakers for the Fashion Seminar series.

What are the learning outcomes of the programme ?

  • Students will be able to understand and appreciate the diversity of fabrics available for use in their product / garment construction, their general properties and variations in the methods of assembling them into products.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ranging and merchandising in the context of overall category management and relate these to overall business of the retailer.
  • Students will understand how buying and merchandising interacts with the other key business functions, in particular: Design, Garment Technology,Marketing, Finance and Retail Operations.
  • Students will demonstrate a specialised knowledge of the range of concepts, models and processes relevant to the study of fashion buying and management.
  • Students will develop a comprehensive awareness of the significant concepts and processes of consumer behavior.
  • Students will exercise an ability to review secondary research material, interpret multiple arguments on the subject matter, followed with the capacity to present logical critical explanations.
  • Students will take responsability for one`s own learning and actively participate in team and group based opportunities to develop leadership and initiative.
  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature of fashion distribution channels and the changing balance of power therein.
  • Students will be able to analyze the nature and power of brands in building fashion brand equity and appreciate the particular case of luxury brands.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the key media involved in the fashion industry and an ability to describe the media in relation to types, styles, power and influence.

Is there a single contact for the course ?

Yes, the Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying and Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology has a Programme Coordinator. Decisions in relation to course content and development are made by the course team and course committee in line with general DIT policy.

More detailed information on course syllabi is contained in the Programme Document that is updated each year. This is available from the library, DIT Aungier Street. General information on the industry is available from published and other industry sources.

Who may I contact if I have any questions ?

Contact Fashion Buying Programme Coordinator Dr Dee Duffy at dee.duffy@dit.ie with any queries about the programme or its content or alternatively by telephone on 01 402 3214.

EU Fees for 2012/2013*

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For information on full time postgraduate fees for 2012/13 please click here

*Please note this course fee includes the cost of student's flights & accommodation to both Paris, France and Galashiels, Scotland. 

For information on funding please see this link.

Non EU fees for 2012/2013

 

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