Module
descriptions

for MA International Fashion Marketing

Core modules

Marketing Strategy

This module will enable you to develop effective high level strategic marketing strategies relating to an organisation’s corporate and business strategic intent in the short, medium and long term. You should be able to analyse the corporate strategy, determine a range of high level marketing and relationship strategies, and demonstrate how these strategies will deliver an organisation’s desire for growth and expansion, its changing stance on innovation, ethics and key strategic decisions. Relationship perspectives in marketing have gained importance and thus marketing becomes a key function within organisations. Students should be able to show how key marketing and relationship strategies reflect key strategic marketing decisions and emerging issues. This module will allow you to take a strategic approach in marketing planning to achieve competitive advantage in a dynamic and changeable fashion and broader market environment.

 

Research Methods

Managers in organisations often need to rely on research-based information to make decisions. In order to make proper use of such material and to ensure that any decisions made on the basis of research findings are soundly based, it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and techniques used to collect and analyse such information. This module will explore the wide range of possible approaches used within the fashion industry to conducting research or consultancy studies which vary in terms of the kinds of questions they seek to answer and the methods and techniques used. The module will also equip you with the necessary skills to design their own research proposal and project pertaining to the writing of a dissertation or individual consultancy project.

 

The Global Fashion Consumer

The aim of the module is to give you a good understanding of consumer theory with specific reference to fashion. You will learn about consumer markets and the fashion consumer landscape. The module considers the social and psychological motivations of the international fashion consumer and the specialist areas of consumer trends and customer relationship management. You will examine the impact of economics and politics on consumers nationally and internationally and the differing influences that society and culture have on decision-making. You will explore how modern technology is changing the relationship between industry and consumer within a global context and how these translate into products and services in fast-moving consumer markets.

 

Fashion Branding

This module will enable you to acquire the knowledge and skills to understand fashion branding within the international fashion industry. Using historic and contemporary case studies you will explore innovative, contemporary fashion branding strategies used to generate appeal, build loyalty and develop values and heritage while embracing ethical considerations. You will learn how brands are built from conception and development through to brand promotion and management. During the module you will examine how fashion branding strategy and its implementation are used to reinforce the relationship between brand and consumer. The module will culminate in the application of learning to an innovative brand strategy project.

 

Fashion Marketing Communications Strategies

This module will explore how fashion marketing communications strategies and their delivery are conceived, planned and implemented in an increasingly international fashion market place to establish new brands and reinforce and revitalise established brands. The module will give you the knowledge and skills to create comprehensive integrated communications strategies for the marketing of fashion that take account of the dynamic and fluid nature of the fashion industry. You will discuss and debate the future of fashion marketing and the adoption of new technologies including the continual global expansion of social media, multi-channel marketing and media channel convergence. You will work on a live group project and produce marketing communications solutions and strategies for a fashion brand, incorporating the latest applications, tools and technologies.

 

Fashion Trends, Buying and Distribution

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the formation of fashion trends and their impact on the fashion buying process. You will learn about the use of global supply chains to ensure the delivery of fashion product to the consumer. The module will contextualise the emergence of trend analysis, its impact on the process of developing products and services, and how this translates through to marketing and sales channels. You will study aesthetic, economic, social and cultural impacts on trends and how innovations in materials, technology and construction techniques affect trends. You will develop an appreciation of how technological developments and resulting consumer demand are challenging established systems and distribution channels across mainstream and luxury sectors, and how such changes are being absorbed into the buying function.

 

Module Options

Fashion PR and the Fashion Show

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and specialist skills in relation to International Fashion PR. Fashion PR plays a pivotal role in the marketing of fashion, communicating brand personality, developing brand awareness, managing brand identity and controlling image and communication. You will learn how to create a PR strategy and how to plan a PR campaign for a new and existing International fashion brands.

The fashion show is one of the most significant events in the Fashion PR Calendar developing excitement amongst consumers, winning industry acceptance, and driving sales. You will gain knowledge of the historical and contemporary developments of fashion shows. You will explore how the show is used to maximise brand awareness and loyalty pre-, during and post event and you will critically analyse the effectiveness of different models of fashion presentation.

 

Luxury Goods

In this module, you will critically analyse the global luxury goods industry, its different sectors, and the key players. You will also analyse the strategic development of products, brands, and synergies in relation with mature and growing markets. You will learn how to devise and implement an innovative strategic vision and brand principles for a luxury product that encompasses all the aspects explored during the course.

 

Fashion Retail Marketing

The fashion retail sector is a vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing marketplace.

Perhaps no other industry is being transformed by the hands of technology as much as retail. The challenge to brand values, increased competition, lowering price points, through to socially-empowered consumers making research informed choices are placing new demands on retailers to embrace change and get it right. Considerable creativity and innovation is re-invigorating our physical shopping experience, as major retails focus on providing a complete experience to consumers that in engaging, memorable, price considerate and convenient.

In this module, you will deepen your knowledge of the fashion retail sector through both theory and primary research in the dynamic fashion capital of London. You will gain knowledge of the fashion retail environment, looking at the physical store, through to the latest development in e- commerce. A forward looking module, you will explore the latest trends within Fashion retail marketing, including story selling, augmented shopping floors, through to data driven visual merchandising.

 

Entrepreneurship and Luxury

This module combines ideas and concepts from the fields of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create a learning environment that allows you to deconstruct taken-for- granted tools, theories and practices by thinking-out of the box to create proactive solutions to contemporary business problems. This as an elective module that will enable you to use knowledge and skills acquired from other modules to identify and develop innovative entrepreneurial business solutions in luxury brands.

 

Capstone module

Individual Consultancy Project

The Individual Consultancy Project is a major research-based activity. It is the final stage of the master’s degree and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have gained the knowledge, understanding, conceptual awareness and skills to plan and conduct a research project worthy of achievement at this level. It should demonstrate your ability to identify an area or topic suitable for research: to set aims and research objectives; devise an appropriate research methodology; locate, assimilate, organise and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data and relevant authoritative literature in the field; draw conclusions based on sound judgement; and where appropriate make relevant recommendations and indicate areas for further research.

The Individual Consultancy Project has a fashion brand/company focus. Students can opt to complete a negotiated work placement as part of the Project. Work placements are self-generated with support from the Careers and Business Relations Department, and should involve assisting a fashion business or company in a particular area that relates to the taught modules on the MA International Fashion Marketing.

 

Dissertation

In this module, you will undertake research to produce a dissertation on a topic related to International Fashion Marketing. At the end of the module, you will submit a dissertation report. This is the final module in the programme and builds upon what is learnt in the previous modules to allow the opportunity to apply that knowledge through research into an international fashion marketing topic of interest. The main aims of this module are to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to formulate a research question in your chosen area, to gather and select data, literature and other research material in order to answer the question through critical analysis and evaluation of your research, and to communicate the findings by presenting a coherent argument in an appropriate academic style.