BA (Hons) in International Fashion Business


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Program Description

Through a dynamic combination of creative design and practical business this renowned programme develops innovative and entrepreneurial graduates ready to succeed in the fashion industry.

You'll be equipped with knowledge of business and management in relation to the fashion world, exploring marketing, economics and managerial finance, together with a wide range of technical and practical skills, including pattern cutting, garment construction and computer-aided design. Much of the practical work is carried out in the Fashion Factory, our industry standard Design and Cutting Studio.

will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of the fashion industry and its international impact through live industry projects as well as study trips to major fashion capitals, such as New York, Paris and Milan.

You could also take up a funded international exchange placement to study part of your degree at a partner University. Throughout the programme we'll look at how issues of sustainability, environmental impact and social justice influence the fashion industry from the global supply chain to consumer buying behaviour.

Your career

Our graduates are highly employable with a wide range of career options including design, computer-aided design (CAD), pattern cutting, technical management, retail management, marketing, buying, styling, PR and visual merchandising.

Previous graduates have secured employment with ASOS, House of Fraser, New Look Group, Hollister, Ted Baker, Mulberry, Arcadia Group, Coach Inc. L.K.Bennett, Karen Millen and Cruise Fashion. Other graduates have established their own businesses.

What you will study

Year 1

Workplace Culture and Behaviour, The Business of Social Science, Foundations of Marketing, Financial Management, Principles of Fashion Design, Garment Construction.

Year 2

Society, Employability and Business, Managing Human Resources, Consumer Behaviour, Garment Development and Sustainability, Language or Law in Business or International Economic Issues and Challenges.

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Marketing Strategy, Contemporary Fashion Design, option including Language, Fashion Buying and Visual Merchandising and Digital Fashion Branding.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation, Changing Perspectives in International Marketing, Fashion Design for Industry, option including Language, Fashion Buying and Visual Merchandising and Applied CAD Fashion.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

ABBBB including Art & Design and English at B plus Nat 5 Maths at C

A Level

BCC PLUS GCSE Art/Textile, Maths and English at C/4

ILC Higher

H1, H2, H3, H3, H3 including English and Art at H2 or above PLUS Maths at O1

IB Diploma

25 points must include Visual Arts and Maths


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM PLUS GCSE Art/Textile, Maths and English at C/4

Year 3


HND Fashion: Design and Production with Retail or HND Fashion Design and Manufacture with AB/BA in the graded units

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs


Array of materials for starting study, including messenger bag, scissors, bobbins etc (£135 in Level 1)

Studio Fee

Annual fee for materials, fabric, etc. (£40 per student per year)

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

Gillian Purvis Study Abroad Scholarship

Students on this course have the opportunity to apply for Travel Bursaries in 3rd & 4th year.

International Student Start Dates

For new international students, orientation events will start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Industry links

This programme has strong links with the industry. We regularly invite guest speakers into the classroom to give you an up-to-date employer and industry perspective.

You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through 'live' case study challenges and field trips giving you a unique insight into the workings of some of the biggest companies in the UK.

Because fashion industry is global, you'll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience and to develop an international outlook by participating in study trips to major fashion capitals such as New York, Paris, Milan and Rome.


We believe it's the resources on campus that make the difference, making high quality learning accessible and reflect our values and aspirations to be dynamic, inclusive and accessible to all.

We have a purpose-built Design and Cutting Studio designed to replicate an industrial environment which provides a central hub for International Fashion Business students. There you’ll work with industry-standard facilities and equipment. This facilitates an authentic practitioner experience from the design process through to the production of garments.

As well as an industrial environment and equipment, Lectra CAD software packages are the most up-to-date and relevant as used in industry and include:

  • Kaledo Print
  • Kaledo Style
  • Modaris
  • Diamino

Language Option

You can choose to study language modules as part of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, Spanish, German and Italian from beginners to professional level.

International Study Exchange

To enhance your global outlook you with have the option to go on a study exchange at one of our partner institutions in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

Assessment Methods

On this programme, a range of formative and summative assessment methods are utilised within modules.

Assessments include the following modes: practical and design portfolios, unseen examinations or class tests, web-based assessments, essays, reports and assignments (individual and group), business simulations and critical analysis of case studies (individual and group), oral, poster, audio-visual or e-presentations (individual and group), event presentation, academic research paper, personal development plan, research proposal and project.

Teaching Methods

We emphasise learning methods that encourage you to actively participate, to function in teams, to analyse real-life situations and problems, to apply ethical and sustainable business thinking and to use professional skills to communicate solutions. We have purpose-built, industry-standard fashion facilities where you'll work on your practical modules.

Through GCULearn, the university's virtual learning environment, you'll have access to course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback online. Using GCU Learn, you'll undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs, wikis and Twitter-based learning activities.

Throughout the course, you'll get involved in live projects with industry partners setting design briefs and providing one-to-one student feedback. The annual fashion show is an exciting event that students love to become involved with. As well as promoting GCU, the fashion show exposes student work and profiles to a wide audience from both industry partners to the general public.

International exchange is encouraged through formal and informal links with appropriate institutions, for example: America - Iowa & Delaware, Canada Ryerson, Finland Lahti & Metropolia, and Paris. Annual study trips are organised to major fashion cities such as New York, Paris and Milan.

Last updated Feb 2020

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