International Fashion Business (1 year top-up) (BA (Hons))

Nottingham Trent University

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About International Fashion Business (1 year top-up) at Nottingham Trent University

This one year top-up degree is designed specifically for people who have completed two years of a fashion-related degree course or equivalent qualification, such as a specialist diploma, Foundation degree, or HND.

The course will enhance your understanding of how the fashion industry works. It will give you an international perspective on the industry, explaining the connectivity between areas such as creative buying, fashion trends, and brand identity.

You will have the opportunity to discuss areas of personal interest like ethical and sustainable fashion, or entrepreneurship and setting up your own business. You'll also gain an understanding of events, management processes, and methods of visual and verbal communication.

The course content has been created to suit those who wish to pursue a career path with either a creative or business focus.

Key features

  • Work on live projects and competitions in collaboration with brands such as Next and Whistles.
  • Develop an international perspective through visits to major fashion events such as Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • Focus on an area of personal interest that is relevant to your career aspirations.
  • This course is truly international, attracting students from all around the world, offering you a unique and dynamic experience.
  • NTU is ranked in the top five best fashion schools in the UK, and 14th in the world (The Business of Fashion's Global Fashion School Ranking 2015).
  • 96% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).
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How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences that will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • a learning journal
  • visits to industry head offices and retail stores
  • visual technology skills
  • attendance at conferences and events.


Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • written and visual research
  • proposals and evaluations
  • dissertation or alternative project
  • reports
  • visual and verbal presentations.

The majority of assessments are for you to complete on your own. One is a group project.

Trips and study visits

The international perspective embedded within this course is reinforced by optional visits to major fashion capitals such as Copenhagen, Florence and New York. You'll also go on research visits to cultural and retail destinations in the UK, such as London and Liverpool.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE 2015/16).

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including live projects, visiting professionals, industry competitions and study visits to help enhance your prospects.

Graduates enter a variety of roles, including retail buying, product selection, global sourcing, marketing and branding, visual communication, styling, and journalism. They work for companies such as:

  • ASOS
  • Christian Dior
  • Burberry
  • Givenchy
  • Next
  • Nike
  • H&M
  • George at Asda
  • Per Una
  • Peter Werth
  • Reiss
  • Sonia Rykiel
  • Supremebeing
  • Topshop
  • Vivienne Westwood.

Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:

  • Acardia Group, fashion designer
  • Adidas, visual merchandiser, Amsterdam
  • Biglight, affiliate account coordinator
  • Boden, buyer's administrative assistant
  • Eland Fashion, assistant buyer, Hong Kong
  • House of Fraser, buying assistant – Mary Portas Department
  • Icon Live, visual merchandiser
  • Karen Millen, branch allocator
  • Michael Kors, buying intern
  • Next, trainee buyer
  • Paul Smith, swatcher
  • Tu Clothing (Sainsbury's), buyer's administration assistant
  • YM INC, ecommerce coordinator, Canada.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Links with industry

This course has developed strong collaborations with industry partners at regional, national and international level. Recent visitors have included:

  • Carol Rose, an expert in sustainable fashion life cycle solutions
  • Matthew Dixon, director of Hudson Walker International
  • food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye
  • Andrew and Iain Foxall from Foxall Studio
  • marketing consultancy BDA London
  • representatives from Sainsbury's, Next, and Whistles
  • visiting alumni who come to share their industry experience.

There is also the opportunity for you to enter a fashion buying and range planning competition with Next, leading to a graduate internship position.


You will be based in the Barnes Wallis building at the heart of the City Campus, with its modern teaching rooms, collaborative working spaces and Mac suite. These facilities are dedicated to students studying:

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Management
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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