The BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising course aims to set you up for a successful career in the specialist area of buying and merchandising in the global fashion industry. This popular course has been delivered for fifteen years and will give you a thorough understanding of buying practice, finance, sourcing, product development and a knowledge of how fashion business operates in order to maximise profit and will help you to become a successful professional in a truly exciting field of work. If you are interested in business and love fashion, this course combines both; it will aim to develop your fashion awareness alongside your business acumen and you will be encouraged to be innovative and engage with business issues. You will have the opportunity to benefit from real-world learning experiences during study trips both in the UK and internationally by visiting industry head offices, educational partners, studios, galleries and trade shows. Previously, students have travelled to Florence, Shanghai and Paris. We also offer a full-time, four-year sandwich route option that provides the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement to enhance your employability. Upon graduating, you will be able to follow careers in a wide variety of sectors across the industry, with career opportunities available in buying, merchandising, product development, sourcing and supply chain management. This course is also available with a linked Foundation Year. Features and benefits; - Technology and creativity are at the heart of our courses with a major emphasis on developing your business skills, and exposure to a wide range of businesses and employers. - Our courses give you the option of spending a year working in industry to gain valuable skills and contacts. - We’ll provide you with practical experience of the international fashion industry through optional overseas study trips. Previous destinations have included Shanghai, New York, Istanbul and Paris. - You’ll benefit from the multi-million pound, newly refurbished facilities, with access to industry-standard equipment including more than 150 specialised sewing and joining machines and equipment, 3D bodyscanner, sew-free bonding equipment, automated and laser cutting equipment, 3D printing and the latest digital pattern-cutting software. - Our students and graduates win many awards, including most recently the Arts Thread/Urban Outfitters Award, Humen Cup Silver Award, Drapers’ Company Award for Technical Textiles, the Survitec Group Award for Innovation in Functional Clothing Design, Best Gap Stylist at Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, and finalist at Graduate Fashion Week.