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Subject of the Month – Fashion and Textiles

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Textiles Technology and Fashion Business is UMASS’ new subject of the month, but what is textiles and why should you consider studying it at Manchester?

The fashion and textiles industry takes in a broad sweep of different activities all requiring specialist skills.

Textile manufacturing and testing is a complex science; demand for increasingly functional, comfortable and affordable fabrics is driving innovation in textile technologies and production. Graduates particularly work in specialist roles in quality control, research and development, with responsibility to develop more sustainable manufacturing systems and practices for the future.

Managers in the fashion and textiles industry have crucial roles in turning textiles into profitable clothing. Cutting edge computer-aided design and multimedia systems are used to meet (or make) consumer demands,  and understanding of the supply chain is necessary in order to provide the marketplace with next season’s clothing at the right time and price. Awareness of the technical, management, marketing, retail and design aspects of the fashion and textile industry are essential.

Retailing and marketing are particularly dynamic sectors with growing employment opportunities for graduates. There is increasing demand for professionals within global retailing organisations who can combine an awareness of fashion and textile manufacturing and business with the necessary retail and management skills to open up new markets, develop new products and explore new channels for commerce.

We offer 4 different courses in Fashion Business, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of Fashion

We also offer a course in BSc. (Hons) Textile Science and Technology

All courses are awarded the BSc qualification due to the scientific content in the courses, and all are 3 years/ 4years with industrial placement or study abroad. We ask for AAB at Alevel, check full entry criteria here.

Textile Science and Technology

Textiles is a vibrant and innovative international industry, with a consistent demand for top-quality graduates. The continuing evolution of the industry provides exciting opportunities, embracing the high performance technical textiles sector, as well as the apparel and domestic textiles market. Recent innovations include microclimate control clothes, mobile communication platforms and medical textiles.

Fashion Retail

Fashion Retail considers everything from manufacturing and supply chain management to managing, marketing and selling of products in-store and increasingly via digital channels, at the luxury and value end of the market.

Fashion Management

Fashion Management is concerned with the coordination of people, processes, technology and resources to meet the demands of fashion markets from luxury to value end. There is no such thing as “typical”: every venture demands a unique balance of critical issues involved in managing and being managed in the context of global fashion: innovation, sustainability, social responsibility, cultural differences, changing organisational structures and increasingly diverse working practices.

Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Fashion buying is concerned with identifying the next seasonal trends, interpreting the changing consumption patterns of consumers, whilst responding to technological developments in textiles, in order to develop commercially successful product ranges. Fashion merchandising works alongside the buying cycle reducing risk by managing and controlling range development, production and delivery, to ensure the range is produced on time, at the right level of quality, on budget and to the right store.

Fashion Marketing

Fashion Marketing is concerned with bringing the world’s latest fashion trends to the customer through physical stores and multi-media channels. Fashion Marketing is unique due to the emphasis on the interface between design, creativity and the commercial imperative. This course is concerned with established and emerging markets, luxury and value concepts, production and consumption, consumers and retailers, products and pricing as well as promotion and the development of fashion products.

If you are interested in any of these subjects, please see the Textiles Technology and Fashion Business home page