The Fashion Management pathway seeks to train and inspire future fashion professionals with acute commercial awareness and prepare students for undergraduate study in a range of fashion based courses.
Situated in the heart of London, an international Centre for Fashion, DLD College London is ideally placed for students preparing for a career in the Fashion sector. The College is in close proximity of the vast range of extraordinary galleries and fashion related venues. In today’s visual, technological and digital age, it is essential for creative learners to receive high-quality creative arts training. The creative industries make a vital contribution to a progressive and thriving society. Students will progress on to a range of high-quality London based, national and international Fashion based Courses.
In addition to the common Key Components Strand, students will study the following subject components:
Fashion Management Subject Components
Fashion, Culture & Identity (Faculty of Creative Arts)
This module will cover the history and development of Fashion, looking at key developments, historical and contemporary. It will also study how Fashion has developed to be a social and cultural phenomenon that can express and reflect cultural identity and value, as well as its’ recent development as a diverse social art form expressively connected to identity, creative self-expression, and lifestyle.
- Traditional & Ceremonial Dress (Cultural Rituals, Festivals, Courtly, Ceremonial & Formal Occasions)
- Functional/Official Dress (Office/Manual Labour, Sportswear, Casualwear)
- Social/Tribal Dress (Status, Gender, Identity-Designer Labels, Logo-wear, Mods, Rockers, Punks, Hippies, Form & Function)
- Key Designers & Fashion Houses/Brands (including Chanel, Dior, Yves St Laurent, John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Alexander McQueen)
Assessment Method: Portfolio and written assignment
Design Process (Faculty of Creative Arts)
This module combines theory and practical design in order to develop students’ creative potential in an intellectually stimulating environment. Learners will focus on the communication of design through a variety of briefs aimed at a broad set of audiences. This module will also examine the fundamental properties of colour and our human response to colour, visually, culturally, psychologically, and emotionally. The importance of colour in the design process will be explored through the study of colour in advertising, on the internet, colour reproduction in the media, and colour psychology.
- Designing Fashion (the role of the Fashion Designer)
- The Crafting and Construction of a Garment (use of materials and construction of prototypes)
- Commercial Production (from mass production to hand-made and Haute Couture)
Assessment Method: Portfolio
21St Century Business (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever.
This module requires students to critically engage with foundational concepts and the evolving functional areas of business.
- An introduction to business in the UK
- Stakeholders; their interests and behaviour
- Revenue, costs, contribution and profit
- Foundations of marketing
- Introduction to accounting
- Operations and lean processing
- Key concepts in human resources
- Market-driven decision making
- Digital business & entrepreneurship
Assessment Method: Written exam
Management & Strategy (Faculty of Social Sciences)
The fast-paced and dynamic nature of modern business requires leaders to be incisive in their decision making whilst taking into account the interests of their ever-expanding group of stakeholders. This module explores a variety of decision-making models based on the fundamentals of business strategy. As part of this course, students will explore the work of such important authors as Peter Drucker and Michael Porter.
Fundamentals of leadership
Developing corporate strategy
- Growth strategy
- Porter’s five forces analysis
- SWOT analysis
Managing external pressures
- Analysing the external environment
- The ethical business
Principles of financial accounting
- Decision trees
Evaluating investment decisions
- Investment appraisal
- Managing change
- Change management
- Risk management
Assessment Method: Written exam
To be eligible for a DLD International Foundation Programme students must:
- Normally be aged 17 or over before the 1 September in the year of registration
- Have passed GCSE English or have an overall IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in the reading and writing components)
- As IELTS* tests cannot be taken in certain parts of the world, language may be assessed through an entrance test
*IELTS requirements may vary for specific subject strands