Fashion Retail Academy (FRA)

Introduction

START YOUR FUTURE IN FASHION WITH FRA

The Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) is a unique, employer-led fashion and retail college located in the heart of London – and the first college to receive an across-the-board Ofsted Outstanding grade. The FRA offers a wide range of fashion Short Courses, taught by industry experts, which provide a quick route to a career in fashion retail. Courses run one to five days in length and cover introductory to advanced learning levels, ideal as an entry point or skills top-up.

If you are looking to develop new skills, broaden retail subject knowledge, develop a business idea or pursue a particular passion, the FRA offers a course for you. Sessions deliver a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in all subjects with excellent facilities in the heart London.

The FRA works with over 140 retailers across the UK. Our six-week Postgraduate programme includes heavy industry involvement, designed to give students unrivalled access and opportunities to secure a job in the fashion retail industry. FRA fashion courses are structured to provide students with a combination of in-depth knowledge of Fashion Retail and hands-on practical experience in the work environment, ensuring graduates meet the current recruitment needs of the retail fashion industry.

Located in the heart of London, the FRA is just moments away from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court road, and a number of national rail stations. Our state-of-the-art campus befitted from a £2m upgrade in 2015, offering an inspirational and modern learning environment for students.

ADDITIONAL OFFERING

FRA offer apprenticeships for work-based learning, degrees, and Traditional Fast Track and Intensive Diplomas at L2 to L4.

FRA Diplomas and Degrees cover a wide range of specialist fashion functions including Buying, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Design, Digital, E-commerce, Merchandising and Retail Management. These are designed for flexible delivery and can be covered in three months to two years. Most full-time FRA programmes include work placements, industry led projects and masterclasses as standard, with a multitude of additional course specific opportunities driven by experienced industry tutors.

FRA provide the fastest route to work, simultaneously giving students vocational experience and support to find a job role on graduation. With approximately 92% of FRA graduates going on to industry job roles or continuing their studies, course success at FRA speaks for itself.

WHY FRA

The UK Government and five retail giants – M&S, Next, Arcadia, F&F @ Tesco, and Experian, founded the FRA in 2005. It offers a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure students gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress to employment.

The FRA knows that choosing the right college is an important decision that can shape your entire future. Visit the FRA website. to learn more about what makes this fashion college such a special place to learn.

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Excel for Retail

Campus Full time 1 day August 2017 United Kingdom London

This 1 day workshop covers the more complex theory commonly used within Retail Fashion Buying and Merchandising departments. [+]

This 1 day workshop covers the more complex theory commonly used within Retail Fashion Buying and Merchandising departments. Through a combination of theory, discussion and practical examples, the workshop demonstrates that excel is vital to fashion retail. The course is structured around real-life business scenarios to put the theory into context. The course will include: Creating excel formulas ​ Functions Formatting ​ Working with tables ​ Workbooks ​ Printing and saving The course is delivered by experienced tutors who are industry experts in the field of buying. The following aspects are covered: The Basics - Getting started, terminology, typing in a cell, selecting an area, inserting/deleting rows and columns Creating Excel Formulas - Creating excel formulas, the basics =+-/*, drag/fill, BODMAS, the use of brackets, fixing cells Functions - Auto sum/fill, if statements, Vlookup Formatting - Bold, shading, font, borders, number formatting £, % decimal places, wrapping text, conditional formatting Working with Tables - Freeze panes, split screens, pivot tables Workbooks - Editing sheets, grouping sheets, calculations between worksheets Printing & Saving - Print area, fit per page, gridlines, headers and footers, saving Suitable for: Over 18 years of age, beginner. Pre-course prep In preparation for the course arrange to visit and compare some of the different retail areas in London including, Bond Street, Oxford Street and Westfield (White City or Stratford). Please Bring: Pen and notebook Calculator Duration 1 Day: 10.00am - 4.30pm (including lunch break) [-]

Fashion Retail Maths

Campus Full time 1 day August 2017 United Kingdom London

This 1 day workshop covers the more complex calculations commonly used within retail fashion Buying and Merchandising departments. This workshop provides delegates with a practical insight into how analysis and statistics are used by fashion Buyers and Merchandisers to maximise commercial success. [+]

This 1 day workshop covers the more complex calculations commonly used within retail fashion Buying and Merchandising departments. This workshop provides delegates with a practical insight into how analysis and statistics are used by fashion Buyers and Merchandisers to maximise commercial success. Through a combination of theory, discussion and practical examples, the workshop aims to demonstrate that business mathematics is vital to fashion retail. The course is structured around real-life business scenarios to put the theory into context. The course includes: Setting budgets Range planning Reviewing performance Trading The course is delivered by experienced tutors who are industry experts in the field of buying. The following aspects are covered: Setting budgets Range planning Reviewing performance Trading Suitable for: Over 18 years of age, beginner. Pre-course prep In preparation for the course arrange to visit and compare some of the different retail areas in London including, Bond Street, Oxford Street and Westfield (White City or Stratford). Please Bring: Pen and notebook Calculator Duration 1 Day: 10.00am - 4.30pm (including lunch break) [-]

Intermediate Buying

Campus Full time 2 days May 2017 United Kingdom London

This 2 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of buying in the fashion retail business. [+]

This 2 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of buying in the fashion retail business. The components of successful Buying functions are explored and specific areas examined. If you are looking to develop or progress your career in buying then this course is ideal for you. To undertake the course you should have successfully completed the Introduction to Buying course or have relevant experience in head office environment in an administrative role (MAA or BAA). The course will include: Customer profiling Buying opportunities Analysing trends Fashion forecasting Product selection Sourcing Omni - channel retail and the future of Buying The Intermediate Buying course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of buying in the fashion retail industry. This course explores the integrated nature of buying roles using interactive computer based examples throughout the course. Buying: Customer Profiling - An examination of customer profiling techniques practiced within the retail industry. Related marketing tools and theories are discussed, including market segmentation and brand constellation theory Identification of Buying Opportunities - Fashion brand collaborations, strategic alliances and new product ventures are explored as examples of how a retail business can capitalise on opportunities to increase market share, customer loyalty and competitiveness Fashion Forecasting and Trend Interpretation - An analysis of the way trends begin, including the role of trend forecasting agencies and the media. Trend sources and inspiration are examined, with a look at the life cycle of a fashion trend Product Selection & Brand Mix... [-]

Intermediate Buying and Merchandising

Campus Full time 5 days May 2017 United Kingdom London

This 5 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of Buying and Merchandising in the fashion retail business. The components of successful Buying and Merchandising functions are explored and specific areas examined. If you are looking to develop or progress your career in buying or merchandising then this course is ideal for you. [+]

This 5 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of Buying and Merchandising in the fashion retail business. The components of successful Buying and Merchandising functions are explored and specific areas examined. If you are looking to develop or progress your career in buying or merchandising then this course is ideal for you. To undertake the course you should have successfully completed the Introduction to Buying and Merchandising course or have relevant experience in head office environment in an administrative role (MAA or BAA). Experience of working with EXCEL is essential as the course includes working with mathematical formulae and calculations. The Intermediate Buying and Merchandising course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of buying and merchandising in the fashion retail industry. This course explores the integrated nature of buying and merchandising roles using interactive computer based examples throughout the course. Merchandising: Sales budgeting - 'Top down' and 'bottom up' planning is explained, along with the concept of sales densities. This section examines why a sales budget is needed, who is involved, how retailers forecast and which factors must be considered Margin & Profitability - Sales and gross margin profitability theory, calculating a selling price, margin principles, mark up's, hidden costs and margin improvement Costing - The elements of product cost, the supplier's cost and cost sheets Range Planning - Key areas of range planning: strategy, analysis and implementation. Product hierarchy, store grading, option planning and forecasting are examined in detail. Receiving at... [-]

Intermediate Merchandising

Campus Full time 3 days May 2017 United Kingdom London

This 3 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of merchandising in the fashion retail industry. [+]

This 3 day course provides a more in-depth study of the practical realities of merchandising in the fashion retail industry. To undertake this course you should have either completed the FRA Introduction to Merchandising course, or have relevant experience of working in the fashion retail industry. A good understanding of this business function and the different elements involved is required. Experience of working with Excel is also essential as study will involve the use of mathematical formulae and calculations. The principles and practises of merchandising are explored and specifically analysed in terms of how it is applied in different retail businesses, including e-retail. The course will include: Sales and forecasting WSSI The supply chain Allocation and reconciliation Practical exercises If you wish to increase your knowledge of the merchandising business function, as a way of developing a career in merchandising, or you would like to progress in the industry, then this course is for you. This course is ideal for any business wishing to develop their team by providing opportunities to fully explore this business functions. The course enables the development of new skills and explores important elements within fashion retail that will encourage team members to "think outside of the box" and develop new areas of learning. The following aspects of merchandising and buying are covered: Merchandising: Sales Budgeting - 'Top down' and 'bottom up' planning is explained, along with the concept of sales densities. This section examines why a sales budget is needed, who is involved, how retailers... [-]

Introduction to Buying

Campus Full time 3 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This course provides an introduction to the role of a Fashion Buyer within a buying office whether a fast fashion, multiple door retailer or a multi-brand independent business. [+]

This course provides an introduction to the role of a Fashion Buyer within a buying office whether a fast fashion, multiple door retailer or a multi-brand independent business. The programme explores what is involved in the buying function of the business and examines certain components in the range-building process. This course is suitable for students, people with shop-floor experience or those who are new to the subject. The course includes: Role of a buyer Customer profiling, understanding target markets and trends Process of the supply chain and the importance in fashion buying Creation of mood boards Range planning and retail business terminology including seasonal phasing Comparison shopping to understand pricing policies and competition on the high street Different types of retail organisations including online The following aspects of buying and range planning are covered: Customer Profiling - examination of population measurements (geographics, demographics, psycho-graphics), pen portraits, marketing theories and case studies Role of the Buyer - responsibilities and key skills required of the buyer within the retail organisation Trend Analysis - researching how buyers know what to buy, including trend forecasting packages and creation of mood boards Product Selection - key aspects of brand buying; research, buying trips, KPI's, strategy, analysis and brand mix Trading - driving sales of a range, WSSI, best-sellers, markdowns, stock management and OTB Range Planning - exploration of the creative aspects of range planning required to create a balanced and commercial range Product Development - buying cycle, buying trips, competitor analysis, critical path management, buyers... [-]

Introduction to Buying & Merchandising

Campus Full time 3 - 5 days June 2017 United Kingdom London

This intensive course provides an introduction to buying and merchandising operations within a fashion retail business and includes key elements from the Introduction to Buying & Range Planning and Introduction to Merchandising courses. It outlines the day to day roles of the buyer and merchandiser in different fashion retail organisations and provides an insight into how closely buying and merchandising work together to ensure business success. A Merchandising module is delivered over 3 days and buying module over 2 days. [+]

Course: Buying and Merchandising Introduction 5-Day Intensive This intensive course provides an introduction to buying and merchandising operations within a fashion retail business and includes key elements from the Introduction to Buying & Range Planning and Introduction to Merchandising courses. It outlines the day to day roles of the buyer and merchandiser in different fashion retail organisations and provides an insight into how closely buying and merchandising work together to ensure business success. A Merchandising module is delivered over 3 days and buying module over 2 days. The course will include: Customer profiling Creating range plans Mood boards Identifying trends Trend forecasting Supply chain Critical path Seasonal calendars Margin and mark-up Practical buying and merchandising exercises Career advice On successful completion of this course you can progress to the Buying and Merchandising Intermediate programme. The course will include a combination of lectures, workshops, practical activities, group and individual work and presentations. Both modules are delivered in a way so that information is integrated between the topics and reference made as to how the functions work together in the fashion industry. The course is delivered by two experienced tutors who are both industry experts in the fields of buying and merchandising. The following aspects of merchandising and buying are covered: Merchandising: Role of the Merchandiser - key responsibilities of the merchandiser and allocator within the retail organisation, key skills required, aims and objectives Sales Forecasting and Range Plans - Strategy, analysis, planning, implementation, product hierarchy, store groupings, option planning and forecasting... [-]

Introduction to Merchandising

Campus Full time 3 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This course explores the role of a Fashion Merchandiser within a central buying office, working for a multiple retailer, department store or e-commerce business. [+]

This course explores the role of a Fashion Merchandiser within a central buying office, working for a multiple retailer, department store or e-commerce business. The different components involved in successful merchandising are explained and practical merchandising exercises used to develop basic skills. The programme is suitable for people with shop floor experience and those new to the subject of merchandising. The course will include: Sales forecasting Range planning Seasonal calendars Margin and mark-up Promotions and markdowns Job roles and responsibilities On successful completion of this course you can progress to the Intermediate Merchandising 3 day course. This course provides an introduction to the role of a Fashion Merchandiser within a central buying office, working for a multiple retailer, department store or E-commerce business. Course Content: The course is delivered by experienced tutors who are industry experts in the field of merchandising. It is designed for people who would like a taster before attending a full-time course or for people working in the retail industry who would like to find out more about another area in fashion retail or as a way of enhancing current skills. The following aspects of merchandising are covered: Role of the Merchandiser - Key responsibilities of the Merchandiser and Allocator within the retail organisation, key skills required, aims and objectives Sales Forecasting and Range Plans - Strategy, analysis, planning, implementation, product hierarchy, store groupings, option planning and forecasting Seasonal Calendars - Selecting the assortment for a season, constants and variables and seasonal calculations Sourcing and Costing... [-]

Introduction to Personal Styling

Campus Full time 3 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This 3 day course provides an introduction to the world of fashion and styling including the areas of personal shopping, celebrity styling and how styling is used successfully in retail [+]

This 3 day course provides an introduction to the world of fashion and styling including the areas of personal shopping, celebrity styling and how styling is used successfully in retail. This is a practical and contemporary course delivered in a series of lectures, workshops and practical sessions. Tutors are experienced stylists as well as lecturers who are working in the industry and are able to share the ‘tricks of the trade!' The course will include: Theories of body shapes and proportions Colour and how to use it to your advantage Building an effective wardrobe How styling is used in retail Styling on fashion shoots and fashion shows Practical exercises Completion of research tasks and independent research are required during the course The course is delivered by experienced tutors who are industry experts in the field of buying. The following aspects of personal styling are covered: Styling - The role of a stylist, look books, personal shoppers, visual merchandising, E-Commerce, in-store promotions, revenue and ROI. Styling on fashion shoots and fashion shows Colour & How to Use it - How to use colours, physical appearance, colour strategies and the psychology of colour and it's use Theory - Body shapes and proportions, female and male body shapes Suitable for: Beginners, 18+ Pre-course prep In preparation for the course arrange to visit and compare some of the different retail areas in London including, Bond Street, Oxford Street and Westfield (White City or Stratford). Please Bring: Pen and notebook Calculator Duration 1 Day: 10.00am... [-]

Introduction to PR and Marketing

Campus Full time 3 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This course provides an introduction to the evolving role of PR and Marketing in the fashion industry and how both contribute to the success of a brand. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the multitude of fashion blogs will be explored as part of today's digital fashion marketing strategies. [+]

This course provides an introduction to the evolving role of PR and Marketing in the fashion industry and how both contribute to the success of a brand. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the multitude of fashion blogs will be explored as part of today's digital fashion marketing strategies. The course will include: Development of the marketing mix to achieve success Creatively generating editorial stories Target audience and the fashion media How to write efficient press release copy for publication and blogs Social media and building your fashion business This short course provides an introduction to the evolving role of PR and Marketing in the fashion industry and how both contribute to the success of a brand. From Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to the multitude of fashion blogs, social media is an integral part of today's digital fashion marketing strategies that will also be explored. The course will incorporate a combination of theory, discussion and practical workshops to help you understand and practice course content. This course is suitable for anyone who is becoming involved with PR and marketing for the first time or for those who wish to refresh their skills and knowledge. The course will include the following: Understanding how the development of the marketing mix achieves success Understanding how to creatively generate editorial storiesTarget audience and the fashion media How to write efficient press release copy for publication and blogs An introduction to social media and how it can be used to build your fashion business This course will... [-]

Introduction to Visual Merchandising

Campus Full time 3 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This course is designed as an introduction to the topic of Visual Merchandising providing practical information about how effective Visual Merchandising will increase sales and improve the overall image of a store. [+]

This course is designed as an introduction to the topic of Visual Merchandising providing practical information about how effective Visual Merchandising will increase sales and improve the overall image of a store. The course includes: Role of a Visual Merchandiser Understanding the importance of brand identity and the theory of Interior Visual Merchandising Dressing, understanding and styling for mannequins Up selling via window display Creating and installing small window schemes Practical workshop to design and create own window The following aspects of Visual Merchandising are covered: In-store Visual Merchandising - examines the different components that contribute to creating high quality window displays and the factors to be considered when creating a professional window Role of the Visual Merchandiser - responsibilities of the Visual Merchandiser within the retail organisation, key skills required, a day in the life of a VM and department hierarchy Technical terminology and the mock shop - symmetrical and asymmetrical accessories display in the mock shop; assessment and evaluation of mock shop relating to window size, merchandise, lighting, scheme, mannequin grouping, colour, focal points, styles and sight lines Mannequins in Visual Merchandising - different styles of mannequins, ways of dressing, securing and mannequin grouping Planning and designing a window - effective planning of windows including different styling techniques, themes, colour, budgets, equipment, materials, production of a window plan and installing a window display Preparation and practical installation of planned window - selecting coverings, props and merchandise, dressing mannequins and final evaluation. Suitable for: Over 18 years of age,... [-]

Postgraduate Fashion Retail Programme: Buying, Merchandising & Management

Campus Full time 6 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom London

This 6-week course provides a unique and in-depth insight into the retail business covering subjects such as: [+]

Postgraduate Fashion Retail Programme: Buying, Merchandising & Management This 6-week course provides a unique and in-depth insight into the retail business covering subjects such as: Analysis of retail organisations and business models Brands and image Retail roles and responsibilities - buyer, merchandiser, manager Buying and range-planning Merchandising Consumer behaviour Management and professional skills Technology and the future of retail Core skills: interview, negotiation, presentation, team building, and networking Targeted CV preparation and career planning Retail store, head office visits Opportunities are provided for networking and career planning, culminating in practise interviews conducted by HR specialists working in the industry. The course is popular with both UK and international students and has become recognised within the retail industry as offering a gold standard of retail training. The course will provide you with an understanding of how the fashion retail business operates including analysis of different business functions and will provide opportunities for you to complete research into key fashion retail organisations. Analysis of the different roles and responsibilities within retail, including Buyers/Merchandisers and Managers will enable you to consider different career paths, so that you can develop an individual and informed career plan. Merchandising – forecasting and range plans, seasonal calendars, sourcing and costing, margin and mark-up, in-season allocation, promotions and markdowns, integration with buying Buying – customer profiling trend analysis, luxury sector and high street, range planning, product development, critical path, integration with merchandising Professional and Management Skills – targeted CV development, interview, presentation and negotiation skills, personal development plans,... [-]

Start Up & Run Your Own Fashion Business

Campus Full time 5 days August 2017 United Kingdom London

This intensive 5 day course will provide you with all the tools necessary to start to plan your own fashion retail business. The course includes the study of the elements involved in the start up process including; brand positioning, shop and stock selection, finance and forecasting, market research, and display and customer service. The course will provide a clear insight into all aspects of running a bricks and mortar or online retail business and a step by step guide from initial business concept to business success. [+]

Course: Start Up and Run Your Own Fashion Business This intensive 5 day course will provide you with all the tools necessary to start to plan your own fashion retail business. The course includes the study of the elements involved in the start up process including; brand positioning, shop and stock selection, finance and forecasting, market research, and display and customer service. The course will provide a clear insight into all aspects of running a bricks and mortar or online retail business and a step by step guide from initial business concept to business success. The course is delivered by experienced tutors who are industry experts in the field of buying. The following aspects are covered: Turning Your Fashion Retail Business Idea into Reality - How to research potential markets to ensure you have a business opportunity with potential, customer profiling and market positioning, how to give your brand a name, how to write a basic business plan and raise funding for a business. Finance of fashion - paying the bills, legal eagles - legislation you need to know, engagement - professional practitioners you need to assist you, fashion markets and channels to find the perfect platform for your business position, where to locate your fashion business, online or bricks and mortar Stocking Up, Buying and Merchandising - Researching trends and range planning, sourcing and managing supplier relationships, buying a balanced range; retail maths, managing OTB and interpreting sales data, seasonal buying activity and link sales buys Setting Up Shop,... [-]

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Website http://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/
Phone +44 20 7307 2345