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MA - Master of Arts
Fashion / Textiles / Clothing (Craft) Business Start-Up
There has never been a better time to start a business in the UK creative industries.
Do you have an idea for a creative industries start-up, such as an innovative lifestyle app? Or do you want to kick-start a creative designer collective? Or ‘simply’ take your fashion brand from your living room to the next level? Then our MA courses in Fashion Entrepreneurship might be for you.
This postgraduate course has been developed to complement the incubation and acceleration of a business in the fashion sector. You will cover market research and analysis, the application of knowledge in entrepreneurship, governance and operations, plus innovation management and negotiation.
From day one, you will have the opportunity to start building networks and interact with experienced industry professionals, which will help you develop the key attributes of a successful professional, such as independence, entrepreneurship and negotiation skills.
Personal tutors, project supervisors and mentors from the creative communications and fashion industry will support you as you work on your own start-up idea, on case studies and live briefs.
If you consider yourself to be creative, then you already have one of the essential traits of a successful entrepreneur. Your creativity may help you with building a business plan and solving unique problems, but you will also need to think about how to get new clients, how to maintain creativity in business, engagement via social media and much more.
Our MA Fashion Entrepreneurship course will give you:
The first term focuses on your development of essential entrepreneurship know-how and your engagement with both real-world best and worst practice cases to learn for your own fashion business and refine your start-up idea. You will get opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and established industry practitioners, and attend specialist workshops that you can tailor around your specific start-up needs.
The second term is dedicated to incubating your start-up idea and providing you with the chance to apply the knowledge gained throughout the course to develop a robust business plan. Your final project, in the third term, will be used to launch your creative initiative, which could be anything from starting a fashion event to kick-off your business or launching an app prototype to securing funding for your fashion brand.
Study & career progression
This course is designed for early-career professionals in the creative and cultural industries or in small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is very attractive to entrepreneurial undergraduates and professionals who have studied or are working in an area of creative practice-whether that is a new fashion brand, or a start-up with a product that enhances society through a fashion or cultural initiative.
Once you complete the course, you could go on to:
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion management, or other relevant subject within the creative industries. We may also offer you a place based on relevant experience or training; however, it is essential for our Creative Industry Entrepreneurship MA courses that your previous experience is based within the creative industries.
The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more