The level 2 in Fashion, Business and Retail covers the whole process of retail; from trend forecasting, identifying market levels, research, design conception, sustainability and supply chains through to its end destination, whether a retail environment or online shop.
You will develop the skills required to offer creative solutions to an ever-changing selling environment, gaining an overview of modern fashion business functions and retail practice, its roles and basic business strategies. The course includes practical elements such as; prop-making, photography and 3D scale model making to support a range of visualising skills, creative problem solving and business presentation methods.
Most jobs in fashion related industries are in the retail sale of clothing. This industry provides 75 percent of all fashion related jobs, with 414,000 people working in the retail sale of clothing. https://fashionunited.uk/uk-fashion-industry-statistics/
- Style Influencer
- Fashion Marekting
- Visual Merchandiser
- Display person
What can I do next?
Students can progress to our UAL Level 3 Applied General Art and Design in Visual Merchandising, or any of the alternative art and design pathways, a business-related level 3 Apprenticeship or employment.
What will I be doing?
Fashion and lifestyle retail is now predominantly online, with supporting mall-based 'experiential' retail, Pop-up shops, customer interactive events, and a reduction in traditional High Street stores. This course includes a digital, fashion and lifestyle-based approach that is related directly to newly established and emerging retail trends. Topics covered include:
- Visual merchandising
- Retail management
- Trend forecasting
- Style hunting
- Social media
- Sustainability within fashion and lifestyle retail
- Specialist Design software
- Enrichment programme of trips and visits to London museums, galleries, and major retailers
- Employer engagement including live industry briefs and competitions
- Visiting speakers, including student alumni and practitioners from the creative and retail sector
- Development of communication and presentation skills
- Contribute to professional exhibitions in our purpose-built art gallery, studios and glazed displays
- Selling your own and other students' products and merchandising our Creative Arts 'Pop-Up' shop
- Charity Fundraising and community engagement opportunities
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through practical work for a number of industry-based assignments, producing presentations of your designs and proposals for a range of products. One of the units will be externally assessed.
- 136 GCSE entry points including English at Grade D (Grade 3 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
- UAL or BTEC Level 1 Diploma at Merit level with Functional Skills English Level 1
- You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview
What do I need to bring?
You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £60, a kit list will be provided; this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.
These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change