Course Description

BA Fashion Management

BA Fashion Management is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. BA Fashion Management gives a Course Qualification of Honours Bachelor Degree. For more information about BA Fashion Management at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.


Are you interested in becoming a fashion manager? Portobello Institute’s BA (Hons) in Fashion Management is an international qualification that will allow you to advance your career in fashion.

This full-time Fashion Management degree programme encompasses the skills and knowledge that are necessary to succeed as a top fashion manager in today’s competitive environment.

Flexibility to switch to Fashion Buying & Merchandising after year 1

This degree offers you career flexibility and the option to change to fashion buying and merchandising should you discover you prefer that area of study. We have designed this degree with the first year common with our BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising, giving you the option to switch degrees at the end of first year.

Designed by ourexperienced programme management and tutoring team in consultation with leading retailers, this BA (Hons) Fashion Management offers you the opportunity to advance your skills and progress to the next level in the business environment of the global fashion industry.

Essential skills for a career in fashion management

This degree programme develops your knowledge of how to work in a business management role within the global fashion industry. The programme supports and teaches the essential skills to equip you to apply for fashion management roles.

Areas of study will include sustainability, trend research, product development, supply chain management and trading, fashion marketing, ethics, the leadership of people and organisations and more. The future of the fashion business is a significant focus.

Learn about the digitalisation of the fashion industry

The digitalisation of fashion companies has had a significant impact on this sector and the required staff skills and competencies. This degree, through the analysis of literature and business practices and creative learning, will support you in attaining skills that will be attractive to major fashion companies.

This course prepares you for the challenges that technological changes pose to companies in terms of organisational culture and that our focus on fashion education and training systems must exist to support this new way of working.

Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:

  • Accelerated programme completing your undergraduate degree in three years, getting you out into the world of work faster.
  • Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of immediate employment upon graduation.
  • Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
  • Reputable placements – our work experience placements are with prominent organisations, connecting you with respected employers to build your future career network.
  • Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
  • Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
  • SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
  • Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
  • Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery over the same 2 – 3 days, helping you maintain a part-time job.
  • Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions on-site, online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
  • City Centre Location – Commuting to Portobello is very accessible – the Luas stops outside our door, and we are located within minutes from the major transport hubs.
  • Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.

Why should I study this course?

The full-time BA (Hons) Fashion Management degree covers all the essential elements to turn a creative eye and an interest in fashion into abusiness career in an incredibly exciting industry

Our graduates have been incredibly successful in gaining employment both at home and abroad. Much of this success is due to the established strong links with many of the main fashion departments within some of Ireland’s largest retailers. Students will work on a Professional Practice and Development Portfolio and Fashion Research Project in Year 3.

Gain employment through our strong network of connections

Gaining employment in the business side of the fashion industry is the objective of this degree and it is important students have the opportunity to gain practical experience and build a network of contacts within the sector.

Portobello Institute has an established network of connections with many of the main fashion departments within some of Ireland’s largest retailers. The work experience programme for this programme affords students the opportunity to engage with some of the leading fashion brands in Ireland and the UK and leverage those connections to advance their careers. These include brands operating in the luxury fashion arena such as Brown Thomas and Harvey Nichols to brands operating in fast-moving high fashion such as Primark and Vero Moda.

Students may also take up an international work experience placement at the end of the programme with a global brand operating in UK, US, Sweden, Spain or Portugal. Companies participating in our work experience programme invest considerable time in our students and recruit directly from this placement programme.

Accessible, affordable, achievable

There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in the business of fashion, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this level 8 honours degree, you will hold a BA (Hons) in Fashion Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (London Met).

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement.

Course Structure

This course is delivered over three academic years. During your first year you will complete the core modules which will introduce you to this field of study and provide you with essential skills that will aid your study for the course of your degree.

In second year, you will complete a total of four modules each semester, with one year long core module which runs for the duration of both semesters.

In third year, the core modules include your final year dissertation project in the area of fashion business and your work placement.

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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding Body DetailsBA (Hons) Fashion Management awarded by London Metropolitan University
Course Duration3 academic years
Course TimeDelivered via Fulltime and Blended delivery modes.
Course Fee5395 per academic year
Entry RequirementsEntry is by direct application to Portobello Institute With a Leaving Certificate Leaving Certificate requirements – Minimum of grade C or O6 in English and Maths with a pass in 4 other subjects.
Carear PathReal Life Learning Opportunities Work Experience Putting into practice the skills learned in class is key to gaining employment in the fashion industry. Portobello Institute has established strong links with many of the main fashion departments within some of Ireland’s largest retailers. We are delighted to announce our students, full and part-time, can now participate in a work experience placement programme with some of the participating companies listed below; Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Harvey Nicholls, Primark, Dunnes Stores, Lifestyle Sports, Jack & Jones, Junarose, Mamalicious, Name IT, Noisy May, Only, Only & Sons, Postyr, Pamela Scott, Selected, Vero Moda, Vila Clothes. International Work Experience Placements Portobello Institute is delighted to support students seeking to broaden their experience with an international work experience placement programme. Students participating on this programme are required to take a placement for a minimum of 3 months and those placements are available in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Portugal and the US. Students seeking to avail of placements in the US must meet the necessary visa requirements. Fashion Event Showcasing Irish Designers Essential to becoming a fashion manager is developing a keen eye for trends, understanding the cycle within the fashion industry and having the opportunity to network and meet professionals in the fashion industry. Portobello Institute has integrated a number of key events within the fashion calendar to expose students of this course to the professionals working in the sector. Each year, students of this programme collaborate together to create a showcase event for Irish designers. The purpose of this event is to give students the opportunity to work with designers and gain some understanding of the designer showcase and buying process. Field Trips Portobello Institute organises trips each year to the following major fashion events in the annual calendar; Fashion City, Dublin Pure in London Moda in Birmingham Pret-a-Porter, Milan, Italy These are usually one day return trips and are booked with minimal cost for students. They are not included in the fees and are optional. Guest Lecturers Once off guest lectures are organised throughout the calendar year to give students an opportunity to gain insight into either a particular brand, the career of an established and successful professional in the fashion industry or an upcoming trend in fashion. These lecturers vary year to year but are always an interesting experience for our students. Career prospects This degree is for people with a flair and interest in the fashion industry along with a desire to develop business and management skills. These skills are transferable to a wide range of sectors should you decide you do not with to pursue a career in the fashion sector at the end of your studies. This fashion management degree offers you an opportunity for a wide, varied and exciting career across the globe. Job opportunities range from fashion marketing, visual media and display, retail fashion management, supply chain management, leadership and management, business analysis, communication and organisational skills, brand management and global trading.
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