If you’re considering taking a bachelor’s degree in fashion, or even half way through studying one already, you may find yourself wondering where your studies are going to lead you.
Looking closely at postgraduate education and industry roles your degree could help you secure, this page will help you understand the opportunities available to you after graduating from a BA Fashion course.
Career paths to consider
A fashion designer will typically work in one of three areas: high street, prêt-à-porter, or haute couture. Most fashion designers then have a specialisation that they commit to. Specialisations you could consider include eveningwear, childrenswear, sportswear, or even something as specific as knitwear. It is the role of a fashion designer to hand sketch or use CAD to create designs, source and select fabrics, and work closely with sales to ensure that garments can meet agreed price points. Starting salaries for those in fashion design are low (around £15,000), and the role requires true dedication in order to progress through the ranks and secure a good salary.
A textile designer will likely work in one of two major areas: fabrics for clothing, or interiors. A fashion degree is more suited to those looking to work with fabric for clothes. Textile designers create 2D designs that can be used in knitwear or printed fabrics. Coming together with clients and technical staff to develop designs is an important part of the textile designer’s role, as is working on design formulas and designing ranges using CAD. The average starting salary for a textile designer is £17,500.
A retail buyer is responsible for carefully choosing a range of items to be sold in a retail store. They must also review current stock at regular intervals to ensure that the products are worth keeping. There are several factors a retail buyer must take into consideration when selecting products, including price, quality, and whether they meet current market trends. A retail buyer must analyse consumer buying patterns, nurture relationships with suppliers and obtain feedback from customers. The average salary for a junior buyer is £22,000.
A visual merchandiser develops visual concepts with the aim of promoting their brand or product online or in store. Typical responsibilities for visual merchandisers include attending regular meetings with management to present sales strategies, obtaining information from the buying and marketing teams in order to create themes to be used in months to come, and putting together aesthetically pleasing window displays. A visual merchandiser will likely start on a salary of around £15,000.
Continuing your education
While many fashion graduates choose to head straight into the world of work, there are plenty of options available when it comes to postgraduate fashion courses.
If you wish to continue your education after completing your fashion degree, it’s a good idea to first consider the specific career path you wish to follow before selecting a master’s programme. You can then base your choice of postgraduate degree on the career path you’ve chosen. Specialising at this level has the potential to put you one step ahead of the rest when the time comes to find your first job.
When looking at postgraduate fashion courses, remember to look closely at the course details. Some MA Fashion courses will offer a structure which is heavily reliant on practical assessment, whereas others will require a dissertation. It’s important to choose the course that’s right for you and that offers methods of assessment that you are comfortable with.
LCCA has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from. If you’re interested in studying a fashion-related degree, whether it’s BA Fashion Design or MA Fashion Retail and Luxury Management, get in touch with us today.