Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

By Kylie Hill
BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion Student
For two years I studied A-levels in Art, Textiles and Psychology and then a year completing an Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3. I left this course knowing I wanted a career in fashion, but not necessarily in design.


After visiting and applying to many universities I decided Birmingham City University was the right choice for me, because of the BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion (FB&P) course they offer and the wide range of topics covered. I was impressed by the breadth of career paths that will be open to me, at the end of this course and the opportunity to work on live briefs with companies, in my favoured industry areas.
Coming from a course that was design focused, I hoped that the FB&P course would give me further insight of the fashion industry, building on the knowledge I had gained working part-time at Topshop, for the past three years. This is exactly what the first module ‘Fashion Business Context’ has done for me! The structure of the module meant it involved students from all backgrounds and really engaged my interest and motivation in working towards my fashion career goals!

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Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

The Events Management module of BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion has been running for 10 consecutive years now and continues to thrive. Its roaring success has made it a resounding favourite module for the Fashion Business and Promotion Students at BCU and with this year’s first event less than two weeks’ away, we wanted to know what the hype is all about!


Events Management is a live module in the second year of the Fashion Business and Promotion Degree, requiring students to work in teams to plan and execute a real life event. Not only do our students carry out this module as a live professional brief, but they start the project with zero budget and must use their entrepreneurial and negotiation skills to fundraise.

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Student, Textile Design

By Sophie Hawkesford
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Hi! This post is for anybody interested in applying for BA (Hons) Textile Design at Birmingham City University.
To support your application you will be asked to bring your portfolio to an Applicant Taster Day. As a Textile Design graduate I understand how nerve-racking it can be to collate your work into a focused portfolio, ready for a portfolio review. A well thought out portfolio is your tool to making a great first impression to your potential university tutors, as well as being a resource you will continue to use on your creative journey.
Your portfolio is a fantastic opportunity to show who you are beyond your paper application. It’s about your creative ability and your potential – make sure you let your personality shine through!
It is important to understand that portfolios are subjective so what you choose to include is up to you, but if you’re struggling with ideas of what to include or how to structure it take a look at the following guidance:
If you need any more help or information about creating your portfolio head to our School of Fashion and Textiles website.
Student, Textile Design

By Katie Turton
Final year BA (Hons) Textile Design
Head shotThe opportunity to write a guest blog for Scarlet Opus, who specialise in consumer and design trend forecasting, came during my second year when we got to our work placement module.
The module is all about finding a 4-week work placement. Whilst at first this felt like a daunting task of finding somewhere that would take me on, the more I searched the further I got. My interests lie within the interior trend forecasting industry, so I contacted many companies asking for the opportunity of a placement, until I secured one at a trend forecasting company up in Newcastle.
However, one other company, Scarlet Opus, also got in touch to say that wasn’t the right timing for a placement with them,  but that they were very much interested in staying in touch with me after seeing my digital portfolio!
So, why did I contact the company again over summer?
I decided that because Scarlet Opus had offered to stay in touch with me, it was only right for me to take them up on this chance. I think it’s important to grab opportunities with both hands and take them whilst you can, so over the summer I took photos of the new work I had completed since first emailing Scarlet Opus and made a new digital portfolio for them to view.
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Student, Textile Design

by Chloe Watling
First year BA (Hons) Textile Design

With finishing my first year I wanted to see the Fashion and Textiles graduate show here at BCU and also visit the national New Designers exhibition in London to keep me busy with creative ideas and motivation to produce work over the summer.

The work on display from graduating Fashion and Textile students at BCU was truly an eye-opening experience to see the standard of work and journey they have experienced through their degree.

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                   (Image: School of Fashion and Textiles  Graduate Show, 2017)

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Fashion Branding and Communication, Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication course opens students up to a variety of fashion-related jobs, ranging from fashion journalism and brand management, to styling and photo-shoot production.

Paige (who is about to graduate) is taking the trend-forecasting and styling skills she’s recently gained to set up her own publishing business.
Before she escapes for the summer, we squeezed in a quick Q & A to find out more….

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Fashion Design, News, Student

by Jason Johns
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Lecturer
Earlier this month, a group of our final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students headed down to London, to feature their collections on the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk. Lecturer, Jason Johns, worked backstage with students and technicians to organise models and complete final fittings for the prestigious show. Take a look at his round-up of the backstage frenzy in the build-up to the runway…

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Fashion Business and Promotion, Student

by Searlait Golby
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student
Today I sit down with Charnice Blaize, a 22-year-old student from Northampton, who has quite literally, K I L L E D  I T throughout her entire time at University.
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Currently finishing her final major project in her third year of Fashion Business and Promotion at BCU, Charnice has tons of experience from working in the River Island head office, to interning for Tinie Tempah himself.
After finding out she has achieved a first in every single one of her projects, I had to sit down with her and ask her, how has she done it? Continue Reading
Fashion Branding and Communication, Student

Perception Magazine – My Final Major Project
by Evie Williams, Final year student

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Following your dreams, is something we hope to do in life.

What a pleasure to work with Evie in her final year, as she has journeyed through her life experiences, passions and knowledge. She has drawn them together and followed her dreams to make a dynamic, innovative, exciting final project.
I am sure she will go on to thrive in industry and I look forward to seeing her career develop and dreams unfold.
Lindsay Pressdee, Course Director, BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication.

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I’m 23, just about to finish uni and go out into the real world. When I first started the course, I never dreamed of pursuing a career in journalism or PR in London. Now I have the confidence to do this! I also want to make my Final Major Project a reality, but I’ll tell you all about that in a moment! First I have to tell you why I created it.
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I’ve been asked a few times how I came up with the idea and I think subconsciously it was because of what I’ve been through…

When I was 21, I was suddenly taken ill and ended up being admitted onto a stroke ward, which was really frightening.   Whilst I was there, I was lucky to receive regular visits from my friends and family, who bought me plenty of magazines to read whilst I recovered. Why wouldn’t you? It’s a perfect thing to bring for a Fashion Student! However, my illness meant that at the time, I found it difficult to concentrate properly and it was very hard for me to read the magazines. I remember feeling incredibly frustrated as I just couldn’t engage with the magazine content.
So fast forward two years to when  I started to plan for my Final Major Project. I started to think about what would make an original angle within fashion communication that I could focus on.   It was my personal experience in hospital that helped me find a unique approach.  I decided to create a new fashion magazine for the visually impaired…

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