Regent’s University Take On Fashion ‘Catch 22’ With New Diploma

London’s Regent’s University have announced, their new full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Buying & Merchandising, will deliver realistic and vocational training over two-terms for students who are determined to knock on the door of fashion companies.

Tim Jackson, programme director for Fashion Marketing at Regent’s, says

‘Fashion companies are increasingly crying-out for switched-on buyers and merchandisers who have the ability to create new ranges, maximise sales, accurately forecast and react to trends and changes in demand.

However, those who are new to the market find it nearly impossible to gain work experience. Companies don’t have time to train them, but also won’t employ those who don’t have the necessary skills. It’s a classic Catch 22 situation. We want to remedy that and assist as far as we can.’

The course will focus on problem-solving, merchandise and range planning, retail pricing and competitor analysis.

Regent’s will be working with leading fashion names to push for the creation of two-week internships as an essential part of the course, and this is where universities desperately need more help from industry.

As Caren Downie, former fashion director of and buying director for Topshop, adds: “This course is great. Businesses are increasingly looking for a buying and merchandising qualification from graduates who have degrees in other disciplines.”

Registration for the course, which launches in January 2016, is open now. To register, click here