Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management)

Program code

BP310

Duration

3 years

Intakes

Febuary 

June/July

October

Application deadlines

31 May

30 September

Location

RMIT Saigon South

Overview

This program will be replaced by the Bachelor of Fashion (Enterprise) from July 2020. 

If you have a flair for fashion and a mind for business, you are uniquely suited to a career in the fashion and textiles industry.

This degree prepares you to succeed in this creative and growing industry, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to plan, develop and execute marketing and merchandising campaigns.

You will study areas such as distribution and retailing, product design and development, fashion branding, the theory and practice of visual merchandising, global and local supply chains, and international and national fashion systems.

You will have access to online resources such as the Berg Fashion Library, Vogue Archive and fashion trends website WGSN.

Program structure

Year one

Semester 1

  • IT Fashion Illusatrion and Information Systems
  • Marketing for Fashion and Textiles
  • Merchandising Maths

Semester 2

  • Product Ranging
  • Fashion Distribution and Logistics
  • Fashion Materials

Semester 3

  • Product Specification
  • Global Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Visual Merchandising

Year two

Semester 4

  • Advanced IT Fashion Illustration and Information Systems
  • Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise
  • Merchandising Planning

Semester 5

  • Fashion Retail and Merchandising Management
  • Fashion Apparel Product Development
  • Program elective*

Semester 6

  • IT Fashion: CAD/CAM in Fashion and Textiles
  • Program Elective* 
  • Program Elective*

Year three

Semester 7

  • Fashion and Textiles Capstone Studio - Major Project (A)
  • Program elective*
  • General elective 

Semester 8

  • Fashion and Textiles Capstone Studio - Major Project (B)
  • General elective

Semester 9

  • Fashion and Textiles Industry Research (Internship)

(*) Choose from these program electives:

  • Introduction to Fashion Design
  • Applied Management
  • Fashion and Textiles Merchandising Management
  • Fashion and Textiles Marketing
  • Fashion Retail Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Fashion Branding
  • Computing for Fashion Design and Product Development

Learning, teaching & assessment

  • Teaching and learning in this degree is very practical, providing you with constant hands-on experience. Your experience is structured, so that you begin in a safe, low-risk environment where you can learn essential skills, and progress to an internship in a real business within Vietnam's expanding fashion industry.
  • You'll be assessed in a variety of ways to ensure that you can demonstrate your skills across the range of areas required for a fashion merchandiser. Expect a combination of examinations, assignments, presentations and project work. Assessment may be both individual, or conducted in groups.

Career

You will be prepared for many exciting careers in areas including:

  • wholesaling
  • brand management
  • buying
  • designing
  • fashion marketing and communications
  • international trade
  • merchandising planning
  • range coordination
  • fashion retail management
  • outsourcing (production)
  • product development
  • supply chain management
  • trend analysis
  • visual merchandising

You will be prepared for employment through the development of leadership, research, problem solving and analytical skills. By analysing and applying logical and critical thinking you will have the knowledge to resolve a range of complex industry issues.

Upon graduation you will be able to:

  1. Lead and manage your own and other team members' work within a fashion enterprise.
  2. Problem solve effectively in a fashion enterprise within the area of merchandising, retail and buying.
  3. Apply analytical decision making techniques in a fashion environment.
  4. Apply sustainable practices related to fashion and textiles issues.
  5. Apply logical and critical thinking in resolving a range of management issues in a fashion context.
  6. Identify, research and analyse emerging global issues and trends in the fashion and textiles industry.
  7. Evaluate social and cultural values in strategic planning and implementation in a fashion context
  8. Conceptualise, integrate and organise information in order to resolve complex issues related to fashion merchandising, buying and retail planning.

Fees

Students can choose standard fee or fixed fee program. Payments can be made each semester, on a course-by-course basis.

(*) Fixed Fees are offered to brand new students who would like to fix their course tuition fees for a specified period of a Higher Education degree program. The fixed fee program guards against potential fee increases and currency fluctuations. 

Notes:

  1. The duration of programs is flexible and can be adapted on an individual basis upon enrolment.
  2. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND).
  3. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  4. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0/10.0 for Grade 12, for other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country; or
  • Successfully complete the UniSTART (Fashion) with a minimum GPA of 1.0/4.0 with no double fail of a course
  • If you have completed or partially completed a similar program at another institution you may be accepted with some academic credit, or exemptions, being granted toward this program.

English requirements

Successfully complete RMIT English Advanced or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band below 169)

For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are recognised for one year from the test date.

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.

How to apply