Humber’s Bachelor of Commerce – Fashion Management degree program is designed for students interested in the business side of fashion and offers management courses tailored specifically to the fashion industry.
Our program starts with a foundation of business studies in areas such as organizational behaviour, law, economics, finance and accounting, marketing, and operations management. Specialized courses in the fashion management curriculum include twentieth-century fashion history, trend forecasting, retail and wholesale management, brand management, store planning and merchandising, global sourcing, and retail finance.
You’ll gain practical skills through applied projects during which you’ll develop processes and products from the idea stage through to execution. You will also develop business plans and apply your classroom learning to fashion industry analysis, financial management and e-commerce assignments that simulate the latest challenges in the fashion industry.
Several third- and fourth-year classes are delivered in Humber’s Fashion Institute.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Analyze the impact and long-range global challenges of economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors upon the strategy, management and behaviour of domestic and international organizations.
Critically analyze the forces that shape values, ideas, personal and societal circumstances and business decisions, and present an academically structured, sustained and well-supported argument.
Evaluate the contribution of human resources management to organizational effectiveness and to other key functions within the organization.
Evaluate marketing strategies and assess their impact on consumers and the achievement of business goals.
Explain the management and use of business information systems, including e-business strategies, for personal and organizational success.
Assess strategies of operations management and their impact on domestic and international organizations.
Analyze and interpret the Canadian fashion scene and how it fits into the international fashion marketplace.
Examine major fashion retailers throughout the world to identify growth and expansion opportunities.
Examine customer target markets of existing fashion companies in order to identify opportunities for takeover or for joint ventures.
Analyze, evaluate and solve business and economic problems, using diverse economic frameworks and relevant business models, creativity, analysis, independent judgment and critical self-awareness.
Acquire, interpret, analyze, evaluate and employ data, both qualitative and quantitative, from primary and secondary sources.
Present an academically structured, sustained and well-supported argument.
Formulate business strategies that assess costs, benefits, risks, opportunities, and that address organizational goals and external trends.
Develop a business plan.
Interpret and prepare financial reports and assess the overall financial performance of an organization.
Develop and implement project plans and schedules that make efficient use of resources and that achieve organizational goals.
Analyze and identify strategic growth opportunities for existing companies such as fashion retailers and/or brand managers.
Communicate ideas using the most suitable medium for the message, audience and purpose, speaking or writing clearly, concisely, correctly and coherently.
Evaluate the explanatory power of, limitations, and external influences on business concepts, methodologies, models and theoretical processes and identify areas requiring further study.
Adhere to professional, ethical and legal codes of conduct.
Consolidate and extend learning in different contextual frameworks and situations, both within and outside the field of fashion.
Demonstrate self-awareness, self-confidence, self-direction, self-management and use resources to plan for and attain personal, career and work-related goals, within the context of a changing environment.
Work effectively and assertively in groups or teams to achieve desired goals and resolve differing and/or opposing ideas and points of view.
The program requires that you complete 14 weeks/420 hours of paid work in the summer between your sixth and seventh semesters. This gives you the hands-on, real-world experience that employers value. Your placement will give you the opportunity to explore the field you’d like to work in when you graduate. We will work with employers and our industry partners to help you identify opportunities to pursue.
The Humber Experience
This degree has been designed for students interested in the business side of fashion. It features a distinctive array of fashion management courses and a program focus in areas such as wholesale management, retail operations, or import/export management.Watch the video to learn more about what students are doing in the program.
The Humber Advantage
The Fashion Institute
Several third- and fourth-year Fashion Management classes are delivered in Humber’s Fashion Institute. The Fashion Institute is located at Lakeshore Campus and is a hub of activity for fashion students. It is a lively, charismatic place, buzzing with students exchanging ideas, be it in the lounge, computer lab, or anywhere else that inspiration might spark. The street level, store front window facilitates merchandising.
The building comes equipped with mannequins, rolling racks, hanging fixtures, shelving units and all manner of things the students might need to create real-world mock-ups, including a boardroom with a dropped ceiling for hanging merchandise. Students learn to work with a budget to design, source materials, and build their own space.
The Fashion Institute’s front window facilitates merchandising. Students pitch ideas for the window display through the fashion photo-styling course. Selected projects get transformed into stunning window displays.
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Third Floor Fashion District
Students benefit from resources available specifically to the fashion arts program. North campus boasts the "Third Floor Fashion District" where students study in fashion focused classrooms, a resource room and window showcases. 2016 marks the opening of "The Pop-Up Shop" where students can use their entrepreneurial skills to market products and services to the Humber community.
The Benefits of Choosing a Humber Degree
Degrees on a Common Platform
The Business School offers a variety of Bachelor of Commerce degree programs on a common platform with pathways to areas of specializations. This gives students the time to decide on their career path while they are gaining insight into the fundamentals of business.
Professors and industry professionals are a critical component of the Fashion Management degree. Faculty members are active in their respective fields. You will also learn from a network of industry professionals who participate as program advisors, guest judges for class competitions and guest speakers.
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Toronto is one of Canada’s major fashion centres. It is also one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant and dynamic cities, making it the ideal place to pursue an education in fashion management.
Our program will prepare you to take on leadership and managerial roles in this fast-paced, growing, multibillion-dollar industry. It will put you on track towards a career as a retail or wholesale buyer, planner or allocator, brand manager, distribution manager or product developer. Our graduates have been hired by TJX, Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew, Shopify, Oscar de la Renta, Collega Aveda, TOPSHOP TOPMAN, Indigo, Harry Rosen, Louis Vuitton, Style Democracy, YM Inc., as well as Ontario's Ministry of Government Services, not-for-profit and public service organizations, and small- and medium-sized manufacturing and consulting businesses.
Full semester and summer study abroad programs are available. Students have the opportunity to study in Scotland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and the Netherlands among others.
Humber was first granted Ministerial Consent to offer this program in 2007. All degrees offered by Ontario colleges are reviewed by a provincial quality assurance agency on a cyclical basis which results in consent renewals. As a result of the most recent review, Humber has been granted a consent renewal by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to continue to offer this honours degree for a five-year term starting March 23, 2015. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to this above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
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