Because fashion is an international business, Humber’s Fashion Arts and Business diploma program places an emphasis on retail operations from both domestic and international perspectives. You will study marketing, store planning and merchandising, brand management, cosmetic marketing, event planning and retail buying. You’ll also learn fashion trend forecasting, sales techniques, and colour and styling analysis while attaining basic knowledge of fashion products and fashion promotion. These skills are then applied to product launches, planning merchandise assortments, styling fashion shoots and the production of fashion events.
Our advisory committee provides regular review and input of curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.
In first year, courses in the business of fashion – marketing strategies, product knowledge, trend forecasting and web merchandising – give students an overview of this multibillion-dollar industry. In second year, students build on the skills developed on the foundation with wholesale sales, retail buying and operation, photo styling and event planning and budgeting.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Differentiate the purposes and functions of and the relationships between various elements within the structure of the fashion industry in order to identify business opportunities, challenges and solutions.
Define and use correctly the terminology and language of fashion from a business and art perspective in order to communicate effectively with the range of stakeholders in the fashion industry.
Identify artistic and business trends in order to capitalize on emerging opportunities throughout the stages of product development, manufacturing, distribution and promotion.
Respond to current market conditions based on detailed analysis of company and/or industry reports.
Design promotional materials and events using current digital technologies and styling methodologies in order to advance fashion arts and business objectives.
Employ professional practices which support current business strategies and plans adhering to legal, ethical and sustainable standards appropriate to the fashion industry.
Create a variety of strategic planning deliverables for achieving measurable goals for fashion merchandising, marketing, operations, finance and sales.
Conduct vendor negotiations, budgeting, critical path analysis, communications and operations for effective fashion-related promotional events.
Tailor visual and verbal presentations suitable for various stakeholders (e.g. buyers, senior managers, vendors, customers) to meet their specific requirements.
Generate social media strategy and content for marketing purposes in order to build product and brand awareness.
Negotiate mutually profitable business-to-business transactions between parties in the supply chain in order to maximize cost effectiveness.
Develop professional development plans to set career goals based on self-assessment of strengths, interests and opportunities.
Two field placement courses in Semesters 3 and 4 offer real-world experience in your area of interest. The placement is found by the student and can be paid or unpaid.
Learn more about Walk It Out 2019: The Elements of Humber. Watch this video!
Learn more about our Pop-Up Shop.
Check out the highlights from the Fashion Arts and Business graduate show, Haute Humber.
Through real experience and practical assignments students develop comprehensive portfolios to show employers. This includes work developed in photo styling, visual merchandising and event production courses. Project options include the popular annual Fashion Show in which students plan and produce a runway event based on designer clothing. Students also participate in Toronto Fashion Week, field trips to fashion institutes, retailers, associations, and interviews and evaluations by industry representatives.
The street level location of the Humber Fashion Institute brings a lot of awareness to the facility and to the quality of student work. Each season a window display theme is selected from student projects and a team is put together to make the window display come to life. Read the stories behind the displays and view the archive of window displays.
Every year, graduating Fashion Arts and Business students organize an annual fashion show called Walk it Out. The student-run event showcases collections from well-known designers and gives students the opportunity to coordinate and put on a sophisticated and glamorous show for the Humber and Toronto Fashion community.
The Third Floor Fashion District provides fashion-focused classrooms, resource rooms, window showcases and the Pop-Up Shop for the benefit of all fashion students. The Pop-Up Shop is a new, entrepreneurial venture. Students can book the space, set up shop, and put it to work for a week.
Infuse showcases the success of student work through a variety of events including networking nights with industry partners, the Fashion Institute, guest speakers, Fashion Week, study abroad and more.
Watch the video about the Humber Eco Closet Sustainability Event
Check out this flipbook of our talented students' work
Watch the video about the Mode Art Poster Exhibit
INFUSE is a student-run magazine created by the Fashion Arts & Business program at Humber College. The magazine depicts a collection of Humber fashion projects and industry work, offering new articles on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.
At Humber, you will be part of more than fabrics and patterns, you will be part of the transformation of how the exciting fashion industry is run from the latest trends in business and style. Watch the timelapse video to see a window display created from start to finish.
Humber Fashion Arts and Business Diploma program students attend many on- and off-campus events throughout the program. These events give students the opportunity to network and connect with industry professionals and get a first-hand look at the fashion industry.
Fashion Arts and Business students have an opportunity to complete a three-week experiential learning opportunity at the Florence University of the Arts as part of this program.
Fashion is a major industry in Toronto. According to the Toronto Star, retail alone generates annual sales of $2.6 billion in the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA’s) 4,600 fashion stores. A fashion career offers numerous and varied opportunities. Work as a buyer, associate buyer, planner, distribution marketing manager in retail or mall management, or as an account manager in cosmetics. Work in wholesale as a sales agent in apparel, accessories or cosmetics. Our graduates can also pursue careers as fashion and trade show co-ordinators, shopping centre marketers, visual merchandisers, merchandise allocators, buyers, and marketing assistants to fashion designers and manufacturers. Those who prefer the freedom of self-employment may find opportunities such as freelance photo styling, image consulting and event planning.
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Watch the video to learn more about the Fashion and Business Arts program.
Humber Fashion Alumna Pursuing Her Masters in Italy
Tue, October 01, 2019
Victoria Gawronska, a Humber Fashion Arts and Business graduate, is living her fashion career dreams in Milan, Italy.
Currently, Victoria is pursuing her Masters in Fashion Communications and Styling at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design). In addition to her studies, she's also attending fashion industry events and collaborating on several fashion projects alongside influential and talented industry leaders in the Italian market.
Her current projects include: working on the production of both editorial and commercial fashion shoots centered around menswear, womenswear and still life; working part-time on her lifestyle blog; and producing and styling her first fashion film for VOGUE Italia that will be presented/published in the late fall.
Dermalogica Partnership Celebrated at Humber North Campus
Mon, September 30, 2019
On Friday, September 13th, 2019 the Faculty of Business celebrated an eleven-year partnership with international skincare brand Dermalogica.
Wawanesa Donates Another $20,000 to the Insurance Management Program
Fri, September 27, 2019
After donating a gift of $30,000 to the Insurance Management Program, Wawanesa Insurance donated another $20,000 gift to support the program's growth.
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Faculty of Business Events
Faculty of Business - Fall Career Fair
Tue, October 29, 2019 | 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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Faculty of Business News
The DBSA Organizes Another Successful TechWeek
Mon, September 30, 2019
A big shout-out to our DBSA team and our presenters for making this Fall’s TechWeek series a huge success!
Canadian Diplomat Speaks to Students about her Posting in Afghanistan
Thu, May 09, 2019
This April, Professor Jasteena Dhillon hosted a Fireside Chat with Eileen Olexiuk.
Ms. Olexiuk was the first Global Affairs Canadian diplomat to be posted to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. In a dangerous time in the region, she addressed issues with courage and conviction, including speaking out on torture and abuse taking place in Afghan prisons. 4th-year Paralegal Degree Student - Krystina Lau co-organised this event, that was attended by students and faculty from International Development, Liberal Arts and Community Development.
Students Make Health and Safety Recommendations for the Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home
Thu, April 11, 2019
Ensuring good physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians.
Through an interdisciplinary approach between the Business School and School of Health Sciences, Dr. Suzy Casimiro and her students were invited to visit, investigate and advance the physical and psychological health and safety (PH&S) at Humber Valley Terrace Long Term Care Home, Etobicoke.
Under the supervision of the Executive Director at Humber Valley Terrace, Marjorie Mossman, students identified the physical hazards and explored possible psychosocial hazards of workers within this healthcare setting. By also adopting sections of the new and – the first of its kind in the world, Canadian Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA-Z1003-13), students explored the many ways that jobs can affect health and safety, from potential exposures to physical hazards, to work-related mental health concerns within healthcare settings.
As a result, students were able to make recommendations on how to improve the policies, procedures and offer health & wellness program options. Overall, recommendations focused on improving the physical and organizational environment to lessen risks of injury and illness; from integrated protection from work-related safety and health hazards to the promotion of injury and illness prevention and the introduction of wellness programs- all to advance both workers’ well-being and the organization.
Humber Participates in WWF’s Designing Change for a Living Planet
Thu, April 11, 2019
On March 16th, 2019, World Wildlife Foundation conducted its first event of the year, "Living Planet@Campus: Designing Change for a Living Planet."
Over 80 students from over 15 colleges and universities around Ontario participated in the event, including students from The Business School.
The Humber team, formed through an application process led by the Office of Sustainability, consisted of four students representing different programs and faculties in Humber: Gayathri Menon, Fashion Management and Promotions GC, Arman Amin and Samantha Canon, Bachelors in Industrial Design, Ayushi Delvadia ,Bachelors of International Business.
The day-long event saw team work at its best as team Humber worked very hard on its idea and presentation. Collaborating with students from different fields helped participants gain an insight into what the issues faced by other industries are and forced students to think outside the box.
Despite the fact that the Humber team did not win first place, the team's idea inspired the Office of Sustainability to install an art piece made out of paper cups to spread awareness on the importance of carrying personal reusable mugs. The outcome was highly rewarding as students learned how an idea can transform and make a difference in the world today.
The Value of Study Abroad from a Student’s Perspective
Mon, April 08, 2019
Meet Sagar Vankwani from the Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Program.
Sagar had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program at Hungkuang University in Taichung, Taiwan, which he describes as the best two weeks of his life:
"In summer 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a study-abroad program at Hungkuang University in Taichung, Taiwan. It was a two-week program, and arguably, they were the best two weeks of my life. No exaggeration.
The program was a complete package in itself. Going there, I didn't have really high expectations, but I soon discovered many of the best things that come in life are unexpected. The Taiwanese students went out of their way to help us. The program itself was very well organized. We had Chinese language classes every morning accompanied by different vocational workshops and field trips to the most exotic places in Taiwan.
Apart from all this, the program taught me something that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. I learned more about myself and my skills and abilities. I also learned some things about me that I was unaware of like my adaptability to ambiguous situations—something I could not learn in the classroom. Through making new friends from a variety of countries, I now understand the value of making lasting connections as a way to expand my personal network. The memories I made will last a lifetime. I even found a home in Taiwan—a loving mother that calls me her son. I am still in touch with her and all my new friends. I've promised them that I'll visit Taiwan again soon.
Out of all the advice that I can give to other students, I would just say: Close your eyes to any excuses. Pack your bags and just go! I would like to thank Humber’s Business School for selecting me to participate in this program. I feel honoured and grateful for the opportunity and the experience I had."
The Placement Centre Hosts HBC Networking Event
Tue, April 02, 2019
The Placement Centre hosted two informational networking events with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC).
As a diversified global retailer, HBC’s internship programs have been designed to provide students with direct work experience in their fields. In addition, their career training programs are comprehensive and of great interest to new grads.
The event was hosted over two days, March 1st and 4th for third and fourth-year Fashion Management students. Both events were well attended and gave students the chance to connect with HBC representatives and learn about possible career and job opportunities within the company.
BMO On Campus for Recruitment Event
Tue, April 02, 2019
On March 5th, The Placement Centre hosted a BMO On-Campus Recruitment Event.
This was a two-part event featuring an information session conducted by the Regional Vice President and an interview session for successful student applicants. Interviews were granted to students who applied for Customer Service Representative (CSR) and Personal Banking Representative (PBR) positions. BMO selected 27 students for the first round of interviews.
The representatives, who were branch managers and HR representatives, were very impressed with our students. BMO made offers to 11 students, and three students were invited to a second interview. This event was a tremendous success with a strong turnout and many students securing positions.
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