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, web merchandising – give students an overview of this multibillion-dollar industry. In second year, build on the skills developed on your foundation with wholesale sales, retail buying and operation, photo styling, and event planning and budgeting.
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.
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.
Third Floor Fashion District
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Fashion Arts and Business professor and creator of the "Ethics and Sustainability" course, Pamela D’Ettorre highlights the perils of conventional fashion practices and speaks of a better way to source, manufacture, and dispose of our clothing.
Fashion Student Launches Shoe Line at New York Fashion Week
On February 10th, Fashion Arts and Business student, Taneish Leslie, had the exciting opportunity and privilege of debuting her shoe line, Elle Forgiato (FORGIATTO for short) at the 2018 New York Fashion Week.
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