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Fashion Management

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Program Code: FA511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 3 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Humber’s Fashion Management graduate certificate program prepares you to work in the dynamic fashion industry and focuses on the management, marketing, and sales of fashion apparel and accessories. Courses cover new product development and branding, fashion buying and retailing, multi-channel commerce, international marketing and product management, and entrepreneurship. Visual merchandising skills combined with colour theory skills and trend forecasting give this program a dynamic, hands-on approach to the business side of fashion.

Students in the program can choose between fashion promotions or fashion sustainability profile. The promotions profile covers the rapidly growing promotions side of fashion including courses in integrated marketing communication and social media brand management. Students will learn how to leverage and promote a brand through social media, personal blogs, Instagram, Twitter, online selling and personal website development.

The sustainable fashion profile provides students with opportunities to learn about important aspects of fashion sustainability such as ethics, finance and supply chain. Students apply aquired knowledge and hone consulting skills in real world cases and scenarios.  There is a growing demand for industry professionals with knowledge of sustainable solutions and innovation. Students graduate from the program prepared with tools to lead the industry to a lasting sustainable fashion change.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Review political, economic, social, environmental and regulatory factors affecting fashion industry and global sourcing decisions to achieve cost-effective, sustainable, quality product procurement and operations.

  2. Apply accounting, finance and supply chain operation methods to make sustainable business decisions that build competitive advantage for fashion products.

  3. Recommend merchandising, store-level operations, promotions and product offering improvements for retailers based on detailed competitive analysis.

  4. Develop entrepreneurship strategies that inform start-up business plans to achieve profitability and sustainability goals.

  5. Develop a merchandising plan and replenishment process using industry specific tools in accordance with an allocated budget to achieve desired profitability and performance metrics.

  6. Justify a promotional marketing and visual merchandising plan based on analysis of the business’s current position in the market to appeal to target audience and support strategic business objectives. 

  7. Formulate evidence-based and innovative business plans that serve to solve identified fashion business problems related to production, profitability and market position.

  8. Defend a mutually beneficial wholesale fashion line proposal to a retailer based on analysis of the buyer’s performance and profitability, target market and current fashion trends.

  9. Employ language of the fashion industry to communicate effectively with direct and indirect stakeholders in line with businesses’ strategic objectives to establish and maintain working relationships.

  10. Develop textual and visual online and in-store content to engage target clients through variety of media platforms to strengthen market position and business profitability.

  11. Analyze historical and current development in the fashion industry together with predicted future trends to create competitive and sustainable business solutions.


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Work Placement

Gain first-hand experience in the industry that provides the valuable work experience employers seek. A 160-hour (minimum) work placement may be completed full time in the third semester. 

The Humber Advantage

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International Students can Stack and Stay Longer in Canada!

Double your employability with 2 times the education and experience!
Apply now for your first Graduate Certificate and get the opportunity for early admittance* into a second program in the following year. Stack your education to potentially earn credits that will lessen your course load in year two, allowing you to work or spend more time immersing yourself in Canadian culture! Extend your stay and double your employability skills through two work terms across two business programs. The extra year of studies will give you qualifications for a potential 3-year postgraduate work permit.

The Fashion Institute

The Humber Advantage Hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, field trips, industry guest speakers, case competitions and work-related industry training and learning are integral part of the program. Students learn industry content and apply it in relevant industry settings to be better prepared for the jobs and career opportunities of the future.

The Fashion Institute Video

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 visual merchandising activities. Students pitch ideas for the window display through the fashion photo-styling course. Selected projects get transformed into stunning window displays.

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.

Association of Fashion Business Students

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The Association of Fashion Business Students (AFBS) aims to provide a connective environment that links students with the industry, as well as supports and encourages fashion forward thinking.

Student Experience

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Watch this video to hear what Humber students have to say about working with window installations.

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Watch this timelapse video of Humber students creating the Demure Domestic Diva display!

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Watch this video to get an inside look at Humber's "Culture Days - Fashion Through The Ages."

Student Testimonial

"I cannot speak highly enough about this program. It provides hands-on knowledge of the fashion industry and necessary skills for any field within the industry. The courses are taught by professors who have years of experience and are both knowledgeable and supportive. It is only thanks to the program that I got a job at HBC literally 2 weeks after writing my finals!" – Ola

Go Abroad

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Faculty Led Study Tour

Students in this program may be eligible for short global adventures. Past experiences have included, New York and London, England.

Study Abroad

A placement opportunity is available through Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in the summer semester.

Your Career

According to City of Toronto data, the fashion industry employs nearly 50,000 people. Fashion design, wholesaling and retailing have grown dramatically in the last five years with 10,000 fashion-related jobs. There are 4,600 fashion retail firms in Toronto that generate annual sales of $2.6 billion. Sales have grown by 6.4 per cent in the last year. Employment in the wholesale and retail trade grew by 34.5 per cent or 13,000 jobs in the last five years.

Graduates may find employment in companies that develop, manufacture, market, import, wholesale, distribute or retail fashion apparel and accessories. Employment settings include apparel suppliers, wholesale distribution companies, fashion retail companies, importers and logistics firms, marketing divisions within major retail operations, and up and coming online businesses. The program equips you for roles such as:

  • fashion entrepreneur
  • fashion stylist
  • merchandiser
  • personal stylist
  • product developer
  • retail buyer
  • retail manager
  • social media and marketing specialist
  • sourcing, production and distribution fashion specialist
  • visual merchandiser
  • sustainability consultant
  • e-commerce coordinator

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 Lakeshore Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 Lakeshore Open

Fashion Comes Home

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Watch the video on the "Fashion Comes Home" event to learn about Humber's networking opportunities.


Humber Students Benefit from Five Centres of Innovation (COIs)

The Humber Centres of Innovation Network demonstrates our strong commitment to providing an experiential learning environment for students. Students and faculty work with industry partners on real-world challenges to prepare them to become the innovative and strategic problem-solvers of tomorrow. Come to Humber and experience interdisciplinary learning across five COIs.

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News Feed

Dress4Success Team Presents to Over 250 Humber Students

Dress4Success Team Presents to Over 250 Humber Students

Fri, December 09, 2022

Five fashion students from Humber Styles - Fashion Squad team led by Fashion Management alumnus Brendan Yhip delivered another series of six “Dress4Success” presentations.

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CECI Cooperation Program Offers Students Hands-on Experience

CECI Cooperation Program Offers Students Hands-on Experience

Tue, December 06, 2022

Leadership and intercultural skills were some of the main capacities that students had the chance to develop as remote volunteers during CECI’s Cooperation Program this past summer.

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Associate Dean Interviewed on Balenciaga Controversy

Associate Dean Interviewed on Balenciaga Controversy

Tue, November 29, 2022

Bruce Sinclair, Associate Dean of Business Marketing, Fashion & Beauty at Humber College, was interviewed by CP24 and CHCH for his professional opinion on the Balenciaga campaign controversy.

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Mix & Mingle

Mix & Mingle

Fri, November 25, 2022

Fashion Management Programs, (bachelor and postgraduate), and their program coordinators, Francesca D’Angelo and Rossie Kadiyska, hosted a meet-and-greet for all Lakeshore fashion students.

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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Rossie Kadiyska, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79223
rossie.kadiyska@humber.ca

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,611.28
  • international: $18,058.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Note: An additional registration fee of $440 applies to placements completed after the final semester of this program.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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