Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
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.
Apply accounting, finance and supply chain operation methods to make sustainable business decisions that build competitive advantage for fashion products.
Recommend merchandising, store-level operations, promotions and product offering improvements for retailers based on detailed competitive analysis.
Develop entrepreneurship strategies that inform start-up business plans to achieve profitability and sustainability goals.
Develop a merchandising plan and replenishment process using industry specific tools in accordance with an allocated budget to achieve desired profitability and performance metrics.
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.
Formulate evidence-based and innovative business plans that serve to solve identified fashion business problems related to production, profitability and market position.
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.
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.
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.
Analyze historical and current development in the fashion industry together with predicted future trends to create competitive and sustainable business solutions.
Gain first-hand experience in the industry with a four-week (160-hour) work placement which takes place either part time during the program or full time at the end of the program. Placements provide the valuable work experience employers seek.
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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.
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.
"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
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 product development manager, private label/brand manager, retail manager, event manager, retail buyer, fashion manager relating to sourcing, logistics co-ordinator, inventory control manager, visual merchandiser, promotion manager or planner. Online retailing offers positions in community management, social media marketing and opportunities in customer service inventory management.
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
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Fashion & Esthetics Success Stories
The Show Must Go On - Powerhouse: A Digital Fashion Week
Fri, June 05, 2020
Instead of canceling their annual Walk It Out Fashion Show event, Fashion Arts and Business students showed resilience in letting the show go on.
Jessica Rotolo: Model, Artist, Advocate is Now a Proud Humber Student
Wed, June 03, 2020
Jessica Rotolo is a dynamo. Her resume takes up several pages, but somehow, she still feels she has something to learn.
Making Masks for a Cause
Mon, June 01, 2020
With the help of her mother, Fashion Arts and Business program alumni student, Amanda Seto, has been making masks to donate.
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Faculty of Business News
A Message from the Faculty of Business Senior Dean about Racism
Thu, July 02, 2020
As educators, we have a responsibility to disrupt injustices, we are in a unique position to eliminate racism and bigotry within our school's culture.
Launch Me Competition Winners Announced
Wed, April 29, 2020
Congratulations to the winners who presented their final pitches on Zoom for a chance to win funding and resources to support their startups.
Finalists to Present Business Ideas Online for Launch Me Competition
Wed, April 01, 2020
The Launch Me Competition provides aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas at a live pitch night.
Humber at Home
Wed, April 01, 2020
As we adjust to working and learning at home, it’s important to stay connected to each other.
Toastmasters Practice Public Speaking Skills Virtually
Tue, March 31, 2020
The Toastmaters Club, spearheaded by International Business Professor Alain Londes, held their weekly meeting on Zoom.
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