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Think you have what it takes to do a graduate-level
fashion degree? Read our guide to see if this competi-
tive industry is for you.
London, Paris, Milan, New York: such cities are synony-
mous with fashion, and annual shows that dictate styles
for the year ahead. But these famous centers are also
great seats of fashion learning for graduate students.
London boasts Central St Martins College of Art and De-
sign and the London College of Fashion, part of the Uni-
versity of the Arts London. Paris has the Instituto
Marangoni, which also has branches in London and the
fashion capital of Italy, Milan. Milan is also home to the
Domus Academy, while LIM College in New York offers
an MBA with a focus on fashion management and entre-
Getting to know the fashion industry
The fashion industry is complex and varied, and this is
reflected in the wide range of courses available at gradu-
ate level to prepare students for work in this highly com-
petitive environment. For instance, the Instituto
Marangoni runs master's programs in fashion design,
fashion promotion, brand management, fashion buying
and fashion styling.
Meanwhile graduate specializations at the London Col-
lege of Fashion include fashion and the environment,
footwear, costume design for performance, fashion pho-
tography, fashion journalism, and fashion curation.
The list of options continues, but of course the best-
known part of fashion remains the central design
process. As well as a strong understanding of different
textiles and technologies, this involves learning about
trend analysis and prediction, collection development,
and product launch and promotion.
Create looks, predict trends, sell the brand
Future fashion stylists may also benefit from similar
graduate courses, getting a strong understanding of all
aspects of the industry in order to work confidently to
create 'looks' for celebrities, photo shoots, adverts and
These elements are also key for fashion buyers, who es-
sentially need to be able to predict the future buying
habits of consumers - working out a complicated equa-
tion based on trends, time of year, weather, demand and
promotional work to ensure they have the right products
in the right numbers at the right outlets. Not an easy
task by any means!
Then there are courses focusing more on the promotion
and marketing side of the fashion industry, preparing
students to become future events organizers, brand
managers, PRs and journalists by learning how to effec-
tively represent fashion to different audiences.
As all fashion courses are based on creativity and a feel
for the industry, a good portfolio is essential for anyone
thinking of applying to a graduate program. This should
demonstrate your ability to draw, develop designs, and
respond to broader trends while also showing innovation
and individuality. You may also be expected to submit
some written work, perhaps detailing your inspirations,
aspirations and experience to date.
Computer science is considered by many of its practi-
tioners to be a foundational science - one which makes
other knowledge and achievements possible.
The study of computer science involves systematically
studying methodical processes (such as algorithms) in
order to aid the acquisition, representation, processing,
storage, communication of, and access to information.
This is done by analysing the feasibility, structure, expres-
sion and mechanization of these processes and how they
relate to this information. In computer science, the term
'information' refers usually to information which is en-
coded in bits and bytes in computer memory.
Some higher education institutions may use computer
science (CS) as an umbrella term to cover various special-
ist and vocational degrees involving computers and tech-
nology. You may also find the term computer science
being used to refer to information technology (IT) de-
grees, although many institutions now distinguish be-
tween the two (exactly how and where they draw this
line varies). Make sure to check your chosen university's
course details closely.
Popular career options in Computer Science:
Choose a computer science degree, and you could be
working at the forefront of the next greatest technologi-
IT consultant -- e.g as a service provider you will analyse
IT requirements, develop solutions, implement new sys-
tems, present the results in a written or oral report, an-
swering feedback, helping clients with the subsequent
changes, organizing training for other users, sometimes
involved in sales and business development, identifying
potential clients and maintaining good business contacts.
Information systems manager -- e.g as a full-time mem-
ber of staff your responsibilities will include the secure
and effective operation of computer systems within the
company. You'll be responsible (perhaps with the help of
a team of IT staff) for the entire upkeep of the ICT infra-
structure within your organization (including licensing
laws), with typical tasks involving the overseeing of in-
stallation of systems, ensuring systems are backed-up
and are operating effectively, purchasing hardware and
software, setting up secure access for all users, ensuring
security of data from internal and external attack, and
providing IT support and advice for users, contribute to
organizational policy regarding quality standards and
strategic planning in relation to IT.
Database administrator - A database administrator
(DBA) is responsible for accurately and securely using,
developing and maintaining the performance, integrity
and security of a computerized database. Typically, this
role includes ensuring data remains consistent, is clearly
defined, easily accessible, is secure and can be recovered
in an emergency, to troubleshoot should any problems
arise, liaise with programmers, operational staff, IT proj-
ect managers and technical staff, provide user training,
support and feedback and write reports, documentation
and operating manuals.
Multimedia programmer - responsible for designing and
creating multimedia computer products, their functional-
ity, and maintaining fidelity to a designer's specification.
You'll use creative as well as technical skills to develop
multimedia features including text, sound, graphics, digi-
tal photography, 2D/3D modelling, animation and video.
You'll also be available for technical support after the
product is completed, and need to keep abreast of indus-
try news and developments in order to suggest and im-
Further jobs with a computer science degree include
working in other areas of development such as web,
games, systems, products, programs and software, as
an analyst, as an administrator of databases or net-
works or in an academic or industrial research capacity.
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