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Breaking into fashion can be challenging, especially if you don’t have specialist skills or have a clear direction of where you want to go. If you’re a third-year fashion student wondering what you should do next, the University of Bolton’s postgraduate fashion courses could be a great way of gaining that competitive edge before entering the industry.
Whether you’re studying fashion, textiles and surface design, or fashion photography, staying on to do a fashion master’s degree at Bolton could be the best investment you in make in your career.
Here are some of the ways a fashion master’s can help you land your dream job!
Develop your specialism
While it’s entirely possible to find a good job in fashion with an undergraduate degree, a master’s will only enhance your potential even more.
Simply put, a fashion master’s degree gets you closer to where you want to be, quicker. So if you’re looking to fast-track your career progression journey, postgraduate study could be the right move for you. By studying a master’s, you can spend time training in your chosen specialism, whether that be childrenswear, embroidery, theatrical costumes, millinery design, shoes and accessories, or other subcategories of fashion.
Gain a competitive advantage
One of the biggest values of postgraduate study is being able to stand out in a crowded and competitive job market. The most sought-after jobs in fashion happen to be the hardest to get into. These include working as a fashion buyer, designer, stylist or visual merchandiser for top fashion brands.
In an industry where progression can be hard due to competition, having further qualifications helps you get noticed. A fashion master’s degree demonstrates dedication and advanced knowledge of the industry.
Not only are you more likely to get hired with a second degree, but you could boost your earning potential.
Investigate environmental and ethical issues
Another reason to invest in one of Bolton’s postgraduate fashion courses is to have an opportunity for critical reflection.
During our MA (Specialism) via Creative Practice course or our MA (Specialism) for Creative Industries course, you’ll get to explore the social, economic, ethical, environmental or cultural side of fashion in detail.
For instance, if you’re interested in working for an eco-fashion brand, or starting your own eco-friendly label, postgraduate training provides you with invaluable tools, knowledge and training to make this happen.
Remember, visionary leaders in fashion are those who challenge existing processes and current norms. A master’s degree helps you develop your analytical and critical competencies, and as a result, you’ll be able to apply your skills to improve the way things are done.
Prepare and adapt in a time of volatility
In recent years, career opportunities in fashion have shifted drastically. The switch from brick-and-mortar to online and mobile, the rise of social media influencers, and the growing need for sustainable practices have all flipped the industry on its head.
According to McKinsey’s State of Fashion 2021 Report, fashion markets will continue to be volatile as we navigate post-COVID recovery. Studying a fashion master’s gives students a chance to adapt their skills, and discover the most effective career pathways where they can make a difference while generating job security for the coming years.
Why stay on at Bolton?
We believe that education is the greatest inspiration. That’s why our passionate course leaders ensure a friendly and supportive learning environment, so students can feel inspired and empowered.
Helping you master your vision, we’ll guide you in independently planning and delivering a relevant project at master’s level for your professional dissertation. Whether you choose to work on an exhibition, a live project in collaboration with industry, an event or a publication, we’ll make sure you get the support you need.
As a leading Greater Manchester university with a student-centric approach and a passion for delivering #UniAsItShouldBe, there’s nowhere better to continue your personal and professional development journey than Bolton!
To find out more about applying in 2022/23, see our available postgraduate fashion courses.