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ARTD3047 Professional Planning and Evaluation for Management

Module Overview

We know that undertaking a BA in Fashion Management is part of a larger career plan and this module is designed to equip you with all the necessary tools to maximize your success in reaching your goals. The professional planning module focuses on career planning and developing your employability profile, identifying career options – matching your qualifications to opportunities in work and further study, writing CVs and applications, plus advice on how to succeed at interviews and with graduate training scheme assessment days. The module runs alongside your final major project, as such you will be given advice and teaching on how to present and communicate work effectively to public audiences e.g. programme graduate events, WSA degree show.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To foster an increasing level of self-awareness in your professional planning and evaluation. • To enable you to target your selected work to employment, consultancy or postgraduate study • To help you explore the career opportunities open to you

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • how to locate your work within an appropriate professional and commercial management context
  • an in-depth knowledge of the area of fashion management in which you intend to work
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically reflect on your progress and studies with an accomplished level of analysis and synthesis
  • formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate, with authority, to audiences in a range of situations through visual, oral and written formats
  • provide opportunities for you to prepare for the presentation of your Final Fashion Management Project to public audiences
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • promote reflective and professional planning in your fashion management ‘portfolio’ selection, personal presentation and the production of other promotional material including a Curriculum Vitae and business card.
  • prepare for an interview, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses in relation to your intended career in Fashion Management


This module enables you to build on the knowledge and skills previously acquired, in a manner directly related to your own personal and professional aspirations. Through seminars, presentations and mock interviews, the module provides you with an opportunity to define your professional goals, analyse your skills and exploit your strengths to target your research in to the fashion management career market. You will receive feedback on mock interviews, personal presentations, graduate and employability skills and how to target your ‘portfolio’ and personal planning and development towards potential employers and organisations. Using your learning journal as a tool, you will be encouraged to create a personal database of contacts and relevant information for your future career and set out realistic objectives for progression into employment or postgraduate study such as building networks, business contacts and refining your interpersonal skills The Professional Planning and Evaluation module is studied concurrently with your Final Project and is designed to support you in the development of your professional judgement and awareness for employment or postgraduate study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Seminars • Presentations • Guest speakers • Assessed interview Learning activities include • Seminars • Tutorials • Group discussion • Mock interviews • Peer group learning

Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work52
Wider reading or practice20
Completion of assessment task42
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Graduate Prospects – the official graduate careers website.

Jay R (2005). Brilliant Interview. 

H Goworek (2006). Careers in Fashion and Textiles. 

M Yate (2008). Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions. 

Career Destinations website.

Eggert, M. (2003). The Perfect Interview. 

Longson S (2004). Choosing Your Career. 






MethodPercentage contribution
Business plan  (1000 words) 50%
Interview 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Business plan  (1000 words) 50%
Interview 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Business plan  (1000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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