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ARTD3065 Professional Planning

Module Overview

This module aims to equip you with the necessary tools to maximise your success of gaining employment and securing a successful career in the fashion industry. Professional Planning focuses on career planning and developing your employability profile, identifying career options and writing CVs and applications. The module builds your understanding of how to succeed in interviews, with advice on securing a graduate training scheme through workshops that build confidence and capability for recruitment processes. The module also aims to build the networking skills you will need following graduation. You will receive advice on how to present and communicate work effectively to industry standards and produce a self-promotion video and personal career plan to support applications for roles across the fashion market.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to promote yourself and your work to fashion marketing management employers;
  • the role and skills required in the area of fashion in which you intend to work;
  • how to prepare a professional Curriculum Vitae and career plan aligned to your intended role in Fashion Marketing with Management.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically identify the strengths of your own work and appropriately recognise your own professional position within the fashion marketplace.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • effectively communicate across visual, oral and written formats using an appropriate range of relevant media.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • creatively employ complex practical skills utilising digital technology in developing a personal profile through a promotional video.


This module enables you to build on the knowledge and skills previously acquired, in a manner directly related to your own professional and personal development. Through a series of presentations, tutorials, interview and workshop activities you will develop your confidence and experience in these vital areas to support you in securing employment. Through reflective practice, you will gather and critically evaluate evidence of self-analysis, strengthening your specialist knowledge to reach your target career path. You will create a personal career plan that will support the development of a one minute promotional video to target Fashion Marketing with Management roles in industry. Indicative content of the module normally includes: • lectures on Employability skills in the Fashion Industry including presentation, interview skills, assessment days, Skills and Roles; • Masters degrees and other education opportunities; • group tutorials on careers mapping, roles, skills and self-reflective practice to determine strengths and weaknesses, & CV workshops; • technical workshops to support the production of a self-promotion video.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • lectures; • workshops; • group tutorials. Learning activities include: • lectures; • workshops; • group discussion; • peer group learning; • Study Skills Hub.

Follow-up work40
Practical classes and workshops10
Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Eggert, M (2003). The perfect interview. 

Granger, Michele (2004). The fashion Intern. 

TeenVogue Handbook (2009). An insiders guide to careers in fashion. 

Study Skills.

Career Destinations.

Granger, Michele (2012). Fashion: the Industry and its careers. 

Lynda (Software Tutorials).

D’souza, Steven (2011). Brilliant Networking. 

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

Adobe (Tutorials).

Graduate Prospects – the official graduate careers website.

Academic Skills (including Academic Integrity).

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


Jay, R (2005). Brilliant Interview. 

Vogt, Peter (2007). Career Opportunities in the fashion Industry. 

Longson, S (2004). Choosing Your Career. 


Brown, Carol (2010). Fashion Careers. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Digital presentation 50%
Plan  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital presentation 50%
Plan  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Digital presentation 50%
Plan  (1500 words) 50%


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:

Art Equipment and Materials: Drawing paper; painting materials; sketchbooks

REQUIRED • Sketchbooks/Notebooks • Implements for drawing / writing • Credit for printing and photocopying • USB Memory stick OPTIONAL • Hard Drive • Laptop • Camera

Study Trips

Opportunities may be identified for students to visit key organisations, conferences or brand head offices, these field trips would need to be self-funded by the student.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional 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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