The Business Skills Seminar aims to highlight the importance of business skills within the fashion design industry. The seminar draws together key industry speakers to explain in detail the key areas of setting up a designer business including: the construction of a business plan, setting up a design studio, fabric sourcing, costing, sales and marketing, production and manufacturing.
The Creative Pattern Cutting Seminar invites students and lecturers to observe professional pattern cutters showcase a variety of different techniques and demonstrate ways of developing new and innovative ideas for design. The seminar also exhibits potential career paths in this area.
Fashion Industry Update informs course leaders about the latest developments in the industry and provides insight into the personal and business challenges the speakers have faced.
Graduate Preview Day gives industry professionals an opportunity to assess the talent about to emerge from the UK’s top fashion colleges as well as to foster relationships between graduates and the industry. The event is attended by professionals from different spheres of the industry, including representatives from Net-a-Porter, Vogue, Burberry and Topshop. On the day, competition winners are announced and awards are given to students and institutions for portfolio quality.
The BFC Colleges Council partners with various fashion companies to run industry-led competitions, which offer students prizes to enhance their portfolios and increase exposure to the industry. Prizes can include graduate placements, paid internships, cash bursaries and garment manufacture. The BFC is uniquely placed to bring the creative industries together in support of arts education. The BFC has recently collaborated with Burberry, Givenchy, The British Library, MTV and YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group.