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International Fashion Management Grad Cert GBC

International Fashion Management Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

Students who enroll in this course are either:

  • A business professional who wants to work in the international apparel business or;
  • A fashion industry professional with a serious interest in managing a business.

This International Fashion Management Graduate Certificate program of George Brown College will provide you with the analytical and management skills along with knowledge of world culture and understanding of the global economy that are essential to succeed in the international apparel business.

You will be exposed to new communication technologies and world trade through the study of economic, legal and cultural factors that affect international focus of this course will be understanding:

  • Business practices;
  • Global marketing;
  • Logistics and supply chain management.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

The International Fashion Management Program is being offered by the School of Fashion Studies at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College.

Courses are taught at the advanced level. This program requires commitment and planning for heavy course workload in addition to class hours.

This program includes an unpaid field education component at the end of the second semester. Students will not graduate until this component has been completed.

Careers

You will be developing skills to work in various business sectors of the fashion industry so you could apply for the following positions:

  • Apparel suppliers
  • Wholesale distributors
  • Major retailers
  • Import and export staff

You will also have several career options depending on your previous education and work experience.  Combined with completion of the International Fashion Management program, you may find careers in the following areas:

  • Business analysis
  • Logistics
  • Planning and allocation
  • Import and export
  • Product brand management
  • Sourcing
  • Wholesale distribution and sales

Learning Outcomes

Before completion, you should have been able to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Manage processes relating to the international movement of apparel goods according to supply chain and logistics principles.
  2. Identify the knowledge of international trade and licensing agreements required to perform import, export, and sourcing functions in an apparel business operation.
  3. Analyze global economics and geopolitics to inform selection of international apparel business partners.
  4. Research and create a global marketing plan to support international apparel business strategies.
  5. Develop culturally appropriate strategies and techniques to communicate successfully in a global apparel business environment.
  6. Select current business practices, research methods, analytic techniques and tools required to conduct apparel business operations in a global context.
  7. Practice business ethically by applying principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability to domestic and international apparel operations.

Course Outline

SEMESTER ONE

  • FASH1129:  International Trade and Economics
  • FASH1130:  Global Logistics and Resources I
  • FASH1236:  Global Marketing
  • FASH1202:  Communication Across Cultures
  • LAW1152:  International Trade Agreements and Business Law
  • MATH1101:  Business Math and Statistics
  • FASH1082:  World of Fashion*

SEMESTER TWO

  • FASH1131:  Business Research Methods
  • FASH1141:  Apparel Brand Licensing Agreements
  • FASH1237:  Project Management
  • FASH1239:  Global Logistics and Resources II
  • FASH1248:  Field Education Placement (May to August – 160 hours)

* If you do not have a background in fashion, you will be required to take FASH1082 World of Fashion in semester 1. If this is a requirement, you will be advised of this in your OFFER letter.

If you are without a business background, you will be advised to take a preparatory business course prior to start of class. The School of Fashion Studies will contact you if you are to take this program as a requirement for acceptance.

Course Info

Course Code : F412

College : School of Fashion Studies

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.


As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.



Intake Dates :

There is only ONE intake every year and that is in September.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Fashion Studies of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a diploma or Bachelor's Degree in business or fashion with a minimum program grade point average of 2.7 OR
    • Diploma or Bachelor's degree with a minimum program GPA of 2.7 AND three years of directly related career experience (resume required)
    • Preference will be given to you if you have some academic background in economics, marketing and logistics.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic:  60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band.

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