If you are a good communicator who thrives in a fast paced environment then this could be the career path for you. Based with the main College campus, you will have access to a range of resources to complement your studies. You will also regularly participate in live projects such as organising fashion shows, styling models for photo shoots, taking part in the charity sales and decorating window displays, giving you a real taste of what life is like working in the fashion industry.

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Labour Market Information

Career Choices

In retail there are an estimated 286,000 UK businesses selling a wide range of products, creating employment for thousands of people in a range of jobs.

MC Progression Pathways

Upon completion of one of our Fashion Business & Communication courses, you could pursue a career in:

Fashion Designer | Styling | Fashion Buying | Visual Merchandising | Fashion Promotion | Sales | Retail Management | Marketing | Fashion Communication 

Careers in Fashion Retail


Marks & Spencer

Clinkard Shoes

House of Fraser

River Island


Why study with us?

  1. Middlesbrough College has excellent employer partnerships with fashion retailers ranging from national employers such as M&S, to small local boutiques
  2. All previous fashion business and communication students who have progressed to university have been successful in securing a place
  3. Students gain a real taste of what life is like working in the industry by regularly partaking in live projects. This includes everything from charity sales and fashion shows to styling models for photo shoots
  4. Completing a wide variety of work, which, depending on their course will range from sketchbooks and written projects, to presentations and a final major project, students will complete their studies with an impressive portfolio
  5. The course is a fantastic starting point for a career within the fashion and communication industry
A student holding a book of research materials
The Extended Diploma in Fashion Business gave me the tools required to study a Fashion degree at Northumbria University, I have since started to work with Adidas in their digital marketing department.
Success stories
Harriet Todd Fashion student creating a moodboard
My tutors had excellent links with industry and universities and the course was the perfect stepping stone to my degree
Success stories