The UK fashion industry is large with a global reputation, contributing around £35bn to the UK economy and supports around 900,000 jobs. Clothing has always been big business for the UK, even in medieval times, the wool trade accounted for 80% of exports.
The UK is also a world leader in fashion education, having six of the world’s 20 leading fashion universities and is host to one of the ‘Big Four’ Fashion Weeks. London Fashion Week takes place in London twice a year, in February and September, showcasing over 250 designers to a global audience of influential media and retailers.
Job opportunities include becoming a designer, a stylist, illustrator, textile technologist, journalist or teacher. Other options include working in the retail fashion industry, as buyers, merchandisers or managers. You might even want to set up your own fashion brand. There are also some less obvious choices such as costume designer or fashion photographer and for those who enjoy more hands-on garment production, there are also roles such as upholsterer, sample machinist and pattern graders.
What could I earn?
Starting salaries in the fashion industry are often low, however there are a wide variety of roles to choose from and the industry has plenty of room for progression, meaning you’ll have a number of opportunities for promotions and pay rises.
Design assistants may start at around £16,000 to £18,000 per annum. However with more experience, salaries at senior designer and creative director level range from around £42,000 to in excess of £85,000.
Other average salaries
• Fashion PR assistant - £24,034
• Junior buyer - £23,819
• Visual merchandiser - £20,815
• Assistant stylist - £19,751
• Seamstress/Seamster - £17,218
Why study Fashion with South & City College?
We have had students go on to: study fashion degrees at universities including the prestigious London College of Fashion; become costume designers for theatres; set up their own fashion businesses and win the prestigious Midland Fashion Awards ‘Emerging Designer Award’.
• Our Fusion Centre School of Fashion is based in Birmingham City Centre, only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Bullring and within the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter
• The Fusion Centre offers state-of-the-art workrooms, with brilliant facilities from industrial sewing machines, screen printing equipment, to the Gerber System.
• We offer an exciting range of courses from Level 1 to degree level
• Courses will take you through the complete design process from initial design to creating patterns and toiles
• You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at our annual sell-out fashion show
• We have excellent links with local businesses for industry work experience
• We have great connections with local universities for our students that choose to progress to higher education
To find out more about studying a Fashion and Textiles course with us, click here.