The industry - many opportunities for academics
The fashion and textile industry has undergone a major change in recent years. Due to the globalization many activities, for which no great know-how is important, have been relocated to countries such as China or Bangladesh. This led to an enormous drop in employment in Germany.
Nevertheless, the fashion industry is one of the most popular employers. And this is not unjustified: in order to further increase the turnover of around 10 billion euros per year, the industry is dependent on skilled trainees.
Creativity is the key
In contrast to the non-know-how jobs, especially in academia, there is a high demand for young, passionate employees. Creative Modedesigner are in demand.
But there is also a need for innovative clothing engineers who develop techniques to make a protective suit of the fire brigade even more insensitive to heat but also lighter. In short: in the fashion industry, there are a multitude of exciting fields of activity and jobs waiting for young graduates.
The focus is on the alignment!
If you are interested in getting started in the fashion industry, you have to decide between three possible fields of study: creative, technical or economical?
Each of these three directions has different focuses, different content and offers different career prospects.
This includes in particular the most well-known course of studies in the field of fashion, namely Modedesign. As a result, the influx is also the most important here: at the universities, art schools and Fachhochschulen, 10 applicants sometimes come to one of the very limited study places.
This high demand is certainly due to the fact that a fashion design study and the associated hope for a great career in the glamor world between catwalk, models and their own fashion label in the minds of the applicants as cliché exists.
The study contents include:
- Sketching techniques and model development
- color theory
- Design and Mod theory
- Clothing design
TheseCourses, such as textile technology or clothing technology, are mostly heavily geared towards engineering and end with the academic title of “Bachelor of Engineering”. The course content therefore has a large technical component. However, some of them are structured very differently.
Textile technology is concerned, for example, with the development and construction of machines and processes for the production and processing of fibers, yarns and textiles from synthetic and natural raw materials for clothing and technical applications.
The study contents include:
- model development
- Textile and clothing technology
- Clothing machinery and manufacturing processes
- manufacturing organization
(Business) Economic studies
The fashion management and textile management courses convey knowledge of the intersections of fashion design, textile technology and business administration. This combination of business basics and textile or fashion-specific content enables students and graduates to work in a wide range of activities, for example as a product and collection manager in a fashion chain. Here they are responsible for the design, manufacture and smooth delivery of a product or collection. The degree is usually a “Bachelor of Arts”.
- The study contents include:
- Quality-and Environmentmanagement
- Product and merchandise
- Fashion marketing
- textile technology
Prospects after graduation
The employment fields after the completion of a Modestudium are versatile. First of all, it depends on which of the ways described above has been taken. Usually the graduates of the different fashion study courses meet again after the study in different roles and positions, for example at
- Mod marks and chains
- fashion designer
- Special clothing manufacturer
- Department store chains
Depending on how you also set your personal focus during your studies and what practical experience you have gained through internships and co-working, there may of course be other career opportunities outside of this overview.
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