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About this minor

Delve into the business, historical, cultural economic and media dimensions of the fashion industry. This minor looks at this fascinating industry as one of the creative industries. In particular, this minor pays attention to the transition to a more sustainable fashion and textile industry.
Fashion has often been studied from cultural studies or costume history perspectives. The minor Fashion Industry aims to highlight other important aspects of fashion. We look at the fashion industry as one of the creative industries, and we gain insight into the business, historical, cultural economic and media dimensions of this fascinating industry. In particular, we pay attention to the transition to a more sustainbable fashion and textile industry: we look at how the fashion industry works, but also how it is reshaping its practices and what can be done to facilitate the transition. This Minor features a mix of interactive seminars, exciting group work (often in collaboration with stakeholders in the fashion industry), (inter)national guest lectures and field trips (i.e. fashion exhibitions in musea, an entire day dedicated to the denim industry and its transition to a sustainable future at the Denim City in Amsterdam). You will join a community of highly motivated students who want to make a change in the current fashion industry, and you will learn to work together in small interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. You will be inspired and coached by a team of academics with hands-on experience in the fashion industry, passionate and very engaged. Many alumni still mention and remember with enthusiasm all the activities and assignments done during the minor, and how the minor helped shape their interest and professional career into the fashion industry.

Learning outcomes

After completing the minor, students should have a wide-range knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, business, economic, media and sustainability dimensions of the fashion industry, as well as the particularities of fashion products, businesses, media and intermediaries in the industry.

Teaching method and examination

Module 1: Business History of Fashion

  • assignments (30%), written exam (60%) and participation (10%)

Module 2: Economics of Fashion

  • groups assignment (30%), individual final paper (70%)

Module 3: Fashion Media

  • groups assignments (30%), individual assignments (60%) and participation (10%)

Minor students should obtain a pass mark for each of the three modules in order to obtain the Minor; it is not possible to compensate for a score below the pass mark.

Good to know

  • The minor is 15 ECTS and is taught in the first 10 weeks of the academic year (starting early September).
  • The education level for the minor is BA-3.
  • Attendance is compulsory in all seminars of the three modules part of the minor. In case of three absences in any of the three modules parts of the minor, students cannot complete the minor.
  • All seminars (three per week) are held on campus (offline) , except for fieldtrips usually held in Amsterdam.
  • The minor is intensive with group work every week. It is not recommended to follow the minor in combination with other courses .
  • The maximum number of students is 30.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. We advise a VWO-final examination grade of 7 or higher, a TOEFL-test minimum score of 100 or an IELTS-test minimum score of 7.
  • This minor is open to all students from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University and** TU Delft** who wish to take a broadening minor.
  • Please do check the EUR minor webpage to get updated information on how and when you can register .

Additional information

  • Code
  • Theme
    Language and culture
  • Credits
    ECTS 15
  • Selection minor
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  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      10 november 2023
    • Term *
      Block MINOR
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 13:00 - 14 Jul 2023
These offerings are valid for students of TU Delft