Antwerp, Belgium

Responsible Fashion Management

when 1 July 2024 - 10 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1950

Both from a societal and economic perspective, fashion is an important business. It is a critical part of the so-called creative industries and plays a significant role in the European economy. Across the globe, fashion is a multi-trillion dollar industry. Nonetheless this industry is confronted with a fast changing world, globalization, sustainability issues, industry-disrupting technology, the impact of COVID-19… In the past decades fashion companies have continuously been experiencing dramatic transitions in their relation to consumers. In order to maintain a point of differentiation, fashion brands increasingly have to seek new and innovative methods of capturing the hearts, minds and wallets of savvy consumers. Fashion management studies these alterations and innovations and tries to provide a mind-set and tools for strategy development in this industry.

This summer school gives a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of fashion management, with an emphasis on both entrepreneurial fashion designers and high fashion and luxury brands. Main topics are:

- the fashion industry and system,
- fashion business modeling and entrepreneurship,
- enterprise management (IP, law, finance and investment, supply chain management),
- CSR and sustainability in fashion,
- fashion marketing and promotion (online marketing, retail-options, e-strategy, PR),
- HR and leadership in the fashion industry.

This summer school is hosted in partnership with the Responsible Fashion Series of conferences and thus will have a significant focus on sustainability and offer lectures from a large range of practitioners and academics involved in the network

Target group

Professionals, Master students as well as Bachelor students with proven fashion experience, highly motivated to work in the fashion industry.
Candidates for the summer school on Fashion Management will be selected based on their motivation and relevant background in education (preferably master level) or work experience.

Credits info

3 EC
Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded for participants who succesfull complete an assignment. During and after the summer school, participants work together with a fashion designer/ entrepreneur to design a business plan for the practitioner’s case. With this exercise participants apply their knowledge and insights acquired through the lectures, debates, study visits and literature to a 'real life' case. With this business plan students prove insight in the opportunities and pitfalls that organizations face when doing business in fashion.

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

Fee info

EUR 1950: Regular fee (professionals)

This fee includes course material, lunches, receptions and social activities. It does not include accommodation or transport.
EUR 1150: Student fee (normal - from 1st of April): €1150
Student fee (early bird – registration before 1 April 2024): €950

This fee includes course material, lunches, receptions and social activities. It does not include accommodation or transport.


In partnership with Flanders DC, the University of Antwerp awards a free grant for the Summer School for a graduating student from the Fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, KASK Gent and the Fashion Academy Sint Niklaas.