Bachelor of Science in Fashion Business Management

Why Study Fashion Business Management?

Prepare for a career in the increasingly business-oriented and globalized fashion industry. In this program jointly offered with the Alberta School of Business, you'll gain an advanced understanding of the analytical, marketing and management tools, leadership skills and ethical values required of business professionals working in fashion industries. Students will meet fashion industry stakeholders and increase their understanding of the theoretical and practical processes involved in the design, production, distribution and consumption of textiles and clothing. If you see yourself entering the world of fashion and want to prepare for a management career or develop the skills to start your own business, the Fashion Business Management degree can help you achieve your goals.

Hands-on Learning

Students in the Fashion Business Management program are eligible to participate in the Alberta School of Business Co-op Program, one of the top four business programs in Canada. Combine classroom learning with on-the-job training through a 12-month paid work experience that allows you to act on your passion and develop a professional network. Leverage resources right on campus like the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection, a unique collection that houses more than 23,000 clothing and textile-related artifacts with local, national and international significance. Jumpstart your career before graduating by tackling real-world projects and issues faced by industry, government and environmental organizations.


"One thing I love about my degree is learning about the importance of sustainability within the fashion industry. I love that the need for environmentally conscious and sustainable practices are being recognized to a greater extent within the industry and big name brands…”


- Ila, a Fashion Business Management student from Ludhiana, India, shared one of her favourite parts of the program in a UAlberta Students interview.


Ila, a Fashion Business Management student from Ludhiana, India, shared one of her favourite parts of the program in a UAlberta Students interview.


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Featured Courses

Fashion History Crash Course in Paris
Join professor Anne Bissonnette in Paris, France, for a journey through the historical development of dress. Be immersed into the world of global textiles and apparel and the cultures from which they emerged. Lectures take place in the morning at the Paris American Academy (PAA) and afternoons will include museum tours to better understand the source civilizations and to contextualize dress.
In this studio course students develop fundamental awareness and skills for the textiles and clothing field including machine operation, design and construction terminology, pattern manipulation and fit, and quality construction techniques. Students construct samples and garments with a focus on professional standards in problem solving and production.




Study the production and distribution of textiles and apparel in a global context; issues and policy related to international trade agreements; and the impact of national and international consumer, labor and environmental standards.
Students are introduced to the activities involved in connecting consumers with products and services through a combination of electronic commerce and traditional retail channels, with an emphasis on the integration of the two. Topics include: customer acquisition and retention, assortment selection, layout and design, security, customer retargeting, physical location optimization, shopping behavior, pricing strategy and current trends.



Feature Careers

Visual merchandisers capture consumers’ attention through the placement of merchandise, signage, and interior displays in retail stores and shopping malls.

Fashion designers and product developers create clothing and accessories. This can include jewellery, belts, shoes, gloves, uniforms, costumes, and hats. Using specialized equipment, they develop and construct patterns for garments in various industries. 


Careers in Fashion Business Management

  • Data Analytics
  • Fashion Marketing or Buying
  • Operations Management
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Campaign Designing or Consultation

Study Here

In the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) Business Management programs, students have access to one of the largest faculty scholarship programs at the U of A while connecting to the expertise and community in the Alberta School of Business, a leading business education and research institution. Be inspired by faculty members and staff who apply their broad scientific knowledge in world-class facilities to improve lives at local and international levels, and get involved with the thriving student community for a memorable and life-changing university experience.