Fashion Retail Academy

Fashion Retail Academy



The Fashion Retail Academy, recently awarded Ofsted Outstanding, is a unique, employer led college. It was founded in 2005 as a unique private-public partnership with investment from the retail industry matched by the government.

We offer a wide range of specialist fashion Diploma, Degree and Short courses, many of these exclusive to the FRA, for students of all ages with start dates throughout the year. Our courses are developed to provide students with a combination of an in-depth knowledge of Fashion Retail and hands on practical experience of the work environment. Most full-time courses provide a guaranteed three-week work placement with a major high street brand, ensuring graduates leave with a wide range of skills and experience to take them into the workplace. Our success lies in providing the fastest route to a career, simultaneously giving students vocational experience and support to find a job role on graduation.

Our Accelerated Degree programmes are condensed over two years, to save a third of the time and cost of a traditional degree, whilst providing an internship and practical experience alongside.  You will be supported by an Industry mentor throughout your degree.

We work with over 140 brands to provide unrivalled access to Industry through master classes, live industry projects, workshops and placements to ensure our graduates meet the current recruitment needs of the industry. Our tutors are dual professionals; a combination of experienced teachers and industry experts, providing the student with the most current information and skills needed to work in the ever changing environment of Fashion Retail.  

We offer courses suitable for all ages, time-frames, budgets and levels. Full time courses run from one to two years. Our fast track courses are 2 days per week over 22 weeks and our intensive courses are designed to get you into the workplace in the shortest time possible by learning full-time five days per week for 10 weeks. Short courses are ideal as an entry point or skills top-up and run from one to five days and our apprenticeships provide work based learning.

Located in the heart of London, the FRA is just moments away from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court road and a number of national rail stations. Our state of the art campus has recently befitted from a £2m upgrade, offering an inspirational learning environment.

Our success speaks for itself: Over 95% of former FRA students go on to full time employment or further studies.

Have you heard about our new and bespoke Industry to Teaching programme?

Fashioning Futures combines accredited teacher training, industry relevance, practical hands-on in-classroom placements and commercial projects. It will immerse you in pedagogy for employability and meaningful careers and the business of education to transform you from industry expert into the best imaginable teacher. 

Interested in a non-teaching role with us? Take a look at our current vacancies.

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