Fashion Business, Events & Tourism

If you are customer-focused, creative and work well under pressure then you could be the ideal candidate for a career in the fashion and retail industry.

Are you a people person and looking for excitement and adventure? A career in Tourism or Events could be the ideal choice.

We offer a broad spectrum of courses from Certificate to HND level, which will help prepare you for a career in these vibrant and fast-paced industries.

As part of our Fashion Business courses, you’ll learn from industry experts and develop invaluable practical skills through selecting and buying products, creating the marketing plan and helping to run the website for Tempus, the college’s in-house gift shop.

In our Events & Tourism courses, you will be introduced to the main roles and key areas in the sector whilst gaining knowledge and industry experience.

The fashion industry is the UK’s largest creative industry. Possible employment opportunities in fashion retail management, fashion merchandising, fashion buyer, fashion range planning or fashion marketing.

Events is a vibrant and booming sector locally and nationally, providing opportunities to work across a diverse range of events including music, festivals, conferences, cultural events, sporting occasions and exhibitions.

We deliver a broad Tourism programme that introduces you to the main roles in this sector such as Travel Agents, Cabin Crew, Tour Guides and Airport Check-in Staff. You’ll gain skills and knowledge in Customer Service, World Attractions, Holiday Types and much more.

Kerry's Story – From Dundee to New York!   

Kerry Gillespie first became interested in Event Management while still at high school.   

“I decided to apply to D&A College so I could stay at home while studying and keep the part-time job I had at the time. We learned all sorts of different topics throughout the two-year course including event logistics, event planning, business management, budgeting and finance, admin skills, legal and much more! My favourite part was working on putting on our own events which we did once a year. I was proud of the two charity events we organised in aid of Maggie’s Centre.”   

Kerry admits budgeting and finance was her least favourite module, but it has come in helpful in work.   

“After leaving college I went to work at the University of St Andrews as an Events Assistant within the commercial arm of the Uni. I was then promoted to an Events Manager where I managed all sorts of events including conferences, summer schools, award ceremonies, sporting events, gala dinners/balls and even weddings.”   

While working at the University, Kerry decided to study for a distance learning degree through RGU University in Business Management.    

“I did this in my free time, outside of work, and within a year I graduated with a BA degree. I am now an Events Manager for Insights – a learning and development company founded in Dundee but now operating globally. I am extremely lucky to be able to travel the world with this job and within a year I have visited five different countries, including managing the company’s largest event to date in New York City. COVID-19 has unfortunately put a hold to all the travelling, but I am learning lots of new skills every day in managing different virtual/online events.”  

Heidie's Story

When Heidie Hird reached her fifties she decided it was time to for a change.

“I opted to study Travel and Tourism at Dundee and Angus College. The staff were friendly and helpful when I attended my interview and explained everything which, as a mature student, was important to me. Once I started going to lectures I was fascinated by the subject topics and choices.”

Heidie progressed from NC to HNC then HND.

“I was encouraged throughout by my lecturers who believed in me and the door was always open if I needed help. I loved the fact that I still have many of my classmates as friends and we keep in contact and encourage each other with everything. I am really proud that due to my work experience over the years I was able to help a lot of my classmates with some of the role play assessments. The younger students were really nervous about their abilities. I was able to sit with them and encourage them by working on their strengths and weaknesses.”

When Heidie first started studying Travel and Tourism she was unsure which path she wanted to follow.

“The subject choices gave me a wider range of knowledge so I could make more certain choices. I was aiming to be a Tour Guide or a Tourist Information Officer but Covid 19 changed all that. This inspired me to attend university as I had the knowledge and confidence gained through my three years at college. As I had passed my HND I was able to go straight into 3rd year of my course at Stirling University.”

Eventually Heidie would like to start a tourist information business, specialising in disabled tourism. She would also love to be a Tour Guide. Here. She sums up her experience: “Never be afraid to take the opportunity to change your life. I did it at the age of 51 and it was the best move I could have made.”

Tara's Story

From a young age Tara Hamon had an interest in fashion.

“I knew no matter what I was doing later in life, it must include some aspect of fashion. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the right grades to get into university, so I took a year out when I finished school and started my first job in a high street retail store.”

During this time Tara researched options to still be able to go to university and decided to study Retail/Fashion at Dundee and Angus College as it could give direct entry at second or third year.

“I graduated from college having learned multiple things – the ins and outs of becoming a buyer, the various methods of marketing, implementing high quality customer service within a business, the accounting side of things, opportunities to gain retail experience by working in a pop-up shop and my favourite of all, managing an event, our own charity fashion show.”

Tara loved how college gave her the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds who all wanted to succeed.

“Although it is a big jump from school, you are offered so much help as well as being encouraged to make your own decisions, you really do grow up when you get to college. I am very proud of being awarded an A for my final grade which gave me the opportunity to be accepted onto the university course I had aimed for.” 

Tara currently works for the St Andrews Links Trust within various departments.

“My main role is to assist the overall running of The Old Course Shop and ensure customers receive a luxury 5-star experience. One day I would like to have my own fashion business within the golf industry. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone to college so, if anyone is unsure of whether they should apply or not, I would say do it. You won’t regret it.”

Cheryl's Story

When Cheryl Appleby began her Retail Management course at Dundee and Angus College she had no idea where she wanted to go with her career.

“The course helped me understand a wide view of possibilities and areas of business that I never knew existed. Teamed with the support from the staff, the HNC/HND experience was a well-structured way to prepare for university.”

After college Cheryl studied the step course to Fashion Management at RGU, joining directly in third year of university.

“The bridge degree from college to university was excellent and I had all the relevant knowledge and understanding to successfully complete my degree with a first class honours and an award for the best dissertation.”

Cheryl quickly gained employment in London in the field of Merchandising.

“This was an area I decided I wanted to work in. Merchandising embodies analytics, business strategy, product management and is predominantly numbers focussed, however it remains within a creative environment of buyers and designers which is why I love it so much.”

Cheryl began her career in London working for Kurt Geiger as a Merchandise Admin Assistant and now has a Merchandiser/Planner role with Burberry.

“To work for a British institute such as Burberry and to be responsible for managing and strategising the core assortment worth hundreds of millions of pounds a year is a dream come true. I am very proud of my achievements but none of this would have been possible if I hadn’t joined that first course at college that lead me down this path!”

Eleanor’s Story

Eleanor Mitchell had never worked during her 17-year marriage so she decided she needed to get some qualifications to give her a better chance of employment.

“At the time I was interested in working for an airport so I opted for Dundee and Angus College’s Travel and Tourism course. As I was the only mature student in the class, I enjoyed the friendships I had with the younger students. Mixing with them helped me understand everyone had different needs and insecurities. We all helped each other in different ways and have become good life-long friends. I am immensely proud of where some of them are now.

“Over the range of NC to HNC I became more aware of the Scottish Tourism Industry which interested me more than I thought it would.”

Eleanor then secured a role at Visit Scotland Tourist Information in Dundee and completed a BA Hons International Tourism Management Degree at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

“This was all possible because of the encouragement and belief that the lecturers at the college had in me, as university was not something I would have considered before. I am proof that these courses work no matter what your age is.”

next steps