Fashion and Textiles in New York

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Final year undergraduates studying Contour Fashion, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Buying, Fashion Design, Textiles and Footwear programmes are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 60 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The United States has always led the way in terms of retail formats and customer service, which is why a visit to New York is key for students entering the fashion industry across all specialist subject areas. The fashion district plus other fashion hot spots such as The Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market and the large department and designer stores provides a rich source of market research and inspiration for student work. New York flag ship stores feature world leading Visual Merchandising concepts. Cultural visits to galleries, exhibitions and iconic buildings further broaden the richness of the student experience.

This opportunity may include an industry related visit, based in New York, which is relevant to student’s subject area such as Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Burberry, Joules and Coach. Further exhibition visits will include FIT: Power Mode, The Met: Felix Vallotton The Painter of Disquiet and Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination.

Cultural activities

As well as organised academic activities, you will have the opportunity to explore some of New York’s most famous and exciting landmarks, venues and districts. Museums you could visit include the 9/11 Memorial Museum or Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If you have a head for heights, you can enjoy the views from the top of the Empire State Building, the bar at the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center or the tallest building of them all, the One World Trade Center. If you fancy a trip on the Hudson River you can take the free Staten Island Ferry which passes the Statue of Liberty. Another highlight of New York is the High Line, a former raised subway track now converted into a park.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the overall cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

All students travelling to the United States will require some form of a visa. You will need to check if you are eligible for the Visa Waiver, if you are, you will need to apply for an ESTA, if you are not, you will need to apply for a full non-immigrant visa.

All students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the US immigration requirements. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. Should you require visa advice, please attend one of the #DMUglobal Visa Advice Sessions.

Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 6 January 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 12 January 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £850-900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food & drink, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 14 October 2020 9am