Bachelor of Business Administration in Retail Management
Study a BBA for only R40k*
LAUNCH SPECIAL: R40 000 tuition fee. Class starts 14 April 2020.
This programme is designed to produce graduates who will be able to take up junior management positions in the retail industry from where they can progress to middle and senior management positions over time. The retail industry in South Africa is of considerable economic importance, given that it contributes to around two-thirds of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
This qualification will aim to help fill the need for educated and skilled managers in the retail industry. The skills and knowledge areas incorporated into the programme have been identified by industry specialists as critical components required to develop the knowledge and competence to achieve the outcomes and objectives of the programme.
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For entry into a Bachelor of Business Administration, candidates who matriculated prior to 2008 require a Senior Certificate (SC) with endorsement, or for those who matriculated in 2008 or later, a National Senior Certificate (NSC), as certified by Umalusi, with a minimum of 50% in four NSC 20- credit subjects and a minimum of 45% in English, the language of instruction at LISOF.
The world of fashion requires commitment, dedication, hard work, a splash of madness and loads of edge. If you have the passion, LISOF is your launching pad. If you dream of a future in fashion– LISOF will take you there! The second year’s fashion show is always the highlight of my year. An exciting display of talent, skills and confidence – it gives me hope for the future of fashion!
LISOF has consistently delivered top class graduates over the years to the South African Fashion Industry. Umzingeli Productions has had several interns from LISOF under its wing of which I am very proud of.
LISOF is super, forward thinking and creative. It develops creativity and consistently nurture and produce amazing new talent that’s unparalleled in the country.
We were so impressed with the display of talent, passion and overall academic excellence of the students we engaged with. We are delighted to be partnering with an institution that mirrors our vigour an absolute enthusiasm in changing the face of fashion retail South Africa.
Lisof’s commitment to the South African fashion industry clearly shows in the quality of their students design ability and work ethic.
It has been my privilege to host a number of LISOF students in my label and I always found them to have such a great energy and a superior awareness of what it takes to make it in this crazy business… LISOF rocks!
Lisof provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the fashion industry with confidence knowing that I had the best education and preparation to make a valuable contribution in my chosen field.
- Creative Consultant of the Miss South Africa organization.
- Coach and trained 5 former Miss South Africa’s incl. Miss World 2014 & Miss Universe 2017.
- Presenter of his own TV program,”Die Kroonprins” on VIAtv. Giving a glimpse into his life as a stylist and pageant coach.
We have collaborated on a number of very exciting projects over the years and I have first-hand experience of their students and graduates. I find their passion and enthusiasm for fashion to be absolutely inspiring. The future of South African fashion is in great shape. I simply can’t wait to see where we will be twenty years from now.
The LISOF Students brought a deep understanding of their craft onto the AFDA Honours Productions. They integrated into the Film Crews like a second skin and became part of a creative process that we should have delved into much earlier in the academic career. Both the AFDA and LISOF Students agreed that the lessons they learnt from each other for these projects will shape their thinking in future.
What a pleasure and surprise it is having Jacques Bam from LISOF with us in our studio. His talent, skills and education has surprised me on many an occasion. His professional manner and conduct is of the highest standard. A true asset to any company. Jacques original creativity is a true inspiration to me. His dedication to his art and his passion to excel at any given task comes quite naturally. I would recommend any company to experience these expertise.
LISOF has taught me that fashion has much more meaning than just garments- my mindset has been influenced on a whole new level. LISOF’s lecturers have suprised me, coached me and given me the confidence to graduate, continue with my Honours Degree and to be an influencer. LISOF has given me many opportunities to grow as a person and do what I love, which is Fashion Media.
I’ve learned a lot of new things at LISOF that I didn’t know before. Even though I’m an Afrikaans girl from a small town, LISOF doesn’t make me feel I’m the odd one. I feel comfortable and really happy, and do not regret my decision to come and study at LISOF.
If I had to sum up LISOF in one word it would be: FREEDOM. LISOF is a place for you to grow creatively, be yourself and most importantly it’s the place to learn who you want to be.
LISOF has taught me to work hard for my dreams and for all that I want to achieve in life.
LISOF has influenced me as a person by teaching me how to work under pressure and think on my toes.
I am currently a 2nd-year student at LISOF. My 1st-year was a journey I really enjoyed, I achieved an 80% average! LISOF is unique and really different from the world outside. My experience so far has definitely changed my outlook on fashion design- for the better!
I came to LISOF to do a short course but was shortly convinced to stay for the year-long Higher Certificate. And at 25 I am glad I did. I loved it so much I am starting the 3 year long BA next year! You’re never too old to reinvent yourself. I’ve finally found what I love doing and thanks to LISOF! I’ve found my wings with Fashion and I intend on flying high!
Where do I start? Growing up I always pictured a creative element being a part of my life, and I grew up with a family in retail so this pulled me towards a career in fashion during matric. Lisof stood out for me because they offered a vast variety of subjects that broadened my knowledge and skill set creatively and logically and that ensured I thrived in the fashion industry. I had a pleasant experience with great exposure at LISOF! They really do want their students to put their best foot forward going into the retail industry. The first permanent job I landed was at Edcon as an assistant buyer in the lingerie department where I currently am and loving it, despite its ups and downs. In the interim I moved to the footwear and accessories department and that was an amazing experience for me as I got to buy product I grew up knowing, footwear. I then moved back into Intimatewear and I love what I do. Retail is a very fast pace industry that is ever changing and to succeed one needs to keep up with the changes and by grasping this concept, it has made me stronger as an individual. I am now striving towards bigger and better opportunities to building my career and I know my LISOFIAN status will help me through it!
I have been in the fast-paced, busy life of merchandising since the start of my career and have had the amazing opportunities to create product for both apparel & home-ware. The most rewarding part of my job for is seeing the product that I have worked on from start to finish in stores or seeing people wearing it. The fundamentals of Merchandising is to develop a good quality product that is commercial and affordable. Sourcing, trend forecasting, selling, travelling, negotiating, working daily with product & dealing with suppliers from around the globe is the essence of being a Merchandiser. You are constantly on the hunt looking for the next best thing to create! I will hit the 5 year mark at the end of this year when I graduated from LISOF and I sure have grown into the career woman I have always wanted to be. LISOF was a fantastic foundation for exposing me to the industry and giving me the tools to thrive within the fashion World. I have the passion most importantly and will always have this drive no matter how challenging the current retail landscape is.
My journey all started, as a girl with a dream in fashion. My parents weren’t convinced as they thought the Fashion industry only happened for a few people. So I chose to go the safer route and study economics at Stellenbosch. However, just before I was meant to start a friend asked me for moral support & to come with her to write the LISOF entrance test. As soon as I was done, I knew this was what I wanted to do.
After 2 at LISOF I was placed at the House of Busby for an internship. Without LISOF, this never would have happened. As I finished at LISOF, I was offered a job as an Allocator at The House of Busby for Aldo. After 2 years at Busby, I left as a junior planner and joined the Cotton On Family. Today I am the Group Planner for one of the largest luxury retailers, The Surtee Group. Working with brands such as, Versace, Michael Kors, Armani, Lacoste and a few more. I completely love what I do and I couldn’t be happier. Without LISOF, I never would have found my happy medium between product and finance.
I completed my Diploma at LISOF in 2013, have equipped myself with additional qualifications through UNISA, a certificate in retail buying and an advanced certificate in Sourcing and Supply Chain Management. I have worked for numerous retialers in the capacity of a Footwear Buyer including Skye distribution and Edcon. I currently work for Puma SA as a Key Accounts Junior Manager.
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else besides fashion, it is so much more than just my career, but a part of who I am. My heart beats trade, retail and fashion. My life since graduating from LISOF in 2014 has seen me in Cape Town, where I started out as a Trainee Merchandiser at a large clothing manufacturer, TCI Apparel, I left as a Junior Merchandiser and went onto Spree as an Assistant Buyer in Private Label. I am currently working at Truworths as a Trainee Buyer in Identity ladies division. The learning never stops in fashion as the retail world is ever-changing and innovating.
Reflecting back on my Honours, I see what a profound and amazing impact studying further had on anyone’s future career outlook. Through this BA Honours course I have certainly been moulded for my future career and now have many opportunities to explore. What amazed me was all the learning opportunities offered to me. I have been educated in making many constructive critiques on ideologies of fashion. I have grown to understand the business side of this field which is often overlooked elsewhere, but LISOF understand how important it is for developing and growing future businesses and meeting future needs. This course further grew me in through their teachings of how to analyse the underlying concepts of fashion history, which allowed me to grow in my comprehension of my field to better my future career outlooks. What is additionally rewarding was having the opportunity to be paid a stipend while I studied, allowing for flexibility in my life. I am prepared for my future career with in the field of fashion because of this course. I would recommend it to all who wish to fine-tune their understandings of fashion and open opportunities for themselves within their field.
“Given the innumerable fashion and design colleges in South Africa, LISOF still leads as the premier institution based on three simple principles: their uncompromising approach to teaching excellence; a learning culture which nurtures creative expression and individualism; state-of-the-art facilities and resources.”