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This degree uniquely combines magazine journalism with fashion, photography and fashion-based cultural theory.
You’ll develop the journalistic expertise and the critical and analytical skills needed in magazine journalism and the fashion industry, and learn the practical aspects of writing for magazines and other media, together with critical perspectives of fashion and culture.
You will gain the skills to produce good copy, written accurately and to deadline, and have extensive opportunities to work in the industry or practise your craft through live briefs and hands-on exercises.
The course also offers experience of fashion styling, promotion, photography and magazine production, while production skills such as sub-editing will help you forge a career within the magazine industry.
BA (Hons) Writing Fashion and Culture
240 UCAS Tariff points
(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)
Lectures and seminars, as well as group and individual work. Extra support is available through tutorials and copy clinics.
The course has a strong emphasis on practical work experience, and you’ll be able to draw on the course team’s industry contacts in finding a placement.
Previous work experience has included placements at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Stylist, Style, Glamour, Dazed and Confused, Ralph Lauren and Sublime.
Formal academic essays and exams, together with portfolios of photographic and design work, presentations and professional pitches.
The specification for the current academic year can be found here.
We offer study trips to European and international fashion locations such as Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo.
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
Amber Lamonby–Pennie, lecturer in cultural theory - currently studying for a PhD at the RCA.
On graduation, you’ll be well suited for a variety of careers in the broad fields of publishing and fashion.
Suitable roles for graduates include:
The work placement programme runs throughout the three years and gives you an opportunity to build your own contacts within the industry.
You will develop design, writing, styling, presentation, online editing, sub-editing, teamwork, creative thinking and analytical skills.
You will be in a great position to study on Solent’s MA Writing Fashion and Culture|.
Graduates from this course are now working in a variety of journalistic and fashion-based roles for companies including Grazia Australia, Look, All Saints, Michael Kors, Cosmo Bride and Ralph Lauren.
Location of study: East Park Terrace
Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the university.
The university also offers a pre-sessional English programme| and an international foundation programme| for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the UK Border Agency, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the UK Border Agency.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the UKBA| website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and UKBA requirements| for a number of language tests.
If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.
The tuition fees for the 2014 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £10,610 per year
UK and EU part-time fees: TBC (2013: £4,025 per year)
International part-time fees: TBC (2013: £5,150 per year)
Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £200 (Paris), £600 (New York) and £500 (Europe), respectively
Optional NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year
Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page| to find out more.
Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.
Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk|
Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the university and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the main office of the faculty that runs the course you are interested in for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the faculty office running the course, addresses are given on the form.
Part-time undergraduate study application form|
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