BA (Hons) Fashion Styling & Make-Up for Media (Top-up)

Turn your existing knowledge into a full fashion honours degree

Enquire: 023 8201 5066

2015 entry


This one-year top-up course gives you a chance to develop your existing skills and qualifications into a full honours degree, delivering a fast-paced preparation for the fashion styling and make-up industry.

You’ll initially develop your understanding of the modern fashion industry, studying its impact on styling and make-up, and gaining insight into forecasting for fashion and beauty.

You will build on this with a highly personalised major project, agreed with the course tutors, and focus your studies on a specialism in fashion styling, creative direction or make-up and hair design.

You’ll complete your degree studies with either a dissertation or a shorter dissertation with practical elements, helping further deepen your understanding of your specialist area before you graduate.

Our magazine, Anon, showcases the best examples of our fashion students. You can access them by clicking the images below:

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UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry W231

Typical entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall

Key topics include:

  • Professional Context
  • Portfolio Construction
  • Major Project - Production and Evaluation
  • Major Project Research and Development
  • Option, from:
    • Dissertation
    • Dissertation and Practice

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, technical workshops, individual study, tutorials and live projects. Students receive support and formative feedback in weekly tutorial sessions and one-to-one drop-in sessions.

Work experience
Solent’s strong ties to the industry provide various work experience opportunities. You’ll also receive support on writing your CV, advice on how to pitch yourself to employers and guidance for presenting a professional portfolio.

Previously students have gained work experience at Notion magazine, Fashion TV, London Garment Expo, ITV, Company magazine, Dazed & Confused magazine, Jonathan Saunders, Atelier Mayer, Aqua PR, and through assisting leading stylists such as Katie England and Alexis Knox.

Assignments, case studies, presentations and portfolio projects.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to our specialist make-up and hair studio, modern photography studios and the latest photographic and lighting equipment, as well as well-equipped IT labs with industry-standard editing software.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment is called myCourse. Each course and unit has a myCourse page where tutors interact with students online through forums, activities and links to sites and references.


Meet the Team

Jennifer Anyan – Programme Group Leader and Principal Lecturer, Artist, Stylist
Jane de Teliga – Senior Lecturer, Fashion Styling, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Curation
Andrew Markham – Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural Theorist, Artist, Curator
Sharon Lloyd – Senior Lecturer, Social and Cultural Theorist, Blogger, Editor
Flavia Loscialpo – Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Barnett – Senior Lecturer, Beauty Journalism, Beauty Styling, Editorial and Advertising
Clementine O’Hara – Associate Lecturer, Fashion Stylist and Producer
Christopher Jeney – Associate Lecturer, Photographer and Artist
Sue Mainstone – Technical Instructor, Make-up and Hair
Lottie Davies – Technical Instructor, Make-up and Hair
Chris Overend – Technical Instructor, Photography and IT
Chris Lee – Technical Instructor, Photography and IT.

UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry W231
  • Close work with students in other disciplines such as photography, film, graphic design and performance, creating an exciting collaborative atmosphere.
  • Access to Solent’s cutting-edge new media academy, providing high-spec photography studios, IT and editing facilities.
  • Optional overseas trips to prominent international fashion cities; previous destinations include Paris, Rome and New York.
  • An innovative, creative and dedicated academic team with wide experience of industry and research.

The top-up degree provides a range of career options in industries such as publishing, cosmetics, advertising, fashion, music, film and TV. Depending on the individual student's interests, career opportunities include:

  • Image consultancy
  • Make-up artistry/design
  • Styling
  • Fashion editing
  • Beauty editing
  • Features writing
  • Creative direction
  • Brand development for fashion for beauty
  • Trend forecast.

Links with industry

You will work on industry-focused projects which develop your creative skills and employability, and have support developing the professional portfolio and website you’ll need if planning to work as a freelance practitioner or consultant.

Industry experts such as stylist Alexis Knox, photographer Madame Peripetie and make-up artist Alex Box regularly visit and give input to the course.

Your individual major project takes industry standards into account; it can be linked with industry and involves working on a live client-based brief.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, project management, verbal, visual, digital and written communication skills and problem-solving.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles in fashion and other industries, including online stylist at Hungry Tiger, make-up designer at Wonderland magazine, visual merchandising and creative at Illamasqua and work on the BBC’s The One Show.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent) or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio. 

English language requirements

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:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEF IBT 80 (19 in writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 56 (51 in writing) 
  • or equivalent.

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.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

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 Home Office, 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 Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office| 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 Home Office requirements| for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

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.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2015 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,930 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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.


How to apply


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:|

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.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare|.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here|.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website| for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 1 Year Standard entry W231

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