BA (Hons) Writing Fashion and Culture

Learn what makes fashion and culture tick – then write about it

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2015 entry


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.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry P509


  • 6 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

240 UCAS Tariff points

Year 1

  • Back to Fashion Future
  • The Fashion Mix
  • The Fashion Muse
  • The Fashion Writer
  • The Style Guide
  • Visual Communication

Year 2

  • Developing the Brand
  • Fashion Bricolage
  • Fashion Ethics
  • Magazine Photography
  • What's the Story
  • Options
    • Cover Story
    • Fashion and Visual Merchandising
    • Fashion in Film and Fiction
    • Fashion Strategy
    • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (FSC1)
    • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (FSC2)
    • Global Affairs
    • Introduction to Fashion & Styling
    • Lifestyle Journalism
    • Magazine Production
    • Model Your Business (MYB1)
    • Model Your Business (MYB2)
    • Motoring Journalism
    • Music Journalism
    • Photography Practice
    • Presenting Skills
    • Solent Press
    • Sports Journalism
    • The Body, the Magazine and Difference
    • Web Layout and Design Layout
    • Work Placement

Year 3

  • Crimes of Fashion
  • Fashion Analytics
  • Publishing the Package
  • The Fashion Freelancer
  • Options
    • Advanced Fashion Photography
    • Advanced Visual Merchandising
    • Buying Forecasting and Trend Analysis
    • Changing the World
    • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
    • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP2)
    • Digital Photography
    • Dissertation
    • Fashion & Difference
    • Fashion & Styling
    • Fashion and Editorial Styling
    • Fashion Campaign
    • Features Travel Writing
    • Final Major Project: Practical with Design
    • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (FSC5)
    • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (FSC6)
    • Investigative Journalism
    • Major Project (Practical)
    • New Media Cultures
    • Reporting Politics
    • Solent Press
    • The Fame Game
    • The Title Race
    • Travel Journalism
    • Writing Criticism
    • Writing Fashion and Culture Major Project (Photographic)
    • Writing Fashion and Culture Major Project (Photo-Journalism)

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

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures and seminars, as well as group and individual work. Extra support is available through tutorials and copy clinics.

Work experience
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.

Our facilities

  • Mac computers and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography studios
  • High-spec digital cameras and printing.

Study abroad

We offer study trips to European and international fashion locations such as Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


Meet the Team

Amber Lamonby–Pennie, lecturer in cultural theory - currently studying for a PhD at the RCA.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry P509


  • 6 Years Standard entry
  • A unique blend of theory and practice, making graduates highly employable
  • The course is run by industry practitioners and leading academics
  • Study trips to Paris, New York and Tokyo
  • Opportunity to build a portfolio of industry-relevant work
  • Opportunities to work with real clients through our Solent Creatives media agency
  • Gain experience in the photographic studio, build your confidence in desktop publishing and get a taste for the pressures of a magazine office.
Which Creative University Award 2014|    |  

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:

  • Print and online journalism
  • Fashion PR and promotion
  • Magazine production
  • Styling
  • Photography.

Links with industry

The work placement programme runs throughout the three years and gives you an opportunity to build your own contacts within the industry.

Transferable skills

You will develop design, writing, styling, presentation, online editing, sub-editing, teamwork, creative thinking and analytical skills.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

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.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Entry requirements



  • 240 tariff points from A-levels, or equivalent.
  • UK applicants will be asked to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be interviewed by video call or telephone.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.


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

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

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

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.

Part-time and distance learning courses

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|

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


  • 3 Years Standard entry P509


  • 6 Years Standard entry

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