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BA (Hons) Fashion Graphics

Develop the skills for a fast-paced career in creative visuals

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Do you have talent for visual design? Fascinated by the fashion industry? Our innovative fashion graphics degree combines academic study of fashion with practical design training to give you the technical skills and artistic grounding required to express ideas through graphic design.

  • The curriculum is built around insights into the fashion industry and practical graphic design training, providing graduates with the skills required to succeed. 
  • Students have access to state-of-the-art creative design tools, photographic studios and fabric printing facilities. 
  • Past students have had opportunities to work on live projects, listen to prestigious guest speakers and undertake work placements.
  • Students gave the course a score of 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on exciting shared projects with students from other fashion courses.
  • Previous students have been able to take advantage of unique retail opportunities via our student-managed high-street fashion store, Re:So.
  • The course has good industry links, providing past students with the opportunity to work on live projects and carry out industry placements. Students can also pitch for work through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives.
  • Teaching is delivered by a team of industry professionals who have extensive experience in journalism, business and marketing in the fashion and lifestyle industries.
  • The University’s close proximity to London has enable students to attend industry events including London Fashion Week and Graduate Fashion Week.
  • In previous years, students have had the option to undertake an international study placement in Milan.

The industry

The UK fashion industry contributes £26bn to the UK economy, up from £21bn in 2009, representing an increase of 22% in nominal terms (British Fashion Council). The fashion industry is estimated to support almost 800,000 jobs and is the largest employer of all the UK's creative industries. As brands, online magazines and the fashion industry continue to evolve, there are many new and interesting creative roles.

Solent graduates have gone on to work in the fashion industry as graphic designers, illustrators, picture editors, visual merchandisers, photographer, web designers, fashion show producers and fashion buyers.

The programme

This highly creative course encourages students to explore a range of graphic design techniques. Students are able to hone their design skills using Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, while at the same time being encouraged to develop a strong awareness of fashion industry practice, brand identity and interactive media.

To aid development of their creative skills, students have free access to our media academy. This facility includes Mac suites with the latest Adobe Creative software, photographic studios and large-format printers. Students will also have access to a Mimaki digital fabric printer.

The course has established links with the fashion industry and students are encouraged to participate in work experience during their final year. Past students have gained placements at Burberry, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lulu Guinness, New York Fashion Week, Sunday Times Style Magazine and ASOS magazine.

Students are also encouraged to take part in live projects with industry partners - recent students have completed projects for Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, trend forecasting company Mudpie and design studio ilovedust. These projects have led to some students winning prizes and work placements.

The course syllabus is supplemented by a varied programme of lectures by visiting industry professionals. Students have recently benefitted from talks by Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor); Alex Brownless (Artsthread); Hannah Wiltshire and Rachel Taylor (head designers of Fat Face); and Terry Mansfield (CEO, National Magazines).

Students on this course can also get involved in retail activities at Re:So, Southampton Solent’s stunning student-run store located in a busy shopping centre. Re:So sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art produced by the University’s students and graduates. The store’s upper floor ‘learning zone’ has hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – all with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

Teaching is delivered by a team of industry professionals who have a wealth of experience in national news, fashion and lifestyle; as well as branding, buying, merchandising and marketing in the fashion industry.

Next steps

Think a career in graphic design might be for you? With an expert academic team, first-class facilities and strong links with the fashion industry, Southampton Solent University's fashion graphics programme could be the ideal next step for design students who are looking to work in the fashion industry.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

Don't just take our word for it...

 
Ellie Cobb
"This course has opened up many avenues for me and I have developed a huge range of skills"
  More from Ellie

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W293

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Fashion Graphics Theory 1
  • Design Process
  • Typography and Communication
  • Graphic Practice
  • Fashion Image Construction

Year two:

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Core units

  • Web Design for the Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Graphics Trends
  • Fashion Branding and Identity
  • Interactive Fashion Media
  • Graphic Narrative
  • Fashion Graphics Theory 2

Year three:

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Core units

  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Major Project: Research Proposal
  • Fashion Graphics Major Project

Options

  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Professional Design Practice
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Classes are lecture, seminar and tutorial based.

Work experience
Students are required to participate in work experience throughout the course, drawing on the course team’s strong ties to the industry. Examples of past placements include Burberry, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lulu Guinness, New York Fashion Week, Sunday Times Style magazine and ASOS magazine.

Assessment
The course is assessed using design projects, sketchbook research and written assignments.

Our facilities

The department has state-of-the-art printing facilities, photographic studios and access to a Mimaki digital fabric printer.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to study in Milan as part of the Erasmus exchange programme in year two.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

Southampton Solent University welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner universities under the European Union funded Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus and from other partners.

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

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

Meet the Team

The course team consists of industry professionals and experienced academics with a wealth of industry contacts and experience.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W293

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Graduates have gone on to work in the fashion industry in roles such as graphic designers, illustrators, picture editors, visual merchandisers, photographers, web designers, fashion show producers and fashion buyers.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Stylist
  • Packaging designer 
  • Magazine and layout designer 
  • Illustrator.

Links with industry

We encourage our students to take part in live projects with industry partners. Recent student projects have included work with Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, trend forecasting company Mudpie and design studio ilovedust, with students winning prizes and work placements as part of the projects.

We also receive regular guest speakers from the industry, with recent talks including Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor), Alex Brownless (Artsthread), Hannah Wiltshire and Rachel Taylor (head designers of Fat Face) and Terry Mansfield (CEO, National Magazines).

As part of your assessment, you’ll undertake 100 hours of work experience in your final year.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, copywriting, graphic design, web page layout and project management.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to work in the fashion industry in roles such as graphic designers, illustrators, picture editors, visual merchandisers, photographers, web designers, fashion show producers and fashion buyers.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • All applicants are required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration.
  • Direct entry into years two or three 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.

Portfolio requirements

Before sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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 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

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

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

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Year one optional - Mac computer, study trips and software - £1,200
Year two optional - study trips - £200
Year three optional - study trips - £300

Year three compulsory - printing/production and website - £300

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

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

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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.com.

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

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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

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W293



 

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