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 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.
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.
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.