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BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism

Learn to spread the word and get exclusives on the latest fashion trends

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Do you think you’ve got what it takes to deliver editorial content to fashion fans from around the world? This multi-media degree will help you to become an expert at producing cutting-edge fashion content across digital, online and printed media. You’ll study fundamental journalism skills alongside fashion theory, culture and best working practises.

  • Teaching is handled by an academic team who have extensive experience of working with fashion brands and publications. The teaching team are able to use this experience to help support students who are looking for work placements.
  • The curriculum is built around practical insights into the fashion and beauty industry. Previous students have benefitted from access to live client projects and prestigious guest speakers.
  • The founders and editors of Sublime Magazine are research fellows here at Solent, and regularly contribute to the course.
  • Southampton Solent promotes a culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration. Fashion journalism students can expect to work on exciting joint projects with stylists, film crews, make-up artists and hair designers.
  • Students have free access to a range of industry-standard facilities. Fashion journalism students will work in our recently refurbished media centre.
  • Past students have enjoyed access to live client projects and work experience placements arranged by both our in-house creative agency (Solent Creatives) and the course team.
  • Southampton is only a short distance from London, allowing students easy access to industry events and showcases. Students recently attended Graduate Fashion Week.
  • In previous years, students have enjoyed regular visits from industry experts and Solent’s research fellows. Lectures have been delivered by magazine editors, professional bloggers and fashion journalists.

The industry

The UK’s fashion industry employs more than 750,000 people and contributes £26 billion to the UK economy annually (London Fashion Week, 2014). As fashion brands, online magazines and the fashion PR industry as a whole continues to grow, this course will help equip you with the skills you’ll need to apply for graduate positions in a range of different roles.

Solent’s fashion journalism programme is suitable for those who are hoping to cover the catwalk for national magazines or websites, be a freelance blogger or work in PR or communications for fashion brands. Graduates may also wish to consider careers in publishing, marketing or advertising within the fashion industry.

The programme

Throughout the course, students will learn a diverse range of journalism and broadcast skills. Students are guided through this curriculum by an in-house team of experienced fashion and journalism professionals, as well as a selection of industry guest speakers. Previous speakers included; fashion author, Agnes Rocamora; Sunday Times fashion commentator, Colin McDowell; fashion critic, Monica Titton; and blogger / beauty writer, Jane Cunningham (British Beauty Blog).

Solent Creatives, our in-house creative marketing agency, can also be found on campus. This enterprise provides Solent students with the opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects and pitch for paid creative work. This gives students the chance to gain valuable work experience, build a professional portfolio and network in the industry. 

Past years have seen students of fashion journalism go on a number of trips, travelling to iconic fashion capitals including Paris and New York to visits publication houses, exhibitions, fashion archives and press events. 

Next steps

Think a career in journalism might be for you? With established industry links, first-class facilities and an emphasis on building a portfolio of published work, Southampton Solent University’s fashion journalism programme is a great way to take the first step into your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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

Laura SantaMaria
"We are very pleased to see Solent taking the lead in developing such an innovative course"
  More from Laura

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5W2
  • 3 Years Standard entry P253

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Language of Fashion
  • Design Skills
  • The Fashion Writer
  • Trends in Digital Journalism
  • Fashion Photography
  • Multiplatform Fashion Journalism

Year two:

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Core unit

  • Business and Ethics of Fashion
  • Magazine Production for Print and Digital
  • The Fashion Film: Production, Intermediation and Consumption
  • The Object of Fashion
  • Presenting Skills
  • Fashion Film

Options

  • Model Your Business (MYB2)
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Fashion Culture & Celebrity
  • Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:

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Core units

  • Fashion Cultures
  • Industry Focus
  • Professional Development
  • The Online Package

Options

  • Major Project: Industry Placement
  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Practical Routes
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Advanced Photography
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Fashion PR Campaign
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught primarily through lectures and live production sessions in a realistic journalistic environment, supported by course-related field trips.

Work experience
You’ll have access to a variety of work placement opportunities through the course team’s strong ties with the industry, as well as working to live briefs through our advertising and design agency, Solent Creatives.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a work placement as part of your third-year studies, working on local and national news and magazines.

Assessment
The course is assessed through feature portfolios, research projects, coursework, and individual and group presentations and essays.

Our facilities

During the course you’ll learn how to use a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art video and TV, photography and online equipment, as well as a variety of industry-standard software design packages.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme can give you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.
For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange 

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study fashion journalism units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

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 quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5W2
  • 3 Years Standard entry P253

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.

With a degree in fashion journalism, you’ll have a range of career opportunities – whether you want to cover the catwalk for a national magazine or website, or work in the communications department of a top fashion house, as well as leisure, publishing and fashion industries.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Journalist
  • Freelance writer 
  • Stylist
  • Researcher
  • PR
  • Postgraduate study or research.

Links with industry

The course team has strong contacts in the fashion press and the wider industry, with magazines providing work placements and internships. You’ll also have access to industry professionals who teach on the course as associate lecturers, research fellows or as part of our weekly guest speaker programme. Past guest speakers have included Laura and Damien SantaMaria of Sublime magazine, and Colin McDonnell.

We have industry evenings and live broadcast panel events, with contributions from students and industry professionals, and you’ll also be encouraged to attend or enter industry competitions and events.

Transferable skills

During the course you’ll build a broad range of journalism and career skills, starting with learning to work to deadline and to brief in your first year. In the second year you’ll develop critical-thinking skills and reflective practice, and further your written, verbal and visual communication skills.


 

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.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
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

Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.

Optional NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

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

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5W2
  • 3 Years Standard entry P253



 

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