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BA (Hons) Fashion Photography

Bring your unique style and vision to the images that shape fashion

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Bring your unique style and photographic vision to the world of editorial fashion with Solent’s fashion photography degree. You’ll learn technical photography skills and develop your knowledge using our industry-standard photography, make-up and styling studios. You'll also gain an in-depth knowledge of fashion industry practices and the day-to-day operation of fashion businesses. 

  • Solent is one of the few universities in the UK that combine the disciplines of fashion, photography, fashion film and multi-media production into a full degree qualification.
  • Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on exciting shared projects with students from other creative courses.
  • This course provides graduates with skills in image production and communications, backed up by a thorough understanding of trends and the wider fashion industry.
  • Students enhance their understanding of professional practice by studying fashion styling techniques, advanced digital design and visual communications.
  • The University’s multi-million-pound media academy gives students access to 11 professional photography studios, a fully equipped infinity cove and a range of make-up and hair design spaces.
  • Students are encouraged to gain work experience opportunities through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, as well as through the course team’s strong industry links.
  • The University’s student-managed high-street fashion store, Re:So, provides many opportunities to get involved in retail activities.
  • Students are supported to build their professional portfolio, helping them to prepare for careers in photography, styling or art direction.

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, 2014). The fashion industry is estimated to support almost 800,000 jobs and is the largest employer of all the UK's creative industries.

There are also opportunities for talented photographers outside of fashion. From retail and photojournalism to sport and live performance, businesses in a wide variety of industries depend on professional photography to properly market their products. These positions can range from freelance contract work to full-time, in-house employment. 

The programme

On this creative degree. students will develop their practical photography skills while studying fashion and photography theory. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, and have also previously been involved with the University-organised Southampton Fashion Week.

Students will learn a diverse range of skills with access to professional photography facilities and a make-up studio. They are also able to hone their IT, editorial layout and design skills in our Mac suites using industry standard software like InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Students also have access to digital reprographics rooms for high quality professional prints.

The University’s strong ties with industry offer students many opportunities to apply for work experience. Recent students have enjoyed work placements at companies including Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

The course places a strong emphasis on equipping students with the skills and knowledge required by employers. Reflecting this, previous graduates have gone on to work at renowned fashion companies like Karen Millen, Marks and Spencer, Coast and the London School of Modelling in roles such as creative media photographer, fashion stylist, visual stylist, production coordinator, model scout and booker.

Next steps

Think a career as a fashion photographer is for you? Southampton Solent’s fashion photography degree will help you build a professional portfolio and equip you with the practical skills required to take your first steps into the exciting world of fashion.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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

Anait Grigorjane
"This course has made me capable of linking my ideas to the implementation of them in reality."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W640

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Which Creative University Award 2014  

Member of

Year one:

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Core units

  • Creative Development
  • Photographic Techniques and Digital Design
  • Styling Practice
  • Theoretical Viewpoints on Photography 1

Year two:

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Core units

  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Theoretical Viewpoints on Photography 2
  • Fashion Photo Narrative
  • Design, Image, Context
  • Fashion Performance Photography
  • Visual Communication

Year three:

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Core units

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

Options

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

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, technical instruction.

Work experience
Past work experience placements have included a variety of PR, styling, photography and design roles at organisations such as Show Studio, 7th Man magazine, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Net-a-Porter. A formal fashion industry work-based learning option is a popular choice in the final year.

Assessment
Design projects, written assignments.

Our facilities

New suite of fully equipped industry-standard studios, lighting and digital cameras with a wide-range of top-quality lenses. Mac computers with Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Pro.

Study abroad

The Erasmus exchange programme gives you the opportunity to spend part of your degree studying at one of Solent’s international partner universities.

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 W640

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.

This course will prepare you for the exciting world of the fashion and lifestyle industries; a growing industry both in the UK and globally, offering a range of career opportunities. As a graduate, you’ll possess a variety of skills in image production and communication, along with a keen understanding of trends and the wider fashion industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion photography
  • Art direction 
  • Advertising consultancy
  • Reportage photography
  • Styling for advertising
  • Editorial
  • Catwalk photography 
  • Post-production photo-editing.

Links with industry

Southampton Solent University’s strong ties with industry give you plentiful work experience and live-brief opportunities. Recent students have gained work experience with companies including Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, presentation, project management, communication, problem-solving, business awareness and research methods.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

This course will prepare you for the exciting world of fashion and lifestyle; a growing industry that offers a range of career opportunities. As a graduate, you’ll possess a variety of skills in image production and communication, along with a keen understanding of trends and the wider fashion industry.


 

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 the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio interview 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

Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs in year one: £250.
Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs in year two: £350. 
Compulsory materials, models, travel/study trips, stationery and CD printing costs in year three: £450. 
Optional printing in year three: £250 (students can submit work digitally).

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 W640