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BA (Hons) Fashion Styling

Bring your creative talents and distinctive style to the world of fashion

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If you have an eye for style and are looking to delve into the world of fashion, Southampton Solent’s fashion styling degree can help you turn your creativity into a fast paced and exciting career. 

Good fashion styling and visual imagery is key to the success of products, brands, media and celebrities. This three year course aims to teach you the creative, technical and business skills required by the industry whilst guiding you to develop your own individual talent through work experience and practical projects.

  • Southampton Solent University was voted as one of the most creative universities in the UK in the Which? University 2013 and 2014 student surveys.
  • Students have free access to Solent’s cutting-edge media academy which includes industry-standard photography studios, IT and editing facilities.
  • In addition to their degree studies, students have the option to go on educational trips to European fashion capitals – recent trips have included Paris and Rome.
  • The course has strong ties to the industry, giving students access to high-profile guest speakers.
  • Students have had opportunities to work on live fashion events.
  • Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on shared projects with students from other creative courses.

The industry

The fashion industry is a substantial and rapidly expanding market, both in the UK and internationally, with huge potential for graduate employment.

The UK fashion industry contributes £26bn to the UK economy, up from £21bn in 2009 (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. Solent’s fashion styling degree aims to prepare graduates with the necessary skills to take advantage of the employment opportunities within styling, make-up and hair design.

The programme

Students will graduate with a thorough understanding of how stylists work across different media in magazines, advertising, design, catwalk shows, digital media and e-commerce. Students underpin their practical work with study of relevant academic theory, helping them to develop a comprehensive, innovative and appropriate visual language informed by a strong understanding of styling’s historical and contemporary contexts.

Student learning is aided by free access to specialist hair and make-up studios. These studios include airbrush guns, studio lights and other industry-standard fixtures. Solent’s media academy boasts high-spec photography studios and IT facilities, as well as a range of the latest editing software.

The collaborative culture on campus encourages students to work on exciting shared projects with students from other creative disciplines. Recent projects have included live fashion events and work on the course’s own fashion brochure, Anon.

The course teaching team maintain close links with the industry, giving students access to unique industry insight from a range of high-profile guest speakers.

To enhance the course experience and provide further opportunities for international learning, past students have had the option to go on educational trips to European fashion capitals.

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Next steps

Think a career in fashion styling might be for you? With strong industry links, an eclectic mix of experienced teaching staff and opportunities to build a professional resume, Southampton Solent’s fashion styling degree will leaving you better prepared to take your first step into this exciting industry.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W290

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

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Year one:


Core units

  • Styling Fundamentals
  • Media Make-Up and Hair 1
  • Digital Image Production 1
  • Editorial Styling
  • Contextual Studies: Historical
  • Digital Image Production 2.

Year two:


Core units

  • Styling for Industry
  • Digital Publishing
  • Contextual Studies: Contemporary
  • Freelance and Industry Management.


  • Interpreting Narrative
  • Media Make-Up and Hair 2
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Foreign Languages
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:


Core units

  • Professional Context
  • Major Project – Research and Development
  • Major Project – Production and Evaluation
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries.


  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Practice.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is taught through lectures, live projects and technical workshops.

Work experience
Students are supported in understanding how to pitch themselves to employers, create CVs and apply for work experience as part of second- and third-year units.

The course is assessed through a mix of live, practical and theoretical projects (individual and group), written assignments, case studies, presentations and portfolio projects, plus a timed practical assessment.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to a specialist make-up and hair studio with industry-standard airbrush guns and studio lighting; modern photography studios; a comprehensive media loans scheme; and a range of well-equipped IT labs.

Study abroad

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

For more information, see

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.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W290

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.

As a graduate of this course you’ll possess a diverse range of skills in image production and communication, as well as a keen understanding of trends and the wider fashion industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion styling
  • Fashion editing
  • Fashion journalism
  • Creative direction.
  • Advertising creative
  • Brand consultancy
  • Visual merchandising
  • Trend forecasting.

Links with industry

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to take part in work experience and live projects with a variety of fashion industry partners. Past collaborators include Atelier Mayer, Uniqlo, Lipsy, Save the Children, Illamasqua and more.

Professional stylists and industry experts regularly visit and give input to the course. Recent examples include stylist Alexis Knox and forecasting company Trendstop. You’ll also be encouraged to develop your professional network and get actively involved in a diverse range of projects and industry experiences.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, project management, verbal, visual, digital and written communication, creative direction.

Further study

After completing your degree you’ll be well placed to further boost your career prospects with Solent’s MA Fashion Merchandise Management programme.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to a variety of roles including online styling, head styling, trend research, fashion administration, studio management, visual merchandising and visual styling. Marks & Spencer, Lenis Model Management, Hungry Tiger, Karen Millen, Trendstop, Topshop and Campaign Design are just a few of the businesses who have hired our graduates.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


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.
  • UK applicants are required to send an electronic portfolio and may be required to attend an interview.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio and may be interviewed by video call.
  • 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.

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


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 make-up kit, external hard drive, domain name and memory stick costs in year one: £250

Optional final year project materials: £500

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.

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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.

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 W290


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