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BA (Hons)Fashion and Beauty Media

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UCAS code: FBT1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a fashion and beauty media degree at Solent University

Use your passion for fashion and beauty to become a multi-skilled storyteller – guided by our industry experts and using professional facilities to deliver content and campaigns for UK brands.

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  • Solent is ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction in communication and media studies (out of 91 institutions) (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • You will be taught by award-winning industry professionals who have worked at some of the UK’s leading fashion and beauty brands.
  • Access to professional-standard facilities, including a digital reprographics lab, our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms, finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.
  • Contribute to 'Carbon', our real-world brand providing 360° media content across digital, print and web. In 2019 Carbon was nominated in the Student Magazine of the Year (internationally) category by the media platform Stack.
  • Industry work placement of more than 100 hours.
  • Prestigious guest speakers, from Queenie Yang, Asia Editor of Vogue International to luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen and Chanel.
  • Our students go on to work for a range of luxury and high street brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Fenty, Asos, Zara, PLT, Vogue, Elle, Alexander McQueen and L’Oreal Paris.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in media, culture and the arts – you will learn from experts in their field.
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Course overview

The fashion and beauty industry is increasingly looking for dynamic and multi-skilled practitioners to produce a range of 360° content across editorial and commercial platforms. This degree will support you to become a fashion and beauty industry storyteller, using words, pictures, film, virtual and digital graphics to create the innovative and sustainable editorial and promotional campaigns of the future.

This exciting real-world course, run by industry experts, teaches you how to create fashion and beauty content and plan impactful, sustainable social media strategies, create trend-driven story-telling, design industry-ready campaigns, and analyse markets to understand how the editorial and commercial worlds of fashion and beauty connect. You'll design innovative and fresh ways to engage audiences and translate a passion for fashion and beauty content to a global multimedia stage.

If you’re unsure whether you’d best suit a career in PR, editorial, marketing, trend forecasting or creative content design we will help you to explore the wealth of opportunities and future trends the fashion and beauty industries have to offer. This course will allow you to keep your options open and gain a professional portfolio in a wide variety of media disciplines that you refine and specialise as you progress towards a career that’s right for you.

You will study a range of industry focused modules including influencer marketing, fashion and beauty photography, social media strategy, virtual fashion, circular fashion and sustainability, PR and media business alongside key modules on styling and writing for fashion and beauty print and digital platforms.

Work from our final year students across our fashion-related degrees is showcased at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). In 2023, seven students have been shortlisted by the Graduate Fashion Foundation across a number of different categories at the GFW23 awards. Read more about the students and their work.

Any questions?

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

Solent's Fashion and Beauty Media course is ideally suited to students who want to develop professional written, photographic, digital and design skills to create innovative and exciting promotional and editorial campaigns for leading fashion and beauty brands, magazines and social media. Students will want to develop their own, unique method of storytelling to create a varied portfolio of industry-ready content from the first day of their studies, be introduced to leading industry experts, work on real-world briefs with known editorial and marketing brands and collaborate with like-minded students from other fashion disciplines.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to a wide variety of careers in fashion and beauty marketing and promotion, social media strategy and content creation, magazine journalism, influencer marketing, PR, fashion and beauty photography, event management, advertising and within digital creative agencies offering editorial and commercial content production. 

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

We were given such an array of knowledge and experience across every sector in the industry.

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Emily Salmon

Social Media Manager

Meet the team

The course team consists of industry professionals and experienced academics who have backgrounds within the fashion, beauty and media industry. The team has a wealth of contacts and experience in journalism, PR, marketing, graphic design, content creation, photography and event management, all of which enhances the student learning experience.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D MKII, an extensive range of lenses (including many ‘L’ series and Prime lenses), 35mm cameras, medium format cameras (645, 6x7 and 6x9), large format 5x4 cameras and lenses, and a full stock of accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more.

You’ll also have access to our digital reprographics lab, featuring commercial-standard and large-format printers, flatbed scanners, three Hasselblad drum scanners scanning up to 5x4 size and a colour-calibrated ProMac-based reprographic suite. Our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms are of the highest industry standards and students can also freely use our in-house colour film processing machine. Additionally, we have finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.

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