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About the course

Do you have talent for visual design? Passionate about the fashion industry? Our innovative and unique Fashion Graphics degree will give you the academic, digital and mixed media skills needed to be a successful visual communicator in the fast-paced fashion industry.

This highly creative course encourages you to explore a range of graphic design techniques and fashion innovations. Recent graduates have gone on to amazing careers working for luxury designers such as Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, Olivia Burton and Sophia Webster, and popular fashion brands such as Motel Rocks, Topshop and Superdry.

Throughout the course you will have access to a range of high specification facilities, such as a Mimaki digital fabric printer for print and surface design projects. You will also have free access to the Media Academy, including Mac suites with the latest Adobe Creative software, photographic studios and large-format printers, plus a wide range of digital equipment ,from the latest cameras to outside lighting kits, to make your portfolio industry-standard.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to earn while you learn by creating art, design and fashion products to sell in Re:So, Solent’s unique student-run store, located in Southampton’s busy Marlands shopping centre.

The course syllabus is also 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).

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

The curriculum is built around insights into the fashion industry and practical graphic design training, providing graduates with the skills required to succeed.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to work in the fashion industry in roles such as graphic designers, illustrators, picture editors, visual merchandisers, photographers, web designers, fashion show producers and fashion buyers.

Career paths from this degree in the last two years have included:

  • Print designer
  • Textile designer
  • Interior digital designer
  • Digital content designer
  • Illustrator
  • Branding designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Graphic designer
  • Business owner.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Fashion Graphics programme is ideally suited to art, textile, graphic design or illustration students who want to progress their skills while specialising in fashion and visual communication.

Applicants ideally would have previously studied a creative subject and have a portfolio of work to show on application (specific brief on what could be included will be sent out to applicants). Expertise in any area is not required, merely a passion for fashion and design.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs

  • External hard drive (at least 2TB): £60
  • End of year showcase production costs between: £300-500 (depending on the type of project)

Optional costs

  • Graphic Tablet: £120
  • Mac computer: £1,500
  • Study trips abroad ranging from: £200 - £1,000 

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS points or equivalent 

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent qualification.
  • All applicants are required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration.
  • Direct entry into years two or three 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 Design Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Fashion Research and Visualisation
  • The Fashion Image
  • Making Magazines
  • Fashion Communities and Networks
  • Digital Fashion Landscapes
  • Ethics and Analysis

Year two

Core modules
  • Trends Forecasting and Concept Development
  • Branding and Identity
  • Graphic Narrative
  • Fashion Graphic Collections
  • Design for Marketing and Promotion
  • Interactive Fashion Media 

Year three

Core modules
  • Virtual Fashion
  • Life as a Freelance
  • Work Based Learning
  • Portfolio Development


  • Final Major Project
  • Dissertation

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Lisa Dibben academic profile Lisa Dibben Head of Subject View profile
Rachel Lamb academic profile Rachel Lamb Course Leader View profile
Lisa Earley academic profile Lisa Earley Technical Instructor View profile

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.


The department has state-of-the-art printing facilities, photographic studios and access to a Mimaki digital fabric printer and students will have access to our media academy which is equipped with Mac suites installed with the latest Adobe Creative software and has large format printers.

From your second year of study you will also have access to our Infinity Cove, a specialist photography studio offering an all-white space, giving the impression that the background of an object extends to infinity.

Students can combine their love of digital design and mixed media to create unique body of work to showcase to employers.

Your future

Career paths from this degree in the last two years have included:

  • Print designer
  • Textile designer
  • Digital content designer
  • Interior digital designer
  • Video content designer
  • Illustrator
  • Branding designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Graphic designer

Upon successful completion, you also have the opportunity to apply for master’s level study at Solent University in areas such as MA Visual Communication.

  • This course has opened up many avenues for me and I have developed a huge range of skills that are not only relevant for this course but are transferable across other areas of the fashion industry, along with personal skills too. It has enabled me to be openly creative, but with future careers in mind. I’ve really enjoyed working within our friendly group environment.

    Ellie Cobb, Student

Industry links

The course team is made up of academics who have professional experience in a variety of areas in the fashion industry from graphic design to magazine production, print and textile design and branding.

We also have a bank of associate lecturers that work as designers/practitioners in industry for brands including Alexander McQueen, Supreme, Fat Face and Marks & Spencer.

The course team hold a wide range of professional industry contacts, and the course curriculum was developed in conjunction with these to ensure the provision was as forward thinking and relevant as it could be to produce the innovative practitioners so in demand by the fashion industry. These contacts also enable you to benefit from guest lectures and workshops.


The course includes a unit entitled ‘Work Based Learning’ (in level 6) which every student across the School of Art, Design and Fashion must undertake prior to graduation. 

The unit is run by a dedicated team of industry experts, and students can use a range of source to find suitable work placements including the University’s alumni network, academic’s industry links, and the Employability and Enterprise team at Solent. Students are also encouraged to take additional work experience opportunities throughout their three years of study. 

You are also encouraged to work collaboratively with peers and industry experts on real-world briefs to develop team-working skills and build an invaluable network for future careers.

Recent students have had placement opportunities at:

  • Alexander McQueen,
  • Ted Baker,
  • Kurt Geiger,
  • Fat Face,
  • Motel Rocks,
  • Elle Magazine,
  • Superdry,
  • Marks & Spencer,
  • Time Inc Publishing,
  • Dune,
  • River Island,
  • Women’s Health Magazine,
  • The V & A Museum and
  • TU Clothing.

Graduate stories

Sophie's story

Sophie Mahmud - Freelance Designer

What made you choose to study at Solent?
The course was different, fun and the only one in the country. It allowed me to study graphic design with fashion (which were both subjects I felt passionately about). I loved my course and my time there and I'm super sad it's over. The uni is so modern and it's a lovely place to study. 

What was the best part of your course?
The variety of modules! I've left Solent with way more skills than I ever thought I'd have.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I freelance from home. I was able to get work in my second year and I've carried this on. My biggest achievement is working with the likes of Asos, Topman, Topshop, LAMODA, and Skinnydip, making some great connections along the way.

What are the most important skills you've learnt and how did you change as a person at Solent? 

  • Technical skills: I learned to use Illustrator from scratch.
  • Confidence in my own work.
  • Determination and hard work. Nothing comes for free; I've worked hard to get the freelance roles I did and have worked with great brands as a result of that.

Having studied at Solent, I've grown up, become more responsible and I'm more organised as a person. Uni has made me open to new things in my career as well as my general life.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
Go for it. If you have a passion don't let it go. I didn't plan to go to university but I took the risk over an apprenticeship and I don't regret it!

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