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About the course

Do you have talent for visual design? Fascinated by the fashion industry? Our innovative fashion graphics degree combines academic study of fashion with practical design training to give you the technical skills and artistic grounding required to express ideas through graphic design.

This highly creative course encourages students to explore a range of graphic design techniques. Students are able to hone their design skills using Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, while at the same time being encouraged to develop a strong awareness of fashion industry practice, brand identity and interactive media.

To aid development of their creative skills, students have free access to our media academy. This facility includes Mac suites with the latest Adobe Creative software, photographic studios and large-format printers. Students will also have access to a Mimaki digital fabric printer.

The course syllabus is 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).

Students on this course can also get involved in retail activities at Re:So, Solent’s stunning student-run store located in a busy shopping centre. Re:So sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art produced by the University’s students and graduates. The store’s upper floor ‘learning zone’ has hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – all with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

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

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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s fashion graphics programme is ideally suited to graphic design or illustration students who want to progress their skills while specialising in fashion and fashion promotion.

Applicants should have previously studied a creative subject and have a portfolio of work to show at interview.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W293
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 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:

Year one
Optional - Mac computer, study trips and software - £1,200

Year two
Optional - study trips - £200

Year three
Optional - study trips - £300
Compulsory - printing/production and website - £300

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.

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Key entry requirements

72 - 96 UCAS points or equivalent 

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 UCAS points.
  • 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 
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Fashion Graphics Theory 1
  • Design Process
  • Typography and Communication
  • Graphic Practice
  • Fashion Image Construction

Year two

Core units
  • Web Design for the Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Graphics Trends
  • Fashion Branding and Identity
  • Interactive Fashion Media
  • Graphic Narrative
  • Fashion Graphics Theory 2

Year three

Core units
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Major Project: Research Proposal
  • Fashion Graphics Major Project


  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Professional Design Practice
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units 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
Sarah Dryden academic profile Sarah Dryden Senior Lecturer View profile
Rachael Taylor academic profile Rachael Taylor Associate Lecturer 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.

Past students have had opportunities to work on live projects, listen to prestigious guest speakers and undertake work placements.

Your future

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.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Fashion photographer
  • Stylist
  • Packaging designer 
  • Magazine and layout designer 
  • Illustrator.
  • 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

We encourage our students to take part in live projects with industry partners. Recent student projects have included work with Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, trend forecasting company Mudpie and design studio ilovedust, with students winning prizes and work placements as part of the projects.

We also receive regular guest speakers from the industry, with recent talks including 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).

The course has established links with the fashion industry and students are encouraged to participate in work experience during their final year. Past students have gained placements at Burberry, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lulu Guinness, New York Fashion Week, Sunday Times Style Magazine and ASOS magazine.


Students are encouraged to take part in live projects with industry partners - recent students have completed projects for Top Man, Fat Face, Ted Baker, trend forecasting company Mudpie and design studio ilovedust. These projects have led to some students winning prizes and work placements. As part of your assessment, you’ll undertake 100 hours of work experience in your final year.

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 units! 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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