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About the course

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to deliver editorial content to fashion fans from around the world? This multi-media degree will help you to become an expert at producing cutting-edge fashion content across digital, online and printed media. You’ll study fundamental journalism skills alongside fashion theory, culture and best working practises.

Throughout the course, students will learn a diverse range of journalism and broadcast skills. Students are guided through this curriculum by an in-house team of experienced fashion and journalism professionals, as well as a selection of industry guest speakers. Previous speakers have included fashion author, Agnes Rocamora; Sunday Times fashion commentator, Colin McDowell; fashion critic, Monica Titton; and blogger / beauty writer, Jane Cunningham (British Beauty Blog).

Solent Creatives, our in-house creative marketing agency, can also be found on campus. This enterprise provides Solent students with the opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects and pitch for paid creative work. This gives students the chance to gain valuable work experience, build a professional portfolio and network in the industry. 

Past years have seen students of fashion journalism go on a number of trips, travelling to iconic fashion capitals including Paris and New York to visits publication houses, exhibitions, fashion archives and press events. 

Think a career in journalism might be for you? With established industry links, first-class facilities and an emphasis on building a portfolio of published work, Southampton Solent University’s fashion journalism programme is a great way to take the first step into your dream career.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Teaching is handled by an academic team who have extensive experience of working with fashion brands and publications. The teaching team are able to use this experience to help support students who are looking for work placements.

What does this course lead to?

With a degree in fashion journalism, you’ll have a range of career opportunities – whether you want to cover the catwalk for a national magazine or website, or work in the communications department of a top fashion house, as well as leisure, publishing and fashion industries.

Who is this course for?

Candidates for this fashion journalism programme should be passionate about the subject and confident in their communication and language skills. Students will also work in a range of mediums, so prior knowledge of multimedia production and digital publishing would be an advantage.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5W2
  • 3 Years Standard Entry P253
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:
Study trips in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.
NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by telephone.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.

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.


96%

of students have been able to access general IT resources when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: 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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Language of Fashion
  • Design Skills
  • The Fashion Writer
  • Trends in Digital Journalism
  • Fashion Photography
  • Multiplatform Fashion Journalism

Year two

Core units
  • Business and Ethics of Fashion
  • Magazine Production for Print and Digital
  • The Fashion Film: Production, Intermediation and Consumption
  • The Object of Fashion
  • Presenting Skills
  • Fashion Film

Options

  • Model Your Business (MYB2)
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Fashion Culture & Celebrity
  • Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Fashion Cultures
  • Industry Focus
  • Professional Development
  • The Online Package

Options

  • Major Project: Industry Placement
  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Practical Routes
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Advanced Photography
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Fashion PR Campaign
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Support

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

Key figures

91%

Assessment by coursework

9%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Donna Bevan academic profile Donna Bevan Course Leader View profile
Dr Matthew Cheeseman academic profile Matthew Cheeseman Senior Lecturer View profile
Amber Lamonby-Pennie academic profile Amber Lamonby-Pennie Senior Lecturer View profile
Irma Gineikiene academic profile Irma Gineikiene Lecturer 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.

Facilities

During the course you’ll learn how to use a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art video and TV, photography and online equipment, as well as a variety of industry-standard software design packages.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The curriculum is built around practical insights into the fashion and beauty industry. Previous students have benefitted from access to live client projects and prestigious guest speakers.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Journalist
  • Freelance writer 
  • Stylist
  • Researcher
  • PR
  • Postgraduate study or research.

87%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

62%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • The skills acquired through traditional journalism training are transferable, it’s time we acknowledge the fashion journalist of today is required not only to understand but to master the processes in digital fashion communications. We are very pleased to see Solent taking the lead in developing such an innovative course, which will equip students with the necessary skills, insight and creativity to succeed in the future of fashion journalism.

    Laura SantaMaria, editor at Sublime magazine

Industry links

The course team has strong contacts in the fashion press and the wider industry, with magazines providing work placements and internships. You’ll also have access to industry professionals who teach on the course as associate lecturers, research fellows or as part of our weekly guest speaker programme. Past guest speakers have included Laura and Damien SantaMaria of Sublime magazine, and Colin McDonnell.

We have industry evenings and live broadcast panel events, with contributions from students and industry professionals, and you’ll also be encouraged to attend or enter industry competitions and events.

Placements

You’ll have access to a variety of work placement opportunities through the course team’s strong ties with the industry, as well as working to live briefs through our advertising and design agency, Solent Creatives.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a work placement as part of your third-year studies, working on local and national news and magazines.

Further study

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