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About the course

Are you an avid reader of fashion magazines and blogs? Would you like the skills to produce engaging fashion and beauty content for them? Maybe you’d love a career on the PR side, working with famous fashion influencers and celebrities, luxury or high street fashion and beauty brands?

Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

This multi-media and promotional communications degree will support you to develop the skills to write great articles, produce creative PR campaigns, create photography and fashion films, and craft eye-catching magazine or digital designs – helping to kick-start an exciting career.

We know how important it is to you to secure a meaningful career when you leave university and support you to gain valuable experience, working on a host of real client projects, giving you the confidence and knowledge to start up your own successful blogs, magazines and other creative businesses.  

Through our course team’s extensive industry contacts and growing alumni network, students have the opportunity to enjoy exciting internships and work experience across many of the top fashion and beauty titles in the UK and overseas – these have previously included Vogue, Elle, Esquire, Dazed and Cosmo.  Some also assist top PR agencies who work with major influencers and celebrities, representing clients at London Fashion Week, and organising incredible launch events.   With journalism and PR working more closely than ever, employers really value a solid understanding of both of these skillsets. 

Fashion is a truly international  industry, and recently students have enjoyed a number of trips, travelling to iconic fashion capitals including Paris, Milan and  New York to visit publication houses, exhibitions, fashion archives and attend press events. 

If you are looking for a fashion journalism degree that teaches more than just writing, this could be the perfect fit for you. 

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

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

  • 3 Years Standard Entry P253
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

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

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.
  • 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.

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:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 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: www.ucas.com.

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:

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Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Language of Fashion
  • Design Skills
  • The Fashion Writer
  • Fashion Beauty and Luxury Promotions 
  • Fashion Photography
  • Multiplatform Fashion Journalism

Year two

Core units
  • Business and Ethics of Fashion
  • Magazine Production for Print and Digital
  • Fashion as Moving Image 
  • The Object of Fashion
  • Presenting Skills
  • Fashion Film

Options

  • 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 Writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Languages

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

Year three

Core units
  • Fashion Cultures
  • Professional Development
  • Fashion Beauty and Luxury Publishing

Options

  • Major Project: Industry Placement
  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Practical Routes
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Travel Journalism
  • 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
  • Languages
  • Creative Business Start-up

 

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

Meet the course team

Donna Bevan academic profile Donna Bevan Course Leader View profile
Lisa Curtiss academic profile Lisa Curtiss Senior Lecturer View profile
Ceri Roberts academic profile Ceri Roberts Associate Lecturer View profile
Dr Laura Santamaria academic profile Laura Santamaria Visiting Fellow View profile
Damian Santamaria academic profile Damian Santamaria Visiting Fellow 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.
  • 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. 

Our industry guest lecturers have recently included internationally acclaimed fashion commentator, Colin McDowell; fashion author, Dr Agnes Rocamora; fashion critic, Dr Monica Titton and blogger / beauty writer, Jane Cunningham (British Beauty Blog), Italian fashion photographer Nicol Vizioli and Terri Waters  founder of ‘The Unedit’, and the founders of leading ethical fashion title, Sublime Magazine - Dr Laura and Damian Santamaria.

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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