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About the course

Fashion is a huge, fast-changing and culturally influential industry – shaping not just the clothes we wear but also the society we live in. And that’s the power of fashion journalism – communicating the latest trends and developments from the industry to a world hungry for innovation.

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

This course offers you the skills to be an essential part of this dynamic industry, planning, creating and distributing fashion content across online and offline platforms to a global audience.

You will develop not only your ability to research, write, interview and broadcast, but also design, produce and publish content for a range of formats, from magazines to online. You’ll build skills and understanding of photography and filmmaking, becoming the kind of multi-skilled operator who can meet any kind of industry need.

And you’ll have the chance to specialise, as live briefs from the industry – and internships with industry partners – give you that essential hands-on experience that can get you in the door. Plus through practical assignments, internships and wider work placements, you will graduate with a stunning and creative professional portfolio of work.

Our course team’s extensive industry contacts – and our growing alumni network – are what makes it all happen. Past students have had the opportunity to build their experience at many of the top fashion and beauty titles in the UK and overseas, including Elle, Esquire, Dazed, Cosmo, and SHOWstudio.

Some also assist top PR agencies who work with major influencers and celebrities, representing clients at London Fashion Week, and organising incredible launch events, while our alumni also work for fashion brands on content and social media strategy. 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 the full multimedia package, 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

Practical learning in excellent facilities, including our specialist newsroom and film, tv and photography studios.

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 and trends for a fashion and lifestyle magazine, or work on the social media strategy and communications department of a top fashion brand. As well as travel, beauty and lifestyle publishing and the wider fashion and beauty 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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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
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International sandwich placement fees: £1,750

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

Optional costs:
International trips are offered, for example Paris, Milan and New York. Prices depend on destination.

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • 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:

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
  • The Fashion Word
  • The Sound of Fashion
  • The Language of Fashion
  • The Fashion Tale
  • The Fashion Portrait 
  • The Fashion Magazine

Year two

Core units
  • The Fashion Story
  • Fashion as Moving Image
  • Inside the Fashion Industry
  • Presenting Fashion
  • Fashion Research Proposal

Options

  • Styling
  • Global Affairs
  • Literary Journalism
  • Placement Year

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

Year three

Core units
  • Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Industry Placement
  • Fashion Publishing
  • Transferable and Professional Skills
  • The Fashion Magazine (Production)

Options

  • Public Relations
  • Photography
  • Travel Journalism
  • Sports Commentary and eSport

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
Chris Richards academic profile Chris Richards Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Ansell academic profile Paul Ansell Senior 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, TV, photography and online equipment, as well as a variety of industry-standard software design packages. You will also have access to our professional-quality media centre, featuring TV and audio broadcast studios, dedicated photography studios and more.

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 such as Darren Styles OBE, publisher of Attitude magazine.

Your future

On graduating you will be perfectly placed for a range of industry roles, such as:

  • Fashion journalist
  • Fashion/style magazine assistant/editor
  • Fashion broadcaster
  • Fashion presenter
  • Digital content producer for fashion and brands
  • Freelance writer
  • Social media strategist
  • PR account handler
  • Stylist
  • Postgraduate study
  • Researcher
  • 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

We have links with

  • Sublime, the sustainable lifestyle magazine – founders Dr Laura Santamaria and Damian Santamaria are course fellows
  • Darren Styles OBE,  founder of Stream Publishing, publisher of Attitude magazine and Solent honorary doctor of arts.
  • A range of visiting speakers, including fashion photographer Ram Shergill, beauty blogger Jane Cunningham and content manager Abbie Lewis, as well as other alumni.

Placements

Work experience is an essential part of the degree and is an assessed unit in the third year. Students are supported and guided in sourcing their own work placements throughout the course, with more than one week's work experience per academic year in years two and three strongly recommended.

Students are also able to participate in industry practice during the course, through access to external organisations or in live practical briefs.

Further study

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