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About the course

If you would like to gain a professional portfolio in a wide variety of media disciplines including journalism, photography, marketing, trend forecasting and digital design to help to maximise your job opportunities in the fashion industry, this is the course for you.

The fashion industry is increasingly looking for dynamic and multi-skilled practitioners to produce a range of content across editorial and commercial platforms. This course bridges the gap between core fashion communication disciplines such as social media, journalism, photography and advertising with digital media, event management and film-making creating a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, industry-designed degree programme.

Throughout the degree, you will work in a simulated real-world media environment and have the opportunity to explore your unique voice as a storyteller using words, pictures, film, art direction and design to create the innovative content of the future. You will also analyse markets and understand how the editorial and commercial world connect and design innovative and fresh ways to engage audiences, translating a passion for fashion and lifestyle content to a global multimedia stage. 

The course is taught by academics with extensive professional experience and industry contacts, meaning you can benefit from a range of guest lectures to learn valuable insight. Recent speakers have included representatives from Vogue International, Glamour, Grazia, VICE, Wonderland, Alexander McQueen, The Daily Mail, Oasis, Topshop and Google.

To complement your studies and aid employability, you will be expected to complete a minimum 100 hours work experience to help develop a dynamic portfolio, a global awareness of skills and how to use them to best effect, and a working knowledge of the industry.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

Students start developing a portfolio of work that is published in the first month of study which is built on over three years to demonstrate the breadth and professionalism of their practice.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to a wide variety of careers in magazine journalism, publishing, social media strategy, influencer marketing, art direction, photography, event management, PR and within digital creative agencies offering editorial and commercial content production. 

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to students who want to develop professional written, photographic, digital and design skills to create innovative and exciting content for magazines, digital platforms and social media. 

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. 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 (minimum 2TB): £50-£60
  • Level five printing of own brand magazine: £80 approx
  • Final Major Project (End of Year Show artefacts): approx. £300

Optional costs

  • Year one - Mac computer, study trips and software: £1,200
  • Year two - optional study trips: £200. Compulsory printing: between £60 to £100 (dependent on project size)
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants will be required to submit an e-portfolio.
  • 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

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What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core modules
  • The Fashion Writer
  • The Fashion Frame
  • The Fashion Influencer
  • Creative Media Practice
  • Media, Celebrity and Image
  • Fashion Media Business

Year three

Core modules
  • The Media Event
  • The Media Entrepreneur
  • Portfolio Development
  • Work Based Learning 


  • 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

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.


All fashion students have the opportunity to use the photography studios, IT suites, cameras, media equipment, and specialist rooms within Solent’s media academy. Access is also available to an extensive range of fashion, forecasting, marketing, retail and media publications within the library, as well as a range of merchandising equipment within the fashion department and our Re:So store.

Photography sessions are conducted from the outset in our industry standard photography studios, and from the second-year you will be able to access and shoot in our state-of-the-art infinity cove situated in our Fashion School.

Students are also able to access relevant DSLR cameras and lenses (free of charge) to shoot and film with by visiting the media hatch.

The course is delivered through real-world learning from the first year giving students the chance to experience their dream job in a safe, supported and creative environment.

Your future

Students graduating from Solent’s BA (Hons) Fashion Media programme will be well prepared for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Magazine designer/sub editor
  • Social media editor
  • Magazine journalist
  • Digital content editor
  • Fashion photographer
  • Fashion writer
  • Editor independent fashion/lifestyle publication
  • Fashion influencer marketeer
  • Stylist
  • Copy editor
  • Video content editor
  • Trend forecaster
  • Event planner/event designer

Industry links

Thanks to the course team's extensive links with industry this course was developed in close consultation with UK publishers, journalists, stylists, content producers, digital strategists and editors – this input ensures the course is right up to date with industry trends and requirements.

Throughout the course there is also the opportunity to work on a range of live briefs, and many of our contacts can act as mentors to students both onsite and remotely.

We also have a dynamic and diverse guest lecture programme which features industry professionals from journalism, social media, advertising, styling, business, trend forecasting and international media as well as brand collaborators, fashion influencers, publishers and marketing professionals. In the past year (2018/9) guest speakers have included editors from Vogue International, Grazia, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, VICE, Wonderland, Alexander McQueen, The Daily Mail, Goat, WGSN, Trend Spot, The Sunday Times, Oasis, Topshop, Google.


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.

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