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About the course

Combine your passion for writing and image making with your love of fashion and be part of the next generation of fashion communicators with Solent’s BA (Hons) Fashion Media degree. Developed in conjunction with industry experts and specifically designed to address the diversity of the fashion communications industry, you’ll gain a strategic insight into the exciting, fast-paced world of fashion communications.

Fashion is as much about words, pictures and stories as it is about garments, products and accessories. The fashion communications industry is looking for dynamic, multi-skilled practitioners who can write, film and shoot whilst having a keen eye on the commercial output of their content and how to maximise engagement.

On this course, students will learn how to identify trends and analyse markets, how to write, shoot and design for the fashion communications industry, as well as how to engage audiences and translate a passion for fashion and lifestyle content to a global multimedia stage. Students are also encouraged to work collaboratively with peers and industry experts to develop team-working skills and build an invaluable network for future careers.

To complement their studies and to aid employability, students are expected to complete 100 hours’ work experience to help develop a dynamic portfolio, a global awareness of their 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

A 100-hour work placement is built in to the course curriculum, enhancing employability and allowing students to use what they’ve learnt in a ‘real-world’ environment.

What does this course lead to?

This course will help students build the skills to pursue a career in fashion and lifestyle media and communications.

There may also be the opportunity for further study based on students’ areas of specialism during the course.

Who is this course for?

This degree is ideally suited to creative individuals with a strong interest in fashion and who are looking to pursue a career in media and communications across multiple platforms, either in fashion or the wider creative industries.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year P300
  • 3 Years Standard Entry P39P
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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. 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:


Trips to Paris and New York (prices will be based on real-time air fares and hotel rates).
End of year show budget (will be at students' discretion).
Mac computer and software: £1,200

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.
  • 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 
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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Fashion Research and Visualisation
  • Fashion Communities and Networks
  • Fashion Editorial
  • The Fashion Image
  • Digital Fashion Landscapes
  • Fashion PR, Branding and Marketing

Year two

Core units
  • Fashion Business
  • The Fashion Frame
  • The Fashion Influencer
  • Media, Identity and Image
  • Creative Media Practice


  • Trends and the Consumer
  • The Trend Writer
  • Buying and Merchandising 

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

Year three

Core units
  • The Media Package
  • The Media Entrepreneur
  • Work Based Learning
  • Portfolio Development


  • Final Major Project
  • Dissertation

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

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.


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.

All fashion students 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.

Students have the opportunity to build a strong portfolio, as well as an extensive network of key industry contacts and relevant work experience in their chosen specialism.

Your future

The mix of subject matters covered by this degree programme ensures students will have the opportunity to diversify and tailor learning with a range of exciting options.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion journalist
  • Online content producer
  • Multi-media practitioner
  • Copy editor
  • Professional blogger
  • Magazine designer.

Industry links

Employability is embedded from the outset. Units are supported by industry experts and brands providing live briefs and real-world opportunities for every student meaning that employment opportunities post-graduation are exciting.

A wide range of cross-industry speakers help to enrich the curriculum and provide a professional network upon graduation.


The course includes a work-based learning unit which every student must undertake prior to graduation. This will enable students to enhance their industry knowledge and gain valuable experience to help shape their final projects, enhance their CVs and add a real world approach to their portfolios.

With the help of dedicated team of industry experts who manage the unit, students use the alumni network and the University’s industry links, as well as the University's own Solent Futures and Solent Creatives to seek out, apply for and secure excellent work placements for a minimum of 100 hours.

Past students on fashion-related courses have secured placements at Elle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, ASOS, The Sunday Times and InStyle, as well as other leading independent fashion content producers.

Further study

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