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About the course

Working alongside students on our BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Creative Direction course, you will be given the opportunity to explore and push the boundaries of fashion image-making. Our hands-on and practical fashion photography course will enable you to experiment with the latest techniques, equipment and software, and be supported by world-class teaching from experts in their field of work.

On this creative and forward-thinking degree, you will be supported by experienced tutors and technical instructors, dedicated to giving you the skills you need to become the fashion photographer you dream of being.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with students from a range of other fashion courses, giving you invaluable networking experience. As part of your degree, you will hone your own personal creative style by undertaking industry placements, giving you essential hands-on experience.

Throughout your studies you will have access to a range of professional photography facilities to broaden your skills, including nine photography studios (including a specialist Infinity Cove), make-up studios, Mac suites and digital reprographics rooms for high quality professional prints. All of which, will help you to build a professional and extensive portfolio.

The University holds many links with industry professionals, enabling you to benefit from a range of guest lectures and work experience opportunities. Recent students have enjoyed work placements Graduate Fashion Week, Fat Face, and Hungry Tiger Studios, as well as freelance assistant opportunities with leading photographers.

The course places a strong emphasis on equipping you with the skills and knowledge required by employers for a wide range of roles within the fashion industry. Reflecting this, previous graduates have gone on to work for renowned fashion companies such as Bottega Veneta, Mulberry, and Jimmy Choo, and secured full-time roles as photographers, studio managers, video editors, production managers and shoot producers. Many of our alumni have successful careers as freelance creatives, working internationally in a range of image-making roles.

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
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Solent is one of the few universities in the UK that combine the disciplines of fashion, photography, fashion film and multi-media production into a full degree qualification.

What does this course lead to?

Through the industry-focused skills and knowledge gained on this course, you could find yourself working in an exciting and varied range of creative roles, including fashion, editorial, advertising, production and post-production, digital imaging, video editing, art direction, and picture editing.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Fashion Photography programme focuses on giving you a specialist skillset and thorough understanding of the industry, while allowing you to explore and develop your creative practice. 

Applicants will be required to supply a variety of work in a digital portfolio, including sketchbook or supporting material, photography tests and examples, through to written work (essays).

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Year one 
Compulsory memory sticks and printing, workbooks, study trips and printing: £300 
Optional international study trip: £250 - £300 

Year two
Compulsory photographic materials (film paper), digital printing, mounting, workbooks, study trips, memory sticks and printing: £300 - £500 
Optional international study trip: £250 - £500 

Year three 
Compulsory photographic materials (film paper), stationery, digital printing, mounting,  degree show, study trips, memory sticks and printing: £300 - £600 
Optional international study trip: £500 - £800 

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 - 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.
  • All applicants are required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration.
  • Direct entry into the second or third year may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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
  • Crafting the Image
    On this module you will be introduced to the practicalities of working as part of a team, and shooting in a studio environment. Discovering the relationship between lighting, model choice and direction, along with post-production, make-up/hair/fashion styling.
  • Style Cultures
    This module will look at different areas of popular culture with a critical eye including – fiction, films, video games, music and fashion.
  • The Style File
    On this module you will learn the fundamentals of styling and concept development; whilst understanding the practicalities of historical contexts, including photography, fashion styling and beauty related media.
  • Capturing Beauty
    You will learn the central skills required when capturing beauty image and moving media, and explore historical understandings of beauty and the contemporary industry imagery that informs trend led ideas and outcomes.
  • Editorial Fashion
    This module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of editorial fashion, target audiences and aesthetic principles. 
  • Reading Pictures
    This module will enable you to learn to read the content of images, to go beyond the surface, to the underlying message.

Year two

Core modules
  • Designer Focus
    This module will allow you to focus on the work of a particular designer or retailer, and create images and video that showcase your work to potential customers.
  • The Art of Fashion
    Through this module you will explore the ways artists have represented both the body and fashion, finding new ways to interpret your own photographic ideas.
  • Photography in Theory and Practice
    Building on your studies at level 4, this module encourages you to voice your own opinions and appraise different attitudes to imagery, exploring your own ideas through the creation of a photographic outcome.
  • The Fashion Story
    On this module you will learn how to craft a fashion editorial that conveys a sense of narrative. Encompassing all the production aspects of fashion editorial, from casting to location to equipment.
  • The Fashion Frame
    This module builds on skills and knowledge learnt in the The Fashion Image and develops practical skills relating to camera, lighting and editing with regards to creating fashion film/documentary content.
  • Visual Communication
    This module widens perspectives of how photography can be used for creating promotional fashion imagery in a commercial setting.

Year three

Core modules
  • Major Project Proposal
    This module is your chance to bring together all of the skills and knowledge that you have gained throughout your degree, proposing your final major project that you will undertake in period 2.
  • Final Major Project
    The FMP is an opportunity to express your individual style, your take on fashion photography and its many related areas.
  • Professional Perspectives
    In this module you will refine your awareness of current industry-practice and will be supported to consider the scope of fashion, photography and new media roles as well as your own career pathway.
  • Work Based Learning
    Throughout this module you will develop the skills and experiences expected to work within the creative industries, whilst consolidating skills attained through the previous modules of study on your degree.


  • Photography Practice Dissertation
  • 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

Emma Calder academic profile Emma Calder Course Leader View profile
Sasha Halsey academic profile Sasha Halsey Lecturer View profile
Gary Wallis academic profile Gary Wallis Lecturer View profile
Brendan Lea academic profile Brendan Lea Lecturer View profile
Daen Palma Huse academic profile Daen Palma Huse Lecturer View profile
Marianne Damoiseau academic profile Marianne Damoiseau Lecturer View profile
Chris Overend academic profile Chris Overend Technician Instructor 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.


Throughout the course you will have access to our nine photographic studios (including a fully equipped infinity cove), film processing suites, colour and black and white darkrooms, professional digital processing suites, up-to-date camera equipment and a range of make-up and hair design spaces in order to bring your ideas to life.


The University’s multi-million-pound media academy gives students access to 11 professional photography studios, a fully equipped infinity cove and a range of make-up and hair design spaces.

Your future

This course will prepare you for the exciting world of the fashion and lifestyle industries; a growing industry both in the UK and globally, offering a range of career opportunities. As a graduate, you’ll possess a variety of skills in image production and communication, along with a keen understanding of trends and the wider fashion industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion photography
  • Art direction
  • Advertising consultancy
  • Reportage photography
  • Styling for advertising
  • Editorial
  • Catwalk photography
  • Post-production photo-editing
  • Freelance photography
  • Post-production
  • Digital imaging
  • Video editing
  • Production
  • Picture editing
  • The course was very diverse, we did a bit of everything from studio and location work, business, writing in theory and journalism styles, photography and styling and we were taught how research supports our work. The equipment was really professional. This course has made me capable of linking my ideas to the implementation of them in reality. It has helped build my confidence and communication skills and these have been essential in developing my career.

    Anait Grigorjane, Graduate

Industry links

Solent University’s strong ties with industry give you plentiful work experience and live-brief opportunities. Recent students have gained work experience with companies including Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.


As a fashion photography student you will be required to complete 200 hours of work-based learning during your second year – either consecutive or split hours working in industry contexts.

You will be supported to find placements through a unit concentrating on CV and cover letter writing skills and personal branding, including establishing a professional online presence. There is also a limited number of University based work placements, including the management of course-specific fashion cupboards amongst others.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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