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About the course

Bring your unique style and photographic vision to the world of editorial fashion with Solent’s fashion photography degree. You’ll learn technical photography skills and develop your knowledge using our industry-standard photography, make-up and styling studios. You'll also gain an in-depth knowledge of fashion industry practices and the day-to-day operation of fashion businesses.

On this creative degree. students will develop their practical photography skills while studying fashion and photography theory. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, and have also previously been involved with the University-organised Southampton Fashion Week.

Students will learn a diverse range of skills with access to professional photography facilities and a make-up studio. They are also able to hone their IT, editorial layout and design skills in our Mac suites using industry standard software like InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Students also have access to digital reprographics rooms for high quality professional prints.

The University’s strong ties with industry offer students many opportunities to apply for work experience. Recent students have enjoyed work placements at companies including Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

The course places a strong emphasis on equipping students with the skills and knowledge required by employers. Reflecting this, previous graduates have gone on to work at renowned fashion companies like Karen Millen, Marks and Spencer, Coast and the London School of Modelling in roles such as creative media photographer, fashion stylist, visual stylist, production coordinator, model scout and booker.

Study abroad Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

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?

This course will prepare you for the exciting world of fashion and lifestyle; a growing industry that offers 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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s BA (Hons) Fashion Photography programme is ideal for proficient photographers who are looking to learn advanced techniques and create a professional portfolio specifically geared towards the fashion industry. 

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W640
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 other costs were:

Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs in year one: £250.
Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs in year two: £350. 
Compulsory materials, models, travel/study trips, stationery and CD printing costs in year three: £450. 
Optional printing in year three: £250 (students can submit work digitally).

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • 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

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.


89%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Creative Development
  • Photographic Techniques and Digital Design
  • Styling Practice
  • Theoretical Viewpoints on Photography 1

Year Two

Core units
  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Theoretical Viewpoints on Photography 2
  • Fashion Photo Narrative
  • Design, Image, Context
  • Fashion Performance Photography
  • Visual Communication

Year Three

Core units
  • Final Major Project: Research and Proposal
  • Major Project: Fashion Photography
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries

Options

  • Photographic Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

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

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Assessment by coursework

Meet the course team

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Emma Pritchard academic profile Emma Pritchard Senior Lecturer View profile
Rachael Taylor academic profile Rachael Taylor Associate Lecturer View profile
Chris Overend academic profile Chris Overend Technician Instructor View profile

Facilities

Solent has a new suite of fully equipped industry-standard studios, lighting and digital cameras with a wide-range of top-quality lenses. Mac computers with Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Pro.

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 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.

95%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

50%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

Southampton 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.

Placements

Past work experience placements have included a variety of PR, styling, photography and design roles at organisations such as Show Studio, 7th Man magazine, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Net-a-Porter. A formal fashion industry work-based learning option is a popular choice in the final year.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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