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BA (Hons)Fashion Photography

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UCAS code: FPH3
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study fashion photography with a foundation year

Bring your unique style and photographic vision to the world of editorial fashion to push the boundaries of fashion image-making.

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  • If you're not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree, Solent’s Design Foundation Year is perfectly suited to students who may not be from a fashion- or photography-related background, or whose qualifications do not meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Fashion Photography.
  • An innovative and dynamic course, combining the disciplines of fashion photography, fashion film and multi-media production, giving you the skills needed to become a confident image-creator within the fashion industry.
  • Our course team maintain close links with industry which enables you to benefit from guest lectures, live briefs, and placement opportunities.
  • Recent students have enjoyed work placements London Fashion Week, Fat Face, and Hungry Tiger Studios, as well as freelance assistant opportunities with leading photographers.
  • Graduates have gone on to work for renowned fashion companies such as Bottega Veneta, Giorgio Armani, Mulberry, and Jimmy Choo, and secured full-time roles as photographers, studio managers, video editors, production managers and shoot producers.
  • Facilities include 11 professional photography studios, a fully equipped infinity cove, and a range of make-up and hair design spaces.
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Course overview

To help get you up to speed, the one-year design foundation course provides all the creative, technical and study skills needed for entry onto BA (Hons) Fashion Photography here at Solent.

The foundation year begins with a five-week group project. This enables students to mix with like-minded peers and helps them to settle in quickly. This project also helps students to decide which area they might like to follow at a later stage.

On the creative and forward-thinking fashion photography 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 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 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. Many of our alumni have successful careers as freelance creatives, working internationally in a range of image-making roles.

Work from our final year students across our fashion-related degrees is showcased at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). In 2023, final-year student, Kristian Braband was awarded the prestigious Terry Mansfield Fashion Publication Award. Read about Kristian's work and his reaction to winning.

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: admissions@solent.ac.ukCall: 023 8201 5066

Contact international admissions

Email: admissions.international@solent.ac.ukCall: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Our design foundation programme is ideal for students who aren’t quite ready to undertake a full undergraduate degree, either because they aren’t from a fashion-related background, or they don’t quite meet the entry requirements. 

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.

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.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

My advice, is to use all the equipment at uni as you will never be given such an amazing opportunity to practice again.

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Eliza Dodman

Image Coordinator

Meet the team

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

Access to professional-standard facilities, including a digital reprographics lab, our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms, finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.

Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end equipment, such as Canon full frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras, medium format digital Phase One and Fuji GFX50S11/GFX100S cameras, along with an extensive range of lenses (including professional lenses and prime lenses). Students also have access to analogue film 35mm, medium format (645, 6x7 and 6x9) and large format 5x4 cameras, plus Profoto B1x, B10 and B2 lighting kits for location photography. The production store is also fully stocked with accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

    For more information, please email international.mobility@solent.ac.uk.

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