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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.

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

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 and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry FPH1
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year FPH3
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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. These additional costs are listed below. 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:

Year one:
Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs: £250

Year two:
Compulsory stationery, travel, materials, flash cards and CD printing costs: £350

Year three:
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

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

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 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 
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


  • Photographic Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Creative Business Start-up

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
Sarah Dryden academic profile Sarah Dryden Senior Lecturer View profile
India Lawton academic profile India Lawton Lecturer View profile
Rachael Taylor academic profile Rachael Taylor Associate 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.


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.
  • 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.


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.

Graduate stories

Lauren's story

Lauren Hunter - Creative Assistant at Dorothy Perkins

How did university prepare you for your career?
Solent definitely gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Work experience during the course also allowed me to decide which path I wanted to go down when I left University.

Tell us a little about your career story so far?
After graduating, I started the long process of applying for jobs. Honestly, it was a lot harder than I thought, but I stuck at it and eventually landed a job on a graduate scheme for buying and merchandising. It wasn’t my dream job but I wasn’t in the position to turn it down. I resigned from that position after five months – and it was the best decision I ever made. People thought I was unwise to leave a graduate scheme but it really wasn’t what I wanted to do and I was determined to find a job that I loved. Fast forward to now and I’m working as a Creative Assistant for Dorothy Perkins in the city of London!

What does your job involve?
I spend the majority of my time organising and assisting photoshoots, but I do a variety of tasks including casting models, researching photoshoot concepts and organising the retouching of images. Every day is different which is why I love my job!

What’s your career highlight so far?
Less than 2 months after I started my job at Dorothy Perkins, I organised an entire photoshoot in South Africa! It was a huge responsibility, but everything went to plan and I was so glad I was given the opportunity to prove myself so early on.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in fashion photography?
Get as much practical experience as possible. Approach companies, apply for internships and use your summers wisely. It can be hard to land a great internship, and even harder to fund it. This can be very off-putting but once you have that experience on your CV it’ll be worth it! When applying for employment the main thing I noticed was that for even an entry-level job they expect you to have so much experience. Getting this on your CV will not only improve your knowledge and skills but it will definitely make you stand out from your competitors!

Further study

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