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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, you will be supported to develop practical photography skills while studying fashion and photography theory.  You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, and recent students have also been involved with the University organised Southampton Fashion Week.

Throughout your studies you will have access to a range of professional photography facilities to hone 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.

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 at companies such as Topman, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

The course places a strong emphasis on equipping you 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
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 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 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

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 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 
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 umodules
  • Crafting the Image
  • Style Cultures
  • The Style File
  • Capturing Beauty
  • Editorial Fashion
  • Reading Pictures

Year two

Core modules
  • Designer Focus
  • The Art of Fashion
  • Photography in Theory and Practice
  • The Fashion Story
  • The Fashion Frame
  • Visual Communication

Year three

Core modules
  • Major Project Proposal
  • Final Major Project
  • Professional Perspectives
  • Work Based Learning


  • 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

Lisa Dibben academic profile Lisa Dibben Head of Subject View profile
Emma Calder academic profile Emma Calder Course Leader View profile
Israr Jan-Parker academic profile Israr Jan-Parker Senior Lecturer View profile
Sasha Halsey academic profile Sasha Halsey Lecturer View profile
Marianne Damoiseau academic profile Marianne Damoiseau Lecturer View profile
Daen Palma Huse academic profile Daen Palma Huse Lecturer 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.

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!

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