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About the course

Do you have a love of photography, art and fashion? Are you hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree? This one-year fashion photography course explores the disciplines of fashion, photography, fashion film and multi-media production, providing you with both technical photography tuition and a thorough understanding of relevant academic contexts.

This one-year top-up programme is ideally suited to students who want to upgrade their existing qualifications (at HND level or equivalent) into a full honours degree. Students spend the year developing their practical and creative photography skills; studying fashion and photography academic theory; and improving their professional portfolio.

Students will learn a diverse range of skills, benefitting from access to professional photography, make-up and hair design studios. Solent University’s fashion photography programme also offers learners the opportunity to hone their IT, publication layout and design skills in our Mac suites. Available software packages include InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop.

The University’s strong ties with industry have offered students many opportunities to undertake work experience - working on live projects and client briefs for fashion industry partners. 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. Previous graduates have gone on to work at renowned fashion companies including 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 obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
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 and photography into a full degree.

What does this course lead to?

On graduating, you'll possess a variety of skills in image production and communication along with a keen understanding of the wider fashion industry that will open up a wide range of creative career options.

Who is this course for?

This top-up course is the ideal way for students with a relevant qualification at HND level to earn a full honours degree in just one year. Students should be passionate about fashion and already be comfortable with a range of advanced photography techniques.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry W645
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
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

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Materials, models, travel/study trips, stationery and CD printing costs: £450

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

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent)

  • or 240 CATS from a relevant three-year degree.
  • Applicants will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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 link below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

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


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

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

Key figures


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

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.


Students will be able to use our fully equipped studios, lighting and digital cameras, a range of high-end lenses, and Mac computers with Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Pro.

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.

Solent University has produced highly commended photography students, including a Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Programme 2015 finalist.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Fashion photography
  • Art direction for photo shoots
  • Advertising consultancy for fashion retailers
  • Reportage photography
  • Styling for advertising
  • Editorial photography
  • The structure of the course really helps you to gain an insight into the type of briefs you can expect to work on in industry, whilst allowing you the freedom to build on your own unique photographic style.

    Kimberley Langstone, Graduate

Industry links

Solent University’s strong ties with industry give you plentiful opportunities to apply for work experience and live projects with fashion industry partners. Recent students have worked with companies including Top Man, Fat Face, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and Good Fibres.

The course provides a varied guest speaker programme. Past speakers have included Caryn Franklin (TV presenter and i-D editor), Jason Kass (magazine, Visionnaire), Debra Bourne (PR consultant and campaigner), Hannah Al Shemmeri (fashion editor,7th Man magazine), Terry Mansfield (CEO National Magazines, Graduate Fashion Week), Ian R Webb (stylist and creative director) and Saffron Hunt (fashion stylist).


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.

Further study

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