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About the course

Want to combine your interest in fashion with a career in PR and communication? Southampton Solent University's fashion promotion and communication programme can help you to improve your knowledge of PR, styling, marketing, photography and creative writing - following the fashion process from original concept all the way through to the promotion of a final product.

On this professionally-focused course, students are encouraged to develop their talent and skills for a career in fashion promotion and communication. Students will get to grips with the dynamics of fashion practice and explore how fashion brands are promoted.

Degree studies are reinforced with a strong focus on work based learning. Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of work based learning in their final year. For many students this is a gateway into graduate employment.

The course has good industry links. This has enabled previous students to gain work placements and work on live projects through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives.

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The course has strong industry links, providing students with opportunities for work experience through our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives. Solent’s collaborative culture encourages fashion students to work on exciting shared projects with students from other creative courses, mirroring industry practises.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to roles such as fashion intern, PR assistant intern, womenswear buying assistant and fashion assistant at companies such as TopShop, Next, Grazia, Ted Baker, M&S, Kurt Geiger and London fashion week.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfectly suited to students who aspire to work in public relations, copywriting, visual merchandising, trend forecasting, styling or buying within the fashion industry. Applicants should have strong communications skills and a good command of written English.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Design Foundation Year N52W
  • 2 Years Standard Entry NN59
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Year one:
Compulsory material, stationery and travel costs: £150. 

Year two:
Compulsory material, stationery and travel costs: £150.

Year three:
Compulsory portfolio, stationery and travel costs: £250.
Optional printing costs: £150 (students can submit work digitally).

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • Applicants are required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

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
  • 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.


100%

of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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
  • Design in Context
  • Fashion Research
  • IT and Design for Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Industry: The Market
  • Fashion Promotion and Presentation

Year two

Core units
  • Concept Development
  • Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Media
  • Public Relations
  • Fashion Marketing and Brand Communication
  • Fashion in Context

Year three

Core units
  • Major Project: Research Proposal
  • Fashion Promo & Comms: Major Project
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries

Options

  • Dissertation
  • Fashion Practice Dissertation
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
  • 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

Key figures

98%

Assessment by coursework

2%

Practical exams

Students' work

Facilities

Students have access to a range of specialist teaching facilities in our multi-million-pound media academy. These include a photography studio complex, make-up area, mono and colour darkrooms, printing areas, digital reprographics rooms and Mac suites with industry-standard software.

Solent’s collaborative culture encourages students to work on shared projects with students from other creative disciplines, mirroring industry practices.

Your future

Southampton Solent University's fashion promotion programme meets industry needs and prepares students for specialist careers within marketing, public relations, promotions and publishing.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Public relations
  • Buying and merchandising
  • Graphic design
  • Fashion styling
  • Trend forecasting
  • Fashion marketing
  • Brand development
  • Visual merchandising.

100%

Of students go on to work and/ or study.

55%

Of students are in a professional or managerial role.

Industry links

The course provides a varied programme of seminars and lectures by visiting practitioners, as well as visits to industry events and businesses.

Placements

During the third year you will have the chance to undertake a industry placement. You will be supported by your tutors to secure these placements, drawing on their strong ties with the industry. You’ll also be able to pitch for work through our Solent Creatives agency.

Graduate stories

Bethany's story

Bethany Wray - Graphic Designer at Chanel

What made you choose to study at Solent?
I knew someone who did the same course and thought it sounded interesting but also quite broad. When I was applying for courses, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do - this was the only course that covered lots of different aspects of fashion.

What was the best part about your course?
I thoroughly enjoyed my final major project; working on the Third Floor Publication team. It's where I discovered my love of graphic design and was able to develop my skills with the help of different teachers from different courses.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I continued with graphic design and am now a graphic designer at Chanel, working in the fragrance and beauty division. The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing things that I've designed on our counters and in use by clients and staff.

What has been your biggest achievement in your work so far?
I helped to develop a 'Beauty Book' using a format that was new to Chanel. I introduced different processes and printing finishes to create something within brand guidelines but very elegant.

What was the most important skill you learnt at Solent that helped you succeed in your career?
How to handle criticism: Working in any creative field, you will come up against opinions and criticism of your work. Having this introduced at university meant I was well prepared for it when I was in the working world. You have to be able to take it the way it was intended (rarely is anyone actually being mean) and not let it upset you or distract you from doing your job.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
My advice would be to research the course(s) you're interested in, as Solent does a wide variety and some of them cross over, and even talk to someone who has done it if you can.

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