Skip to main content
Available through Clearing

About the course

Do you love high-end fashion? Would you like to help shape the future of fashion media? This fashion styling and make-up for media top-up programme is your chance to build upon the skills and qualifications you've already acquired, turning them into a full honours degree. You’ll undertake intensive study of fashion, beauty and trend forecasting before using your final major project to specialise in an area of your choice.

Solent University’s fashion styling and make-up top-up programme recognises the importance of teaching workplace focused skills that are relevant to industry employers. Students develop their craft alongside an experienced team of industry professionals, learning about the academic and cultural context of fashion styling while creating a portfolio of professional work.

Available facilities include hair and makeup studios, airbrushing kits, photographic studios (including an infinity cove), Apple Mac computers with the latest creative software packages and a comprehensive media loans facility.

Learning in the School of Art, Design and Fashion is supplemented by a programme of guest lectures. Various high-profile guest speakers have presented to students over the last few years, providing them with valuable industry insight. Recent lectures have seen representatives from Illamasqua and famous make-up artist Alex Box share visit the campus to share their knowledge.

This course is suitable for anyone with a relevant academic background at HND level or equivalent. By studying intensively, students are able to earn a full honours degree in just one year.

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

Students develop an understanding of the modern fashion industry, studying its impact on styling and make-up while gaining insight into forecasting for fashion and beauty.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles in fashion and other industries, including online stylist at Hungry Tiger, make-up designer at Wonderland magazine, visual merchandising and creative at Illamasqua and working on the BBC’s The One Show.

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.

Applicants should be comfortable with a range makeup and fashion styling techniques before enrolling on the course.

Facts and figures

UCAS codes icon

UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry W231
Fees icon

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

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 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

Optional costs:
Final year project materials: £500

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.

Key entry requirements icon

Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent)

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree
  • UK applicants are required to send an electronic portfolio and may be asked to attend an interview
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio and may be interviewed by video call. 
  • 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
Full-time  1 year  Apply 
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Professional Context
  • Major Project: Research and Development
  • Major Project: Production and Evaluation


  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and 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

Emma Calder academic profile Emma Calder Course Leader View profile
Elizabeth Barnett Lawton academic profile Elizabeth Barnett Lawton Senior Lecturer View profile
Chris Overend academic profile Chris Overend Technical Instructor View profile
Peter O'Keefe academic profile Peter O'Keefe Technical Instructor View profile
Simon Griggs academic profile Simon Griggs Technical 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.


You’ll have access to a specialist make-up and hair studio with industry-standard features such as airbrush guns and studio lights; modern photography studios and the latest photographic and lighting equipment; and well-equipped IT labs with a range of editing software.

The experienced course team supported students as they create high quality work for their portfolios.

Your future

The top-up degree provides a range of career options in industries such as publishing, cosmetics, advertising, fashion, music, film and TV. opportunities include:

  • Image consultancy
  • Make-up artistry/design
  • Styling
  • Fashion editing
  • Beauty editing
  • Features writing
  • Creative direction
  • Brand development for fashion for beauty
  • Trend forecasting.

Industry links

You will work on industry-focused projects be supported to developing the professional portfolio and website you’ll need to find work as a freelance practitioner or consultant.

Industry experts such as stylist Alexis Knox, photographer Madame Peripetie and make-up artist Alex Box visit regularly and give input to the course.

Your individual major project takes industry standards into account. It can be linked with industry and involves working on a client-based brief. 


Solent’s strong ties to the industry provide various work experience opportunities. You’ll also receive support in writing your CV, advice on how to pitch yourself to employers and guidance for presenting a professional portfolio.

Previous students have gained work experience at Notion magazine, Fashion TV, London Garment Expo, ITV, Company magazine, Dazed & Confused magazine, Jonathan Saunders, Atelier Mayer and Aqua PR; as well as with leading stylists such as Katie England and Alexis Knox.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Solent University Open Days

Experience Solent for yourself. Meet our staff, students and explore our amazing facilities.

View our events