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Solent University (Southampton)

Fashion Journalism with Placement

UCAS Code: FJ02

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.

In combination with other qualifications

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year. 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. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

In combination with other qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Fashion

Journalism

Are you an avid reader of fashion magazines and blogs? Would you like the skills to produce engaging fashion and beauty content for them? Maybe you’d love a career on the PR side, working with famous fashion influencers and celebrities, luxury or high street fashion and beauty brands?
Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

This multi-media and promotional communications degree will support you to develop the skills to write great articles, produce creative PR campaigns, create photography and fashion films, and craft eye-catching magazine or digital designs – helping to kick-start an exciting career.

We know how important it is to you to secure a meaningful career when you leave university and support you to gain valuable experience, working on a host of real client projects, giving you the confidence and knowledge to start up your own successful blogs, magazines and other creative businesses.

Through our course team’s extensive industry contacts and growing alumni network, students have the opportunity to enjoy exciting internships and work experience across many of the top fashion and beauty titles in the UK and overseas – these have previously included Vogue, Elle, Esquire, Dazed and Cosmo. Some also assist top PR agencies who work with major influencers and celebrities, representing clients at London Fashion Week, and organising incredible launch events. With journalism and PR working more closely than ever, employers really value a solid understanding of both of these skillsets.

Fashion is a truly international industry, and recently students have enjoyed a number of trips, travelling to iconic fashion capitals including Paris, Milan and New York to visit publication houses, exhibitions, fashion archives and attend press events.

If you are looking for a fashion journalism degree that teaches more than just writing, this could be the perfect fit for you.
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Language of Fashion
Design Skills
The Fashion Writer
Fashion Beauty and Luxury Promotions
Fashion Photography
Multiplatform Fashion Journalism

Year two
Core units

Business and Ethics of Fashion
Magazine Production for Print and Digital
Fashion as Moving Image
The Object of Fashion
Presenting Skills
Fashion Film

Options

Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
Solent Press
Fashion Culture & Celebrity
Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
Lifestyle PR
Lifestyle Journalism
Global Affairs
Magazine Production
Music Journalism
Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
The Ambitious Writer

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Fashion Cultures
Professional Development
Fashion Beauty and Luxury Publishing

Options

Major Project: Industry Placement
Major Project: Dissertation
Major Project: Practical Routes
Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
Travel Journalism
Digital Magazine Publishing
Investigative Journalism
Advanced Photography
Journalism and Film
Reporting Politics
Solent Press
Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
Fashion PR Campaign
Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
Transferable Journalism
Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,875
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Business, Law and Communications School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Fashion
80%
med
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Journalism

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Media professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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