Fashion and Beauty Media at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

The fashion and beauty industry are increasingly looking for dynamic and multi-skilled practitioners to produce a range of 360° content across editorial and commercial platforms. This degree will support you to become a fashion and beauty industry storyteller, using words, pictures, film, virtual and digital graphics to create the innovative and sustainable editorial and promotional campaigns of the future. This exciting, real-world course, run by industry experts, teaches you how to create fashion and beauty content and plan impactful, sustainable social media strategies, create trend-driven story-telling, design industry-ready campaigns, and analyse markets to understand how the editorial and commercial worlds of fashion and beauty connect designing innovative and fresh ways to engage audiences and translate a passion for fashion and beauty content to a global multimedia stage. If you’re unsure whether you’d best suit a career in PR, editorial, marketing, trend forecasting or creative content design we will help you to explore the wealth of opportunities and future trends the fashion and beauty industries have to offer and allow you to keep your options open and gain a professional portfolio in a wide variety of media disciplines that you refine and specialise as you progress towards a career that’s right for you. You will study a range of industry focused modules including influencer marketing, fashion and beauty photography, virtual fashion, circular fashion and sustainability, fashion and beauty photography, marketing and PR and media business alongside key modules on styling and writing for fashion and beauty print and digital platforms. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? Solent's Fashion and Beauty Media course is ideally suited to students who want to develop professional written, photographic, digital and design skills to create innovative and exciting promotional and editorial campaigns for leading fashion and beauty brands, magazines and social media. Students will want to develop their own, unique method of storytelling to create a varied portfolio of industry-ready content from the first day of their studies, be introduced to leading industry experts, work on real-world briefs with known editorial and marketing brands and collaborate with like-minded students from other fashion disciplines. WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO? This course can lead to a wide variety of careers in fashion and beauty marketing and promotion, social media strategy and content creation, magazine journalism, influencer marketing, PR, fashion and beauty photography, event management, advertising and within digital creative agencies offering editorial and commercial content production. FACILITIES Course facilities include an extensive media loans programme, providing access to high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D MKII, an extensive range of lenses (including many ‘L’ series and Prime lenses), 35mm cameras, medium format cameras (645, 6x7 and 6x9), large format 5x4 cameras and lenses, and a full stock of accessories – light meters, tripods, flash guns, remote-controlled boom-mounted flash systems and more. You’ll also have access to our digital reprographics lab, featuring commercial-standard and large-format printers, flatbed scanners, three Hasselblad drum scanners scanning up to 5x4 size and a colour-calibrated ProMac-based reprographic suite. Our recently rebuilt colour and black-and-white darkrooms are of the highest industry standards and students can also freely use our in-house colour film processing machine. Additionally, we have finishing and film processing rooms, a modern multimedia lab featuring 24 iMacs with Adobe CS6 Suite Master Collection and Final Cut Pro, plus large professional photographic studios and associated make-up and styling rooms.


YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Fashion Communities and Networks Fashion Research and Visualisation Making Magazines PR and Marketing The Fashion & Beauty Industry The Fashion Image YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Creative Media Practice Design for Marketing and Promotion The Fashion and Beauty Writer The Fashion Frame The Fashion Influencer YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that options are not guaranteed to run each academic year). Branding and Indentity Fashion Media Business YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Portfolio Development The Media Event Virtual Fashion Work Based Learning YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Dissertation Final Major Project

Assessment method

The course, in the first year, is taught through a kind of academic apprenticeship with real-world learning workshops embedded throughout the two semesters with practice sessions, tutorial and seminars to allow students to develop and reflect their practice. Second and third year is mainly taught through seminars, workshops and tutorials. The emphasis in first year is experimentation. In the second year study is focused more on the refinement of ideas and the execution of key outputs. Students begin to investigate the nuances of careers in the fashion and beauty industry and tailor their outputs to begin building an industry standard portfolio of creative communication and editorial work. This year allows the student to specialise and professionalise their learning via portfolio assessments, vivas and presentations. Assessments are tailored towards specific fashion and/or beauty industry outputs which will be communicated to students via a unit brief and unit handbooks.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) 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. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

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E-Portfolio viewing required

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)80with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

Solent University can also accept the following English Language Test: Duolingo English Language Test 115 overall with a minimum of 95 in each component. All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16125 Year 1
International £16125 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Fashion and Beauty Media at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS