Fashion Branding & Communication* BA (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

UCA Epsom - Sept 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

Fashion Branding & Communication at UCA Epsom combines industry knowledge and experience with creative processes that explore the relationships between promotion, public relations and branding.

You'll develop areas in fashion promotion and create brand identity through various forms of visual communication and adapting skills across a wide range of creative media, including photography, film, graphics, print, digital design, and Interactive media.

You will learn and explore how brands communicate and operate through business and innovative thinking, and visualise these projects with software packages such as the Adobe Creative Cloud suites, so you can develop your creative ideas to communicate with consumers.

Fashion promotion and public relations is about build lasting relationships and positive reputations, through communication, self-promotion, networking and technology.

As a graduate of this course, you will be equipped to enter a variety of potential careers where it is vital to have knowledge and expertise in managing stakeholder relationships and reputation, and enacting the technical and strategic communication advisor roles in the creative industries. 

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Course details

  • Summary

    This course will cover the many different aspects of branding, communications and promotion within the fashion industry - culminating in your final project and dissertation. 

    During your course, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section.

    If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

    While on the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.


  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students - £9,250 
    • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
    • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
    • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fees and additional course costs

Professional Practice Year

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course.

You’ll spend two years learning with us, before putting what you’ve learned into practice through a year-long industry placement.

Our Professional Practice placements give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students nationally are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Throughout your placement, your course team will support you, making use of our extensive industry connections to help facilitate you to find about the right placement for you. On conclusion of the placement, you’ll return to complete your final year of study – applying what you’ve learned on the job. 

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The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


Fashion Branding & Communication students have a dedicated course studio and study space, access to campus print making workshops with dedicated technical support, campus photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting set up and digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist design software. Students also have access to screen printing and bookbinding facilities, together with wood workshops for set building.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    This course is highly regarded in the fashion world, and we have forged many strong industry connections, including:

    • Nike
    • Swarovski
    • Good Ordering
    • Lazy Oaf
    • Patternity
    • K-Swiss
    • LSN Global
    • The Future Laboratory
    • BBH
    • WGSN
    • A.P
    • Paul Smith.

    Visiting professionals

    We host a number of visiting lecturers, including:

    • Laura Vent – art director
    • Susannah Jones - PR expert
    • Nick Maroudias - photographer
    • Cian McConn – artist
    • Mark Wells – designer
    • Louise Naunton Morgan – artist
    • Mark Thomson – art director
    • Chris Colville-Walker – art director
    • Jason Hughes – fashion editor
    • Anna Lomax - set designer
    • Sophie Stephens - illustrator
    • Willem Jaspert – photographer
    • Carolina Daher – art director
    • Jacqui Ma – trends researcher
    • Ruth Marshall-Johnson – trends researcher
    • Simone Konu – stylist
    • Katja Mayer - photographer
    • Ivana Bobic – director
    • Greta Ilieva – photographer.
  • Careers

    Our graduates have secured many rewarding career positions throughout the fashion industry, for example as: 

    • Fashion editor
    • Showroom manager
    • Art director
    • PA to artistic director
    • Press officer
    • Set designer
    • Artist
    • Editorial assistant
    • Trend researcher
    • Producer
    • Prop assistant
    • Researcher
    • Illustrator
    • Filmmaker
    • Film editor
    • Graphic designer

    Our graduates have progressed these roles at the following companies, to name but a few:

    • ASOS
    • Celine
    • Paul Smith
    • GQ Style
    • Margaret Howell
    • L’Oreal
    • Benefit
    • Asprey
    • Aromatherapy Associates
    • Farfetch
    • Porter
    • Oki-Ni
    • Burberry
    • Chanel
    • Dazed & Confused
    • Artistry
    • A.P
    • Alexander McQueen
    • Fashion East
    • Juergen Teller
    • Katie Shillingford
    • Benjamin Bruno
    • Storm Models
    • The British Fashion Council.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International and EU entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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