Sharon Obot-Golden, BA (Hons) Fashion Media & promotion, UCA Rochester

Fashion Image & Styling BA (Hons)

Fashion Image & Styling* BA (Hons)

Course overview

UCA’s BA (Hons) Fashion Image and Styling degree course will help make you a key player in the fashion industry, able to create looks and concepts for every scenario – from the movies and the red carpet to the High Street and magazines.

Fashion image experts and stylists are at the front line of the fashion industry, working across fashion shoots and celebrity events, and even with social media influencers. This course will teach you everything you need to know to enter any area of the industry – whether it’s fashion styling, fashion film, fashion illustration or curation.

Throughout the course, you’ll explore the often unseen role of fashion image creators and learn how to tackle any brief – from styling a fashion show to creating an Instagram series, directing a pop video or even leading an entire creative team towards a common goal.

Along the way, you’ll benefit from a wealth of industry expertise, make use of our extensive fashion facilities, and develop in-depth skills in styling, film and photography, image-making, event and show curation and even virtual concept-building.

Our students have gone on to work in events and creative direction at M&S and Gucci, styling at i-D Magazine and Net-a-Porter, and even presenting and hosting fashion events in London, New York and Milan.

*Please note - this course is subject to validation and will be moving from UCA Rochester to UCA Epsom for 2022 entry.

Length of study 3 years full-time
Campus Epsom
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W239
Course details

Course details

The first year of your course gives you an introduction to the various elements of fashion imaging and styling. You’ll also start to build your portfolio. Course units include:

  • Introduction to Fashion Image and Styling
  • Fashion Styling and Photography
  • Digital Fashion Narrative
  • Portfolio

Your second year will see you develop your skills as you begin to take more creative decisions and work on independent projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, as well as an optional study abroad exchange. Course units include:

  • Moving Image for Fashion
  • Art Direction and Creative Communication
  • myIndustry (elective)
  • Study Abroad exchange (elective)

In your final year you’ll produce your final project and an illustrated thesis. Course units include:

  • Innovation for Industry
  • Illustrated thesis
  • Final major project.

This course offers 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:

Tuition fees

The course fees per year for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

As a guide the fees 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 which will be available here shortly.

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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


The course has access to the campus printmaking 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.


Photography studios, UCA Epsom


Print studios, UCA Epsom


Digital suite, UCA Epsom


Library, UCA Epsom

Course connections

Course connections

Live projects
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in live industry projects collaborating with fashion giants including Harvey Nichols, Shaftesbury PLC, Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Camden Town and Zandra Rhodes.

Student Placements
Student placements are mandatory in the second year. Past students have undertaken placements at Gucci, Vogue, Preen, London Fashion Week and Wonderland Magazine.

Our graduates work in areas as diverse as:

  • Styling
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Digital marketing
  • Copywriting.

Recent graduates’ positions demonstrate a dazzling array of career opportunities, such as:

  • Social media manager
  • PR coordinator
  • Digital account executive
  • Digital marketing assistant
  • Marketing assistant
  • Junior account executive
  • Communications coordinator
  • Communications assistant
  • Marketing communications manager
  • Fashion assistant
  • Online coordinator.

In addition, a number of graduates have created their own career and business opportunities through freelance editorial styling, journalism, and boutique PR and marketing.

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

Charlotte Spencer
Charlotte Spencer

"The course offers an extraordinarily broad insight into the fashion industry, which has helped me significantly in developing my abilities, including photography, filmmaking, and a wide range of writing and digital media skills"

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

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

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

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. This is a creative course, but you don’t need visual arts or design qualifications to apply. We look for creativity and problem-solving skills that demonstrate potential for promoting fashion, together with a commitment to, and interest in, the fashion industry. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. 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.

More portfolio advice

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline is 15 January. If you are applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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