Fashion Journalism

BA (Hons) - UCA Epsom - 2020

On our BA (Hons) Fashion journalism course, you will learn how to communicate breaking news, future trends and industry issues to the public.

Whether you're reporting from a front-row seat at a fashion show, interviewing a celebrity for a new retail campaign or uncovering what really happens in sweatshops in the developing world, the life of a fashion journalist is as stimulating and fast-paced.

This dynamic and highly creative Fashion Journalism course encourages you to explore the vast landscape of fashion and lifestyle media, whilst equipping you with the journalistic skills needed to become a versatile and creative fashion communicator on the print and digital landscape.

This course’s unique philosophy revolves around the idea of the voice – training and finding your voice in Year 1, developing and widening that voice in Year 2, and expressing and promoting each voice’s unique attributes in Year 3.

Working on our Epsom campus alongside students on a range of Fashion courses, you'll have a deep understanding of the business of fashion, and the role of the journalist within it. You'll gain important skills in networking, self-promotion, interviewing and communication with a variety of people.

You’ll develop skills through individual and collaborative work in both studio and industry environments, including a work placement and live project briefs, and learning from teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and connections in the industry. 

Over the three years, you’ll build a portfolio of work of work demonstrating various styles and techniques across a range of markets and communication platforms, allowing you to head out fully equipped into the journalism industry.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


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  • Year 1

    This course's unique philosophy revolves around the idea of the voice – in your first year, you'll focus on training and finding your voice. 

    Fashion Journalism 1
    This unit introduces you to some of the most commonly used journalistic styles and areas of focus adopted by the contemporary fashion journalist. These include, specifically, developing an eye for a good story, ensuring stories are timely, areas we examine and people we cover. We'll also look at the diverse range of platforms on which we communicate fashion and investigate the differences of styles between them. We'll do this in terms of style, structure, focus and language.

    Fashion Vocabulary
    We discover the language of fashion. This means terminology and utilising descriptive language to enable readers to picture what we're discussing, going beyond the surface and appearance of accompanying visuals.

    Fashion Media and Industry
    This unit examines the industry itself. It enables you to consider yourself, at this early stage, within it, through the production of a portfolio of work you've undertaken in the past. This helps you to reflect your initial career aspirations and areas of potential investigation for work placement/study abroad in Year 2. You'll also gain a greater awareness of complementary industries to fashion within the greater ' lifestyle' or 'creative industry' arena.

    Introduction to Fashion History and Theory
    Establishes the basic framework of historical knowledge. This is vital for developing a contextual understanding and also introduces the tools for visual and textual analysis.

  • Year 2

    Your second year will focus on developing and widening your voice through collaborative work, as well as a work placement in industry where you'll adopt the processes of investigation, application, interviewing and participation. 

    Fashion Journalism 2
    This unit helps find and train our journalistic voices, through discovering research methodologies and techniques to offer voice depth and broad appeal. We know that an effective headline and initial reportage can grab attention, and that thoughtful use of description, terminology and appropriate imagery can help the reader trust us.

    Fashion Publishing
    In this unit, you'll be expected to work as part of a group to develop a vision for a new magazine, identify an appropriate audience and create a product that aligns with both. As part of the process, we'll explore the typical structures and hierarchies of fashion titles across numerous platforms. And we'll look at how they elicit information about their audiences.

    Work Placement and Portfolio
    You'll experience the workings of a sector of that industry first hand, through a mandatory work placement period of a minimum of three weeks, either with the same or multiple provider. Adopting the process of investigation, application, interviewing and participation, you'll then reflect on these experiences both directly. You'll also do this indirectly, through the curation and production of a portfolio, allowing the input of these experiences to further shape your career pathway and/or aspirations for the future.

    Theories of Culture, Identity and Communication
    This unit introduces key issues and academic debates circulating in contemporary discussion of design culture. We'll provide interdisciplinary theories and methods for analysis, drawing on dominant theories of explanation and engaging in current debates. An important consideration is to demonstrate the significance of theory - in understanding the contexts of practice - through lively and contentious debate in seminars.

    Study Abroad (optional)
    This optional unit gives you the chance to spend time in an overseas educational institution.

  • Year 3

    For a dissertation and final major project, you'll create what's fundamentally your own brief and produce work that exclusively demonstrates your skills, abilities, motivations, interests and understanding of creative practice. 

    Innovation in Fashion Publishing
    You're asked to select an area of fashion publishing, including (but not limited to) specific market sectors, platforms of dissemination, specific publishers or specific titles. You'll conduct a detailed research analysis of the area's past and present, culminating in ideas for its future. You're encouraged, where possible, to not limit yourself to the UK, but adopt a more international perspective.

    Final Major Project and Portfolio 2
    You'll create what's fundamentally your own brief - producing two outcomes, a final major project and a portfolio that both exclusively demonstrate your skills, abilities, motivations, interests and a personal manifesto of creative practice.

    This is a period of self-directed individually-negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice.

    Or Combined Dissertation and Critical Reflection
    Consists of two periods of sustained, individually negotiated research on subjects which are likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your chosen areas of practice. This is towards the provision of structured argument. In the first section, you'll undertake a dissertation, by engaging with research appropriate to you chosen subject area. In the second, you'll undertake an individually negotiated project of critical research and reflection that provides a contextual framework for, and analysis of, your own practice and/or visual interests.

  • Study abroad

    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:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs, these are still to be finalised for 2020 entry but as a guide please see the additional course costs for 2019 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.


There are dedicated Fashion Journalism studios for personal and group working, campus photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting set ups and digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    The course is taught by practising journalists and editors with a wide range of skills and experience working for newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, broadcast and television, having worked for titles such as:

    • FHM
    • Time Out
    • Harrods
    • Selfridges
    • The Independent
    • Metro
    • The Sunday Times
    • The Guardian
    • InStyle
    • The Daily Express
    • The Sunday Express
    • Channel 4 –
    • Topman
    • Pop Magazine.

    Fashion Journalism at our Epsom campus enjoys close fashion and creative industry links across multiple media and fashion companies, enabling students to undertake work placements with magazines such as:

    • Elle
    • Vogue
    • Dazed and Confused
    • Love and InStyle.

    Our students also undertake placements with:

    • Independent magazines
    • PR agencies
    • Advertising agencies
    • Model agencies
    • High street brands
    • Designer labels
    • Individual stylists
    • Creative directors
    • Fashion designers.

    In addition to this, our unique Core Lecture Programme invites guest speakers from different levels of industry, across a many different disciplines and backgrounds. Recent speakers have included editors, authors, photographers, stylists, curators and publishers.

  • Careers

    Graduate employability from our Fashion Journalism degree is very high, as the transferable skills acquired throughout the course open the doors to a range of different roles within fashion and the wider creative industries. This course doesn’t just produce writers and journalists, but also marketing and PR professionals, and digital and social media content managers. Graduates have also pursued careers in fashion styling and buying. Examples of graduate destinations include:

    • Net-a-Porter
    • Oasis
    • Liberty
    • The Tate
    • Bloomingdales
    • The Financial Times
    • The Metro
    • John Lewis
    • Jigsaw UK
    • Harrods
    • Grazia
    • Glamour
    • Harper’s Bazaar
    • FHM
    • House of Fraser 
    • Men’s Health
    • ASOS
    • Dazed & Confused
    • The Huffington Post.
  • Further study

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


UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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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 Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 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.

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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
  • 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 entry requirements

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English language requirements

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

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring a written or visual portfolio for assessment. Your portfolio should feature up to 12 single-sided (or six double-sided) A4 sheets of work, preferably examples of journalism or writing in a journalistic style (or essays if not) and any visual examples of your work – these should include pieces you feel represent your experience of and/or interest in fashion and writing. You might also want to represent any experience or knowledge of computer- aided design and visual communication through layouts and imagery, but this is not essential. Please collate your work in a disposable folder, with photocopies or printouts rather than the originals, as these are examined further after the interview process, and it’s not always possible to return them.

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