Fashion Journalism BA (Hons)

UCA Epsom - 2020

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2020

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Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism course at UCA Epsom has a unique philosophy, revolving around the idea of voice – training and finding it, developing and widening it, and expressing and promoting it.

This course trains you to communicate the latest fashion news, using your voice, in a number of different ways, from traditional print methods to broadcast journalism, digital marketing, podcasts and vlogging.

Working 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.  

Your studies culminate in the production of your own independent print publication and a partner digital website/platform.

By graduation, you’ll be fully equipped to jump into the journalism industry, with the skills, knowledge, confidence and a complete portfolio of varied work to take with you.

Please note: this course has cahnged it's name for 2021 entry to BA Magazine Journalism & Publishing.


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Course details

  • Year one

    Fashion Journalism 1
    Develop an eye for a good story and learn the most commonly used journalistic styles and areas of focus adopted by the contemporary fashion journalist, in this introductory unit. You’ll also learn the diverse range of platforms on which fashion is communicated, including new techniques and nuances such as broadcast journalism, podcasts and digital marketing. You will investigate the differences of styles between them, in terms of style, structure, focus and language.

    Fashion Vocabulary
    You’ll discover the language of fashion in this unit – the terminology and descriptive language a fashion journalist needs to help readers picture what you're discussing, going beyond the surface and appearance of accompanying visuals.

    Fashion Media and Industry
    You’ll learn about the industry itself and gain a greater awareness of complementary industries to fashion as well, on this reflective unit. You will be asked to choose one of three web-based projects to work on. The first is to produce a website promoting a fashion brand, a website featuring your own editorial work or a moving image website, such as a vlog. You will also investigate your work placement/study abroad opportunities for year two.

    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 two

    Fashion Journalism 2
    Using research methodologies and techniques, you’ll develop your journalistic voice through four tasks – ‘trend’ feature, opinion piece, interview feature and investigative news feature – all set to a deadline as per industry expectations. You’ll learn how a headline and initial reportage can grab attention, and how taking care to use the right description, terminology and appropriate imagery can earn a reader’s trust.

    Fashion Publishing
    Using skills you have gained from the previous unit, you will work in groups to develop a vision for a new magazine, identify an appropriate audience and create a product aligning with both. As part of the process, you'll explore the typical structures and hierarchies of fashion titles across numerous platforms, and how they elicit information about their audiences.

    Work Placement and Portfolio
    Through a mandatory three-week work placement, either with the same or multiple providers, you'll experience the inner workings of your chosen sector of the industry first hand. Adopting the process of investigation, application, interviewing and participation, you'll then reflect on these experiences directly and through the 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. You’ll use interdisciplinary theories and methods for analysis, and take part in lively and contentious debates during seminars.

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


  • Year three

    Innovation in Fashion Publishing
    You’ll select an area of fashion publishing, including (but not limited to) specific market sectors, platforms of dissemination, specific publishers or specific titles and conduct a detailed research analysis of its past and present, culminating in ideas for its future. You'll be encouraged, where possible, to take a more global perspective.

    Final Major Project and Portfolio
    You'll create what's fundamentally your own brief, producing two outcomes. The first is your Final Major Project – an independent print publication together with an online/digital version to marry in with it – and your portfolio, which will 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.


    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 for 2020 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.


Students have access to dedicated studios for personal and group working, a podcast room, and campus photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting set ups. There are also digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist software such as Adobe Creative Suite, 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:

    • 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
    • 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
    • Men’s Health
    • ASOS
    • Dazed & Confused
    • The Huffington Post.
  • Further study

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


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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:

We are still accepting applications for 2020 entry - get your application in now.
If 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

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

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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