Fashion Journalism BA (Hons)

3-Year Bachelor's Degree

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Prepare for a career as a fashion journalist or stylist. Learn editorial styling, catwalk reporting, trend forecasting, studio photoshoots and the history of Chanel and McQueen. Create a glossy fashion magazine or website and join the Fashion North team. 

Overview

By studying BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism at Sunderland, you’ll develop essential fashion journalism skills such as catwalk reporting, editorial styling, studio photoshoots, street style photography, podcasting, social media stories and beauty and video journalism. 

You’ll learn from industry experts, publishing opportunities and fashion trips, while earning your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism, the industry-recognised qualification. You’ll also get hands-on experience as part of the Fashion North editorial team and go on placements which have previously included Sunday Times Style magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Grazia, Elle, ASOS and Glamour.

See examples of our students’ work:

Margot, a quarterly fashion magazine for creative women by Roseanne Bradley

Noelle, a festive Christmas fashion and beauty magazine by Caitlyn McAdam

Renewed, a budget-friendly sustainable fashion magazine by Megan Hagel, who now works as a copywriter at Harrods

Why us?

  • This course has 100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)
  • Our graduates are working as journalists and stylists at Victoria Beckham, Vogue, Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, ASOS, Harrods, Burberry and Stylist, among others
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism is the only Fashion Journalism course in the country to be accredited by NCTJ. Learn more about the benefits of studying an NCTJ-accredited course.
  • Get real-world experience as an editor or writer for the Fashion North website in our innovative mediaHUB
  • Learn from industry professionals. Recent guest speakers include Alec Maxwell, Digital Creative Director at British Vogue. Read more about Alec’s visit in March 2022
  • The course is led by former Grazia editor Carole Watson, whose fashion industry contacts keep the course at the cutting-edge of employer needs

Course structure

Teaching methods include fashion newsdays, attending editorial conferences and creating content for Fashion North, lectures, workshops, photographic studio time and group projects. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with national and regional media organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to host guest lectures and masterclasses.

Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules:

  • Style Icons and Subcultures (20 credits)

Apply research and analytical skills to develop and evaluate written and visual material contexualising fashion history within the wider fashion world. Critically analyse the key theoretical arguments in fashion and build an awareness of the major designers, brands, publications and companies in the industry today. Develop a critical understanding of cultural, political and societal issues and events that have shaped fashion and the fashion media.

  • Media Histories (20 credits)

Trace the evolution of the mass media from the advent of print journalism in the 16th Century, through the establishment of the press, radio and television industries to the multi-platform digital and online technology of today.

  • Essential Journalism (20 credits)

Learn role of the journalist and the range of practical skills needed to produce news, magazine and sports content, including research, newsgathering, interviewing, copy presentation and writing style.

  • Essential Fashion Journalism (20 credits)

Learn how to report from the catwalk and the red carpet, forecast new fashion trends, and shoot street-style photography to develop a portfolio of fashion journalism, published on Fashion North. Research and critically analyse a fashion brand of your choice to understand the historical, economic and creative context of that brand, reflecting on its strengths and weaknesses.

  • Essential Media Law and Regulation (20 credits)

Learn the laws and ethical codes journalists must consider when preparing and publishing legally-safe and ethically-responsible content for print, online, broadcast and social media platforms. Explore areas including anonymity, libel, privacy, copyright, contempt of court and other statutes which affect journalistic practice and output.

  • Digital Storytelling (20 credits)

Develop digital skills for an online audience such as infomaps, graphics and other non-traditional storytelling techniques.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules:

  • Fashion Journalism Newsdays (20 credits)

Learn and practice memoir-writing, group location shoots, social media storytelling and in-depth fashion interviewing during real world newsdays. Generate Fashion North ideas, attend editorial conference and execute your ideas to tight deadlines. Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your performance during newsdays.

  • Design and Editing Skills (20 credits)

Learn industry-standard design and editing skills using professional software. Build a critical awareness of the key elements of page design, grid structures, image manipulation and graphics and their relationship with magazine, paper and digital outlets and across the broader publishing and creative industries. Develop industry-standard editing skills to ensure every page of each project well-written, error free and publishable.

  • Essential Journalism 2 (20 credits)

Build on the principles and practice of journalistic thought and apply them to online reports in a newsroom setting. Learn how to produce stories for online platforms, edit and proof-read them, present them effectively, add interactive elements and publish them.

  • Social, Audio, Visual (40 credits)

Learn the skills needed to produce, record and edit audio and video content for use across social and web platforms. Explore the various approaches and best practices that continue to evolve in audio and video journalism. Discover how to generate awareness, engagement and conversion on social platforms, and how to build and engage audiences and communities in digital spaces.

  • Fashion Styling (20 credits)

Explore the techniques and processes of creative imagery for fashion media and brands. Learn the practicalities of styling, including the sourcing of themes, garments, models and hair and make-up artists. Act as stylist and art director to oversee your own studio shoots. Learn about the workings of fashion studios and understand the basic principles of fashion photography.

Optional modules:

  • Shorthand (0 credits)

Learn Teeline, the system of rapid handwriting, used by journalists to quickly write down the spoken word. Aim for 100 words per minute, the industry standard.

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules:

  • Advanced Fashion Journalism Newsdays (20 credits)

Learn advanced fashion journalism skills, including analytical features covering serious issues in the fashion industry, mobile journalism content packages, and podcasting. Generate Fashion North ideas, attend editorial conference and execute your ideas to tight deadlines. Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your performance during newsdays.

  • Journalism Practical Project (40 credits)

Plan and produce a piece of original work, such as writing and designing a magazine, researching and writing a series of in-depth investigative articles, setting up a website with appropriate content, producing a TV or radio documentary or creating a magazine or current affairs programme.

  • Journalism Placement and Employability (40 credits)

Prepare for graduate employment by creating a professional employability pack. Develop advanced understanding of the commercial, organisational, marketing and publishing facets of the journalism industry through workshops and lectures. Carry out a ten-day placement at a pre-approved media organisation with learning outcomes reflected in a logbook.

Optional modules (choose one) (20 credits):

Choose from a range of modules including: Advanced Fashion Styling; Making your Content Pay; Advanced Digital Storytelling.

Facilities

Our David Puttnam Media Centre is a buzzing place to study fashion journalism. As well as working in our mediaHUB on fashion content, you can volunteer with our award-winning radio station Spark Sunderland, write for one of our suite of websites or edit Spark Magazine. Get hands on in our journalism and digital editing suites. Learn from experts in this centre of excellence for training

Entry requirements

As part of our NCTJ accreditation we will also invite you to an informal interview. We’d like to hear about you, why you’re interested in fashion journalism, and tell you a bit more about our course and what makes us special.

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Career ready

This degree prepares you for a variety of careers in fashion. You may become a writer for magazines, supplements and newspapers, covering the fashion shows and interviewing designers. Some of our graduates now work as stylists, either for celebrities (such as Nicole Scherzinger and Jessie J); for a fashion house, such as Burberry; or for a fashion publication, such as You magazine or Mail on Sunday.

Other graduates have moved into public relations, or writing and styling while travelling the globe for retailers such as Gymshark. 

The industry qualifications you will gain from this course also equip you to work as a general features or news writer for a magazine or newspaper. 

Real-world experience – right on campus

You’ll be actively involved in the Fashion North website and have the opportunity to get involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 community radio station based in the David Puttnam Media Centre. Spark has won many awards and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East. Students are responsible for all news-gathering, programme production and advertising.

Other opportunities for real-world experience include Spark online magazine and SportsByte, which are linked to our journalism courses. 

 

Superb industry links

Our academics are industry experts and have excellent relationships across the fashion industry including Vogue, Grazia, ITV and BBC.

Broaden your horizons with inspiring trips – recently students have enjoyed creating an online autumn/winter lookbook for shopping mall The Bridges, in-store styling challenges at John Lewis, and talks from fashion journalists, stylists, photographers and trend forecasters. 

Work placements

You will undertake a work placement module in your final year, though many of our students arrange placements for all three years. Recent student placements at fashion publications include Elle, Grazia, Asos, Harper’s Bazaar and Fabulous – the Sun on Sunday’s magazine.

In the past, our students have commissioned and styled fashion shoots for magazines and newspapers, worked on catwalk shows and fashion weeks and provided fashion reports for the websites of major retailers in the North East.

All students studying this course can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.

Join award winners

Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board:

  • Caitlyn McAdam was commended for Student Project of the Year for her magazine, Noelle in the 2022 NCTJ awards for excellence
  • Mariam Khattab won the 2020 NCTJ features category for her articles on the human rights of Muslims across the world
  • Joe Nicholson won the sports journalism award in 2019 for his portfolio of work
  • Emily Parker, highly commended in the 2017 NCTJ awards for excellence for her plus-size fashion magazine, Bold
  • Bethany Elsey was shortlisted for Royal Television Society North East Student Award for Best Documentary

Testimonial

“The programme offered at the University of Sunderland is the best fashion journalism course in the country. Fashion North is unique, with nothing like it elsewhere.

Students are supported throughout their three years on the degree and continually encouraged to improve their work and achieve higher standards. The team must be commended for their excellence in both teaching and pastoral care.

Working as a magazine consultant in the industry, I would have no hesitation in recommending this course for anyone who wants to become a fashion or lifestyle journalist.”

Mary Hogarth
External Examiner and Lecturer at Bournemouth University
Author of Writing Feature Articles: Print, digital and online (2019) and Business Strategies for Magazine publishing: survival in the digital age (2018).

 

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.

 

 

Deadlines

26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 

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Expenses (GBP)

Tuition (per year)

13000

GBP

Application Fee

0

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Program expenses

University & General Expenses

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Level of Education
Min GPA (max=100)

60

IELTS
6.00

accommodation

The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.

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