Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling

Discover the power of visual narrative and develop a portfolio of professional skills required to forge a career in the diverse and multi-faceted world of fashion media styling. A one year course where creative individuals can network, collaborate and transition into critical thinkers, distinctive image-makers and stylists of the future.

Three models in black and lace, lounging by Federica Cerri
Federica Cerri

Federica Cerri, 2016.

Model with back to camera by Federica Cerri
Federica Cerri

Federica Cerri, 2016.

Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling
Two photos of models styled by Shrishti Agarwal, Grad Diploma Fashion Media Styling
Styling by Shrishti Agarwal

Styling by Shrishti Agarwal, 2016

Model in pink dress.
Styling by Carmen Haigh

Styling by Carmen Haigh, 2016

Model with bird on arm by Chen Chen Gu
Styling by Chen Chen Gu

Styling by Chen Chen Gu, 2016.

Sanctuary, a film by Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling 2016 students.

We Are Fashion Media Styling - London College of Fashion


Course Leader

Diana Donaldson

Course Location

Lime Grove / John Prince's Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length12 months
Home/EU Fee


International Fee


Autumn Term Dates25 Sept – 8 Dec 2017
Spring Term Dates8 Jan – 16 Mar 2018
Summer Term Dates16 April – 22 June 2018
Application Route

Direct to College

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and structure

PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. 

Primarily practice-based, this course will equip you with a solid grounding in visual and communicative styling skills. It will deliver an authentic experience that reflects the needs and demands of current industry, in the context of fashion, advertising, film and music, and will furnish you with core skills while furthering your professional development.

By drawing on theoretical work, the course will also explore styling as a powerful and challenging visual tool that can interpret, interrogate and challenge political, social and cultural contexts. Research is key to project work, and it is expected that image-making will be reinforced by close attention to audience, market and context, as well as investigation into the broader image culture.

You will work alongside photographers, curators, designers and journalists within the School of Media and Communications, which will provide you and other students with increased potential for creative dialogue and collaboration. Networked into the wider professional context, students in Fashion Media Styling are given access to creative practitioners from the image-making industry. This not only enriches the core programme, but offers opportunities for making contacts, and developing critical understanding of your styling work.

The course is split up into 3 terms across which you will study the following 4 units;

  • Introduction to Fashion Media Styling (20 credits)
  • Interrogating the Image (20 credits)
  • In Style: Collaborative Project (40 credits)
  • Final Major Project (40 credits)

The Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling will draw on both industry contacts and academic industry-based staff. It is anticipated that there will be "live" projects and opportunities for Knowledge Transfer projects.

Styling is an integral discipline and you will engage in learning and teaching strategies that will be collaborative by nature to mirror industry processes. You will have the opportunity to work with peers on courses such as MA Fashion Photography, MA Fashion Design and Technology and MA Fashion Journalism, as well as industry partners in the development of specific external industry projects and opportunities as appropriate.

The course will be very practical with individual and group project work, cross-course collaboration opportunities, student presentations supported by critiques, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and field trips.

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.


Agencies, and users of style, have a strong demand for stylists to work within image production teams, department stores, the fashion and music industry, magazines and PR events.

On successful completion of this course, graduates will be in a position to seek employment or further their studies. Throughout the course, stylists would have been able to build up the beginnings of a book or portfolio, which eventually will enable them to secure an agent and potentially enter the world of freelance styling. New stylists commonly undergo a period of professional training as a Stylist#s Assistant prior to securing their own agent. Graduates from this course may be able to go into an assistant role during the independent study time of the course as well as the through course specific project work.

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Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

  • Applicants must have a first degree (2:1 or above) or FDA with a merit/distinction profile in any discipline or equivalent awards. Equivalent awards. For International qualifications see the International Qualifications Guide [PDF - 913KB]
  • Students may have a background in fashion styling, promotion, art direction, hair and make up, or another relevant discipline within the creative industries as either professional experience or gained through an appropriate educational qualification.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to research and source material across the fashion media spectrum, with an understanding of related cultural and historical contexts. Students should be conversant with the various formats with which fashion media styling is shown. For example still and moving image, editorial, catwalk, hair and make up.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you
  • Why you want to study the course you are applying to
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

Study proposal

Your study proposal should include three named ideas for styled stories, noting which market or audience these will be for (each idea 200 words min).

You will need to:

  • State briefly the background or influences for each idea
  • Set out clearly and concisely what your aims and objectives are for each
  • Each story idea should include the narrative, theme or aesthetic feel of the piece and necessary specific details such as model type (if you are using one) hair, make-up, location, lighting, clothing and props
  • Explain why this story is relevant now. 

Your study proposal should have the following structure: 


Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame your styling ideas.


Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make. Identify what you feel are your strengths and areas for development, and how you intend to manage this.

Research sources

Give details of libraries, museums, galleries, agencies, and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards your styling ideas.


Insert relevant documentary material. Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate reading material using the Harvard Referencing System.


Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.

Written assignment

You will need to write 250 words on:

‘The Role of the Stylist in Contemporary Fashion Media.’


You will be required to submit a digital portfolio showing your styled work to date.

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.


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