MA Fashion Journalism
Learn solid journalistic skills and become an articulate and aware fashion writer on this fashion journalism course.
A dynamic fast-track course preparing the next generation of fashion, lifestyle and feature writers and editors. Develop a professional writing portfolio, build up essential contacts and find your place in the industry.
The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course aims to give students a working knowledge of fashion and lifestyle media, as well as a professional practical foundation in writing skills developing vocational skills and analytical thinking.
The course is designed for graduates and those with appropriate industry experience who wish to develop their career prospects in the highly competitive fashion industry. It is also a suitable preparation for higher level postgraduate study. This dynamic course cultivates both a practical and theoretical understanding of fashion and lifestyle journalism in the UK.
The PG Cert is a great preparation for future fashion and lifestyle journalists and editors. Practical and realistic, it’s a really intense burst of up-to-the-minute training and advice.
Tamsin Blanchard, Style Director of Telegraph Magazine
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With a close eye on changing trends in contemporary lifestyle media, emphasis is placed on developing an analytical understanding of the commercial marketplace as well as the rigours of practical journalism.
You will develop an enhanced commercial awareness, enabling you to produce editorial material for this specialist area.
The programme is supported by a series of guest speakers from the fashion and lifestyle media industry, from publications including Elle, The Guardian, W, Net a porter, i-D, Another, Harper’s Bazaar, 10 Magazine and Telegraph Weekend magazine. The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course is based at the university’s John Prince’s Street and High Holborn sites, in the heart of the city.
Weeks 1-10: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits, level 7)
Weeks 1-10: Markets and Context (20 credits, level 7)
Weeks 11-15: Major Project (20 credits, level 7)
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.
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.
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.
The Introduction to Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism foundation unit introduces you to the practical requirements of Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism. In a series of workshop-based editorial sessions, you will be guided through the key principles of journalism from researching stories, developing ideas and writing in a range of styles and formats, right through to pitching and selling feature ideas. The importance of commercial awareness and the needs of specialist readerships will underpin this vocational unit, leading to a sharpened editorial sense of fashion and lifestyle journalism.
The Markets and Context: contemporary trends, current issues lecture and seminar based unit looks at contemporary fashion and lifestyle media. A range of guest lecturers and practitioners will give insight into their specialist markets from mainstream publications to niche, consumer and specialist. The unit provides a contextual framework for understanding fashion and lifestyle media; potential areas for discussion and debate include the anatomy of magazine publishing, trends in lifestyle journalism, Internet publishing, the feminisation of the news and the economy’s impact on magazine publishing. The research assignment will give you an opportunity to explore a specific area of the lifestyle market with focus and depth This can potentially feed into and inform your final project.
The Major Project aims to put into practice the practical skills and theoretical knowledge acquired in units one and two, providing an opportunity to produce a portfolio of journalistic work suitable for professional advancement. This may take a variety of formats, for example a portfolio, supplement or dummy magazine. You will negotiate your preferred market or area of fashion and lifestyle journalism and present editorial work or a range of pieces, suitable for this area.
Glenn Waldron, Course Director, is an award-winning freelance journalist writing on fashion, style and popular culture. A former Editor of i-D magazine, he has contributed to publications including The New York Times, W, Wallpaper*, Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, Another, Fantastic Man, Nylon and 10 Magazine, as well as writing for the Taschen books Fashion Now, Fashion Now 2 and Smile i-D. Read Glenn's full staff profile
Alison Taylor is a writer and editor living in East London. Specialising in fashion, arts and lifestyle, Alison has regularly contributed to Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, The Guardian, Stella, Nylon and Stylist. She has worked as a consultant editor at NET-A-PORTER.COM, and covers fashion week for The LFW Daily. Her first book, The Still Single Papers, was published by Mainstream in June 2012. A wry, self-deprecating look at dating in the second decade of the 21st century, it led Stylist magazine to declare Alison “the new chick-lit anti-heroine”.
The programme is also supported by a series of guest speakers from the fashion and lifestyle media industry, from publications including Elle, The Guardian, W, Net a porter, i-D, Another, Harper’s Bazaar, 10 Magazine and Telegraph Weekend magazine.
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements and selection criteria.
Both Home/EU and international students 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.
Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
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).
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:
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:
You will be required to submit digital examples of relevant writing, editorial or journalism.
This may include:
Applicants should also provide three headlined feature ideas. Each should be no more than 100 words, convey its relevance, research potential and which title it could be targeted at.
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.
If you are unable to provide this work digitally, please bring it with you to interview.
At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of fashion and lifestyle media and be asked to sit a writing test, which will take no more than an hour. Applicants who are dyslexic, will upon providing evidence, be entitled to an extra fifteen minutes. As this is an opportunity to test quick thinking and effective communication, questions will be disclosed at interview.
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.
Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
At interview, applicants will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of fashion and lifestyle media and be asked to sit a writing test, which will take no more than an hour. Applicants who are dyslexic, will, upon providing evidence, be entitled to an extra fifteen minutes. As this is an opportunity to test quick thinking and effective communication, questions will be disclosed at interview.
International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
This applies for the 2017/18 academic year.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
From monthly fashion magazines and newspapers to online and industry titles, graduates will be in a position to gain employment as writers and editors across a wide range of fashion, lifestyle and general interest publications.
As well as launching themselves as feature writers and freelance journalists, a growing number of graduates are working across social media, e-commerce and brand journalism.
Graduates destinations include: