With the explosion of new media over the last ten-years, the fashion industry has been democratised. Opportunities in fashion are no longer primarily focused on the role of designer - the fashion industry requires quality content in the form of words and image.
BA (Honours) Fashion Communicationis part of the Fashion programme. It is aimed specifically at students who are passionate about fashion, but do not want to follow the design route.
From photographers, stylists, art directors, fashion-show producers, film-makers and public relations experts, to bloggers and social networkers, on-line marketers, ‘traditional’ writers, journalists, curators, commentators and theorists, BA (Honours) Fashion Communication aims to nurture you to become innovative, informed, responsible promoters, writers, communicators and observers, central to the industry’s future.
The course comprises three named pathways, all of which have the communication of and about fashion at their core. Led by tutors who are expert practitioners, the pathways offer different approaches and a synergistic combination of fashion communication, awareness, historical and theoretical studies.
- Fashion History and Theory concentrates on developing your understanding of the history of western fashion, and the development of a sound theoretical framework within which to analyse this knowledge.
- Fashion Communication and Promotion focuses on understanding how fashion can be communicated and promoted creatively through different media, through a curriculum that includes, amongst other areas, branding, trends, styling, photography, graphics and the creative use of new digital platforms.
- Fashion Journalism builds on the College’s forty-year track record in this area, and offers you the opportunity to focus on fashion writing for different audiences, media and markets. From traditional media to new platforms the pathway will anticipate and respond to industry’s insatiable demand for quality written content.
The course is uniquely taught alongside BA (Honours) Fashion, offering you, as communicators, first-hand insights into fashion design ‘in the making’.
Recognition of difference, nuance, diversity and cultural meaning is central to the course ethos. We encourage and support you to take advantage of the opportunities, challenges and benefits that this offers, to develop creatively and intellectually whilst increasing your technical and professional skills and knowledge.
Ultimately we aim for you to graduate as confident, responsible, adaptable Fashion Communication specialists who possess a depth of knowledge in your chosen fields underpinned by a breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors which impact on the professional environments in which you will work.
The BA Fashion Communication curriculum is flexible, providing excellent scope for networking with the fashion industry. Active learning through project-based enquiry is a cornerstone. You'll do collaborative projects that involve working together in mixed pathway groups or with external professionals and sponsors (e.g. Monaco Museum of Modern Art, Liberty, Dazed & Confused, Victoria and Albert Museum). This promotes interdisciplinary peer learning. It helps you develop the ability to work with others, the capacity for independent learning, and greater awareness of the skills you'll need to further your career.
Visiting lecturers include Kay Barron, Laura Bradley, Caroline Evans, Kathryn Ferguson, Mandi Lennard, Penny Martin, Iain R Webb.
Length of study for all fashion communication pathways is three or four years. You can apply to interrupt your degree course after two years full time study to do a period of work placement (subject to academic approval). If you meet the approved requirements of this work placement period you'll qualify additionally for the Diploma in Professional Studies.
BA Fashion Communication offers a choice of three named pathways (identified by separate UCAS codes).
With the study of the communication of fashion as their core subject, these options represent a uniquely synergistic combination of fashion communication, design, historical studies and theoretical studies led by tutors who are expert practitioners. The pathway range allows you to study a specific area of Fashion Communication in depth, embracing different approaches to the subject and a range of creative opportunities within the industry.
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (which is stage 1 of the course), Level 5 (Stage 2) and Level 6 (Stage 3).
There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.
If you're unable to continue on the course a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4 or a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) following the successful completion of Level 5.
To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.
At enrolment you need to identify if you wish to study for three years full time or take the four-year mode. The work placement takes place at the end of Stage Two. A Diploma in Professional Studies is awarded on successful completion of this year.